In the first months of the 2020 calendar year, Olivet Academy used Elementary School morning services to teach a character traits series of bible studies to students, encouraging them to be optimistic, attentive, considerate and diligent.
The series is part of a continuing effort to develop learning of the Word of God at the school, in line with the school’s mission to encourage Christlike character development in order to raise global Christian leaders.
For example, the character trait being diligent was defined as the quality of doing your best with care and persistence in order to accomplish a goal. Messages related to the trait came from Proverbs 6:6 comparing the ant with the sluggard; Luke 19 explaining the Parable of the Ten Minas and Proverbs 22:29 elaborating on the principle of building a skill little by little with persistence. The messages were supported with illustrations of Aesop’s fable “The Ant and the Grasshopper” and the life of Joseph in the Book of Genesis, among others.
As they study, children are building their foundations of faith through learning to listen, learning to love and consider others and also learning to work diligently for their studies.
The school has encouraged teachers to integrate the Biblical examples in their daily academic studies through the books they read in class as well as various activities and projects in order to reinforce understanding. Each class also nominates a recipient who displays that character trait to receive an award.
Focusing on one character trait over a long time allows students to dig deep into the meaning through bible verses, reading materials and hands-on projects.
Classrooms have displays of their character traits studies on their bulletin boards. In one class, for example, students imagined a very optimistic version of themselves, created and built a superhero characters with extraordinary “Optimistic” powers.
Please pray for the continued spiritual growth of students at Olivet Academy.