Building Community

Blog Home  |  September 24, 2017 by janinedraper  |  no comments  |  From Grade 3

Welcome to our blog.  We are pleased to be able to use this space to share what we are discovering in Grade 3.  We have already completed three week together and it has been a wonderful start to the new school year.

Our theme is taken from Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  This verse is meaningful to us for several reasons.

First of all, it is a reminder that our #faith upholds that we were made by a loving God. The Bible states that we are his workmanship.  His creation. His masterpiece.  It declares that we are valuable and #worthy because of Who made us. We are all special.  We are unique.  We are loved.  It speaks to our #selfhood.











Secondly, this verse is meaningful because it reveals a purpose and opportunity for us to consider. It says that God has made us for a purpose.  It says that He has prepared good works for us to do. These are not demands but rather opportunities.  We can choose to  be kind and helpful.  To be our best selves.  To serve others.  To be #changemakers.  To be in community.  It speaks to our #belonging.

During the month of September our “building focus” has been on community. During the first few weeks of our 10 months together, we spend a lot of time working on the foundation of our relationships.  We talk about what a “good community” means and what is essential in developing our classroom community.  We know that there will be misunderstandings, poor communication and mistakes along the way, but part of building a good community is developing skills to work through those times with courage, compassion and forgiveness.

Through outdoor play, STEM Challenges in the classroom, group games and interaction, we are practicing the skills that we believe are necessary to build a good community – a place where everyone is worthy and where everyone belongs. And where the “most important thing about our classroom is whom we share it with.”  So, we choose to recognize that none of us are perfect but we are loved.  We choose to help each other along the way so that our community is a safe and caring place.  We work towards making it a place where we encourage everyone to take responsibility for their words and actions and participate in the “good works” that God has prepared for us to do.

Thank you for your interest in our learning.  We look forward to sharing our “building” developments with you.