What is Bullying? And Does it Happen Here?

A study in questions “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40 For the third time this week, a child slumps helplessly into a corner, breathless with laughter, while a younger,… READ MORE

Letter to My Father

Faithfulness, Part III Clayton Shenk founded Tidings of Peace Christian School in York, PA, and led the school for 24 years. In 2019, he passed the leadership of the school to his son, Austin. Shortly thereafter, he was diagnosed with cancer. On Christmas Day, 2019, Clayton passed on to his reward. This post is Austin’s tribute to his father. Daddy,… READ MORE

The Treasure Challenge

Find the treasures in each day! I thought of this from a book I read to my class—the boy was disappointed when it was rainy and he couldn’t fly his new kite, and then when the weather cleared, he was sick and couldn’t go out to fly the kite. He found the treasures that God put in each day—he had… READ MORE

Increasing the Vocabulary of Our Scholars

Studies done on children are showing a huge difference in vocabulary—a gap of up to 15 million words by the age of five. The studies have shown that even by two years old, the vocabulary gap is evident between children who have been in a language-rich environment and children who have not been exposed to or interacted with as much… READ MORE

Christmas in the Hands of a Child

The wise men are flattened this morning, not by the glory but because a small person has pillowed their heads on Smarties. They look extremely relaxed. A sheep is creeping up on the manger, and various four-hoofed things are strewn about. Most of the camels and donkeys are aligned in a careful half-circle around Mary, eager to be near, though… READ MORE

A Command: Personal Reflection

When we think of commandments in the Bible, these come to mind: “Be ye kind one to another,” “Love your neighbor as yourself,” and the “Ten Commandments.” But how about the phrases or sentences beginning with, “Consider”? Throughout the Bible, the author calls the reader to take time to consider ninety-eight times. The word is found eighty-one times in the… READ MORE

Faithfulness Toolbox

As a 20-year-old, I mistakenly believed that faithfulness meant saying, “Yes!” to every request I received.  Not only was that unsustainable, it was also very unfaithful because of the amount of no’s each yes meant. Although I didn’t know this quote at the time, I was living in a very unfocused way and was, by extension, unfaithful. People think focus… READ MORE

I Know My Verses!

I loved hearing one of the first-graders asking, “Can I say the verses by myself?  I know them.”  This child proceeded to say the verses as we were waiting in the bus line at dismissal time. And she knew them better than the teacher did! This year in our school Bible memory program, we are learning passages from the book… READ MORE

Modeling Faithfulness

As a 20-year-old, I entered the teaching profession as a pit stop on my way to bigger and better things. Nine years later I’m still here. In that time, I’ve learned the best thing a teacher can do for the kingdom is to keep teaching. The following story shows the value of faithfulness even if faithfulness to the teaching profession… READ MORE

Freedom in Christ: Two Object Lessons

Lucinda J Kinsinger | Blog, Elementary Teacher’s Blog

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? Who hasn’t asked this question at some point? A simple object lesson involving bleach, food coloring, and water visually illustrates how Jesus took upon him the sins of the world and how He can also cleanse each of us from our sin. You will need: A jar of half water, half bleach (represents Jesus).… READ MORE