At Lakeway Christian Schools, our vision is to equip students to become leaders who influence the world for Christ. Jesus modeled this for us by speaking truth in love and showing us his deep desire to be in relationship with people. He commanded us in Luke to love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Teaching children how to do this requires explicit instruction and intentional time for students to reflect and practice. As part of our emphasis to deepen relationships in our classrooms and throughout the school, Cornerstone has implemented the "Caring School Community" program this year.
Children learn best in communities where their needs are met and they feel safe to take the risks required for learning. When students feel valued and safe, achievement increases. Therefore, in addition to Bible lessons and prayer time, teachers have implemented morning circles, closing circles, community chats, and class meetings where students learn how to practice these skills.
Lessons focus on social and emotional skills by learning about others' interests, opinions, ideas, and how to treat one another with respect. Teachers at Cornerstone are empowered to create calm, orderly learning environments through the use of effective classroom management practices and a caring approach to discipline.
So far this year, Kindergarten and first grade have learned the jobs of community helpers in our school and visited one of those work spaces to meet them. This allows students to see we are all working together for a common goal. Second through fifth grades are reflecting and sharing feelings/emotions and learning more about empathy. All students are pairing up with partners practicing how to talk with others in a respectful manner and how to resolve conflicts whether on the playground, café, or classroom.
We invite you to be part of this caring community experience! Each week look for the home connection piece which provides conversation stems and activities to complete at home with your child. We appreciate your partnership and praise God for the opportunity we have to effectively teach students how to love God and love others so they can influence the world for Christ.