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1st & 2nd Grade - October 2021

We studied how the framework of God’s plan for our salvation rested in His covenant promise to Abraham. Our Savior, Jesus, was the promised Messiah. The true story of Abraham’s command for his servant to find Isaac a wife assures us that God hears every prayer and answers our needs before we even speak them. Looking at the true story of Jacob stealing his brother Esau’s birthright had us talking about repentance – facing our sin, being sorry, and changing our behavior. We see how this too is our sinful pattern and that we can always count on God’s never-ending love and forgiveness.

Our days are action-packed – filled with so much learning. We use games, rhymes, songs, books, manipulatives, YouTube videos, experiments, partner interaction, and off-site adventures to help enhance and reinforce the learning process.

After learning the basic types of animals and their characteristics we visited the Blank Park Zoo. In small groups, we traveled around the zoo identifying animals into the given distinct groups: mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, as well as invertebrates. Feeding the goats and llama was a highlight. Participating in a special zoo program helped us gain more knowledge of salamanders and tortoises. We had a fantastic day and were blessed to have many parents join us.

Our class had the opportunity to experience Living History Farms. This is an interactive outdoor museum that helped us look over the past 300 years of Iowa’s agricultural history. A tractor ride took us back in time.

We began our journey at the 1700 Ioway Farm. Their main crops were corn, squash and pumpkins, and beans. We saw the various seasonal homes of the Ioway. Bison were hunted and used for food, clothing, and tools.

We traveled to the 1850 Pioneer Farm. The three major crops grown were corn, potatoes, and wheat. They built log homes. Potatoes were eaten at nearly every meal and lasted throughout the winter. They used the corn crop to feed the pigs which were sold. Chickens were raised for meat, eggs, and cash.

The farm of 1900 was known as a horse-powered farm. Draft horses were used for hard labor. Corn, oats, and hay were the most common crops. Farm animals were raised to provide for the family.

We visited the implement store, blacksmith, and the Flinn Mansion. We appreciate all the adults who drove/chaperoned for this special day.

We were blessed to welcome first-grader Roman Smith to our class. He is a smiley, happy, athletic boy who has made friends easily and works hard to do his best. We are so glad Roman has joined us at Camp Learn-A-Lot!

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