From Genesis to Revelation
Exciting things are happening at Westridge!  The 4th, 5th, and 6th grade class is about to begin a Journey Through the Bible.  We’ll be reading from Genesis to Revelation and digging deep into the scripture by looking at archaeology, scientific proof, and culture and foods of the day, with crafts, activities, and acting out scenes in costume to cement the stories into our minds.


The classroom has been redone to give the ambience of bible lands from the moment you step through the door.  This is total immersion into the time and place of bible characters to make it as real as we possibly can in 2018 in Pocahontas, Arkansas.
As we study each book of the Bible, students will add another card to their ring (66 in all).  These cards tell the basic ideas in each book, how it pertains to their lives, and what key points and stories are contained within that book.  They can be used as a quick reference to help with study later on. 


We’ll be adding to the Journey Through the Bible notebooks with useful and interesting information to bring the stories to life.  And at the end of the course, students will receive a beautiful bible that they’ll be proud to use for years.

Check back periodically to see what we’re learning.

December 04, 2017
Our journey began this past Sunday with a small, but enthusiastic group of children.  Miss Edie and Miss Karen, who dressed as women from the bible, were eager to teach, share, and encourage.  In our excitement about the day we forgot to take pictures, but this morning, thanks to a very generous couple from Westridge, we have a new addition to our classroom:  A brand new Smart TV that we can view videos, maps and images, and other visuals on to enhance the learning experience.
We are excited, blessed, and thrilled.  This will be an exciting journey!  
December 24, 2017
The first two lessons in the Journey Through the Bible series were from Genesis.  We learned God created the earth and all that is in it and about the nature of God and how he reacts to sin. 
We are SO PROUD of our students.  They are eager to learn and each of them contributes to the class in comments, questions, and participation.
Since we are in the month of December, we decided to take a little diversion and talk about the birth of Christ and why God came to earth.  We spent one week discussing the prophesies that foretold the coming of the long awaited Messiah.
Then on Christmas Eve, we reenacted the manger scene and the coming of the Magi later on.  One of our elders joined us and we took the opportunity to ask him to be our narrator.
With scripts in hand, each child handled the scenes brilliantly. 
We discussed the gifts that the wise men brought when they visited Jesus later on.  Students were able to smell  frankincense and myrrh and we talked about the medicinal properties of these precious gifts.
Afterwards we sang “Away in a Manger” and “Silent Night”.  We have some good singers in the class and hearing “Silent Night” sung by sweet innocent voices is a beautiful sound indeed.  
When asked what they learned that they didn’t know before we acted out the scenes, something different stood out in each of their minds.  It was good to talk about what they remembered or noticed and to reinforce it with added discussion.
Since we celebrated the birth of Christ this week, we had a three layer birthday cake and sang Happy Birthday to Jesus.  Each student told us how they planned to celebrate Christmas.  And in every case, the first thing they mentioned was time with family.
Miss Edie and Miss Karen had planned to sing “Mary Did You Know?” to them, but to our delight and surprise, they all knew the song and we all sang it together.
Have I mentioned what an amazing group of kids these are?  In 45 minutes, we put on costumes, acted out an important scene from the bible, had discussions, songs, birthday cake, and a great time learning about the birth of our Savior.
Next week we’ll pick up where we left off in Genesis.