My child loves school!

What a blessing to hear from parents who came to our portfolio reviews how much their hero loves coming to school and enjoys learning. The heroes were so excited to have this special time with their parents and share with them all the fun they have at school,  learning and meeting their goals.  As each hero read books to their parents, presented samples of their work, and showed off their progress and achievements, heroes and parents were glowing with pride for all the heroes’ accomplishments. But of all their achievements in math, reading, or writing, their greatest achievement in Journey Academy is learning to love learning.

Hero personal responses during discussions:


What is something you would like to get better at?

How do you know that Jesus is in your heart?

Hero’s journey: Call to action What is God calling you to do?



I know Jesus is in my heart because Jesus watches over me at night.

God is calling me to love others more than myself.


My responsibilities

I know Jesus is in my heart because when I am doing good things, it is Jesus doing good things.

God is calling me to tell people about Journey Academy.


Ice skating

I know Jesus is in my heart because Daddy loves me.

God is calling me to help people.


Building and sketching

I know Jesus is in my heart because I asked him to.

God is calling me to be an entrepreneur.


Drawing a dog

I know Jesus is in my heart because I stand up for those who are hurt.

God is calling to tell others about Jesus.



I know Jesus is in my heart because I hear Jesus’ voice.

God is calling me to love Jesus.



I know Jesus is in my heart because Jesus tells me what to do.

God is calling to help my friends and family.


Cursive writing

I know Jesus is in my heart because I dream about Jesus in heaven.

God is calling me to listen to my Mom and Dad and Jesus.


Drawing dinosaurs

I read the Bible and it says Jesus is in my heart.

God is calling me listen to my heart.

Our Week At A Glance

Week 3: April 23-27,  2018



Bible verse song

1 John

Colossians 1:15-20

Do you believe Jesus is really God? How do you know?

Colossians 1:22

God has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in His sight

In what ways can you stay holy? Does holy mean perfect?  

Colossians 1:23

Continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel.

What helps you continue in your faith?

Colossians 1:24-25

The commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness

What is God calling you to do in your Hero’s journey?

Colossians 1:26-27

This mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory

How do you know Jesus is in you?

Growth mindset

The Dot

Peter Reynold

What is something you would like to get better at?

Everyone can learn to ride a bicycle

Chris Raschka

What strategies have you tried to reach your goal?

If you want to see a whale

Julie Fogliano


What do you tell someone when they think your dream is impossible?

Rosie Revere, Engineer

Andrea Beaty

What do you do when something you wanted to make didn’t turn out the way you wanted?

The most magnificent thing

Ashley Spires

What would happen if the character in the story quit? Think of a time you thought about quitting. Why did you feel that way? What did you do?

Writer’s workshop

Typing club

Letters for parents

Spelling city

dinosaur book



Play-based TWTh



Sharks and minnows

Hula hoop

Kitty dramatic play

Jurassic park plane

Library books




Read Aloud

The Great Dinosaur Mystery and the Bible

What is a Pterosaurs

Imagine you are a paleontologist and you discovered a fossil that proves that Pterosaurs can also live in water. Other paleontologists disagree with you and do not believe you. What would you do? What if they say you cannot be a paleontologist anymore if you believe this way, would you change your mind?

How do dinosaur fit into the Bible

You share with some friends about what the Bible says about dinosaurs but they think the Bible is wrong. Would you try to convince them to believe? How?

Andy’s dinosaur adventures

You go back in time and find out that you were wrong about the fossils that you found. Would you tell other paleontologists about your mistake even if it might cost you your career?

Prehistoric birds

You are a pteranodon and you are looking for fish to feed your babies. You find some fish but it is enough to only feed your babies and none left for you. Would you give all the fish for your babies or for yourself? If you do not eat some, you would be too weak to care for your babies. If you eat some, your babies would be hungry and could die. What would you do?

Meet Paleontologist

Jin Meng

What questions would you ask a paleontologist?

Project time

Observe a dinosaur

Bird cam

How dinosaurs looked

How dinosaurs lived

How dinosaurs moved

Maddy’s mom storytime

How dinosaurs behaved



Exploring time and space


Dinosaur mural painting


Dinosaur songs






Think of a time you worked as hard as you could.

Think of a time you review and re-reviewed your work for possible mistakes.

Think of a time you spent enough time to do quality work.

Think of a time you made good use of available resources.

Think of a time you set high standards for yourself. How did you maintain these high standards?

Upcoming events

Tuesday, May 1

Middle School Heroes: ELS Guides for a Day

Thursday, May 3

Field trip: Michigan State University Museum

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