Christmas Wheat

From the farmer’s perspective, he is the one who can tell the difference between the wheat and the tares and he allows them to grow together until harvest. There will always be a mix of the Children of God with the Children of the Devil within the Church and within schools. The challenge for us can be self-deception, thinking we have authentic true affections produced by the Holy Spirit when its really false affections. This coming to a true understanding of ourselves is very important, such that Jonathan Edwards wrote an entire work looking at 12 different signs to...

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Parenting 101 Continued

Dr. Steve Scheibners second pillar of parenting for a proactive parent is to train children to make their God look great. Most children understand how a magnifying glass makes things look bigger. Our joy and duty as Christians is to make God look bigger, to magnify Him. We probably have sung praise songs which said ‘O Magnify the Lord’, but how are we practising making God look big, with kind words, responsible actions and respectful behaviour? Help your children to make the connections between words and actions that cause others to feel big or small. Role play magnifying behaviour,...

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Parenting 101

My favourite parenting course is Parenting Matters by Dr. Steve and Megan Scheibner primarily because it really addresses the area of growth in virtue. The Scheibner’s first pillar of parenting is the pillar of consistently elevating virtue above feelings. When I think of one of the worst ways we could set up the next generation for failure, it would be to have them base their behaviour, decisions, and attitudes on their feelings. Especially feelings aligned with the worlds value system. As godly virtues are developed in our youths behaviour, decisions and attitudes can be governed by a moral compass....

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Power of Reading

I hope you have heard of Ben Carson. Before his seeking to be President of the United States I was blessed to learn about his amazing story. From a struggling student to the greatest brain surgeon in twenty years, Ben was raised by an illiterate single mom who made the decision that radically changed Ben and his brothers life for the good. Do you know what that decision was? It seems too simple a decision but Bens mother limited her boys T.V. watching and had them read books from the public library and write two book reports a week....

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What’s Your Motivation

Your motivations are so important in regards to what heights you will reach. The degree of effort you give at any task is determined by your motivation. What motivates you? What motivates your children? As children model parents, children will tend to be motivated by what motivates you! Why do you get up in the morning? Why do you go to work? Is it out of fear of loss? Is it because you long to glorify your heavenly Father and honour those in authority? Why do you interact with your spouse, friends, family or children the way you do?...

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Going Deeper with the Fig Leaves

While at the Sayers Classical Academy in Louisville, Kentucky I bought a great book on modesty written by one of their office staff, Heather Thienemen called Whats up with the Fig Leaves. I had not read much specifically on this subject so this was a great reading on this area. Heather had a helpful perspective on the ways we view modesty. Do we view modesty like brownies or brussel sprouts? Is it something we delight in or do because we know we have to? In our day and age when there are widely differing perspectives regarding modesty within the...

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And You May Have Some Pie

Responsibility is this months virtue of focus in our journey through the Book of Virtues. Remember that God gave many responsibilities to Adam and Eve. Our responsibility to tend the garden like our first parents continues. We need to tend the garden of our souls, hearts and minds. We need to be diligent and responsible to pull Satans weeds and water with Gods Word. The Students in Kindergarten will listen to The Three Little Kittens, a poem which many of you may remember. Should the kittens expect pie if they were not responsible for their mittens? Growing in responsibility...

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‘Kingdom Kids’ or ‘Slaves of Satan’

Our tagline on the website reads, FCS, Leading the Christian Classical resurgence in the Waterloo Region. That may sound like a nice tagline, but are we developing Kingdom Kids or Slaves of Satan? I am often asked, what is Classical Christian Education? And I am tempted to ask the askers, what is public education? Or what is Christian school education? Or what is Roman Catholic education? Or what is Home School education? Asking these questions of others will challenge them to think more critically about the particular mode of education they have accepted and by extension trusted the minds...

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Adventures in Kentucky

Back safe and sound after a whirlwind trip to Louisville Kentucky, home of Kentucky Fried Chicken and the Kentucky Derby. Our staff enjoyed visiting and learning at two Christian classical schools and had their faith built up through visits to the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum. I wish you all could have come along as there was plenty of room on the Ark. Our teachers will likely need to catch up on sleep but their hearts were filled with new perspectives on all that Christian classical education can be. At the Ark Encounter the exhibit that challenged me...

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A Different Category

What is more breath taking and awe inspiring? Your neighbour or the Grand Canyon? Your mother-in-law or a sunset? Your co-worker or the Great Pyramid of Giza? In reading the book, Practicing the Presence of People by Mike Mason I have been reminded again that it is people, made in Gods image, the pinnacle of Gods creation, that should be most breath taking and awe inspiring, much more so than other things God or man has created. So shame on me for not treating my fellow man with the respect and appreciation they are due. From an educational perspective...

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