I recently stumbled upon an interview between an educational journal published by the Society for Classical Learning, and author and literature professor, Dr. Carolyn Weber. I’d like to share one question and answer in particular for all of us to ponder as we head into summer.
Q: Students spend significant amounts of time reading in order to complete their school assignments. Adults report a significant drop in reading once they are no longer required to read for work or school. How can we encourage our children to enrich their lives through reading beyond graduation?
A: I remember reading a research article identifying the number of books a child was exposed to in his or her household as one of the most influential indicators of IQ. This may not even be the reading of them; just their presence increased IQ. I found this fascinating, but telling, too. By sharing with them the ways reading brings mindful expansion, compassion, curiosity and joy to the table, we give children, as Tolkien put it so well, roots that indeed lie too deep for frost. I agree with theologian and children’s literature scholar Dr. Vigen Guroian that exposing children to good stories has direct bearing upon the development of their moral imagination. And that makes the seemingly private act of reading a significant public act.
I fully acknowledge that as an educator, I likely get more excited about the dialogue above than the average person, but the essence of this assertion literally gives me goose bumps. Could it really be that the books a student reads matter so much that they create roots that might one day impact society? The answer is a resounding “YES!” This is the primary reason we expose your children to classical books that have stood the test of time. They aren’t classical just because they’re old; they’re classical because they help create a vision of truth, goodness and beauty that sets up the perfect environment for the development of a child’s moral imagination. That moral imagination may take root in childhood but it serves as a foundation for moral character and maturity well into adulthood.
Below you will find some book lists that have been gathered by various groups dedicated to exposing students to the kind of reading Dr. Weber mentions above, “the reading that brings mindful expansion, compassion, curiosity and joy.” I’m certain most of your children have already tasted the feast many of these books have to offer, but I offer them with the hope that your children may find one or two or twenty (!) books this summer that captivate them. In doing so, their private act of reading just may impact society’s greater good someday.
BOOK LISTS WITH SUMMER READING IDEAS!
Credit goes to Classical Academic Press for this list
Credit goes to Calvary Classical School in Hampton, Virginia, for this list
And finally, your very own Trinity Academy list
RSVP FOR YEAR-END EVENT TODAY!
Join Allison Ashley, along with her friend and author, Kimberly Perry, on Wednesday, May 30th at 7:00pm in the atrium. The topic of conversation will be about equipping and empowering parents in safeguarding their children regarding boundaries and personal safety. Come and learn ways to start the conversation with your children. Kimberly Perry, founder of We Stand Guard*, will share personal safety strategies and tools to help empower our kids, using child friendly language in a customizable way. Workbook required – available for purchase at the workshop for $20.
Kimberly Perry is an author and elementary school educator with over 15 years of experience working with children across the country and a Master of Arts in Teaching. After teaching boundaries and personal safety to over 1,000 elementary school students, she was inspired to write the Say “NO!” and TELL! books. She values the wise words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.”
*We Stand Guard offers solutions to prevent the problem of child sexual abuse by teaching boundaries and personal safety to children and grown-ups. We raise awareness and educate people about the growing problem of child sexual abuse and combat this epidemic with prevention strategies by empowering families and organizations.
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Questions? Contact Allison Ashley here
COACH MARTIN STILL NEEDS YOUR HELP!
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LOWER SCHOOL STRINGS PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES
There are new string orchestra opportunities for lower school students next year! We are splitting lower school students into two orchestras: the Mozart String Orchestra and the Haydn String Orchestra. The Mozart Orchestra is for grades 1st-3rd grade and will meet on Thursdays 2:30-3:15. The Haydn Orchestra is for 4th-6th grade and will meet Mondays from 2:30-3:15. There also is a Middle School Copland Orchestra that 5th and 6th graders may audition for if interested. It will meet on Wednesdays 3:00-3:45 There will only be 2-3 outside of school performing requirements. Follow this link for more information.
We also have 2 sessions of Summer String Camp Intensive. This is for 1st-8th graders who are interested in trying out a string instrument but are not quite yet ready to commit to a full year of private lessons or orchestra. The camp is geared towards students who have never played before and first through second year string players. There are two one-week sessions the last two weeks of July from 9am-12pm. Students are able to do both or choose just one week. There also are 4 assistantship spots for experienced string players who will act as peer mentors and receive individual chamber music coaching. Follow this link for more information.
CAMP TRINITY OFFERS SUMMER DAY CAMPS-Register now!
Camp Trinity’s 2018 Summer Day Camp offers rising K-6th grade participants a variety of opportunities to make new friends and experience new things in an atmosphere that seeks to glorify God. The Day Camp operates Monday-Friday from 7:30am-6:00pm. Each camper will get the opportunity to experience activities such as archery, fishing, low ropes, swimming, crafts, field games, and gym games, all within a positive environment. All campers will be engaged spiritually through daily devotions that are designed to explore God’s grace to us through Jesus Christ. Camp Trinity’s counselor to camper ratio is 1:10. The cost is $185.00 per week.
The Day Camp also offers a half-day option for rising TK participants.
Week 1: June 4th-8th, 2018
Week 2: June 11th-15th, 2018
Week 3: June 18th-22nd, 2018
Week 4: June 25th-29th, 2018
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
May 29: LS Field day: Black and Gold day attire for all students. (Coach Martin has also okayed favorite sports’ teams’ shirts.) Athletic and/or PE shorts allowed but please keep appropriate length and fit in mind when choosing shorts. Thank you!
May 30: LS Awards at 8:15; 6th grade promotion at 9:30; Early release 11:45
May 30: Evening event hosted by Allison Ashley in atrium at 7:00 pm
May 31: LS Praise and Worship service at 8:15 – parents welcome to join
May 31: Kindergarten promotion at 10 am; Early release/last day of school 11:45