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

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

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Bible verses, poetry, science and math facts, theology through the catechism, folk songs, geography, excerpts of famous historical documents and speeches such as the preamble to … Continue reading How Regular Memorization Strengthens Your Brain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

A Seventeenth-Century Englishman Explains Why We Need To Take Studying History Seriously

John Seldon was one of the earliest English political philosophers. A recent journal article discussing his contribution to American law and culture points out how well he articulated the importance of studying history in great detail. Selden responds to the claims of universal reason by arguing for a position that can be called historical empiricism. On … Continue reading A Seventeenth-Century Englishman Explains Why We Need To Take Studying History Seriously

Why Every Educated Person Should Know Latin

This excerpt from Charles. E. Bennett’s "The Teaching of Latin in the Secondary School," 1903, comes from Memoria Press's most recent edition of The Classical Teacher, Late Summer 2017. You can get a free copy of that publication by entering your information here. At Redeemer Classial we use Memoria's Latin curricula, starting in First Form. The question as … Continue reading Why Every Educated Person Should Know Latin

Survey: Teachers Say Students Are Learning Fewer Math Facts Under Common Core

A nationally representative survey of public-school teachers by a pro-Common Core organization found that 48 percent of middle-school teachers, a plurality, say fewer of their students are memorizing basic math formulas or times tables under Common Core. While pluralities of teachers for grades K-5 said their kids' math knowledge has stayed about the same, large numbers … Continue reading Survey: Teachers Say Students Are Learning Fewer Math Facts Under Common Core

Bob Dylan Says Classic Literature Inspired His Nobel Prize-Winning Poetry

To his own surprise and much public debate, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016 and just released his corresponding public lecture. In it, he cites works of classic literature as his inspiration and source material. When I started writing my own songs, the folk lingo was the only vocabulary that … Continue reading Bob Dylan Says Classic Literature Inspired His Nobel Prize-Winning Poetry