The Ballad of Matthew’s Begats

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Who says memory work can’t be fun? For our Grammar students, we try to incorporate songs and jingles whenever possible to help keep our memory work exciting. This year, through our study of ancient history, we’ve been able to incorporate so many stories from God’s word. One special treat that our Second graders had for us today was their presentation of the genealogy of Jesus…set to a quite catchy tune, thanks to the musical stylings of Andrew Peterson.

We present The Ballad of Matthew’s Begats

 

 

 

A Christmas Prayer

Christmas Prayer

 

Every year as the Christmas season comes around, we make a few changes to our Chapel time. We sing through various carols, which our students always enjoy. Later this month, several of our more musically-inclined parents will perform a brief concert during our time together in the morning. And instead of our normal closing doxology, we say a Christmas prayer. What a wonderful way to start the day!

May we be filled with the wonder of Mary,
the obedience of Joseph,
the joy of the angels,
the eagerness of the shepherds,
the determination of the magi,
and the peace of the Christ child.
May the Father, the Son and
the Holy Spirit bless us now and forever.
Amen.

 

Co-Teacher Check Up

CoTeacher Training

An important part of life at Austin Classical is the experience of the co-teaching parents. To help make their role successful, we provide several opportunities throughout the year for training. We always start each school year with a few packed days of co-teacher training (with plenty of fun mixed in), so that we can all start the year off right.

Then as the school year progresses, we check in with them each quarter to provide encouragement, see how things are going on homeschool days, and talk a little bit about Classical education. Last night was our second co-teacher check-up of the year, and it did not disappoint.

Gathering with so many invested parents is such a huge blessing. We got updates about our Drama and Improv group….spoiler alert: they are working on a bit of Shakespeare for the Spring. We heard about how our Math club is about to get going for our budding mathematicians. Finally, we got to hear from our Head of School, Dusty Kinslow, about upcoming plans for building out our schools of Logic and Rhetoric. What a great night!

We typically assign a little homework for our co-teachers in preparation for training, and last night was no different. They were asked to read through two articles published by the Society for Classical Learning:

  • Goodness Isn’t Boring: Images of Goodness in Narnia, Linda Dey
  • “It Is Growing Something”: Rest and the Good Life, Sarah Pfannenschmidt and Michelle Seymour

Each of these articles provided ample material for us to have thought-provoking discussions:

  • What is goodness?
  • How do we model that for our children?
  • How is rest a discipline?
  • What does school-wide rest look like?

What wonderful sentiments to ponder as we approach what is for many, the busiest time of the year. We wish each of you blessings on the rest of your semester, co-teachers!

Welcome back, Mustangs!

Welcome Back Mustangs

 

We hope you had a great summer, but we are so glad you’re back! School felt so empty without you! Best wishes for a great first day!

Have a great summer!

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Another year in the books!

Congratulations to all of our Mustangs

on another fantastic school year!

 

2017 Last Day

Mustangs Finish Well

“Mustangs finish well!”READ

That’s what we were reminded about in Chapel this morning, as we entered into the final month of our school year. Though the finish line is just ahead, we need to remember that we are still called to finish well.

Our Head of School, Mrs. Dusty Kinslow, referenced Colossians 3:23-24 as she encouraged our students to finish well. “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”

What a great verse to get us through these last few weeks! Our students were also reminded of the principles that we choose to abide by at Austin Classical School. One way we can *all* finish well is to keep these in mind, as we work heartily for the Lord.

Finish well, friends, and keep READing!

The pitter-patter of little feet…er, beaks

imageIt’s spring around our campus, and that means that life is abounding in our classrooms. We’ve got plants, fish, caterpillars, and as of Monday: baby chicks!

Our 3rd graders became proud parents of almost a dozen chicks this past week, and they couldn’t be more excited. They have been waiting patiently for weeks, and finally got to see their brood arrive.

Keeping in line with our study of the Modern Era, they chose to name these chicks after U.S. Presidents and First Ladies. Eleanor “Ellie” Roosevelt was the first to arrive, proving to be a welcome distraction during a math test.

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There’s something captivating about not only watching new life, but watching it through the eyes of a child. Whether it’s the squeal of a Kindergartner as she sees her plant grow its first leaf, or the wonder of a 1st grader watching a fish dart around the aquarium, our students really are experiencing truth, goodness and beauty in their classrooms. The chicks just happen to be the loudest expression of those virtues.

 

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Spring Break 2017

SpringBreakWhile we all love our blended schedule, which balances classroom time with homeschool days, we also love our break time! ACS Mustangs enjoy a 2 week Spring Break each year. It’s a great opportunity to re-charge, have some fun, and get ready to finish strong for our last quarter.

 

 

Check out our full academic calendar here: http://www.austinclassical.org/about/academic-calendar/

Lessons on God

It’s hard to believe that we’re in the middle of Summer already! Although planning for next year is already underway, it’s hard to keep from reflecting on all of the amazing things that we accomplished this past year.

As a school, we learned history from Columbus to Peter the Great.  We learned to read and write and grow fish and reduce fractions and Latin noun declensions.  We learned that God gives us our daily bread and that Martin Luther wrote a Mighty Fortress is our God.  We learned to respect authority and to take responsibility.  We sculpted soap like Donatello and played fun games in PE.  We learned to be good friends, to say that we’re sorry and to think of others before we think of ourselves.

We learned so much, but the most important things we learned were about God.  His fingerprints were on everything we learned because He’s sovereign over all of it AND because He is infinitely discoverable.

In light of all of those truly amazing things, I wanted to spend some time this summer reflecting on what we learned about God.  And I think our best chance for summing it up is found in these three sentences.

We learned that God is True.  He is True to His Word which we hid in our hearts.  As many of us heard countless times this year, James 1 still rings true:

“Consider it pure joy when we do bar models or number bonds of many kinds?”

“If any of you lacks wisdom about Latin let her ask God who gives generously.”

“Let no mom say she is being tempted by God to drink before 10am, because God tempts no one.”

And, my personal favorite: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above- yes, even your children.”

His Word is True and He is True to His word.  He does give joy when we seek Him no matter the circumstance.  He does give wisdom when we have nothing.  He does lead us from temptation.  He does send good and perfect gifts when we least deserve and if we’ll only open our eyes.  He is True.  And we are grateful.

Next, we learned that God is good.  He is so very, very good.  He never runs out.  His grace is sufficient.  He loves beyond measure.  He gives abundantly.  He never sleeps and never slumbers. His eyes are on us.  He delights in us.  He sings over us.  He listens when we pray.  He comforts when we’re down.  He stoops low to lift us up.  His Kingdom is an upside down Kingdom where wrongs are righted and slaves are set free and sick are healed and old is made new.  He’s so good.  And we are grateful.

Lastly, we learned that God is beautiful.  So very lovely.  His creation.  The many faces of ACS. How He inspires writers to write and artists to create and musicians to play and teachers to teach and neighbors to give and friendships to deepen.  It’s just beautiful.

Our God is True.  Our God is Good.  And our God is Beautiful.  And, oh, how we love Him here at ACS.

I look forward to sharing some more thoughts with you as we continue to enjoy this Summer season and prepare for our new school year to start this Fall!