As budding scholars of art and history, Homeschool Collaborative students have continued to examine the stories of medieval history as it gave way to the art and culture of an emerging Renaissance. Among the greatest artists of his time, Donatello was a master sculptor, best known for creating intricate bas-relief sculptures in both marble and bronze, which adorn Florentine chapels, cathedrals, such as the Duomo, and museums throughout Italy. His Marzocco lion sculpture was carved as a protective symbol of Florence, and Collaborative students delighted in creating their own version of bas-relief lions that they wore home as protective pendants!
Arma Dei's 5th through 8th-grade students inaugurated a new annual tradition during last Friday's house competition: cheese rolling! Students were introduced to the British tradition of cheese rolling made famous at Cooper's Hill near Gloucester, England, before heading out to the green space behind Arma Dei to compete by grade level in chasing and nabbing their own rolling cheeses. The Baby Bell cheeses and Kroger brand cheese wiz cans employed in Arma Dei's cheese rolling event couldn't quite match the speeds obtained by the cheeses on Cooper's Hill. But on a positive note, fewer injuries were sustained than occur on an…
8th-grade students traveled to iFly Denver in Lone Tree where they spent the morning learning about the physics of skydiving through demos in the wind tunnel and a lab activity. They then put their knowledge into practice with simulated skydives of true freefall conditions in an indoor vertical wind tunnel. Students concluded the day with a visit to Independence Aviation Flight School in Centennial where they toured an extensive fleet of Cirrus Aircraft and participated in exciting flight simulators.
The 4th-grade students traveled to Colorado Adventure Point (CAP) in Lakewood for an opportunity to apply their scientific knowledge with some hands-on chemistry activities. They also learned the art of archery and enjoyed time building community with one another.
The Children's Homer by Padriac Column is an epic tale that includes two ancient Greek tales that shaped Greek culture, The Illiad and The Odyssey. Upon completion of reading the book, students were given a creative writing assignment. Odysseus's family was many miles away and he did not see them for over 20 years. If mail could have been delivered in the days of Ancient Greece, what would his family have written to each other? Students chose a character from Odysseus's family; Penelope, Odysseus, or Telemachus to write a letter to and from. Their letters were not only beautiful but they were abundantly creative!
On December 17 our adventurous 5th - 8th graders headed south for the winter to the Castle Rock area. At the Edge Adventure's SkyTrek, students explored a 4-story-high ropes course and tested their skills against nearly 120 different obstacles, encouraging one another all the while! Students also enjoyed a hike through Castlewood Canyon where they were able to experience four different Colorado ecosystems. They passed through the valley that was once a reservoir for the Castlewood Canyon Dam, which flooded the city of Denver in 1933 when the dam failed.
During our Grateful for Growth campaign, we have shared how God has abundantly blessed Arma Dei Academy. Now, we want to let our students share why they are grateful for Arma Dei. Watch Video