Tales within Tales

The following is one of the sessions from our 2019 Conference co-hosted by School of the Ozarks and held at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO.  Tales within Tales It is a storyteller’s privilege. As readers, we delight in knitting our imagination to that of characters’ to hear a story within the plot as joint audience. We sit a spell at the … Continue reading Tales within Tales

Handwriting in the Pre Polly and Polly Stage

The following is one of the sessions from our 2019 Conference co-hosted by School of the Ozarks and held at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO.  Handwriting in the Pre Polly and Polly Stage Should handwriting be taught in a classical school?  If so, when and why should it be taught? How does handwriting reflect truth, beauty, and goodness? Does handwriting impact … Continue reading Handwriting in the Pre Polly and Polly Stage

Creating Literacy Through Singing

The following is one of the sessions from our 2019 Conference co-hosted by School of the Ozarks and held at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO.  Creating Literacy Through Singing Do you know someone who is struggling to read?  Would you like to provide them with valuable tools to unlock the gift of literacy in a fun and effective way?  This workshop … Continue reading Creating Literacy Through Singing

Art Discovery: Inquiry & Contemplation in the Classroom

The following is one of the sessions from our 2019 Conference co-hosted by School of the Ozarks and held at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO.  Art Discovery: Inquiry & Contemplation in the Classroom An experiential art exercise and presentation to equip the classroom teacher in guiding their class on a student-driven encounter of making connections and uncovering meaning in great works … Continue reading Art Discovery: Inquiry & Contemplation in the Classroom

Organizing the Grammar School Classroom

The following is one of the sessions from our 2019 Conference co-hosted by School of the Ozarks and held at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO.  Organizing the Grammar School Classroom From classroom management to organization, this session will include ideas and tips for scheduling and routines to ensure the smooth flow of each day, a peaceful and joy-filled classroom, and maximized … Continue reading Organizing the Grammar School Classroom

Profile of a Graduate – What is the Grammar Teacher’s Role (2019 Conference Presentation)

The following is one of the sessions from our 2019 Conference co-hosted by School of the Ozarks and held at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO.    Profile of a Graduate – What is the Grammar Teacher’s Role Kevin Thames, Classical School of Wichita Have you ever seen Logic or Rhetoric teachers having a conversation about teaching their students the ideas of … Continue reading Profile of a Graduate – What is the Grammar Teacher’s Role (2019 Conference Presentation)

Permanence and Progress: A Review

By Andrew Pyatt Central to the contemporary classical education movement is a profound appreciation and indebtedness to the past. This devotion to tradition contrasts with the progressivism of modern pedagogy, which views history in terms of an upward climb, an inevitable march of progress. Author and publisher for SLANT books, Gregory Wolfe, however, warns that an equally severe mistake threatens classical education. Wolfe (2017) argues … Continue reading Permanence and Progress: A Review

Graduation and the Soul of a School

Tears flowed freely as our seniors led chapel during their final high school chapel service. After a superb sermon from one of our seniors, our Dean stepped up to the microphone and reminded us all, “This group will never again assemble in this chapel.” The statement likely elicited more tears and emotions as we each realized the truth of those words. As I listened, I … Continue reading Graduation and the Soul of a School

Mechanical Arts and Sense Knowledge (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 2) 

Section 2 Bonaventure first expands upon the exterior light, among which he includes the seven mechanical arts enumerated by Hugh of St. Victor in his Didascalicon: weaving, armor-making, agriculture, hunting, navigation, medicine, and the dramatic art. Bonaventure suggests that all these arts are intended for either consolation or comfort. They are either useful of enjoyable, and their purpose is to banish need or sorrow. In … Continue reading Mechanical Arts and Sense Knowledge (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 2) 

St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology (Part 1)

One of the more helpful books I read last year on education was St. Bonaventure’s On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology. Over the course of the next couple months I hope to write a series of posts on this book. Each post will provide a brief summary of the content followed by reflections on how his insights in the 13th century can help … Continue reading St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology (Part 1)

Wake the Dead with Air Guitars: Adventures in Training 3-Year Old’s in Virtue

By Nathan Carr Vigen Guroian, in his Tending the Heart of Virtue, quotes Flannery O’Connor as having said the following: “a story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way….You tell a story because a statement would be inadequate.” You are inviting the eye-roll in your three-year old classroom if you simply said, “Olive Kate, you are resisting my role … Continue reading Wake the Dead with Air Guitars: Adventures in Training 3-Year Old’s in Virtue