Learning Cursive in 2nd Grade

While I was visiting classrooms a couple of weeks ago, I got to see our second graders learning cursive handwriting with Mrs. Horton and Ms. Sowell. They were working on capital letters and sentences from their literature and history studies. Handwriting practice is an essential part of our students' elementary education in K-2, and after… Continue reading Learning Cursive in 2nd Grade

Seminar Discussion in 9th-12th Grade, by Mr. Peterson

The Seminar Discussion by Mr. Peterson, Literature and Philosophy Teacher This is an abridged version of a lecture given at Hillsdale College on June 29, 2017 as part of the Barney Charter School Initiative's summer teacher training. The original (available upon request) includes details about seminar setup procedures, grading, how the other components of a literature class… Continue reading Seminar Discussion in 9th-12th Grade, by Mr. Peterson

Introduction to the Barney Charter School Initiative

Since the first days of our school, the Barney Charter School Initiative has played an instrumental role in the formation of our students and teachers. An outreach program of Hillsdale College, the BCSI helps schools like ours educate young men and women for lives of citizenship and independence. Every summer our teachers attend training in… Continue reading Introduction to the Barney Charter School Initiative

Resources for Latin Students in 6th-12th

Our curriculum requires students to study Latin I, Latin II, and Latin III. Students typically complete Latin III at the end of 9th grade, and from there they may go on to study advanced Latin or another language in the high school. To see how our students are introduced to Latin and learn a little… Continue reading Resources for Latin Students in 6th-12th

Introduction to Latin in 6th Grade

At Founders Classical Academy, students begin studying Latin and Greek root words in 3rd grade, and when they get to 6th grade they begin Wheelock's Latin. Over the course of 6th and 7th grade, students complete Latin I and are ready to go on to more advanced Latin in 8th grade and high school. Learning… Continue reading Introduction to Latin in 6th Grade

Testing our New Air Track in 11th Grade Physics

At the end of our third year, Founders Classical Academy of Leander was honored with the Salvatori Prize for Excellence in Teaching. The award came with a $25,000 prize, and earlier this year some of those funds went toward the purchase of a telescope and an air track for the science department. Several weeks ago… Continue reading Testing our New Air Track in 11th Grade Physics

On the Sciences in Classical Education

Dear parents, Students and parents new to classical education are often led astray by the misconception that a classical school emphasizes the humanities over the sciences. At Founders we believe that a true classical school must provide a well-rounded education, and that in teaching students to pursue knowledge the pursuit of knowledge and mathematical knowledge… Continue reading On the Sciences in Classical Education

The Riggs Program and Homework in K-6th

Dr. O’Toole’s Welcome Address Grammar School Curriculum Night September 2016 Welcome to our third year. Our little school has come so far since our founding in 2014, and I am looking forward to building further upon the strong foundation we have laid together. Tonight I’d like to talk with you about the Riggs program, which… Continue reading The Riggs Program and Homework in K-6th