Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Leaving To Learn: The Classroom Of God’s World

Can you imagine a scavenger hunt in a grocery store?  Our grade four/five class and seven students both travelled to unique learning experiences recently allowing them to learn more about food systems, farming, nutrition, food preparation, and much more. Later this week many of our older students will be taking in a unique trip to learn more about how energy is used (and conserved) as part of homes being built in London. 

LCES is blessed with the means to take learning on the road quite frequently. Why do we do this?

God formed sky, land, and sea;
stars above, moon and sun,
making a world of color, beauty, and variety—
a fitting home for plants and animals, and us—
a place to work and play,
worship and wonder,
love and laugh. 
Our World Belongs to God: A Contemporary Testimony

The length, educational focus, and structure of the trips is always different, but one thing remains the same. These memorable experiences are highlights of learning. I can think of several good reasons to venture out:
  • These experiences help our students to see God’s world as a place of beauty and offer experiences to develop wonder and praise for an amazing world of people and places. 
  • Taking the classroom on the road creates invaluable “touchstone” moments for our students to connect previous learning or prepare working examples for future learning as they see God’s world as a connected, purposeful, and intricate place prepared for his children. 
  • Students see their teacher, classmates, and even parents in a different way as they respond to different topics and ways of learning. They understand each other’s interests, passions, and talents more fully.
  • Students can see the world in its brokenness, and yet see hope in the ways to redeem it. 
Taking the classroom on road is part of the bold assertion that indeed, Our World Belongs to God! 

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