Teaching Your Children Their ABC’s Without Them Realizing It

For many of our private schools, kindergarten only runs several days of the week or starts in the second half of the school year and may have barely gotten a start before COVID-19 made its appearance and changed the school year forever.  Many mothers who had no desire to homeschool now live with the challenging demands of schooling multiple children. … READ MORE

Black Death and the Coronavirus

Carolyn Martin | Blog, Elementary Teacher’s Blog

Let all the earth fear the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. The Lord nullifies the counsel of nations; He frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart from generation… READ MORE

Operation Raven: A Shutdown Letter to Patrons

Schools around the globe have been scrambling to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. In his letter to patrons, Kendall calls us to live in light of the enduring, sustaining presence of God. March 19, 2020 Dear Parents: Most of us can think back to experiences in our lives that stand out in our memory with special clarity: JFK’s assassination, Apollo… READ MORE

Perpetua: A Compelling Story for Devotions, History, or Literature Class

With this post, Lucinda begins a series of stories of Christian martyrs and heroes from the past. We hope you will be inspired by these histories and perhaps find them helpful in preparing for school devotions. Year: 203 AD Place: Carthage, North Africa Person: Perpetua, a twenty-two-year-old mother and recent catechumen (Christian convert going through a period of instruction before… READ MORE

Bursts of Teaching Ideas

Sympathy Ice A sobbing child shows the teacher a bump on his arm. Another little person extends her hand, “See this cut here? It hurts.” Marie complains, “When I go like this, it hurts!” as she pushes her hands together in a very unnatural manner! Sometimes the children just need some attention, someone to look at that minute scratch or… READ MORE

What We’d Like Our Teachers to Hear

On a quest to hear from young people and understand our Christian schools’ strengths and weaknesses, I recently conducted a survey of youth in Mennonite high schools, asking them what they would say to their teachers confidentially if they could. I asked, “What would make your high school a better place? What do you enjoy, appreciate, or dread when you… READ MORE

Giving Our Students Strategies to Expand their Vocabulary

Whether it is in a book that we read, news that we hear, a label that we read, or in a conversation with another, each one of us encounters words in our world that we are not familiar with. What are your go-to strategies in deciding what the word means? Can we break those strategies down and teach them to… READ MORE

Character Evaluation for Students

In this post, Arlene responds to a question from a reader: “I am curious if you all or anyone in the Dock for Learning Community has ideas on how to do good character evaluation on report cards… I’m curious how other schools do this and would be open for any input as we evaluate our process. We want to make… READ MORE

¿Lo Entiendes? How Your Students Can Understand What They Read

James A Goering II | Elementary Teacher’s Blog

Imagine asking your students to raise their hands if they think they can read. If you aren’t teaching kindergarten or first grade, I’m guessing most, if not all, would raise their hands. Now imagine having them read a story, then asking them to raise their hands if they understood what they just read. You probably won’t see as many hands… READ MORE

Five Winter Read-Alouds for the Elementary Classroom

Winter is the perfect time to find a cozy book and snuggle down to read.  In a classroom where literacy is of great importance, students always enjoy a good read from the teacher.  These five books are not only winter stories but also have other literary and academic elements that you can enjoy together as a class. The Snowy Nap… READ MORE