For God is not a God of disorder but of peace… – 1 Corinthians 14:33
As we continue our theme of “Peace Exists” throughout the first quarter, we discovered that peace exists when there is order. 1 Corinthians 14:33 tells us that our Creator is a God of order. In context, the apostle Paul explains that the church functions best when there is order. That is true also in the classroom. We know that putting our supplies where they belong after we use them allows us to function peacefully and smoothly in the classroom. We also know that disorder in the classroom (for example, not putting headphones back where they belong) can result in frustration, discontentment, and blame. In the Peace Fruit Stand, we are learning that we can make messes, get dirty, have fun, and still restore order when we work well together.
This week we discovered that order is EVERYWHERE!
In Math, we explored the use and function of ordinal numbers. The Kinders learned that ordinal numbers, by its name and definition, tell the position of something in an ordered sequence.
In Language Arts, we launched all of the Daily 5 activities: Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Word Work, and Work on Writing. Each activity follows a set of expectations that, when followed in an orderly manner, will help each Kinder become better readers and writers.
In Science, we learned about the States of Matter: solid, liquid, and gas. We made observations and conclusions about water. When a solid (ice cube) is introduced to heat, it will melt and become liquid (water). When the liquid (water) is introduced to more heat, it changes to a gas (steam). When a liquid (water) is introduced to cold temperatures, it becomes a solid (ice cube). We learned that not all solids are affected by temperature, but when they are, they follow these rules.
The Kinders watched a solid ice cube change its state when heat from their hands was applied to it (pictured above). Then they worked together to make Jell-O and observed its changing state from a liquid to a solid. The following day they enjoyed the best part – eating their work!
When there is order, peace (and the sweetest smiles) exists.