It is a picture of a student from Grade 3/4 working with a JK/SK student. Those two classes joined together for the afternoon to make gingerbread houses. While the activity may seem like just a fun time, I believe strongly that the picture proves that a lot more is going on that meets our goals as a school. Our vision states that we desire “to ignite a zeal for Christian education” The students in that classroom we actively engaged in the learning process. I imagine that these two students are dealing with the problem of creating a stable structure. They are interacting with their given materials and discovering the created properties of those materials. Together they are problem solving and in the end they have achieved their goals. Together, they created some beautiful, strong and delicious. What better way to be engaged in learning.
Also one of our core values is “Belonging”. It is our desire is to have our children and students accepted as children of God and to be recognized as His image bearers; therefore, they are loved and nurtured. Having two students working side by side, helps to reinforce this goal. It helps to break down the artificial barriers that schools create between ages. By working with others of various ages, we begin to understand and accept each other. As we know each other better, we appreciate the gifts that everyone has been given and also we begin to serve one another when we are weak or need assistance.
I praise God that Community Christian School is a loving and nurturing place. Please continue to pray that our students and teachers may feel that sense of belonging and demonstrate a zeal for discovering God’s creation through Christian education.