Why I Chose a Classical School for My Children

by Lee Cordon on January 12, 2016 in Education, Homeschooling, School-Aged With the flip top wooden desks and lack of computers or iPads, you could easily mistake my daughter’s classical school for something out of the 1950s. But it’s not a longing for the good old days that motivated my husband and me to make the counter-cultural decision to send our daughters to a classical school. After five years of having children in a classical school, these are the reasons I am so happy my husband and I made the decision we did: They learn how great minds learned for centuries. Classical…

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Veterans brought history to life

Arma Dei Academy and family members attend weekly Chapel on Friday mornings, but on November 6, 2015 a very special Veteran Day Celebration chapel was held. The Academy celebrated Veterans Day with almost 15 men and women, related to Arma Dei families, representing careers in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Army Reserves. These decorated individuals honored and allowed the Academy to celebrate them and their service to our Country. The celebration included students honoring the Veterans by walking into the auditorium to the Marine’s Hymn and then singing My Country Tis of Thee.  The first graders led the Pledge…

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Classical Christian education cooperates best as a model with the growing child’s mind

Classical Christian education cooperates best as a model with the growing child's mind.  Ancient, yet contemporarily effective, classical Christian education applies the trivium to organize and graduate a students learning from the simple to the complex.  The trivium is known as the grammar, logic and rhetoric stages. In the grammar stage, a classical, Christian school teaches the structure, vocabulary, rules and conventions of each branch of learning.  Next the student is ready to connect this knowledge and to reason clearly about it.  This is learned through the study and application of logic across each arena of learning.  Finally, at the rhetoric level, the…

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The problem with one of the biggest changes in education around the world

By Roberto A. Ferdman There's an interesting thing happening in countries where kids are the most comfortable with computers: they aren't reading all that well. In fact, the more children use computers at school, the more their reading abilities seem to suffer. The chart below,  from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), shows the relationship between computer use at school and reading abilities in developed countries around the world, including the United States, Germany, China, Japan, Australia, and others. And it doesn't bode well for those pushing for ceiling-less introductions of technology into classrooms.   "Overall, the use of computers does not seem to…

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Why a Classical Christian Education?

Why is it that in general, students today read at a lower level, reason less clearly, and are more receptive than ever to the misinformation constantly bombarding them? Why is it that Christian students are ill prepared to defend what they believe and often drift from their biblical moorings? Educationally, how has this country lost its way? Has it always been this way or did teachers of past generations educate children differently? What is missing? These were some of the concerns addressed by Dorothy Sayers, student at Oxford who delivered a 1947 landmark essay entitled, The Lost Tools of Learning. Since…

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Reading to our children

Brain research is fascinating.  And the fact that more research has been done on the physical brain in the last 30 years than in all the years before is a wonder. Early educator books on brain research and its relation to the growing, maturing brain were insightful reads.  Dr. Jane Healey's books, Endangered Minds and Your Child's Growing Mind cautioned against too much television and video games. It begged the question, what can parents and educators do to stimulate and foster lively, developing brains in children and students? In those books, we grew to appreciate Albert Einstein donating his physical brain…

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Wish List

ITEM PRICE TOTAL RAISED REMAINING Operating Fund $100,000 $100,000 $8,724 $91,276 Tuition Assistance $25,000 $25,000 $- $25,000 Fresh Flowers $50 $450 $- $450 Great Books of the Western World $887 $887 $887 $- More P.E. Equipment & Facility Rental $2,000 $2,000 $- $2,000 Tool kit $100 $100 $- $100 Set of iPads for Logic School $849 $13,587 $10,000 $3,587 $142,024 $19,611 $122,413

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