Kindergarten – The Acorn Year

Logos Academy is currently accepting applications for Kindergarten students for the 2017 – 2018 school year!
Kindergarten is such a special time of life. Curious little boys and girls are awestruck at the wonders of God’s creation, especially in their science studies. At Logos Academy, we embrace that sense of awe and wonder and nurture it in every Kindergarten boy and girl. We believe it is a vital part of developing a lifelong learner and we deliberately nurture a student from an acorn (Kindergarten) to an oak sapling (Senior).


Academically, our students are excelling. All of our seniors have been accepted to their first choice colleges and have received substantial scholarship funding. More importantly, at Logos Academy, we are committed to shaping the minds and hearts of our students. Formation does not stop with the intellect but extends to the physical, emotional and spiritual development of these incredible beings made in the image of God.


Would you like to visit our Kindergarten classes and learn more about our Christ-centered, culturally diverse urban school? Register now for a KINDERGARTEN TOUR on May 11th or 17th. We think you will be delighted with what you experience at Logos Academy. Our classes for next year are filling up quickly and this is a great opportunity to see our school in action before the summer months!

Wonder in Education

Guest Blogger – Nancy Snyder, K-12 Student Support Services Coordinator

splashThe fifth-graders have been working on growth goals. To learn about a growth mindset, students read and discussed the picture book The Most Magnificent Thing. Students negotiated with their teachers to establish goals. They continually self-monitor to become aware of how they are doing in areas where they need to grow. Every two weeks, if their self-monitoring is adequate and their teacher recommends them, they choose what they would like to do in a fun snatch of time–ten minutes of spontaneous fun in the middle of the day. Yesterday, one of them lamented, “It’s too bad we can’t take a walk in the pouring rain.”



Why not?

I ran home to grab every umbrella I own. The students donned their jackets, and we marveled over the height of the Codorus Creek and all the debris floating down it. The sun burst through (like a bright idea after a growth-mindset struggle).

We looked at the huge puddles at the corner of King and Newberry Streets. One student said, “It’s too bad we can’t put down our hoods and umbrellas and run back to school in the rain.”
IMG_0611While I held their umbrellas, they danced and did cartwheels in the rain. It was a wonder-filled moment.

Wonder in education–it’s what we do at Logos Academy.

What is the Classical Tradition of Education?

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Education in ancient Greece aimed at the formation of free individuals who were in control of their own thoughts and feelings and who loved to search for beauty and truth in all areas of life and the world. We get our modern word “school” from the Greek word scholé which means “leisure time spent in contemplation, study, prayer, celebration or worship.”

In contrast to this tradition, today’s prevailing models of education have their origin in Prussian educational reforms during the 1800s. These were inspired by the factories of the industrial revolution and ideas of mass production. They had the goal of creating a national workforce for a growing industrial state, and American educational reformers such as Horace Mann brought these ideas and practices to public schools in the United States. Even with the work of later school reformers such as John Dewey and the current quest for technological solutions in the classroom, American public education has continued to focus on “large-scale” and “efficient” responses to personal and human needs.

Our classical tradition of education at Logos Academy keeps us focused on the development of the most important human capacities within each individual student. We love the whole and diverse human story and what it means for each child in our school.

So how does this classical tradition look in our classrooms?

  • Teachers use the natural love of children for song, movement, and story to encourage wonder while teaching basic skills and giving their students a rich treasury of information about the Bible, science, world geography and folk stories from many cultures.
  • Our curriculum map integrates the curriculum horizontally from year to year, with students covering the entire human story twice between kindergarten and graduation. We also integrate horizontally across subject areas at each grade level. For example, second grade students investigate Nile River flood patterns, create models and give reports to their classmates, using the human story to integrate across earth science, history, and writing.
  • All students master critical thinking and conversation skills through exercises such as debate and Socratic dialogue where they are regularly expected to ask creative and meaningful questions.
  • Our middle school students parse Latin sentences while they learn about the roots of modern languages such as Spanish and English and gain valuable self-discipline as students.
  • We teach math and science at all grade levels as a great story of collaborative problem solving across time as well as a way to showcase God’s glory throughout creation.
  • All students spend time enjoying and imitating great works from the visual and performing arts (in music, poetry, painting, sculpture, digital design, and theater).
  • Our high school students study logic and rhetoric as they master writing, communication, and presentation skills. Their education culminates in a senior thesis project where they share research and deliver a constructive challenge to our learning community before school board members, community partners, and peers.

We are grateful to have you partnering with us in this exciting venture. To learn more about the classical tradition of education, consider some of these resources:

  1. A Student’s Guide to Classical Education: One Student’s K-12 Journey by Zoë Perrin
  2. Wisdom and Eloquence: A Christian Paradigm for Classical Learning by Robert Littlejohn and Charles T. Evans
  3. The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had by Susan Wise Bauer
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