But, in my view, these enriching activities outside our campuses are important for many reasons. First, they expose our students to new experiences they wouldn't otherwise have in the classroom. For example, as part of our curriculum, we learn about the many different kinds of animals God created for us to enjoy. What better way to explore these amazing creatures than in-person at Sea World! This past month, we took our first Sea World trip of 2016 and had a blast touching the manta ray and counting the teeth on a real shark jaw bone! These kinds of hands-on experiences give each child a better understanding and appreciation for God's creatures.
Secondly, many of these experiences can be recalled and useful in the learning process later on. We try our best to make each trip relevant to what we are learning or will learn in the classroom. Earlier this year, I took our students from both schools to the Creation Museum in Santee. It is a great facility dedicated to showing its visitors how our world came to be, from a creationist perspective! The children had a wonderful time walking through the exhibit on the days of creation, each room themed for a specific day of the week! Since we had already learned the days of creation, our visit helped reinforce what we had learned at school and hopefully gave each child a more illustrative mental picture of God's creative power.
Finally, we want to develop in our students a love for learning. Each month, we drive our kids to the library. While there, each child is given an opportunity to hear a story with illustrations read aloud to them, followed by a similarly themed craft. This reinforces their already-growing imagination and creativity.
So, if your child is a student at Miracle Moments already, if you are thinking of enrolling your child, or know of someone who might be interested in what we have to offer, know that the learning process does not only take place in our classrooms or on the playground. We live in San Diego, a place where there is so much to do and see! We as teachers and administrators choose to harness that beauty and excitement and use it to help prepare our children for a lifetime of learning and growth.