Leaders of Influence

“I love Siblings Day!” says one of our heroes. The Early Learners have been so excited for this day to come. They have been planning on activities to do in their studio to welcome their siblings. They discussed their sibling’s favorite toys and games. They thought of ways to problem solve anticipating issues that may come up during their siblings’ visit. The heroes shared hopeful prayers for their siblings to have fun and enjoy their time at Journey Academy.


The success of Siblings Day rested on the Early Learners’ ability to lead their siblings from a strong set of values. The heroes modeled and demonstrated servant leadership as they influenced their younger siblings through their heartfelt service, catering to their needs, from putting away their coats and lunch bags in lockers, showing them around the studio, finding materials for them to use, giving up their choices of toys for their siblings, and even taking them to go potty. Each hero made a conscious choice to do all he/she can to make this day special for his/her sibling.

The heroes have also been checking the calendar, counting down the days to their exhibition. Their ideas for the exhibition are all falling into place, from their choice of dinosaurs to represent, ingeniously making their own cardboard dinosaur costumes, or their choice to be a paleontologist reporting their findings during the exhibitions. All of which in pursuit of sharing all they have learned during this quest as paleontologists.


Our Week At A Glance

Week 5: May 7-11,  2018






Sibling day



Bible verse song

Psalm 8

Colossians 2:5

I delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.

What things do you do that delights, Jesus? How are you “disciplined and firm in your faith?”

Colossians 2:6

Continue to live your lives in Jesus…

Colossians 2:7

Rooted and built up in Jesus, strengthened in the faith

of Colossians 2:8

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy

Sibling introductions

Growth mindset

Meet your brain

Brain model

Khan Academy

Brain training

Brain song

How do you exercise your brain to make it stronger? How do you use your cerebrum, the thinking part of your brain? Solving problems? Drawing pictures? Play games?

Swirl and twist snake-like shape clay to create wrinkly cerebrum.

Growing your mind

Give your friend a high-five! How else do you use your cerebellum, which controls your muscles? Running? Jumping? Dancing?

Small mass  of clay with ridges at the back of brain model


Think of a time your prefrontal cortex helped you make a good choice. How did you come up with that decision? Pros and cons? Compare and contrast?

Twist smaller snake like playdoh in front of the brain

Challenges grow your brain

Think of a time you worked hard to get better at something? What helped you the most?


Help from others

How did your hippocampus help you remember the way to your fort in the woods?

Short curved seahorse shape under cerebrum left of cerebellum

I love my sibling

How do you show you love your sibling? Why do you love your sibling?

Writer’s workshop

Typing club

paleontologist journals

Spelling city

Write a letter to a sibling. Ask questions to prepare for sibling day.

Coloring workshop


Play-based TWTh



Paper crafts

Paper sculptures

Cardboard boxes




Hula hoops

Shaving cream



Exhibition preparations

Why do we need to have an exhibition?

What do you need to prepare for the exhibition?

How will you share all you have learned during our paleontology quest?

What would you like the people in the exhibition to know about the paleontology?

Colossians 2:9-10

In Chris,t you have been brought to fullness

Project time

Prehistoric amphibians


New dinosaur discovery

Read aloud: Is it a dinosaur?


Why is it important for paleontologists to discover more dinosaurs?

Marching dinosaur

Read aloud: Dinosaur days

How big were dinosaurs

Bigger than you think

Estimation and measurement skills:  

measure out the length of a dinosaur

If dinosaurs were still alive today, what ways can we keep them safe from humans? How can we be safe from them? Should we keep some of them in a zoo or a theme park?

Triceratops facts

Real or Make-Believe

Read aloud: Ask a dinosaur

Imagine you meet a dinosaur who could communicate with humans. What would you say to it? What Would you ask?

Ask a Dinosaur Expert

Sue Hendrickson

Read aloud: Sue, the Story of the Colossal fossil

What is the most important character trait a paleontologist need to be successful?



Ned the neuron

Think of a time your amygdala help you control your emotions.

Almond shape clay at the base of the hippocampus.

Add brain stem to control other parts of the body for breathing, digesting food.

Trunk like clay under cerebellum downward



Dinosaur sculptures


Exploring time and space


Dinosaur songs


Spray painting




Imagine what would happen if you did not have your cerebrum.

How did you use your cerebellum?

Who used their prefrontal made good choices today?

What strategies have helped you when you do 3B4G?

How did your amygdala help you control your emotions today?

Happy Mother’s Day

to our

Amazing Moms!!!

What do you love most about MOM?


My mom snuggles with me!


My mom is nice to me always!


My mom gets us food!


My mom gets us what we need!


My mom gets us pedicures and manicures and then lunch!


My mom loves other people so much!


My mom is always nice!


My mom is kind and nice!


My mom plays with me!

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