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Genius Hour – Cooking Show

2019-03-30T09:02:28-05:00

Genius Hour is a tremendously creative concept the Mrs. Rasche uses with her students at Decatur Christian. The students are challenged to think about something they would like to learn, and then create a project that incorporates the learning of a skill or idea. In this student's Genius Hour project, Alli decided she wanted to expand her cooking skills, and demonstrate that new skill through the production of a cooking show. With the help of her father coaching with camera skills and video shooting, Alli spent lots of time over a few weeks making five different episodes of her cooking show. [...]

Genius Hour – Cooking Show2019-03-30T09:02:28-05:00

Life Lessons in Preschool

2019-03-29T15:18:11-05:00

by Amy Miller, Pre-K Director Every spring we have a seed project in my preschool class.  Each of the kids gets a Ziploc bag, and we put some wet cotton balls and some bean seeds in the bag.  The kids decorate a little greenhouse paper, and we staple the bag to the greenhouse artwork. Then, the plastic bag gets taped to the window.  We talk about what plants need to grow: nutrients, water and sunlight.  Then, we wait.  The kids keep checking the bags to see if there are any changes, sometimes several times a day.  In a few days, we [...]

Life Lessons in Preschool2019-03-29T15:18:11-05:00

Genius Hour – The Dancing Bears

2019-03-28T19:43:33-05:00

Mrs. Rasche has a plan to turn students into masterminds and geniuses. She taps into the interests of learners, and challenges them to create and learn and then share their amazing work. One of these students, Corinn, decided she wanted to create a stop motion video using Ty Beanie Babies bears - lots of them. These bears dance in synchronized fashion, all as directed by Corinn. There are two versions of Corinn's work here on this post. The first one is Corinn's project, and the second version is the narrated explanation of the bears and the stop motion work that makes [...]

Genius Hour – The Dancing Bears2019-03-28T19:43:33-05:00

Slow Motion Relay Race Quiz

2019-02-07T15:57:09-05:00

DCS 4th Grade at DCS studied for their Bible quiz by using a relay race called the “Baton Race”. Each of the two teams had a worksheet wrapped around a paper towel roll, and they did slow motion running to the front of the room. Then, each contestant opened up the worksheet, read a Bible quiz question and wrote the answer to as fast as possible, wrapped the quiz paper back around the paper towel roll, and ran in slow motion to the back of the room where they handed the baton off to the next person on their team. The [...]

Slow Motion Relay Race Quiz2019-02-07T15:57:09-05:00

Biblical Christian Biology

2019-02-08T12:54:39-05:00

In the final days of our unit study on biology, the senior class was challenged to create a series of posters representing various worldview ideas about life and origins.  The students used a website called "Big Huge Labs" to create movie posters.  The student creations involved a bit of creativity with listing various cast members for their movie posters.  Here are a few of the posters, which also included key concepts and some quotes.        

Biblical Christian Biology2019-02-08T12:54:39-05:00

STEM Projects Light Up the Classrooms

2019-02-04T17:33:37-05:00

There is a lot of new activity with our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program here at Decatur Christian School. Fourth grade teacher, Gay Helgemo, has taken a lead role in selecting various hands-on projects for the students in Kindergarten through fourth grade. One project was a foam bracelet made by the students, with an LED light bulb and a small coin battery built into the wrist band. Students put together their foam bracelets by attaching small, self-sticking shapes to their bracelets. Then, with a bit of extra workmanship, they added a small LED light. They truly loved operating these [...]

STEM Projects Light Up the Classrooms2019-02-04T17:33:37-05:00

DCS Robotics Team Places 5th of 17 Teams in Scrimmage Meet

2018-11-23T05:19:15-05:00

Decatur Christian School has a team of students in the high school level of robotics competition.  The call their team the DCS MechWarriors.  Nathan Weaks, Bryce Shew, Kaleb Reynolds, and Sam Frankovich are making their mark on the landscape of regional tech teams.  Coached by DCS teacher Joe Braun, the team participated in their first scrimmage meet in Champaign, Illinois on November 10th.  There were 5 matches with different objectives in the matches.  The competition is part of First Tech Challenge, which is an organization formed to help students learn about designing, building, and programming robots. Kaleb Reynolds, Bryce Shew, [...]

DCS Robotics Team Places 5th of 17 Teams in Scrimmage Meet2018-11-23T05:19:15-05:00

Does God Exist?

2018-11-04T02:54:23-05:00

It is important to correctly answer questions of the existence of God.  Biblical Christianity asserts not only the existence of God, but that Jesus, the Son of God, paid the price for the salvation of any who call on His name for forgiveness of sin.  Eternity is at stake.  But, the world is offering lots of noise about whether God exists or not.  Equipping a generation of young people to stand firm in their faith is a value we hold at Decatur Christian School. The 12th grade Bible class at DCS studies worldviews from the Summit Ministries Curriculum, Understanding the Times.  [...]

Does God Exist?2018-11-04T02:54:23-05:00

Learning to Read

2018-11-23T05:15:54-05:00

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now. When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of blist.

Learning to Read2018-11-23T05:15:54-05:00

Yum Yum for Sum Sums

2018-11-04T00:54:37-05:00

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now. When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of blist.

Yum Yum for Sum Sums2018-11-04T00:54:37-05:00

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