LCA Elementary challenges our students' love of learning. It's through learning centers, hands-on experiences and extensive technology integration that our exceptional teachers are able to establish an academic and spiritual foundation. Fifth graders graduate not only with a love of learning, but now are INSPIRED TO LEARN.
I look forward to my new role serving as the TK/Kindergarten Chaplain! I find it a great privilege to join them on their spiritual, as well as their educational, journey! Deuteronomy 6 is a call to us all to be continually carried out in our daily lives. “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children...” -Deuteronomy 6. The goal is to introduce the TK/Kindergarten children to Jesus and help them have a growing relationship with God and others.” Children ages 5-6 are at an age where they begin to have a foundational understanding of God and have the faith Jesus talks about when He reminds us that we need to be like little children in our faith - they trust and believe in a simple way.
Developmentally, they should walk away with these concepts:
- KNOW:God WANTS a relationship with YOU!
- KNOW:You can talk to Him through PRAYER and always give Him THANKS!
- LOVE:God wants you to LOVE and help others & be kind to them
- LIVE:God wants you to obey Him and FOLLOW Jesus in everything!
It is going to be a fun adventure as I get to love on the children as we explore God’s Word, together. One of my seminary professors, Dr. Catherine Stonehouse, once said, “Like physical growth, spiritual growth doesn’t happen overnight. It occurs little by little as children regularly spend time with God and internalize what they learn.” Young children are at an impressionable age and can encounter God in exciting ways. In addition, they can give us a glimpse into the Kingdom of God through their simple faith. My prayer is that as we venture through the Story of God, walking with Jesus, and witnessing the Presence of the Holy Spirit, the kids, as well as teachers, parents, and myself will fall in love with Jesus and experience Him in a new way!
For the 2018-2019 school year, Chapel and the in-class Bible time will go hand-in-hand as we journey through the New Testament.
Chapel is the springboard for our Bible curriculum in the Elementary School. In our 1st – 3rd grades, students get an entire overview of the Old and New Testament over the course of two years. Last year we started in Genesis and worked our way through the historical books. This year we will begin in the Old Testament poetry books and work our way through the prophetic books. In January, we will begin the New Testament and finish it by the end of the year. Then we will start the cycle all over again.
Our 4th & 5th grade chapel is called CRAVE Live! Our overarching purpose with this program is to teach our students how to study Scripture through careful observation, interpretation and application. Cognitively, students can become proficient in the observation phase in 4th and 5th grade. That is where the students spend most of their time in the classroom and we use CRAVE to help them through the interpretation and application phases. Last year we studied through the entire book of James. This year we will study through the Sermon on the Mount.