Entries by Renee Doyle

Getting Ready for a Successful School Year

by Jamie Bonnema With the first day of school approaching, most of us are wondering where the summer went, yet again. We may be even be ready or anxiously awaiting a “normal” routine for the kids and ready for their days to be more structured. Whether you are looking forward to the new school year […]

What is the Logic Behind Logic Class?

by Merilyn Yates There are exciting days ahead at Genesis Classical Academy. In the 2019-20 school year, our oldest students will fully step into the Dialectic Phase (sometimes referred to as the Logic Phase) of their education in the first ever GCA eighth grade class. Having moved completely beyond the Grammar Phase, our young pioneers […]

What is a Classical Education? Why Does it Matter?

by Judy Ness Genesis Classical Academy engages students in an education based on Christ, character, and classical methodology, or what we call “The Three C’s.” The first two—Christ and Character—are pretty much self-explanatory. But the third “C”—classical methodology—is more difficult to explain. What is a classical education? And more importantly, why does it matter?

Reading to the Presidents

by Judy Ness “Are you learning to read in kindergarten?” I asked my five-year-old granddaughter. “Yes, Grandma,” she replied. “And, sometimes we get to read to the presidents.” “You read to the presidents?” I asked, obviously puzzled by this comment. “Yes, you know—the presidents that live in the building next to our school!” One of […]

Let’s Go Exploring

By Millicent Hanson Last week, Connie Clay shared childhood memories of outdoor adventures and made a strong case for encouraging our children to explore nature in her blog “Second Nature”. This week, Millicent Hanson provides us with a list of local family-friendly hiking trails and historical sites. Let’s go exploring.

Second Nature

Connie Clay When I was a young girl, my family lived in a small northern Iowa town, of around 350 residents. When you grow up in a small town, you feel like you and your neighbors are almost like family. You know everybody and most of what they are up to each day. The homes […]

Retirement and Farewell Open House

“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.”—Flavia Weedn Genesis Classical Academy cordially invites all friends of GCA to a retirement/farewell open house for Ms. Lois Willmert, Mrs. Annette Jenkins, Mrs. MaryJean Miller, and Ms. Ali Wilkinson.  The […]

Paying it Forward – Foster Parenting

by Tamara Dicks 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we […]

Getting Our Kids Involved

by Jamie Bonnema The sun is shining. The weather is warm. The disappearing snow confirms the season that is upon us. It is spring cleaning time, and we are ready to accomplish more. That feeling soon turns into some kind of strange super-hero strength, and we intend to face our mental list as soon as […]