Get Ready for Summer! Part 3—Reading/Writing/Grammar

By Sara Osborne Warmer temperatures and longer days are building excitement for students and their families as summer approaches.  We’re all eager for a change of pace and a break from the burn-out often associated with the end of the school year, yet we worry about our kids losing their skills over the summer. This need not be the case, however, if parents consider the … Continue reading Get Ready for Summer! Part 3—Reading/Writing/Grammar

Get Ready for Summer! Part 2—Science

By Sara Osborne Warmer temperatures and longer days are building excitement for students and their families as summer approaches.  We’re all eager for a change of pace and a break from the burn-out often associated with the end of the school year, yet we worry about our kids losing their skills over the summer. This need not be the case, however, if parents consider the … Continue reading Get Ready for Summer! Part 2—Science

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