When transitioning from the grammar stage to the logic stage, it is important to guide students on how to connect all that information they are memorizing. We don’t memorize just to learn a bunch facts for the moment and then forget it. Also, I do not want them to learn something in one subject without understanding how it may be linked to another subject.
Here are a few examples of what I mean:
★ History – We have been talking about God’s creation as accounted in Genesis 1 giving special attention to how He declared it was good on Days 1 through 5, then very good on Day 6. Very soon though we learn that His creation was marred due to man’s sin. When we read literature, it is important to think about how the story or characters have been affected by the Fall.
★ Literature -Right now the 2nd graders are reading The Boxcar Children. What a truly sweet story this is, but it is undeniable that the children are not in an ideal situation when we are introduced to them in chapter 1. Their parents have died, and from what they understand, the relationship between their parents and grandfather had been broken. But in the midst of this sadness, we witness the sweet and strong relationship the children have with one another. Although this isn’t a “Christian” book, we can see God’s grace working throughout this story.
★ Grammar – Much time in class has been spent on identifying what a complete sentence is and the role of the subject and the predicate (verb). As we look at the first words of Genesis, , we find “In the beginning, God created…” The students were able to identify that God is the subject of this sentence. Not only that, but He is the subject 35 times within the 1st chapter of Genesis.
★ Science – This semester we are focusing on the study of the human body. The students are quickly realizing how complex and intricate our bodies are. In history we have talked about how God created us in His image, while in Bible we are memorizing Psalm 139, where the psalmist describes how God knows us so intimately, that He even knows our words before they are “on our tongue.” How magnificent that we have a Father, who created the smallest part of us, our cells, in order that each kind serves a specific purpose, who knows even our thoughts, and who made us His image bearers.
2nd/3rd Grade Teacher