Posted Aug 10, 2016, 2:22 PM by Arlet VeurinkWhat does Speak Life mean in the Learning Center? When I look at all the monthly themes, I think, "Wow! I get to do this all day--every day--with my students!" The Learning Center is so much more than just teaching skills in the areas of language arts. We do life together! I love that about my job. I love my small groups and working alongside some of my students for numerous years. I am blessed by being able to build authentic relationships with them that continue to grow with each year, with each struggle, and with each success. I'm excited about how God will use Speak Life in the teaching, learning, and living out life in the Learning Center this year.The monthly themes are: Speak Truth, Speak Hope, Speak Shalom, Speak Reconciliation, Speak Wisdom, Speak Encouragement, Speak Living Water, and Speak God's Praises. As we go through each month, check back here to read how each month's theme is lived out daily in the Learning Center.Before knowing the monthly themes this is what I created (modified from Pintrest) to have on display in my classroom this year. I love seeing how God makes things come together so beautifully.
12 Coping Skills for Students with Dyslexia
Posted Feb 6, 2016, 9:27 PM by Arlet VeurinkI love Pinterest!! Unlike all the wonderful food, decorating, and craft items that I pin (but unfortunately seldom attempt), the educational items I pin are constantly used and added to on almost a daily basis. A while back I pinned an INFOGRAPHIC on dyslexia. It caught my eye because it highlighted 12 Coping Skills for Students with Dyslexia. The link below connects you to the INFOGRAPHIC and an article about an individual sharing her experiences of growing up with dyslexia.I encourage you to take the time to read it and encourage your child (whether dyslexic or not) to use some of these coping skills.Blessings,Ms. Veurink
30 Books to Read Outloud to Older Children
Posted Dec 5, 2015, 7:56 PM by Arlet VeurinkIt is important for your child to read, however, it is just as important to read to your child. They get to hear what good reading sounds like. They get to hear good reading fluency and expression. Plus you also get to spend quality time with your child and share an interest. What a great way to end a day!Check out this link: 30 Books to Read Outloud to Older Children
Anxiety in Kids
Posted Oct 25, 2015, 5:37 PM by Arlet VeurinkAs adults we may experience anxiety during certain times in our lives. I know I have experienced it often and continue to experience it more times than I would like. It's usually what wakes me up at 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning. I don't remember it as a child except for the anxiety I experienced with tests. I was the kid whose leg would not stop shaking during a test and often forgot half the answers to the things I knew for the test. I found this article on anxiety with kids and teens. I hope you find it interesting and helpful.
Wonderfully Made Children
Posted Aug 23, 2015, 9:17 PM by Arlet Veurink
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
Wow! The love my Heavenly Father has for me overwhelms me! He knew me before I was created. He wanted me to be created. He created every single part of me. And He loves me! He loves me exactly the way I am. He loves me when I succeed. He loves me when I fail. He loves me when I use what He has gifted me to do. He loves me when I struggle. He loves me...no matter what!!
This is what I want every student I work with to know. I want them to know that God loves them...no matter what! That you love them...no matter what. That I love them...no matter what. That they need to love each other...no matter what. That they need to love themselves...no matter what. What an amazing gift we can give to our children!
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The mission of SJCS is to advance the kingdom of God by providing exceptional teaching and curriculum fully integrated with Biblical perspective. Within our committed Christian community, we live to engage and transform culture for Jesus Christ.
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