We have been healed of a sickness that kept us in darkness, the darkness of our sin. In fact, Jesus loves us so much that He died on the cross for us. Still that wasn’t the end. Like Lazarus rose only to life on earth: Jesus rose to give us life with Him in heaven. We too cry out to Jesus to “have mercy on us.” There are times throughout our lives when we may need physical healing. Daily, we need spiritual healing because of the sickness of sin. On our own, we cannot clean sin from our hearts. But Jesus can and does! He heals us of all our sins, renews us, and restores us so we can live for Him and follow Him. Jesus does all this, not because we deserve it, but because He loves us! That’s His wonderful grace and mercy.
We learned about the beginnings and growth of our country. We were introduced to Native American groups, early settlers who came from Europe and explorers who led the way for the westward expansion. More specifically, we learned about the first European settlements in North America and the origins of the Thanksgiving holiday and Independence Day. We discussed the causes and effects of the American Revolution. We learned how people were taken from Africa and forced into slavery in North America. We heard how people such as Harriet Tubman and Fredrick Douglass, who had been slaves themselves and helped other slaves escape to freedom. Created and equal in God’s eye we were freed by Jesus Christ, our Savior.
In math we have been working hard on learning our tens and ones with regrouping. We have fun using base ten blocks to help us visualize tens and ones. Second graders are practicing mastering addition and subtraction with and without regrouping.
In Phonics 1st graders are learning to recognize consonant clusters. Trucks slide crazily across the slippery street. Second graders are working to understand and classify synonyms and antonyms. Cold cats use hot paws to open and close doors to hallways and corridors.
By using food coloring, coffee filters, and water in art we created tie-dyed color wheels. It was both exciting and surprising to reveal each color wheel’s amazing creation. We also used small torn pieces of colored paper to make colorful mosaic Lenten crosses. Jesus’ death and resurrection has transformed our lives.
“For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21