Nobody wants to think about it in July. But in less than a month, on August 2, children in my area will be back in school.
While my own children are now grown and out of school, I keep my ties to the local school year because my youngest daughter Jenna teaches elementary school.
She’s switching schools and grades this year. Instead of teaching Kindergarten in a public Title 1 school, she’ll be teaching 1st grade in a private school for students zoned to public Title I schools, each the recipient of a scholarship based on need.
While the children’s backgrounds will be much the same as her previous school, this year she’ll be able to mention aloud the name of Jesus to the children, pray with them, and have conversations together about God.
One book I’m donating to her class is God Bless My School by Hannah C. Hall, beautifully illustrated by Steve Whitlow.
It’s a padded board book with four rhyming lines to a page about young animals preparing for exciting new adventures at school, knowing God goes with them.
The book ends with this rhyme:
We’ve learned so much and made good friends.
We’ve worked hard and we’ve played.
The day is done—it’s been such fun!
“God bless my school,” we say!
So in this month when teachers are working hard to prepare for school—and parents are working hard to prepare their children—now is the time we all can pray, whether we have students or not, for:
- students everywhere,
- their families,
- and the adults who will be with them many of their waking hours in the upcoming 9 months.
Whether public, private, or homeschool, may God bless everyone’s school.
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Do you have children who will be returning to school soon? How do you prepare for it? Please share in the comments.
My thanks to BookLook Bloggers
for the review copy of this book
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