The Reality of the Game
Aug22

The Reality of the Game

by Beck Brydon | Fall 2017 Win from the bleachers   John Wooden was adamant that you should never be able to tell if his team won or lost based on the emotions of his players.   Win by 20 or lose by 20, how the players conducted themselves should be the same. As spectators, we can learn a lot from this principle. When we conduct ourselves with self-control and grace in a tough loss, our light shines bright. When we win with...

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Back to (a Classical) School
Aug22

Back to (a Classical) School

by Rebekah Merkle | Fall 2017 An answer for students to the why question   So here you are in a classical school. Have you ever wondered why?   (Aside, of course, from the obvious fact that this is where your parents decided you should go.) In my experience, high school students in classical schools frequently have only the haziest notion of what this whole thing is supposed to accomplish—and sometimes they have the wrong...

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DIY Parenting – Summer 2017
May24

DIY Parenting – Summer 2017

Summer 2017 PAINT YOUR OWN SUMMER A fix for the dreaded “I’m bored” After the first week or so of acclimating, we dive into a uniquely summer kind of schedule. This is the time to teach my kids all the life skills that are less feasible during the school year. They work so hard at school every day that I don’t want to load them up with housework or chores when they get home. Summer is a great time to teach kids to cook, garden, knit,...

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Polluting the Shadows
May15

Polluting the Shadows

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Reason, Virtue, and Education
May15

Reason, Virtue, and Education

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What Every Parent Should Consider
May15

What Every Parent Should Consider

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Reinventing College
Feb25

Reinventing College

Spring 2017 UNCONVENTIONAL COLLEGE OPTIONS for CLASSICAL STUDENTS ACCS graduates are not conventional high school graduates. Their depth, command of language, and mastery of reason are often pronounced. But now, we’ve created a new problem. Where do we send these unconventional students to college? The good news is they can succeed just about anywhere. But, parents want more than success. Many parents want to continue their children’s...

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DIY Parenting – Start a Family Reading Party!
Feb19

DIY Parenting – Start a Family Reading Party!

by Hannah Grieser | Spring 2017 FRESH FRIDAY-NIGHT FUN PIZZA, POPCORN, AND PAGE-TURNERS Reading as a family always sounds like a great idea. At least on paper. But in practice, many of us live as though reading is the kale salad of family activities—good for us, but a tough sell with kids (and some adults too). At the end of a long week of school and homework, how can a book possibly compete with movie night and the allure of a...

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DIY Parenting – Winter 2016
Nov11

DIY Parenting – Winter 2016

by Rachel Jankovic | Winter 2016 New traditions for a new family Traditions can be a complicated thing. As a young family starting out, trying to builda few of your own can feel a little shocking.   All those fun things you remember about Christmas don’t just happen! Someone has to plan it and do the work and clean up the mess afterwards. Someone has to pick out that Christmas dress and find the shoes and buy the tights—all in...

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Education and the Art of Pastries
Nov11

Education and the Art of Pastries

by CHRISTOPHER JOHN MAIOCCA | Winter 2016 A study in American innovation   One key evidence that our educational system may indeed be broken is the meteoric rise of innovation-based charter schools.   In 1996 there were approximately 500 of these schools spread over 16 states. Today, all but eight states have joined the movement, as nearly 7000 charters currently serve 2.2 million students, and even this falls far short of...

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Family Advent
Nov10

Family Advent

Making Christmas Real   Download the Family Advent Script   Advent Sundays 2016: November 27, December 4, December 11, December 18   Advent historically begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. Honoring the season with an Advent wreath is one of the most meaningful traditions in our family. It’s also one of the simplest.   1. Place a small wreath on the table with four colored candles evenly spaced...

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Classical Schools – When Christianity is Silenced
Nov10

Classical Schools – When Christianity is Silenced

Top Picture: ©ACCS 2016 Winter 2016      What happens when Christianity is silenced? That airliner you flew on last month had 5000 gallons of explosive jet fuel in the wings. Before you got on it, you must have trusted that the aircraft was working as designed. In the same way, with the exceptional power of classical education comes exceptional danger. The DNA of classical education—what makes it tick, what makes it work—is the...

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DIY Parenting – Fall 2016
Aug11

DIY Parenting – Fall 2016

Goals for the first 100 days of school.

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DIY Parenting – Spring 2016
Jun06

DIY Parenting – Spring 2016

The good, the bad, and the obedient by Rachel Jankovic | Spring 2016   When the time rolls around for us to talk to the teachers about how our kids have been doing at school, there are only two things we really want to hear: 1) they have been obedient, and 2) they have been cheerful about it. Don’t get me wrong—we love to hear that they are excelling academically or making great improvement in a particular subject. It is just...

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DIY Parenting – Summer 2016
May30

DIY Parenting – Summer 2016

  by Rachel Jankovic | Summer 2016 You make your child an artist–everyday Teaching our children to appreciate art is one of the most enjoyable parts of parenting—something that is part of every fun thing we’ve ever done together.   Am I some kind of flashcard junkie? Or do I start out every day with a good hour in the art books? No.That’s hardly the life we live. But we do teach our children to enjoy the beauty in this...

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