Why Your Student Needs Latin

By Mr. Tyler Gregory, Grammar & Logic School Latin TeacherI get it. It’s a dead language. You can’t speak it with anyone in the world. There’s too much to memorize. It won’t matter on your resume. So why do classical educators still insist on teaching Latin?  It’s hard to detect, but there’s a subtle assumption behind these kinds of criticisms. It goes like this: education is just a means to some financial end. Latin clearly does not achieve that end. Therefore, Latin is – to put it bluntly – “useless.” But this reasoning is troubling. It conceals a modern priority that…

Comments Off on Why Your Student Needs Latin

Saint Augustine: Rhetoric Student (and Teacher) By Aaron Denlinger

Saint Augustine: Rhetoric Student (and Teacher) By Aaron Denlinger Arma Dei Academy students entering the Rhetoric stage of their education are walking, perhaps unbeknownst to them, in the footsteps of Augustine of Hippo (354-420 AD), a.k.a. Saint Augustine, arguably Christianity’s best known theologian of all time. Having completed his early education in Madauros (a small town in present-day Algeria), Augustine moved to Carthage as a teenager to study formal Rhetoric. He proved rather apt at the discipline, and shortly after completing his studies, became a Rhetoric teacher, first in Carthage, and then in Milan. Upon moving to Italy, Augustine attended sermons…

Comments Off on Saint Augustine: Rhetoric Student (and Teacher) By Aaron Denlinger

3rd-Grade Festival

On Friday, third-grade families had the chance to travel back in time to witness the epic battle between Carthage and Rome, whereby General Hannibal strategically led his troops, as well as an army of elephants, across the Alps in an attempt to defeat the Romans. Unfortunately, his unique plan proved unsuccessful, and Rome victoriously defeated the army of Carthaginians. After this historical event had played out, Festival Day concluded with a delicious Greek Feast, put on by the 3rd-grade moms!

Comments Off on 3rd-Grade Festival

4th-Grade Festival

On Thursday, fourth-grade students performed what they have learned in history, which covers 1,000 years of European events. It begins right before the fall of Rome, which happened in 476 AD and continued past the discovery of the New World to the reign of Queen Elizabeth. Their study began where 3rd-grade left off and prepares them for 5th-grade, where they will be learning about the exploration and settlement of the “new” lands. Much of this history is the history of God’s church through the ages. Fourth-graders began studying Augustine in 386 AD and watched how the church became the center of…

Comments Off on 4th-Grade Festival

Kindergarten Enrichment

Kindergarten Enrichment students have been learning about the artist Paul Cezanne, who enjoyed painting “still life” including fruit, flowers and pottery. Students drew their own "still life" pictures. It is fun to see how each student has their own unique perspective!

Comments Off on Kindergarten Enrichment

Homeschool Collaborative 3rd and 4th Grade Art Class

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!

Comments Off on Homeschool Collaborative 3rd and 4th Grade Art Class

Cheese Rolling!

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…

Comments Off on Cheese Rolling!