A Personal Experience When my husband and I set out to buy our first home, we made an offer on a house that had recently been remodeled. The floors were beautiful, the countertops were flawless, and the paint was fresh. We were sold. The night that we made the offer, our realtor called to tell us that she missed some concerning information. Apparently, the foundation had severe cracks from the front of the house to the back, and from side to side as well. The owner tried to repair it before placing the home the market, but the reports indicated that they opted for a cheap, inefficient solution to reinforce the most important part of the home. Many potential buyers walked away from the house for that reason. We were no exception! No one would argue that a bad foundation affects the entire home, and no contractor would approve building on top of a foundation that was only 75% complete. This would never happen on a construction site, yet it is happening now in our educational systems. Sal Kahn on the importance of a good foundation In his TED Talk from 2011, Sal Khan (Founder and CEO of Khan […]
Yesterday our 3rd year students were tested with the Woodcock-Johnson Test. They scored high in reasoning ability, writing, spelling, and math. The majority were above grade level in most categories and some were even performing at the middle school level in some categories. These achievements are a testament to the impact of providing individualized instruction, rich literature, and an environment that nurtures growth. Well done students and teachers!
History, art, imitation, beauty, and attention to detail can all be experienced through an ancient history lesson on Chinese calligraphy. When different arts and disciplines come together, it draws children into their education and cultivates a thirst for more. Repeated inspiring lessons create a life long love of learning and ultimately enlarges the humanity of the child. Read more on inspiring children here