Christian, Classical Education...

There are so many facets to this thing we call Christian, classical education. How do we unpack it? How do we describe it to others in the Roanoke Valley? How do we demonstrate its significance in the lives of Faith Christian School students and their families?

As the Director of Admissions, I have the joy of introducing many families not only to our unique model of education but also to the men and women who will come alongside your children and teach them, pray with them, mentor them, and love them. There are so many distinctive components of our school—far too many to share in a short tour. It is my hope that our blog, written by our faculty, administration, board, students, and parents, will provide a deeper look into our model of education, our traditions, and student life. I invite you to come along for a journey through Faith. Our goal is to post a couple of times a month, so please check back periodically to gain a greater insight into Faith Christian School.

- Cathi Weber, Director of Admissions

Gala | FCS Blog Post

Faith Christian School’s annual Gala is one of the most anticipated events of the school year and is intended to honor the senior class.

 

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College Guidance | FCS Blog Post

The college guidance process at Faith Christian School helps make it less daunting for parents and students.

 

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The Gift Of Time | FCS Blog

Gala is about good food, lots of laughter, and more than a few tears of heartfelt nostalgia and joy. When the evening concludes with a heartfelt toast and benediction, seniors continue through their last month of exams, senior trip, and graduation, knowing they are loved and prepared to face the challenges of the coming years.

 

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Teaching a Child to Read | FCS Blog

Faith Christian School takes the classical, time-tested, proven method approach to teaching students to read, ensuring they not only learn to read but also LOVE to read!

 

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The Young Peacemaker - A Plan for Solving Classroom Conflict

Conflict between students does arise, but in the Classical Christian world, these are learning moments for students who are practicing Biblical, peacemaking resolutions.

 

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Our Music Teacher, Abbi French, shares how music is an important part of who God created our students to be and what He created our students to do.

 

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For parents not familiar with the term "Works" in Junior Kindergarten, Ashley Glaze explains how this part of our program trains students in new skills and good habits.

 

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In this blog post, Millie Anderson, our Kindergarten teacher walks us through an interactive and engaging part of the daily routine for Kindergarten students called the Math Meeting Board. 

 

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In this blog post, Peter Baur, our Head of School, shares the philosophy—or fundamental understandings—that drive our teachers and administration. 

 

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In this blog post, Karla Bower (Teacher, 3rd Grade) shares with parents the joy of reading and being read to, as well as some helpful guidelines for parents. 

 

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In this blog post, we explore why Faith Christian School is governed by a Board of Directors and its main responsibilities.

 

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At Faith Christian School, traditions and ceremony play a critical role in reminding us what is most important in our lives and what is worth keeping.

 

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At Faith Christian School, catechism and liturgies unify our community, shape our heart's affections, and answer the deeper questions regarding meaning and purpose.

 

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Euclid In Geometry  |  FCS Blog Post

This blog post shares how a classical approach to Geometry, using Euclid's Elements, written around 300 B.C., integrates art and logic.

 

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This blog post shares the many resources Faith Christian School provides to families to help make sure each and every student is successful.

 

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Stephanie Hopkins, Associate Head of Middle & Upper School, shares how Latin is not only useful for preparation for all the modern sciences, law, and theology but also as a tool for training the mind in logic and beauty.

 

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JoAnn Kowtko, current Alumni Relations Director and former Faith Christian School graduate (Class of 2001) and now a mother of a second-grade student shares her perspective on her Christian classical education.

 

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Engaging with each other with the goal of greater understanding—a classical concept that motivated C.S. Lewis and the famous Inklings.

Brynn Sowder, Librarian and Nature Studies Teacher shares how she learned about Intellectual Hospitality in England but discovered it was already present in the culture at Faith Christian School.

 

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Memorized pieces at their best are learned for the heart and soul of students and said aloud for the glory of God.

Starting with JK, students stand in front of peers and parents and recite poems, scripture, and jingles for recitation chapel. This, along with classroom reports and discussions, helps prepare students for thesis and beyond. Thesis may take place in the twelfth grade, but preparation begins in JK.

 

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Not an extracurricular at a Faith Christian School, but Visual Arts is an integral part of enabling students to learn to hear, understand, and speak God’s visual language with proficiency.

At Faith Christian School, visual art is not “extra-curricular.” It's a core area of study for our students, helping us tap into the “whole” person, not just the mind.

 

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Project Faith is a blessing to our school, our families, and those we serve in the Roanoke community for 22 years.

Over the years, Faith Christian School students, staff, and families have served the Roanoke Valley community through a school-wide fundraiser called Project Faith.

 

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Math allows us to think in new ways and respond when confronted with complicated situations.

We teach mathematics from a Christian perspective: we observe a unique design woven into creation by the ultimate Designer. Rather than wasting time memorizing steps which will only lead to frustration and confusion, students understand a concept and apply prior knowledge as a strategy to solve problems.

 

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Starting in Kindergarten, students ascend to the pinnacle of a classical education: the Senior Thesis presentation and defense.

One step at a time, starting in kindergarten, students ascend to the pinnacle of a classical education: the Senior Thesis presentation and defense, which inspires confidence and prepares for other challenging ascents ahead.

 

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And why Rhetoric really IS the most important class our students will ever take. (According to Mr. Mann.)

Rhetoric, as a classical educational course, develops confidence and competence in public speaking as well as provides an opportunity for students to learn time-tested categories for unpacking and organizing truth.

 

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Developing the God-given curiosity and inquisitiveness naturally found in children by asking good questions.

The intentional use of the Five Common Topics leads to deep and thought-provoking conversations and provides students with endless opportunities to think and reason on their own—one of the goals of a Classical education.

 

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More on the the skill of Slow Looking and why it's an important part of Classical education.

In Classical education, Slow Looking is more than a skill for art class. It develops the process that prepares students for deeply and thoroughly understanding whatever they are faced with, exploring solutions, and solving problems.

 

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We explore the building blocks of reading and spelling and the way classical education builds life-long readers.

In classical education, phonograms provide a clear-cut, sequential, multi-sensory approach to learning to read. This primary component of a comprehensive phonics program makes learning the English language simple and effective.

 

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Every educational method has at least one end goal. What is the goal of Classical Christian Education?

At Faith Christian School, student support is handled by teachers, staff, and parents who deeply know and understand each student's unique needs. Together, student support seeks to move every student towards independence and success in the classroom, which better prepares them for life.

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Holding a mirror up to readers to help them consider the human experience in all its forms and settings.

In this blog, we explore the reasons we emphasize good literature—classical literature—and our teachers provide the tools needed for students to read deeply and carefully, mining good literature for the treasures they contain.

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Helping students develop and integrate their body systems to better focus academically as well as in sports.

In this blog by India Delp, our PE instructor, you'll learn more about Motor Lab, a program offered at Faith Christian School to help students to develop and integrate their body systems to better focus academically as well as in sports.

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The Classical (And Fun!) Way To Produce Lasing Record In The Brain.

How can we ensure information sticks with students much longer than the time it takes them to complete the assessment? The answer is narration, which asks the student to remember all the details of the story and communicate them aloud.

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A Love of the Beautiful: Nature Studies

Using Nature Studies to help students become experts at enjoying God and His Creation, a reflection of Him.

How can we teach our students to glorify and enjoy God? Are they old enough to really enjoy Him? New blog post from our Nature Studies teacher and designated insect inspector, Brynn Sowder.

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Dimensions Math inspires students to wonder and think deeply, to ask good questions, and to take responsibility for their own learning.

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Are we making a difference in the lives of our students? Read on to hear what our graduates consistently tell us.

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