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The Benefits of a Classical Lutheran Education from the Parent's Perspective

Our family lives in a strong public school district, which can make a private school a tough sell. Caveat taxpayer:  Primary education is within the reach of everybody; superior instruction is scarcely to be obtained by any (or so says Alexis de Tocqueville). Even when compared to the local schools our neighbors have had the foresight and generosity make strong, St. Paul Lutheran School puts superior instruction within our family’s reach. How shall I count the ways?

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PreKindergarten Students in a Classical Classroom

Classical Pre-K Education

 

In this fast-paced, modern world, our children have been forced to grow up faster. The curriculum and expectations at school are much more intense. Years ago, Kindergarten was the introduction to school and this was where young children learned the basics they needed for their future classes. In today’s world, if the children do not already know these basics prior to entering kindergarten, they are behind. Pre-K is now the kindergarten of years past.

 

At St Paul Lutheran School, Pre-K students are not only taught the basics needed for entering school, but they are taught a Classical Education which better equips them for all aspects of their academic futures.

 

Classical Lutheran Education is a formative education that is designed to guide the student towards truth, goodness and beauty through the liberal arts and sciences. Classical Education teaches the seven liberal arts: grammar, logic, rhetoric, arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy. The first part of Classical Education is the Trivium (grammar, logic and rhetoric).  It gives the children the tools they need not only to learn, but to take what they learn and continually build upon it so they are able to apply their knowledge to all aspects of the world around them. The second part of Classical Education is the Quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy).

 

The Grammar stage is usually for the younger students (Pre-K – 5th) but is for ALL students when beginning a new subject. Much repetition is done during this stage. The children repeat material back to the instructor. This can be made easier for the student by putting the material to music or having them chant it on a regular basis until it is thoroughly learned. Pre-K students use this on a daily basis as a part of their learning and this foundation helps them retain information and the ability to recall facts much easier in their future learning. Our school teaches Latin. Though this language has been all but forgotten in the secular world, our school acknowledges that Latin has always been the language of the learned and over half of all English words come from Latin. Pre-K students are introduced to Latin and are able to learn the basics quickly. Learning Latin helps all students with future studies because they are able to identify and understand words not in their vocabularies simply because they already know the Latin root.

 

The Logic stage is mostly for children of middle to Junior High School level (grades 5th – 10th) but for ALL students when they begin to ask why and how. The teacher not only answers the questions, but teaches the students how to ask questions and form answers.

 

The Rhetoric stage. Is mostly for older students (grade 8th – 12+) but for ALL students as they express new thoughts, ideas and original interpretation. They are able to understand what they have learned and explain what they have learned.

 

By the time the students are at the Quadrivium level, they are ready to learn and understand mathematics and using their skills of Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric, can understand and study numbers as they apply to arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy.

Above all, the classically educated Lutheran students are taught theology. The students learn, study and memorize Scripture, the Catechism and the Liturgy of the Church. They are taught the Doctrine of Justification as laid out in the Book of Concord. They know “If you learn everything except Christ, you learn nothing. If you learn nothing but Christ, you learn everything.” (Reverend Robert Paul)

 

At St Paul Lutheran School, we believe in giving our students the best beginning possible. A firm foundation is what supports additions in all aspects of life. At St Paul we help your children build this firm foundation that helps them to excel and allows them not only the ability to learn, but to think, reason and problem solve. All subjects are intertwined to the knowledge and love of Christ our Savior, which is the most important and valuable subject taught at St Paul Lutheran School.    

National Lutheran Schools' Week 2018

National Lutheran schools week

 

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