To Build a Canoe . . .

They are going to build a canoe. They don’t know how yet. I don’t know how yet, either.

But this year, they are going to build a canoe, paddle it, invite other students to have a ride, and think about starting a Build-A-Canoe-Business. It is going to be a BRIE experience, for sure!

To accomplish this, they will need to do the following:

1. Earn the canoe kit, approximately $1,000. (economics and finance)

2. Build “the team” before they build the canoe. (social-emotional learning)

3. Build relationship with their workshop host. (community service, character education)

4. Learn how to handle non-power tools. (used to be called “shop class”)

5. Read and follow directions. (reading comprehension, logic)

6. Build the canoe, using muscle-power. (physical education)

7. Test the canoe and fix any problems. (scientific method)

8. Learn to paddle. (physical education)

9. Plan and write lessons for teaching others to paddle a canoe. (writing, logic)

10. Plan the “Come Try Our Canoe” event and invite others. (writing, community service, social-emotional learning)

11. Conduct the “Come Try Our Canoe” event and evaluate effectiveness. (communication, critical thinking, analysis)

12. Assess the whole experience to determine whether we should ever do it again – with a kit? from scratch? to sell? (analysis, critical thinking, decision-making, economics, finance)

Look at all that BRIE! Easy to see that it is, indeed, “Relational,” and “Integral,” and “Experiential.” But exactly how is this project “Biblical”?

Redemptive Education seeks to “align with God’s design.” All throughout scripture we see that God designed people to PLAN things, DO things, MAKE things, EVALUATE things. It is part of His plan for people (young and old) to figure things out, to work with others, to serve others, to discover new things and to delight in the process.  That’s LifeintheBRIE!

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