Come, Ye Children, Hearken Unto Me

1. Invitation to Hear “Come and listen, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me.” From Psalm 66:16 come these words that help us center our school on the goodness and sufficiency of God. Start your day together with these and other Scripture words, to help you remember that God is working in your school. Finish the day with these words, looking back on your day rejoicing in how you see God’s hand in your school.

2. Celebrating I’m not sure when or where I first heard this suggestion for celebrating. When you think of a day of celebrating, you often think of holidays and birthdays and surely these are worth celebrating. But consider this: Wouldn’t it be fun to spontaneously celebrate one child, a parent, a grandparent, your pastor. This could be done simply by telling God how much they mean to your family, listing some reasons to be grateful for them, a note or picture of appreciation. Focus on being grateful to God for His blessing to your through this celebrated person.

3. Test What You Teach! You already are proficient in preparing and administering tests. Today I want to share my favorite test method: the informal test or the subjective test. Consider these examples: — You’ve read or lectured a topic. Test by discussing the topic, with the teacher asking the student to retell important points. The grade could be given on how you perceive the student’s knowledge. — Ask the student to write a story, summary, list or other appropriate writing, making clear certain points from your study. — Ask your student to make questions with answers. You may give topic guidelines. — You student could present subject material either as a student teacher or to your family group. — Your student could present this material either as a student teacher or to your family group. — Make Q and A cards. Student chooses most important information. Of course, ideas are plentiful. I’m sure you are already thinking of others that would suit your situation. In each of these methods the grade is subjective. You measure what was learned according to your expectations. Older students can enter into formulating guidelines for grades. 4. Chosen for Great Things What is this profound mystery that Paul writes about in Ephesians 5:22-32? It is the relationship of a husband and his wife compared to the relationship of Christ and