Explore, Investigate and Grow: BCA Second Graders Explore the Science Mill Museum

Posted on May 17, 2016 in Second Grade, STEM.

BCA second graders spent the day exploring and investigating at the Science Mill Museum in Johnson City. They were able to participate in the learning lab entitled: Young Explorers: Forensics Fun. The class investigated how forensic scientists solve mysteries using various different types of evidence! Through hands-on activities, they discovered information about their fingerprints, teeth […]

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May: Finding Peace & Joy in the Perseverance

Posted on May 10, 2016 in Character, Christian Life, Fifth Grade, Fourth Grade.

May, the “goddess of spring” according to Roman mythology; also derived from the flower name which references the hawthorn which blossoms in May. For teachers, the month of May has many different meanings. It’s the final month. It’s the month where all has get finished. It’s the month of making sure students learned everything we […]

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Learning Through Exploration

Posted on April 27, 2016 in First Grade, Science, STEM.

Throughout the year, our 1st grade students have had many opportunities to learn through exploration. Children love to explore their world around them and to make connections from what they are learning about, to the real world. I was reminded of this, as we have been learning about Force and Motion last week and this […]

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What Catches Your Eye?

Posted on March 26, 2016 in Art, STEAM.

The Elements and Principles of Art are words that we use to describe and talk about art. Many of us are familiar with these terms, (like value, space, shape, balance) but may not know how they apply in the art room. As the school year progresses I have found that students are grasping a good […]

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Learning with Laura Ingalls Wilder and “Little House on the Prairie”

Posted on March 22, 2016 in Reading, Third Grade.

Little House on the Prairie is one of the four literary analysis units third grade enjoys each year. There are so many learning opportunities built into reading it. Students are able to compare their lives to that of children crossing the country by covered wagon to settle in Kansas in the 1870s. We discuss the […]

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“I See, I Think, I Wonder” : A Lesson in Engaging Students Where They Are

Posted on March 11, 2016 in Kindergarten, Science, STEM.

About a month ago, while we were on the playground, our students became fascinated with collecting rocks. Day by day, students would run up to the teachers on the playground asking, “What kind of rock do you think this is?” This started a great discussion about rocks, geodes, minerals, and dinosaur bones. A few students emerged […]

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Taking Kindness Outside of the Classroom Has Its Rewards

Posted on March 5, 2016 in Character, Kindness, Pre-Kindergarten.

We have been looking for ways to show kindness in our classroom and I have been thrilled with what these little scholars have come up with – even down to giving a classmate a little Lego arm because “I knew he would like it.”  In conjunction with talking in Pre-K about ways we can show […]

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Gardening with God: Growing and Cultivating a life with Christ

Posted on February 29, 2016 in Christian Life, Enrichment Classes, Fifth Grade, Fourth Grade, Garden.

Gardening –“ the practice of growing and cultivating plants”. This academic year ushered in a new opportunity for our BCA students – gardening! As a teacher preparing for this new endeavor, my thoughts were: “What does this look like?” “How will I work this into the schedule?” “How often do we NEED to do this?” “What […]

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Choose KIND: Is it more important to be right, or be KIND?

Posted on February 25, 2016 in Character, Fifth Grade, Fourth Grade, Library.

In our society we’ve decided it’s A-Ok to be positively wicked to one another in the name of politics. Christians fight with fellow believers or (worse) with those who look to us to point to Jesus. We belittle and mock and snarl at one another through a screen. Then we go to church on Sundays […]

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Building a Kindness Tree: Instilling Habits of Kindness

Posted on February 13, 2016 in Character, Kindergarten.

I came across a blog recently by Kristina Sargent, a mental health therapist who works with children and families.  Her topic was “Growing Hearts of Kindness” and with Valentine’s Day coming up I was intrigued.  I had also been reflecting on the little acts and words of kindness that seemed all around me growing up […]

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