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Encounter Curriculum Provides Multiple Venues for Developing Relationship with Jesus »
Creating an archaeological dig, artistically interpreting Bible verses, paddling in lifeboats, and Bible story reenactments are just a few of the activities students are doing in the new Encounter Adventist Bible curriculum. The new curriculum has a transitional planning framework that includes content learning, engaged learning, heart and soul learning, and life learning with celebratory lessons mixed in.
Encounter creates a classroom setting where students can discover truths straight from the Bible (their only textbook), their personal relationship with Jesus Christ is nurtured, and the students are encouraged to share and celebrate that knowledge with others.
In addition, Encounter not only has spiritual goals for its students, but it also encourages critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication skills-–better known as the four Cs of education.
“The primary purpose of the Adventist Encounter Curriculum is for all our students, both elementary and secondary, to have a solid, deep, and personal knowledge of the truths of the Bible (Seventh-day Adventist fundamental beliefs); to respond to Christ’s invitation to live in a lifelong, vibrant relationship with Him; and to be passionate about the salvation of others,” states the Encounter website.
“Encounter is a discipleship program that is so needed in our current culture. I am seeing students grow in their knowledge of the Bible and discovering a relationship with their Savior at a deeper level than ever before. I can’t say enough good things about this program,” said Michelle Velbis, principal of the Daystar Christian School in Pueblo, Colorado.
“I really love Bible verses better now, because Mrs. Velbis has us draw and be creative with them. Because of this I now see God as a more beautiful person,” said 8th grader, Audra Bennett.
Micah Black, a 3rd grader at Daystar said, “I liked the lesson about Elijah because it made me feel closer to God.”
Another 8th grader, Luke Velbis, summed it up well, “I’ve enjoyed learning about how we can trust God, go to God, and lead others to God.”
After doing a lesson on heaven, Velbis’ students drew themselves sitting on Jesus’ lap or kneeling beside Him. “The fact that they felt that comfortable and confident in their relationship with Him was evidence to me that they understand God’s amazing love for them. As a teacher, that is such a comfort and praise!”
“Ultimately, Encounter seeks to obey the Three Angel’s Message of Revelation 14—a call for people to stand in these last days in a real relationship with God, to be aroused from their apathy and worship our Creator alone. Encounter seeks to build for eternity.” For more information, go to encounter.adventisteducation.com.
-- Michelle Velbis; text and photos