Students at West Side Christian School regularly experience the wonder of God’s creation by exploring and learning through the diverse habitats that surround the school campus, whether that be just outside their school doors or at the nearby Blandford Nature Center.
- The outdoors is a powerful tool that provides motivation, excitement, wonder as well as real-life-lasting-learning moments through integrated interdisciplinary experiences, such as our second-graders recently experience when using the garden and the colors, sights, sounds, and textures of nature in learning about adjectives.
- Children develop critical thinking, cooperative and problem-solving skills and minds open to discovery, questioning and a sense of wonder, like when our fourth graders explore the nature preserve to learn about organisms surviving in their environments.
- West Side Christian continues to partner with Blandford Nature Center to utilize the biodiverse habitats as a resource that provide intentional interdisciplinary learning opportunities for our students, like how our middle school students engage in stream studies to make real-world connections to create lasting-learning moments and 5th graders time travel to discover more about how people survived in this region long ago.
- We embrace the opportunity to expand the classroom beyond the walls of our building and intentionally introduce the children entrusted to our care to the beauty and wonder of the created world - and to the Creator of this amazing world in which we live, like how our art students use the garden space for natural inspiration.