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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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Get on the Bus

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A good friend talked to me this week about her frustration in trying to find a classical Christian school for their sons in another state.  She said that two of the schools she visited were pure classical schools to the letter of the law.  Their uniform policy was three pages long, the discipline policy was well executed and students were learning the 99 Theses in chapel.  She ...

 

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The Inseparability of God and History

Friday, March 15, 2013

by Bruce Etter  via Veritas Press Peanut butter without jelly? Maybe, but not preferably. Mashed potatoes without gravy? Are you kidding me? Not where I grew up. How about Oreos without milk? Well, now you’re just getting plain silly. Of course not. Certain combinations were simply meant to be. There are many others; Abbot and Costello, Batman and Robin, and the list goes on. The combi...

 

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Math People, Humanities People, and the Partially Free

Friday, March 15, 2013

by Brian Phillips There are, we generally believe, “math people” and “non-math people” – or to put a finer point on it, there are math people and there are “humanities people”.  The math people enjoy equations, technology, pocket protectors, and comic book conventions. The humanities people attend Renaissance festivals, enjoy Shakespearean insults, d...

 

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The Classical Difference

Friday, March 15, 2013

Classical education does not offer a slight adjustment to the curriculum. It is a much more fundamental and inclusive change in paradigm. The classical difference affects what we teach and how we teach, govern, and assess. It even affects the vocabulary we use to express our vision. Different words are used and emphasized (such as "trivium", "quadrivium", "virtue", etc.), while some of the words ...

 

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What Do We Mean by Classical?

Friday, March 15, 2013

In the 1940’s the British author, Dorothy Sayers, wrote an essay titled The Lost Tools of Learning. In it she not only calls for a return to the application of the seven liberal arts of ancient education, the first three being the “Trivium” — grammar, logic, rhetoric — she also combines three stages of children’s development to t...

 

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