Homeschool Hesitations

By Ginger Williams, Augustine School Parent I sat in the carpool line for the first time, straining to see if my kids would have their backpacks and know what line they were supposed to be in. Would they even be there? Maybe they had wandered off and no one knew where they were. Of course they would be there, but I still didn’t know if I trusted the teachers to watch my kids as closely as I always had. I had an unhealthy fear of something happening to my kids after homeschooling them for several years and spending every waking moment …

Wide-Eyed Wonder

By Adam Lang, Upper School Science & Math Teacher I began our first class of the semester last week by asking a simple question: “What is this desk made of?” Several of the students, recalling that I had said we would soon begin a unit on matter, eagerly and smugly answered that the table was made of “atoms”, “molecules”, and “matter” (when all I was looking for was “wood”). After asking them what those things were, one student answered that it was what things were made of, and that’s all there was to it. I could see it in their eyes. …

Grace for the Classical Christian Classroom

By Lindsey Carson, Pre-K Teacher I can’t parent well without it, can’t teach effectively without it, and can’t live a truly Christian life without it. What is it? Grace. Grace is the truth that God the Father gave His perfect son, Jesus Christ for me even while I sinned against Him. “…but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8, ESV). Grace For All Of Us Two of the most challenging things in my life are the roles of mother and teacher. At the beginning of each of these …

May the Lord Keep Them

“How does he not know that she is bad?” This was the question blurted out by one of my middle school students as we were reading the story of the Red Cross Knight, the first book of Edmund Spencer’s Faerie Queene. The Red Cross Knight, who represents the Christian’s pursuit of holy living, had been deceived again by the same character that had previously caused him great harm. Having the perspective of the reader, it seemed so clear to my student. The reality for us as characters in a story, and we all are characters in God’s story, is not …