What Parents Look for in Christian Schools

With the new academic year upon us, parents will be preparing to send their children off to school with different expectations and motivations for their education. Their process of choosing a school was most likely informed by the educational objectives they most value for their children. But what are the priorities of parents when it comes to choosing a school? And what role does faith play in such important decisions? In partnership with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), Barna asked parents of current and prospective Christian school students about their schooling decisions. The Goals of Education When it comes…

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How hard can kindergarten be?

The shaping and appreciation for order and decency starts in kindergarten in an external form. Over the years that discipline is internalized so that students can think and study on their own without any prompting. In addition to teaching our children what they need to know, teachers create an atmosphere for learning. This understanding of the heart and soul of students is part of the beauty of classical education. Read more here http://www.classicaldifference.com/how-hard-can-kindergarten-be-set-apart-summer-2017/ Arma Dei has openings in their afternoon kindergarten program for 2017-2018. Please contact the Admissions office for more information.

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Chronological Study of History

Arma Dei Academy purposefully selects our curriculum and pursues a chronological study of history. It is our desire for each student to not only know the who, what, where, when and why of events, but that they are able to place themselves on God’s timeline and connect and relate the events to their lives. Each year every grade level has an opportunity to share their excitement and bring to life their historical time period. The students wear costumes of the period, participate in hands-on activities, give presentations, and share what they have learned with the school community. Third graders at Arma…

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Diving Deep Into The Classics

Classical education includes reading and diving deep into the classics. Fifth graders are learning first hand in the book, "Calico Captive" by Elizabeth George Spear, about true friendship. Their teacher Mrs. Wenger quoted President George Washington, “Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.” Students have had several thought provoking discussions on this topic alone. Little known fact: While George Washington did not receive a formal education nor did he attend college, he admired classical thinkers greatly and insisted his stepson receive a classical education.

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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

Cursive writing is important in the learning process at Arma Dei Academy and it starts in kindergarten. By MARIA KONNIKOVA JUNE 2, 2014 New York Times Read more here  Does handwriting matter? Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard. But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader…

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History is HIS Story

by Mrs. Wenger, 5th Grade Teacher We gather together in celebration as the students of Arma Dei Academy bring life to history. As is typical in Classical Christian schools around the country, Arma Dei students are immersed in a chronological study of History. History is HIS Story  - how God has been at work through all times and civilizations. “His Story” is the organizing backbone whereupon our entire curriculum is built. Students develop an appreciation and understanding of the world around them by first studying the past. This fall, students in first grade, fifth grade, and the sixth grade have been…

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What U.S. students miss by not learning Latin

Recent reports have suggested that reintroducing the so-called “dead” languages of Latin and Greek may actually boost scores in reading, math, and science. So why does learning Latin seem to give students an advantage in life? Latin educators and authors Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn suggest seven possible reasons in their book Teaching the Trivium: 1. Latin is basic to English 2. Latin is a springboard for mastering other inflected languages, such as Greek or German 3. The study of Latin sharpens the mental process 4. Everything in a culture is embedded in its language 5. Technical language is Latin 6. Latin…

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