A Lesson In Potatoes

by Jamie Bonnema

I love little lessons that pop up in my day and interrupt my thoughts. I would even say that I tend to look for these examples to bring light to the more complicated issues in life. A recent enlightenment came with a bag of potatoes.

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Convocation: Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow

by Judy Ness

Music is an important part of a classical education, and the hymn “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” is embedded in the fiber of Genesis Classical Academy. We sing it in the morning at our opening gathering, we sing it in the classrooms, and we sing it in music class. This 17th century hymn (also known as the Doxology) is nearly universally sung in Christian denominations and helps us (the created) to rightly order our thoughts and affections toward the Creator. It helps us to remember that all of our blessings are given to us by our Heavenly Father, who loves us beyond measure.

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My View from the Driver’s Seat

by Sarah Stensland

School is well underway, and we are easing back into our routines. In the morning when I drop the kids off at school, I like to sit and watch my children physically walk into the building. I want to know that everyone has made it to where they belong before I venture off to work. Each morning, as I sit in the driver’s seat, I have quite the view out the front window. I see confident, joy-filled children heading in the front door at Genesis Classical Academy. I see smiles on their faces and hearts that are ready to help, as they eagerly greet each other and politely hold the door open for the next wave of children. I see young boys and girls dressed in uniform, ready for another successful day at school. My heart is filled with joy as I sit in the driver’s seat. 

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Cur Nos Studium Latinae?

by Judy Ness

English translation: Why should we study Latin?

Teenage translation: Why do we have to learn this stuff? I mean, like, when are we EVER going to use it? (For additional dramatic effect, punctuate with eye roll.)

Genesis Classical Academy, like most classical schools, incorporates the study of Latin into the curriculum. Contrary to the opinion of many students (and some adults), there are many good reasons to study Latin:

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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 routine to begin or dreading the approaching day, there are ways to help the transition go more smoothly. Having a smoother start to the school year with a consistent plan will help set the tone for what you want the rest of the year to look like. Here are some helpful tips to consider when getting ready for that first day:

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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 will delve into the science of Formal Logic through a virtual classroom. Logic class will become tradition for GCA eighth graders from here on into the future of our school. But why? What is the purpose of imposing a course on eighth graders, which, for decades has been largely taught to college sophomores? And just what is logic anyway? Parents, educators, and donors may be asking these questions, and rightfully so.

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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?

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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 the unique features of Genesis Classical Academy is the school’s location on the campus of Heartland Senior Living: Parker Oaks, an assisted living facility. This location provides many opportunities for the students to interact with the senior citizens (the “presidents” – also known as residents) who live in the assisted living facility.

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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.

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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 in my hometown were well cared for. Whenever my sisters and I went on bike rides through town, we admired the beautiful houses and yards with colorful flower gardens. It all seemed a lot bigger back then.

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