Maybe the fact that the shelves were already orange, although a clownish sort of fifties orange influenced the eventual sherbert color scheme for the Seasons of the Spirit classroom at St. Mark's.
|Hmmm...need to iron that banner!|
|Fabulous vintage fifties chairs, holding up well after all these years.|
|Opps, still need to paint that bottom shelf.|
Our older teens who are now in Journey to Adulthood decorated their classroom last year, but are now thinking of re-furbishing their space. Perhaps a little competition is spurring them on to greater decorating heights! Sorry, the photo of this room did not turn out. I will try to remember to re-take it and do a "before" and "after" when this age completes their re-do.
The Godly Play classroom moved downstairs this summer due to the construction of our new Montessori school that opens on Tuesday (more about that in the next post!) Here is their bright and airy classroom.
|Story Telling and Worship Space|
|Art Response area|
And finally, this Children's Worship Space, called Joy Jungle, was created when I first worked at St. Mark's with the help of a lot of talented folks.
Twenty-five years later (with a few changes) it is still functioning as intended. Here children are introduced to lesser known Bible stories not covered in their classroom curriculum's, re-tell the stories through puppets plays and theater, celebrate the seasons of the church year with special crafts, play Bible games, and watch Bible videos.
What is in that treasure box you ask? Well God's Word of course, and also the rules the kids made of for behavior standards. Take a look...
|Added the week the news media was all about a middle schooler being expelled for bringing a gun to school.|
|The child who wrote this explained that people hardly ever dared you to do something good.|
|Written by someone (OK, me!) who once had to pick up every single puppet off the floor.|
My personal favorite, since the trees are made of wire and paper mache.
We are currently learning about the Fruits of Spirit. We have a great curriculum developed by Shining Star Publications (sadly, no longer in business, although an internet search will bring up several sites that have used copies) with lots of activities.
We have several books with CD's by Anthony Paul on some of the Fruits of the Spirit.
|Purchased way back in the 90's from Bibles Plus|
Thanks to Asher Barreras, professional musician, for facilitating this activity. Asher is one of team teachers for our Rite-13 class and is also starting a youth praise band at St. Mark's this month. Visit St. Mark's website for more information.