Logic School at Arma Dei Academy (Grades 6 - 8)
Imagine a middle school that is exciting and thought provoking with limited social drama. Our Logic school students, grades 6-8, experience just that and have the opportunity to excel in small class sizes (16 and under), be mentored by passionate teachers, learn what it means to be Christ-like all in a safe and secure environment. Our students take Latin, art, music, and STEM classes all while being prepared to attend a college prep high school.
Visit our upcoming open house on March 1, April 5, May 3 at 9:00 A.M. to see why our Logic School students love to learn.
Grades 6th – 8th are part of the Arma Dei Academy School of Logic (SOL). Students at this age are naturally beginning to ask questions such as “Why?” and they typically become more argumentative in this age range.
Part of a classical Christian education is training students to ask questions respectfully and thoughtfully, and to be able to present their arguments in a logical way. We teach students to recognize fallacies in both written and oral arguments and to avoid the use if such faulty reasoning in their own communication.
The tools of rhetoric are very powerful as students learn to debate and persuade, we therefore emphasize the ethical and moral responsibilities that we as Christians have to use the gifts that God has given us for His glory.
Singapore Math continues in the School of Logic as students are prepared to enter high school with an excellent grounding in math including algebra and geometry.
Life, Earth and Physical science are taught in the School of Logic with an emphasis on the “book of Nature and the book of the Scriptures.” God’s creation holds many and wondrous secrets that man has had the privilege to find over the centuries. Many more blessings remain to be discovered as we seek to serve an infinite God who created all things. Students learn to use the scientific method, log data, and interpret and analyze that data.
Omnibus is a Latin word meaning “everything.” At Arma Dei Academy the Omnibus curriculum in a weaving together of theology, history, literature, writing, speech and debate. The Omnibus class is never dull or dry, but stimulates thinking and discourse while engaging the students in such things as Reader’s Theater and creation of maps as The Lord of the Rings trilogy is read.
Biblical worldview is particularly important as students face the deeper questions of life, philosophy and our current culture. Students “study to show themselves approved” as Paul encouraged Timothy “rightly handling the Word of Truth.” Our goal is that every student would know what he/she believes and why. Christians must be equipped to share the truth in love with wisdom, kindness and respect. To learn more about the School of Logic, please attend one of our monthly Open Houses. https://armadeiacademy.com/openhouse/
One of our Five Distinctives here at Arma Dei is “Age Specific Learning”. Our Logic students are inquisitive and are trained to reason and discern truth through all they learn. This helps them know what they believe and positively impact their community.
Why is Latin taught?
Latin is a language that lives on today in almost all major Western languages, including English. Over 50 percent of English vocabulary comes from Latin. Training in Latin not only gives the student a better understanding of the roots of English vocabulary, it also lays the foundation for learning other Latin-based languages.
Learning the grammar of Latin reinforces the student’s understanding of the reasons for, and the use of, the parts of speech being taught in our traditional English classwork (e.g., plurals, nouns, verbs, prepositions, direct objects, tenses).
The Stages of a Classical School:
In Dorothy Sayers’ essay “The Lost Tools of Learning,” she promotes teaching in ways which complement children’s natural behavior. For
example, young children in grammar school are very adept at memorizing. They enjoy repeating songs, rhymes, and chants to the extent that they often make up their own. In classical education, the “Grammar” phase corresponds with this tendency by focusing on the teaching of facts.
During the middles school years, children often become prone to question and argue. Classical education leverages this tendency by teaching students how to argue well based on the facts they have learned. We call this the “Logic” phase.
During the high school years, students’ interests shift from internal concerns to the external. Teenagers become concerned with how others perceive them. This stage fits well into the “Rhetoric” phase of classical education, where students are taught to convey their thoughts so that they are well received and understood by others.
The “Christian” in Classical Education:
Classical and Christian schools understand that a Bible class is not enough. Yes, most classical and Christian schools have Bible classes. However, the real power is in teaching ALL subjects from the perspective of the Biblical worldview.
Classically educated students will not distinguish between God’s creation and science; between God’s order and mathematics; or between Church history and world history. Throughout the curriculum, an inseparable association exists between subject-matter and spiritual matters. Today, this association is only possible through private Christian education, as government schools have become increasingly unable to present the complete picture, including the spiritual viewpoint.
Conventional education operates on the philosophy that education is neutral – that it merely conveys fact and that facts do not require a spiritual context. We believe that facts, whether scientific, mathematical, historical, or otherwise, can only represent truth if they are taught in the context of a Biblical worldview. There is no neutrality. For this reason, we found our classical curriculum on biblical truth to provide an education that is pervasively Christian. The classical method’s Biblical worldview is more than a Bible class. It shows the natural world and its history through the lens of God’s sovereign will and decree.
A Lasting Decision:
Few investments have more potential than your children’s education. The way they see the world, the way they approach life, and the depth of their character are all influenced by education. The choice of where and how to educate your children can be challenging and complicated.
Public schools, charter schools, magnet schools, home schools, non-sectarian and religious private schools all have something to offer. Educational styles and methods range from the traditional to the progressive. How does your child learn? Does he enjoy art? Technology? Does he learn spatially, visually, or audibly? Finding the right fit can be a daunting task.
Classical Christian education is unique in that it seeks to faithfully restore the most proven form of education ever developed. This education produced the greatest thinkers, leaders, and scientists in the Western world from the time of the Greeks until the late 19th century, including America’s founding fathers. From the heritage of America’s Ivy League colleges and classical day schools, leaders in every field continue to emerge from the fragmented legacy of classical education. Unfortunately, its pure form, including a Christian worldview, has been lost until its revival in the early 1980’s.
As you consider your choices, here are 10 suggested questions to ask by