As Ms. Veldhuizen and I were planning our third grade year together we noticed a common theme that kept coming up--the celebration of the diversity of God's kingdom.
It came up as we were planning our first science unit, as we chose books that we shared to begin our year, as we kicked off the year with team building, and as we figured out how our classroom communities would run.
We talk about the diversity in our classroom--how we all learn differently, we have different shades of skin, we have different gifts and talents--and this is a picture of the way God created His kingdom to be.
Both of us 3rd grade teachers have become active in an online teacher's forum called "Not So Wimpy Third Grade Teachers" and have found it to be a great resource for both curriculum and instructional ideas.
We read this book as a class, and then asked students to respond in writing to the prompt, "What is the Best Part of me?" We then photographed that 'favorite part' to go with their written work.
These are the results. You can see them on display in the elementary hallway between Mrs. Van Til and Mrs. Vibber’s rooms.
When I look at my student work and their photographs posted together I am struck by the beautiful picture they create as a whole. The combination of each child's photograph and their unique piece of writing creates a beautiful montage together--many small pieces of artwork create a complete whole.
It is a beautiful picture of a tiny slice of God's kingdom here at West Side Christian School.