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Why I Choose Classical Education

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Written by Tracy Whitfield and presented at the 2017  State of the School Address Even before I knew what classical education was I knew it worked. It developed students who were articulate, knowledgeable, eager learners, and principled. I have traveled a unique road that lead me to teach classical education. I was educated in the public school system and was taught by great teachers. ...


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Kindergarten Readiness

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Kindergarten is such an exciting milestone in your child's life!  Some people question whether their child is ready to start kindergarten and should they attend full or part time.  Here are some guidelines to help you determine if your child is ready to start Kindergarten at Cornerstone Academy. Children should be able to: Language Arts Spell and Write their n...


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Reading far outweighs socio-economic background for impact on pupils’ success

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Reading for pleasure far outweighs the impact of socio-economic background on pupils’ success at school, Nick Gibb has said. The schools minister wants every primary pupil to read “at least one book a week” and is concerned that secondary English teachers start preparing pupils for GCSE-style questions too soon. “Reading for pleasure is more important than a family&rs...


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How Free Play Creates Emotionally Stable Children in an Unstable World

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Are you old enough to remember "the carefree days of childhood" or "a happy childhood"? Once upon a time these were common phrases, but you don't hear them very often today. According to a recent study released by San Diego State University, there is a sharp generational rise in youth depression, anxiety, and mental disorders in the United States. It's hard to imagine a time in his...


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Benefits of Studying Classical Languages

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

It’s all Latin to everyone at first so training is crucial. It is the responsibility of any profession to attend to the education and training of its future members. Words, written and spoken, are mainly what lawyers bring to the market place and language skills are of first importance. It was therefore of interest to note that school students were making years of progress in just a few wee...


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Paper or Plasma?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

This was in intriguing article that I was reading.  We have been approached by parents of middle school students who have suggested that we move our middle school reading onto an e-reader.  Their logic is easy to follow, the books would take up less room, they could make notes just like we do in class, they would not be lost or damaged, etc.   We have stuck with the decision to have...


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SAT Report

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Our annual Standford Achievement Test results are out!  Students at Cornerstone Academy continue to place on average 2.8 grade levels or 17% above the national norm.  In a longitudinal student of all our students, we find that the longer a student is at Cornerstone, the stronger their academic scores are. We do not teach to this test, but rather expect students to have learned naturally ...


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A child. A canvas.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I got an email this week from a parent who recounted a conversation on the drive home.  The mother shared that normally she asks her boys different questions about how their school day was, how they did.  On this day though, she turned the tables and asked how the TEACHER did.  She asked them to rate their teacher on a scale of 1 to 5, and then asked why they gave the scor...


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Singing Our Math

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

We love seeing kids who love learning!  In our math classes, music and movement is still often integrated with learning new concepts.  In 3rd grade math, students are introduced to the multiplication tables.  The beginning of each class period starts out with singing skip counting songs.  This translates into a routine of learning that sets them up for success when they begin m...


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What is a Small Class Size?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Many of us will say that we want our children to learn in small classes.  But what really is that magic "small class size" number?  In empirically written publications, researchers say that class sizes should be between 13-17 in the elementary years.  Once students move into middle and high school, the class size number is no longer relevant.  What matters most to these kids is...


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