We just wanted to give an update on how things are going at BCS in 2017!
Students are learning to sit and be attentive, or at the very least quiet, while lessons are being taught to all levels. I feel very strongly that this is a major benefit to the one room school-house. Children learn that it's not always about them and that it is important to work together and it is not necessary to be entertained or busy every second. An even bigger hope is that this setting will help the students understand that Jesus, our Savior and example, came to serve not to be served and that being a peacemaker and working together and putting others first is the source of joy. 'Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called children of God.' -Matthew 5:9 - They even earn 'peacemaker points' by working together! These points earn them extra recess minutes. :)
Not to mention scholastically, students hear the material multiple times. Even if they aren't listening they are still hearing the material.
This situation is a little more prevalent now. With more help, we had a tendency to tag-team the situation and split the students because we could... but 'God makes all things work for the good of those that love Him.' -Romans 8:28. We make mistakes and change is a guarantee - but we do love Him - that I promise.
Students also have exploration time - if they finish their assignment, we let them work together or alone... as long as they are respectful to those working. (This is a work in progress.) They do a huge assortment of activities - puzzles, checkers, drawing, painting, play dough, creating together, reading, making stories, music... the list goes on. This is something we have been working toward all year - and continue. While it is important to learn, we also think it's important for children to expand on their God given talents and try and figure out His plan for each of us.
Evan, Mr. Wilson, and Mr. Postal have also been helping with reading - so students still get a chance for one-on-one reading time - which is pretty awesome.
As always, please let us know if you have any questions. God Bless!
And, a couple pics. Evan and Noah got the first BCS class rings. I believe their Grandma had them made for Christmas presents. Pretty neat.
We are going to be getting rid of the piano at school and replacing it with a keyboard. This will open up our back entry so that we can move some of the younger students to the back to give everyone more room and in anticipation of a few more students next year. Plus, the kiddos will get to learn on an in-tune instrument! :)
So, does anyone want the piano or know of anyone who wants it? And, does anyone know of a used keyboard (full size) - that we could purchase for the school? We wanted to start here and will expand the search if necessary.
The Crafty Falcons (2nd) need to read at least 1 chapter every night in their chapter book.
The Dragonflies (K) need to read the bible story we are working on from their Learn to Read Bible every night. Please let me know if it would be helpful for me to post which story - they seem to know but sometimes forget to try it at home.
The Flamingoes (PreK) : Please continue to read with them.
We feel so incredibly blessed to be part of this school and to meet and get to know all of the people that have come into our life because of BCS. It continues to be an amazing yet humbling experience. God is so good... and wow does He love us. Merry Christmas! Thank-you to everyone for being a part of this school. God bless us everyone! Jesus lives!!!!!!!!
Enjoy the pics :) - and PS. Thank you Mrs. S.... from the bottom of our heats.
The second graders (crafty falcons) are studying the Revolutionary War. If you can, please try to cook a meal with your child from that time period. Here is a link : http://revolution.mrdonn.org/recipes.html
Good Morning. There will be no school today. Stay safe and warm. The wind is supposed to be very strong today along with 70% chance of snow - and we just don't want to risk anyone being on the roads.
Please complete these days with your kiddos : allinonehomeschool.com
Crafty Falcons : Level 2nd : Day 70 - and Year 2 (complete at least 2 pieces for your lap book to glue on tomorrow)
Dragonflies : Level : Getting Ready 2 : Days 71/72 (and read a book! :)
Flamingoes : Level : Getting Ready 1 : Days 72/73
The high school boys : You know where you are at. Please complete your work for today.
Bible verse : We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19
We will be singing on Tuesday December 13th. Please let me know if this does not work for your family. Also, drivers! If anyone is willing to drive, please let me know as soon as you can so we can make arrangements. Lastly, can we keep the flamingoes all day? :)
9:30 - Leave BCS
10:00 - Sing at Heritage in Webster
11:00 - Minister Marion is treating BCS to pizza at Cenex
1:00 - Sing at Benet Place in Watertown
We are going to try to have school today, but please remember your safety comes first - If you don't want to travel because of the roads, please don't. Contact us and we will get you the information for your child today.