One of my favorite lessons comes right at the start of the school year. It begins with me casually mentioning to the children that we are going to dissect something a little later. The excitement quickly spreads throughout the room.
Until the actual dissection, the children continuously speculate about what we will be dissecting.
Finally, the moment arrives.
I begin by holding up a pair of safety goggles. In a rather boring voice, I explain that we must all wear them. Then, I put them on. Suddenly, before the children is Professor Bonnhoffhoff, world famous scientist from Germany.
To the excitement of the children, she explains the lab safety and the importance of wearing goggles (“To prevent juices from squirting into our eyes” EWWW!!!). After discussing how to properly use each of the tools in the dissecting kit (aka nail file kit in a typical household), she asked the children what they thought they would be dissecting.
One child thought we would dissect him.
Another said crickets.
Another said frogs.
Another said worms.
Then, there was a dramatic drumroll as the Professor announced “You will be dissecting… FLOWERS!”
“Yes, really! Flowers are fascinating things!” And once the children began dissecting, they too realized how truly fascinating flowers are. The children discovered new things and used their senses to describe what they were observing.
The excitement went back up as they explored, shared, and documented their discoveries.
The next day, we dissected one more flower as I shared with them the names of the different parts of the flower. We realized that the sole purpose of a flower is to bear seeds.
Our vision for the school is shown through a plant. The seed is God’s Word planted in the soil of humility. The stem then grows through integrity and with that, we leaf relationships with each other. Then, we bloom flower of knowledge through all that we learn. And ultimately, that flower turns into a fruit. And that fruit (thinking about the fruit of the Spirit) is filled with seeds to tell others about Jesus and what He has done for us.
Even with something as simple and as beautiful as a flower, we can continue to see God’s creativity and order as He demonstrates His love to us.