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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

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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┬áMurdock Manufacturing, from┬áCity 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

How You Can Join Our Elementary Art Classes And Free Weekly Nature Walks

Here's an alert to blog readers about two new pages on our website heralding new community offerings: a biweekly art class for children ages five to ten, and a weekly nature walk in local neighborhoods and parks open to all ages. You'll want to come, it will be good for you body and soul! Learn … Continue reading How You Can Join Our Elementary Art Classes And Free Weekly Nature Walks

New, High-Quality Study Finds Laptop Use Dramatically Reduces Student Grades

Researchers at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point recently conducted a study on the effects of tech use in classrooms by randomly assigning 450 students to one of three sections of the same required economics class: one that permitted laptops and tablets, one that did not, and a control group. Since West Point is … Continue reading New, High-Quality Study Finds Laptop Use Dramatically Reduces Student Grades

Research Increasingly Finds More Screen Time Makes Kids Depressed And Illiterate

The Atlantic recently published a major feature article by big-name author and social science researcher Jean Twenge exploring the effects of young people's constant phone and computer use. In short, her findings are ominous. Here's one factoid from a long-running national teen study: "Teens who spend more time than average on screen activities are more … Continue reading Research Increasingly Finds More Screen Time Makes Kids Depressed And Illiterate