February 18 Home Communicator -This year, I made a little challenge for myself to get into one Y5s-5th grade classroom each day to read a picture book to the students. Perhaps you’ve seen the pictures of book covers on the wall near my office. It has been such a fun experience to read to the kids and to connect with them in a positive way. I’ve started asking this question after nearly every read aloud: Even though this book is not about God, what lessons can you learn about God or being a Christian? Every time, no matter the age of the students, I am blown away by their insightful responses.
Recently I read a book called The Doll Hospital by Kallie George to a group of second graders. In the story, Dr. Pegs is in charge of everything that needs to be done at the doll hospital. The day begins calmly, with no patients and only one task on her list–sorting the buttons. But alas, the calm does not last. The emergency bells ring and ring as dolls (and even a teddy bear…in a dollhospital!) with various maladies need Dr. Pegs’ help. Dr. Pegs realizes she cannot do everything by herself, so she rings a special bell to summon the nesting doll nurses. They work together all day to fix everyone up and go home to rest when the day is done at the doll hospital.
When I asked the second graders for any lessons about God, they came up with the following:
- Pegs puts others first. She really wanted to sort the buttons, but when the dolls came in that needed to be fixed, she helped them first. We can think of others before we think about ourselves.
- They helped the teddy bear, even though it was a hospital for dolls. We can help people when they are different from us, too.
- God wants us to help each other.
- It’s okay to ask for help from God or other people. We can’t do everything by ourselves.
- Pegs is kind of like God in the story and we are like the dolls that need to be fixed. We sin and God fixes us.
The students at Hudsonville Christian School are learning, even in these early grades, to apply what they’ve learned about God and their faith to the world around them. What a beautiful gift it is for our children to be able to carry these little nuggets of truth with them as they experience life and share the love of Jesus with those around them!
Tricia Kiepert, Elementary Principal