On the Integration of Subjects/Arts (Educational Insights from Hogwarts, Part 5)

On the Integration of Subjects/Arts (Educational Insights from Hogwarts, Part 5) As I continue this series on educational insights we glean from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, I have decided to skip three of the educational decrees because they have a great deal of overlap and are related more to the administrative side of the school and the handling of punishments. Educational … Continue reading On the Integration of Subjects/Arts (Educational Insights from Hogwarts, Part 5)

On Beauty and Longing

By Lucy Watson Lucy is a senior at School of the Ozarks located in Point Lookout, Missouri. She is looking to study graphic design with a minor in accounting in college. When she isn’t doing school work or reading, she loves to play sports, paint, spin pottery, and spend time with her family.  I am in my fourth year of a classical Christian education, and … Continue reading On Beauty and Longing

Student Organizations (Educational Insights from Hogwarts #4)

Educational Decree #24 (Educational Insights from Hogwarts, Part 4) When Dolores Umbridge begins to suspect that students are meeting to subvert her authority, she uses her position as Hogwarts High Inquisitor to take action regarding student organizations. Educational Decree #24 states: “All Student Organizations, Societies, Teams, Groups, and Clubs are henceforth disbanded. An Organization, Society, Team, Group, or Club is hereby defined as a regular … Continue reading Student Organizations (Educational Insights from Hogwarts #4)

Lessons from Dolores, Dumbledore, and More (Educational Insights from Hogwarts #1)

I recently re-read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and perhaps on account of all the study I have been doing about classical Christian education, it struck me how much of this book was about educational philosophy. I was even more surprised that despite the reality that Dolores Umbridge is cast in an evil light and Albus Dumbledore as the hero, the wisdom … Continue reading Lessons from Dolores, Dumbledore, and More (Educational Insights from Hogwarts #1)

Engaging Young Readers: Building a Healthy Diet of Good Books

Few things create anticipation and excitement in my youngest child quite like a monthly book order. In his pre-school mind, the opportunity to choose a book from the flyer is the highest form of reward.  He lights up at the sight of the order form, carefully combs it over through numerous viewings, carries it around with him for days, and then asks with increasing urgency when … Continue reading Engaging Young Readers: Building a Healthy Diet of Good Books

Time is of the Essence: Increasing Efficiency for Maximized Effectiveness (2018 Conference Presentation)

The following is one of the sessions from our 2018 Conference co-hosted by School of the Ozarks and held at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO. The full collection of presentations can be found at https://theclassicalthistle.com/2018-conference/. Time is of the Essence: Increasing Efficiency for Maximized Effectiveness Josh Dyson, Classical School of Wichita Whether you are an administrator, school teacher, homeschool mom, board member, parent, … Continue reading Time is of the Essence: Increasing Efficiency for Maximized Effectiveness (2018 Conference Presentation)

Moving Forward: Classically Educating Children With Special Needs

I’ve happily noticed a recent surge of interest in addressing children with special needs in classical Christian education. Writers and educators have noted that this is an area of weakness in the resurgence of classical Christian education. Due to school size, staffing, and perhaps a general lack of energy or time to devote to the issue, addressing special needs has simply not fallen within the … Continue reading Moving Forward: Classically Educating Children With Special Needs