'This Is a God Place': Why I Send My Kids to Christian School
Students learn in different ways and have different strengths and weaknesses. Nowhere is this more obvious than in a school environment where there is socioeconomic diversity. (Think of the student who has been to every Mommy and Me class learning beside a student who has never been inside a library or who has rarely been read to.) Mustard Seed School uses daily experiences in the arts to address different abilities and ways of learning. For example, Isaiah is a high-flying reader, but he struggles to share his voice with his class. He and his classmates go to the Shared Space every day, where they use artistic media and project work to deepen and express their learning. In drama, Isaiah has to use his voice. He can lean on the strength of his friend who is a great storyteller but a struggling reader.
At bedtime last night, I asked Joshua and Isaiah what I should tell you about school. Their answer surprised me. They both said, "It is a God place." It's true. But more than the lovely, daily worship, faith is lived out in the classroom. And you don't have to be a Christian to attend the school. In fact, many families are not.
As for me, I love commencement. Each student is recognized for a character quality that he brings to the class. Before the end of the night, I am surrounded by "math lover," "musician," "truth-teller," "diligent," "researcher"—a host of children who are affirmed for who they are as they pursue academic excellence.