Our grammar school students have been learning about the animal kingdom lately, and I thought you'd like to meet a special guest who visited the third graders last week: Sir Pigglesworth, or Piggles for short. One of our Founders moms brought in her family's mini pig to help our third graders learn the characteristics of… Continue reading Grammar School Science Lessons Explore the Animal Kingdom
How we spent the first two days of school. The first days of school have been so smooth, and it’s wonderful to see our students back on campus. Working in a school without any students in it is a strange thing, and after a productive summer I have loved welcoming our new Kindergarteners and seeing… Continue reading Welcome back, Archers!
Every year in the spring, Grammar and Upper School students put on a talent show, and it's always one of the best school events we do. This year, the show was organized by the House of Herodotus, and it was beautifully done: Guests arrived and were seated in the gym. Those in the VIP section… Continue reading Students Shine in Annual Talent Show
Clubs and activities are an important part of a student's experience at Founders Classical Academy. On top of chess club, soccer club, French club, and many others, we've offered a few unusual clubs in past years: lawn games club, for example, or ukulele club. This year we introduced a knitting club for grammar schoolers, and… Continue reading Knitting Club
Besides blood, toil, tears and sweat, our school is the product of a partnership between Hillsdale College and Responsive Education Solutions, an organization that runs over 70 charter schools throughout Texas and Arkansas. Though the Barney Charter School Initiative (BCSI), Hillsdale College partners with charter schools across the country and provides recruiting help, teacher training,… Continue reading The Ten Points
Unintended Consequences: How Four Kids' Classical Education Affected Mom and Dad by Kyle Swartz, the parent of four students at Founders Classical Academy of Leander: Anna (Class of 2019), Emily ('20), Jonah ('23), and Michael ('26) We all want what’s best for our kids. What our kids to be happy in this life. We want them… Continue reading Unintended Consequences: How Four Kids’ Classical Education Affected Mom and Dad, by Mr. Swartz
Explaining things to very young Kindergarteners requires a special talent. I learned from Mrs. Rariden that when you are talking to five year olds, rather than saying "please have a seat," you have to say "please make sure your bottom is on the chair, your feet are on the ground, and your head is facing… Continue reading What’s with the arrows and the bubbles?
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
Once a month all of our students and teachers gather in the gym for an all-school assembly. We often enjoy a performance, recognize students' achievements, or discuss our school virtues. No matter what we're doing in all school assembly, we always begin the same way: with pledges to the American flag and the Texas flag… Continue reading Singing the National Anthem at All-School Assembly
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