Whitefield Academy Blog
If you are not familiar with the church calendar, you may be surprised to find that the Christmas season, or Christmastide, does not actually begin until December twenty-fifth and then proceeds for twelve days until the Epiphany. The season before Christmas is called Advent. Of course, the season of Advent is vitally connected to Christmas, so I recognize I am being somewhat pedantic. Nevertheless, I think we could benefit from some reflection on the meaning the church throughout history has assigned to the Advent season as opposed to the Christmas season.
After a year like 2020, everyone is looking forward to the Christmas season! And once again it’s time for the unparalleled Christmas Gifts You Won’t Regret Giving List! This list is generated by our students, parents, and teachers, and each gift is something that your kids will want to use year after year instead of wanting to throw out after one time. Purchasing some of these items through the links provided will kick back a small percentage to Whitefield Academy!
If you’ve been around classical Christian education for even a little while, you will soon come across the phrase “lifelong learning.” We want our students to continue learning past their school years as they go forward into God’s calling on their lives. We want them to become leaders in their churches, able to read Scripture effectively and to proclaim its truth winsomely. We want them to be good spouses and parents, leading families through each new challenge that faces them. We want them to learn new ideas and skills that will equip them to succeed vocationally in our rapidly changing economy.
Saturday is Reformation Day. On October 31, 151, a monk named Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, voicing his displeasure with the church of his day. This sparked what we now call the Protestant Reformation.
Many parents were in the same boat in August of 2020. The same sinking/exploding/lifeboatless boat called the USS Education. Do we homeschool? Do we wait for our public school to open back up? Do we finally make the leap for Christian school? Do we buy an RV and take the year off?
In the book of Acts the Apostle Peter is on a rooftop when Christ says to him in a dream “And there came a voice to him: “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” – Acts 10:13
Serve Day has become a staple on the Whitefield Academy calendar. Kids come to school bright and early, ready to serve our local Kansas City community. Whether it’s our little lions singing for grandmas and grandpas at local nursing homes, our middle school lions working in food banks and public gardens, or our high school lions cleaning up brush and organizing clothes at a shelter, our students love being the physical hands of feet of Christ on this day every year.
If you had told me in 2019 that in 2020 I would be teaching music at a classical Christian school in the middle of a pandemic while wearing a mask, I might have been a bit confused by your prediction. Yet, here we are!
Caecilius est pater. Metella est mater. Quintus est filius. Thus begins the first textbook in Whitefield’s new Latin curriculum. This Latin is so simple that you probably don’t even need me to translate it for you, so I won’t. In this blog post we’re finally going to get to what I’m sure you all have been dying to find out: what is the new Latin curriculum going to be? Well, before we get into the specifics, let me start by recapping the program’s goals. Our first and main goal is to train students to read authentic, unadapted classical Latin texts with skill and joy. Cicero, here we come! And second, the program aims to train students in a comprehensive knowledge of the Roman world by which (so that) we can more properly understand the Latin texts we’ll read as well as the classical inheritance we’ve received as modern Westerners.