September 9, 2016
“After a long summer break, students poured into school with wide smiles and fresh enthusiasm for learning the subjects that comprise a classical Christian education.”
Rain fell as students were arriving at Heritage Classical Academy’s Lower Campus for the first day of school at the Study Center on September 7, 2016, but spirits weren’t dampened at all. After a long summer break, students poured into school with wide smiles and fresh enthusiasm for learning the subjects that comprise a classical Christian education: literature, composition, history, Latin, and mathematics, all woven with the truth of the Bible.
This is the 14th year for Heritage Study Center, where students attend classes with teachers two days per week and are homeschooled the remainder. The Lower Campus focuses on the grammar stage of the trivium for students in grades kindergarten through fifth. This year, enrollment is so high that there are two kindergarten classes. Mrs. Hewitt returned to teach a kindergarten class, and Mrs. Kristen Walton will be teaching the other. Both teachers welcomed their classes of eager young students with open arms.
Down the first-through-fifth-grade hallway, students reunited with old friends and met new children who joined the school. Fifth graders could be heard relishing that it is finally their chance to experience the fifth-grade tradition: the medieval feast! Plus, it’s pretty cool to be the oldest kids on campus.
Each grade has its own traditions: Fourth graders make Mayan clay pots and stained glass, third graders mummify a chicken, second graders construct Laura Ingalls’ house and sew her dress, and first graders recreate famous pieces of art like Monet’s Water Lilies and Van Gogh’s The Starry Night.
These halls go silent for a few days while students study at home, then burst back to life on Monday.
Blog Credit: Shasta Kaselak
Photo Credit: Emily Snyder