On October 25th, the students at PCA had the opportunity to do some hands-on (and ears-on) learning.
Kindergarten, first, and second grade students bundled up and ventured to Pinnacle Mountain State Park where they examined different aspects of the world around us: from birds and trees, to the skull of a razorback. As a park ranger guided them through a wildlife tour at Pinnacle Mountain, the children had the chance to experience nature first-hand. What an excellent occasion for PCA students to engage God’s creation and learn about the life cycle of creatures through a biblical lens! At PCA, we value those moments where classroom learning can be joined to real-life application. Students, teachers, and parents alike thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to be so close to the world that God created. It is needless to say that a great time was had by all.
While the younger students were delighting in God’s creation at Pinnacle Mountain, the third through eighth grades visited the Robinson Center – they were immersed in the world of music: courtesy of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.
During their trip they heard pieces from several different time periods and composers, for example: Vivaldi, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, John Williams, and Danny Elfman. The pieces that were performed were specially selected to highlight “the musical superheroes of the orchestra,” with specific pieces for the tuba and the piccolo. This highlighting allowed the students to take particular note of some of the less heralded instruments as well, such as the oboe, bassoon, viola, and xylophone. Students also gained a further appreciation for the work that the conductor performs in leading the symphony. Geoffrey Robson both led and introduced the orchestra, and his enthusiasm as he worked was thoroughly enjoyed. After the symphony concluded, the group spent a short time at War Memorial Park for a picnic lunch on a beautiful fall afternoon.
Whether outside in nature or indoors listening to a symphony, the brilliance of God can be seen, heard, and marveled at by us. As we realize that every tree, leaf, animal and stone, each music note, harmony and melody comes from the Lord, it brings us to worship and share with one another how to glory in all that God does and has done.