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Fostering relationships across grades is a unique and important aspect of the community at Whitefield Academy. Whether it’s the buddy system between Kindergarten and Fifth Grade, an upper school buddy class planning activities for their lower school counterpart on All School Games Day, mixing grades up at lunch tables, or the seniors escorting the Pre-K kids down to their classroom for Pre-K Round Up, mixed grade relationships are actively and intentionally pursued.
It’s time for another Read Aloud with Whitefield Academy teachers! Today, Mrs. Amos, our Transitional Kindergarten teacher, will be reading Bangalee by Stephen Cosgrove. Enjoy!
As I consider all that we have experienced over this past year, I’m thankful for all the hard work that students, parents, and teachers have given in a collaborative effort to see our children flourish and learn. I’m also thankful that the students will have a chance to rest and let what they have learned sink in over the next few months before we begin working on their formal education once again in August.
Whitefield Academy BlogWelcome to Whitefield Academy's Monday Read Aloud! Join Mrs. Dodd, one of our amazing kindergarten teachers, as she reads The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown! https://youtu.be/VNlhLch13zg Whitefield Academy is now enrolling for the...
Welcome to Latin story time, round two! Today we’re going to look at a tale most famously told in Livy’s enormous (yet fragmentary) work of Roman history, Ab Urbe Condita. Livy, our primary source for Rome’s early history (and for several of the stories mentioned in our last post), dates the end of Rome’s monarchy and the beginning of the Republic to 509 B.C. The transition was purportedly inaugurated, or rather initiated, by the horrific rape of a Roman soldier’s wife. Livy of course presents the event as history, but we have to keep in mind that he was writing nearly 500 years after this supposedly occurred, and though he worked from intermediary sources which no longer survive, he was not writing strict history in the modern sense.
Welcome to Read Alouds with Whitefield teachers! Enjoy some down time while reading some great stories! Today, Pre-K teacher Mrs. Metcalf will be reading The Garden, The Curtain and The Cross by Carl Laferton.
In August of 1995 I walked into Latin class for the first time. A native of Lawrence, I attended Lawrence High School and so was privileged to sit under the teaching of Dr. Anne Shaw who, more than twenty years later, still remains one of the most formative influences upon me as an educator and a Latinist. I chose to try Latin as my foreign language because it sounded cooler and more obscure than my other options of French, German, and Spanish.
I remember a conversation I recently had with a Christian friend who wondered aloud why our family would pay to send our children to a classical Christian school when the new charter school down the road was free. Caught off guard, I did not know how to respond. I mumbled some answer about how we really love our school and the people, both of which are true, but how does that compete with free?
I was recently emailing with a mom of a Pre-K student at our school. When I asked her what went into her decision for choosing Whitefield, she responded:
When you pick a school for you kids, don’t look at the kindergarten class…look at the senior class. They are the results of the education you are choosing.
Often times our choice of a Pre-K or Kindergarten are made out of convenience.