The Truant

Paging through an original McGuffey Eclectic Second Reader, I found this gem. It is even better as a dramatic reading. What do you think? Remember, this was to be learned and recited by students about 10 years old. Lesson XXII. The Truant. 1. Who is he that sleeps till a late hour, and when he … Continue reading The Truant

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What Happens When Children Read Only The Best Books For School

Recently English and Spanish teacher Phil Morgan shared in a beautiful essay "How I Got Middle Schoolers to Read Great Books Again." I'll spill his secret: Only assigning enduring, high-quality classic literature to his pupils. The societal consensus indicates that kids don’t read anymore. Perhaps my journey would be over before it even started, and … Continue reading What Happens When Children Read Only The Best Books For School

How To Prepare Children For A Future That Will Be Very Different From Today

Education Week recently asked ten leading professionals how schools can prepare children today for the careers they will pursue in 10 or 20 years, given our pace of technological change makes technical skills outmoded much faster. Martin Cothran at the Classical Latin School Association exerpts some of their responses, with commentary: Michael Chui, with the … Continue reading How To Prepare Children For A Future That Will Be Very Different From Today

Why ‘Arts Integration’ Like The STEAM Fad Usually Doesn’t Work Like Promised

Jay P. Greene is an education researcher who leads the related doctoral program at the University of Arkansas. He has done several well-respected (and unusual for the field) studies on the importance of arts education, particularly how visiting art museums and viewing live theater help students develop interpersonal skills, historical knowledge, and thinking skills. So, … Continue reading Why ‘Arts Integration’ Like The STEAM Fad Usually Doesn’t Work Like Promised

Please Welcome Our New Board Member, Jason Thompson

Please join us in welcoming Jason Thompson to our school board as the fifth member, bringing our board to its full size. Redeemer Lutheran Church appointed Thompson as its representative on our board at the last church council meeting. We're excited to welcome his academic and musical expertise to our endeavors. If you've ever visited … Continue reading Please Welcome Our New Board Member, Jason Thompson

These Wonderful Givers Brought Our Kids New Water Fountains

Redeemer Classical School, our students and families, and Redeemer Lutheran Church are so very grateful to the gentlemen who donated new water fountains and the work to install them in our church and school buildings. Our givers are: Bob Murdock, of Murdock Manufacturing, from City of Industry, California, who donated the funds for the water fountains. Kent … Continue reading These Wonderful Givers Brought Our Kids New Water Fountains

Wall Street Journal: More Research Finds Screen Technology ‘Weakens The Intellect’

This blog seems a little tech-obsessed lately. Blame the media (because why not, right?). Recent months have seen a spate of reports on various negative aspects to our society's increasing obsession with screens. This is pertinent here because screens are becoming a ubiquitous part of K-12 schooling, with even kindergarteners given iPads for up to … Continue reading Wall Street Journal: More Research Finds Screen Technology ‘Weakens The Intellect’

Pictures From Our Recent Nature Walk At Fox Island Park

Every week the school takes a nature walk, usually Friday at 1 p.m., that is also open to anyone interested (more info). Each time we study something specific, such as insects or particular aspects of plants. This time it was leaf classification. Students keep nature notebooks and draw what they are learning and observe. Most … Continue reading Pictures From Our Recent Nature Walk At Fox Island Park

How Regular Memorization Strengthens Your Brain

The Lutheran Schools Partnership here in Fort Wayne recently published a blog post discussing what many schools, including ours, call "memory work." At Redeemer Classical School, students memorize hymns, Bible verses, poetry, science and math facts, theology through the catechism, folk songs, geography, excerpts of famous historical documents and speeches such as the preamble to … Continue reading How Regular Memorization Strengthens Your Brain