The pick up line was all abuzz today as the whole school let out for the summer at noon. The little girls exchanged hugs and giggles, the older girls gave high fives and a few hugs as well. The boys of all ages were hyped up and ready for fun! Congratulations on a year of hard work and intensive learning, students. Enjoy your summer – you deserve it!
In celebration of the great work the students did in March with our Stories for Scholarships fundraiser, PCA recently had Literary Character Day. It was a fun day at PCA!
Once each fall and once each spring, PCA holds a very special night called Recitation. At Recitation, the students have a chance to present many of the poems, songs, chants and jingles they have learned over the past semester to a room full of family, friends, and those interested in learning more about the school. Our spring Recitation night was May 2.
This week I visited Mrs. Reed’s kindergarten class and watched as the students presented their first ever book reports. They were called Shoebox Book Reports. During the reports, each student stood in front of the class and presented their book. They then proceeded to read their book report form and show the class the three items in their shoebox, explaining how each had to do with their book. The students all did very well!
Thursday I had the absolute pleasure of joining the K-3rd grade classes on a field trip to Mr. and Mrs. Bush’s farm in Paron, Arkansas. Mrs. Bush teaches the upper grade students at PCA, but Thursday she stepped into the roll of field trip guide for our lower elementary students. It may have been the most enjoyable field trip I have ever been on as an adult, and it was chock-full of age-appropriate educational nuggets for the students.
I recently had the honor of visiting the 2nd and 3rd grade class on the day they presenting their book reports. The students were each asked to choose from a selection of books, each one detailing the story of a famous person from history. After reading the book, they were asked to prepare some notes, find a costume and dress up as that famous person as they presented their life story to the class.
PCA has taught me that the mind is a unique tool. I can’t tell my heart what to feel or convince my soul to deeply desire something. I can, however, teach my mind new things with great intentionality. If I’m going to love God with all my mind, then I would be smart to offer Him the best my mind can be.
In the next several posts, I’m going to talk about what it means, in my perspective of course, to love God with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind, and all I’ve got. I will also highlight a few areas where I see this viewpoint being reflected in Pinnacle Classical Academy. I’ll tackle the heart in this post.
Monday morning was full of smiles as all the students and teachers reunited for the beginning of a new quarter!
The question usually goes something like this: You seem to really know your stuff and the school is so small, why don’t you just homeschool your kids? An excellent question that I can’t wait to answer! I could homeschool my kids. I know I could do it, I know it can be a great choice for many families, I even think I could do it well. But there are a few key reasons my husband and I have intentionally chosen not to homeschool our kids.