Classical Curriculum by Kara Rainey, Dean of Academics – Humanities

When I was introduced to classical Christian education twelve years ago, my first impression of classical Christian education was how beautiful it was. Flipping through the pages of the books, I was drawn in by the artwork, the stories of virtue, and the inspiration of those who had gone before us. It reminded me of my grandma’s house. She taught at a one-room schoolhouse in Iowa, just like Little House on the Prairie, and her house was filled with classic books and artifacts. Everything she said was directed towards teaching us about God and the world around us. When I saw…

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Christ-Centered Education by Sally Butler, Kindergarten Teacher

A Christ-Centered environment is one that consciously and purposely points all things: knowledge, understanding, behavior, discipline, every event in or outside the classroom, to Christ, who is our ultimate example of how to live and the source from where all things come. The kindergarten classroom at Arma Dei Academy acknowledges Christ as the center of everything we do! Students in the kindergarten classroom learn about God and how much He loves them through Old Testament Bible stories, class discussions, songs, poems, and prayer time. The Old Testament stories come alive on a large, colorful flannel board where students are able to…

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4th-Grade Field Trip

On Thursday, October 3rd the 4th Grade class visited two historic churches in downtown Denver. The Metropolis of Denver, a Greek Orthodox center that has stunning iconography, typical of this denomination. While there, students received a tour from one of the Fathers and discussed as a class the similarities and differences between Eastern and Western Christianity. Once their tour of the Metropolis was over, students went to Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Built in the early 1900’s, this stunning Catholic Cathedral, built in the gothic style has over 75 stained glass windows and two bell spires reaching 210 feet.

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3rd-Grade Field Trip

On Friday, October 4th the 3rd Grade class traveled to the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. They spent the morning touring the housing, dining, training, and recreational facilities of 500 athletes and coaches at the flagship training center. They spent the afternoon experiencing their own athletic challenge on the Ninja Warrior Course at the Springs Trampoline Park. We may have some future Olympians in the 3rd grade class!

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House Kickball Competition

Arma Dei Houses compete every Thursday in either an academic or athletic category. This week's kickball competition, Avari and Laiquendi were victorious over Noldor and Vanyar respectively. Noldor House, however, earned points for good sportsmanship. They created and raised signs to support Vanyar, Laiquendi and Avari when those Houses took the field! Several 8th-grade leaders earned additional points for their houses by ensuring that younger members of their house were included in the contest and had an opportunity to kick the ball before older students took turns. As always, House competition ended with students singing the first catechism question and answer,…

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5th-Grade Field Trip

5th-grade class ventured to Living History Days in Morrison, CO. They experienced 18th-century life through costumed interpreters, hands-on activities, and military demonstrations. Aspects of the 18th-century life were on display - agriculture, blacksmith, cider press, education, games, gunsmith, military, and much more. Students participated in a lesson on candle dipping, wrote their name with a feather at the calligraphy table, played with muskets and pretended they were in the military!

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Back To School Picnic

On Sunday, September 22nd, Arma Dei Academy held its annual Back to School Picnic and 3rd annual Amazing Arma Dei Race. Over 265 participants competed in Houses to complete five challenges. House points were awarded for competition, nobility, service and leadership. Laiquendi took the victory with 40 points, while Avari placed second with 39 points. Close behind with 38 points was Noldor, and Vanyar earned 28 points. It was a gorgeous day for families to connect and enjoy fellowship! Schoolwide Scripture Memory

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