Fighting “The Death of Words”

As a college writing instructor, I have noticed a disturbing trend in my students’ ability to choose and use words appropriately.  These same students also appear increasingly unable to comprehend critical vocabulary used in non-fiction writing. The unfortunate result of these challenges is an inability to contribute to class discussions on important ideas and the inevitable struggle with articulating a coherent response in writing. Students … Continue reading Fighting “The Death of Words”

Philosophy First: Re-orienting Our Thinking about Classical Education for a New Year

By Sara Osborne Teachers, parents, and students who participate in classical education are familiar with many of its usual tenets:  the focus on grammar, logic, and rhetoric provided by the trivium; the inclusion of Latin; and the emphasis on classic literature, to name a few.  In addition, classical schools are often recognized for their structure—witness school uniforms, organized schedules, and high behavioral expectations, for example.  … Continue reading Philosophy First: Re-orienting Our Thinking about Classical Education for a New Year

Create! Contest Winners

Twenty-three students from the School of the Ozarks Lower School participated in the Create! contest sponsored by the Classical Thistle this summer.  In order to enter a submission, students were asked to create a project in response to a summer read, exploration, or journey.  Students’ submissions were plentiful and varied; projects took the form of journals, posters, sculptures, paintings, mobiles, and more!  In addition to … Continue reading Create! Contest Winners

In Support of Rest

“These are my favorite days,” I whispered to my daughter as we watched her siblings from the back porch, “—careening down the slide on cardboard boxcars, digging in the rocks with dinosaurs, reading a book under the umbrella. Don’t forget moments like these—they’re shaping you, whether you realize it or not.” I’m convinced we need more of this:  days without schedules, hours without plans, moments … Continue reading In Support of Rest

Classical Copycat: Modeling a Love for Learning

  Early summer sun lit the sky as the kids played in our backyard. Seizing precious alone time, I sat down at our outdoor table with a tablet and some watercolors. I’m a complete amateur, but painting helps me slow down and pour my mental energy into creating; it simultaneously stimulates and relaxes my mind. I love it. In fact, one of my resolutions for … Continue reading Classical Copycat: Modeling a Love for Learning

Four Ways to Grow Your Classically Educated Child This Summer

Warmer days and longer light mean that summer has nearly found us once again. For most of us, the advent of summer brings a slower pace and freer schedule.  This combination provides parents with a unique opportunity to promote learning and engage their children’s minds outside of the classroom. Regardless of the season, however, the thought of “education at home” can be intimidating.  Planning and … Continue reading Four Ways to Grow Your Classically Educated Child This Summer

Be a Bee

by Sara Osborne One of the beauties of classical education is its aim to take students deep in the quest for knowledge. We live in a world in which “all that glitters is not gold” and students are bombarded by false messages masquerading as truth. Part of our task as teachers and parents is to prepare our students to mine beneath fancy rhetoric in order to … Continue reading Be a Bee