Learning Outside the Classroom

Service Day Reflection

Post by: Char DeKoekkoek

On Service Day morning, the junior highers were asked, "Why do we serve?" Replies included: "To make God proud of us," "to share God's love," "to influence a healthier earth," "because it makes me feel awesome," "it helps community," and "to get the feeling we did good in a world that isn't always so good." Read more >> about Service Day Reflection

A Student's Reaction To Phenomenal Friday

By Sophie W, 12th Grade

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, it was a period of pondering, of questioning, of overwhelming doubt about everything we know to be true. Okay, all of that is false. What is true is that a short time ago, the staff of Shoreline Christian School decided to spice things up. They decided that some of our Fridays needed to be more...phenomenal. If you haven’t yet read Joel Bratt’s article on Phenomenal Fridays, I recommend you do so ASAP (which, of course, stands for Act Swiftly Awesome Person). He very nicely explained the conversations and reasoning behind Phenomenal Fridays. Now I present to you a student reaction - an after-the-fact review of our first experience with Phenomenal Friday.

"Go Outside and Play"

Post by: Erika Bakker, SCS teacher and parent

I enjoy recess duty.

Of course, I appreciate a recess break alone, too. A few minutes to set up for the next lesson and refill my cup of coffee are surely appreciated.

But I enjoy recess duty. It’s good get outside. The fresh air wakes me up more than caffeine. The sight and smell of the trees fill my lungs with good things. The casual, playful encounters with the children make me laugh. No wonder recess is a favorite with all ages!

When I’m outside with the children, there’s no official curriculum agenda. I have lots of time to hear their tales of loose teeth, new running shoes, and plans to play Legos with Daddy right after school. Read more >> about "Go Outside and Play"

Did You Know?

I have kind of a funny story for you. Yesterday, a service representative came to switch out our postage meter machine in the office. He replaced it with the same model, but now it’s just a little bit fresher and cleaner. As the rep was showing us a faster way to print international postage, he flipped up a little plastic flap to reveal a keyboard. I gasped. After almost two years of working at the office, I still did not know that machine had a keyboard! Our rep laughed and then showed me another trick to unjam the machine should an envelope get stuck. Good thing I enjoy learning new things!

Lessons from an EMT

This semester in their Explorations class, junior high students have experienced a wide variety of lesson units: from “Married in Middle School” to Fabulous Fridays, to the current Career Speakers series. The purpose of this class is to expose the students to an array of topics different than typical classroom lessons, that their interests may be featured or new interests may be developed. Read more >> about Lessons from an EMT

Mi Viaje en Español

~Post by: Austin Vander Wel, SCS Class of 2010

The summer before entering my junior year at SCS, I was given the opportunity to attend a short-term mission trip in Honduras, where for the first time in my life I was linguistically disadvantaged. Despite knowing only a few words in Spanish, I made Honduran friends who encouraged me to study it upon returning to the States. This challenge was the initial call of a journey that has opened doors and taught me priceless lessons. Read more >> about Mi Viaje en Español