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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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 open house will be held on Monday, May 20th from 4:00 – 5:30 pm at Genesis Classical Academy in Dikkers Hall, 211 6th St NW, Winnebago, MN.

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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 see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[f] you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:35 -40

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Eighty-Eight Keys and a Million Dreams – 2019 Spring Fling Recap

by Judy Ness

“A Good Time was Had By All” is the title of a book of poetry by English author Stevie Smith (published in 1937), but this description could just as easily apply to the guests who attended Genesis Classical Academy Spring Fling, held on April 6th, 2019 at the Winnebago school gymnasium.

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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 possible, everything at once, and we will slow down for no one!

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