Shining Light Fridays

In addition to our regular curriculum and our weekly enrichment classes, we have Shining Light Friday activities every Friday afternoon! These activities include community service, field trips, life skills lessons (such as cooking, sewing a button, changing a tire, etc.), and special speakers. Monthly, we visit our local nursing home to sing, play games, paint fingernails, and fellowship with the residents.

Below are clips of some of the Shining Light Activities we have done this current school year and clips of “hands-on” lessons, enrichment classes, etc. to give you a snapshot of what we do at The Light Academy. We invite you to visit our Facebook page – The Light Academy – to see additional pictures and posts highlighting instruction, special projects, and Shining Light Friday activities!

Check out our Facebook page – The Light Academy – to see additional pictures and posts about what we are doing here at The Light Academy!

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We’re learning to be the light! During our Valentines’ party today, students took a few moments to discuss and decide what gifts they wanted to buy through World Vision with their money. They had $75, and decided to buy two chickens for $25, five ducks for $35, and the remaining $15 went towards the option “where most needed.”

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Our Shining Light Friday activity this week and last week was a meal planning project! After a brief discussion about what protein, fats, carbohydrates, fiber, etc. makes a balanced meal, student searched for recipes and planned a meal. After making their “shopping list,” we went to our local Food Lion to research prices for our ingredients. We’ll finish up next week with each group sharing their meals with nutritional values and the cost of their meals.

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The Light Academy celebrated our 100th day of school on Friday! We made dodecahedrons (a 3 dimensional polyhedron with 12 flat faces : ). Below are a few pictures of some of their sides. It was also a great day to take our “new to us” bus to the park for recess before heading to the library where Ms. Jennifer told us about the events that transpired a hundred years ago on the same day! We learned that a loaf of bread was 7 cents, a quart of milk was 7 cents, and if you made $5,000 a hundred years ago, you were pretty rich! We then headed to the nursing home for our monthly trip there to sing and visit with our friends! We love, love, love these kids and seeing the love they show to others!

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God has blessed The Light Academy with a great 21 passenger bus! We are so grateful and excited to take our first trip in it this week!!

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Students learned some cooking basics at this week’s Shining Light Friday! Breakfast was the theme – we made syrup, waffles, pancakes, hot chocolate, and we even used the microwave to make scrambled eggs!

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Mrs. Landow taught the students about an Austrian artist by the name of Friedensreich Hundertwasser who was known for his work with contrasting warm and cool colors. This week’s lesson was the first of three to complete their Hundertwasser piece!

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We’ve made lots of fun things for our parents for Christmas! Ssshh! Don’t tell them!

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Learning to be the light!!

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What a wonderful blessed night celebrating Jesus’ birth!! A band performance, “Sleigh Bells” with cups, songs in French, a simple scripture reading of the Christmas story from the books of Matthew and Luke which was sweet and warmed our hearts, “Happy Birthday Jesus” with sign language, and a fun and cute finale of “Jingle Bell Rock” with smoke and lights!! We had fun fellowship with our school community! We are so blessed!

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We had a wonderful time at Envoy Nursing Home for our Shining Light Friday activity! Going to visit the residents is one of our favorite things to do each month! We made Christmas ornaments with the residents and sang Christmas songs for them and with them! Lower elementary students rocked out to “Jingle Bell Rock” and signed “Happy Birthday Jesus” while the upper elementary and middle school students also sang “Sleigh Bells” and several other carols.


We had an awesome guest speaker today at our Shining Light Friday activity! Navy Lieutenant Mat Cantagallo talked about the many career choices in the military and answered many great questions from the students. He also taught them how to salute correctly!

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In September one of our students visited one of the churches in England that the pilgrims had attended. We had the opportunity to Skype with him and take a virtual tour! We saw the large slab used by the pilgrims to board their ship!

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We had a great turnout for our Ribbon Cutting! It was an exciting time of celebration! Many in our community were able to meet our students, see our school space,view our students’ art work, view a student created digital presentation, and hear about our programs! Thank you to those who came out to support us, and thank you to our God for this wonderful school!