Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Having A Blast!




 



How I wish there had been Classical Conversations when we began our journey in 1998. I know that God's timing is perfect and His grace is sufficient. Classical Conversations is so much more than curriculum. It's a program that teaches students "how" to learn. Our Challenge programs teach children "how" to have cultivating conversations, "how" to research, "how" to argue out thoughts respectfully. 


MATH


Today our highlights we're the conversational math, catechism Jeopardy, studying the skin and introducing the Skeleton.




Mrs. Mullins and I have been discussing basic math in our Challenge A class and have been completely blown away.  We've discovered that many of our kids understand "how" to do the math, but in many cases they do not grasp the why.  As we delve into conversations and work through basic problems using proper vocabulary, we are constantly amazed at how much is learned.


BIOLOGY

Getting ready for Biology!


Each and everyone of my students have become so dear to my heart.  I love how in CC we get to walk with our fellow families for 30 full weeks.  This truly creates a discipleship/mentorship atmosphere that breathes life into the relationship.  That's important because rich, life-long learning can only take place in real relationships.  


One of my students (Katie) made a Skin Cake. (Yes, you read that correctly)  Each layer represents the skin.  She had jello on the bottom that worked as the fat cells, then the dermis and epidermis, pours (holes in the cake) and hair. (Twizzlers)  It was an excellent presentation and tasted good too!


See!  There's a hair in our food!  (Twizzler)




Katie's Presentation



 CC Students not only have to research the organs they are being introduced to, but they also have to sketch and label them.  They did an excellent job.  It's very obvious that these families are working hard.












CATECHISM JEOPARDY


FUN!  We had a blast today working through our catechisms.  We played Jeopardy and it was a tough competition.  Sophie Mullins was our winner, but it was a close race between she, Bethie, and Moriah.  Come on boys.... study hard so you can represent next week!


OUR HOST CHURCH - FAITH COVENANT

Pastor Jim with the Challenge A Class


Our host church Faith Covenant is the best!  Every week we walk through those doors and encounter nothing but gracious hospitality. Today they invited our students to partake of yummy donuts.  It was the perfect way to take a break in between subjects.  

 The spirit of the living God is so ever present as we encounter warm, giving, Jesus-loving people every week.   What a gracious gift God has given us.  We never for one moment take it for granted.  


And these words which I am commanding you this day shall be [first] in your [own] minds and hearts; [then] You shall whet and sharpen them so as to make them penetrate, and teach and impress them diligently upon the [minds and] hearts of your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up.~ Deut 6:6-7



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