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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Arma Dei Academy is off to a great start!

Thanks to the many efforts of parents, students, faculty and staff, the school year has begun peacefully and in order. Learning is underway in each classroom; we have already seen 8th Grade students constructing DNA models, making certain the correct nucleotide bases were linked together.  Fourth grade students have encountered Pilgrim's sojourn to the Celestial City.  Second and third graders are discovering Latin is alive and sixth graders are on a raft down the Mississippi river with Huck and Jim.   And so much more! If you attended the school picnic last Friday, you probably got acquainted with some of the sixty families now educating…

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