The Perfect Day Planner

  Are you looking for a new day planner to start your new year off right? Have you tried planners in the past that have not worked for you because of the endless blank pages or not enough space to actually “plan” in the planner? First, determine what is important...

Why We Color….

Several of you have expressed an interest in opting out your Upper Dialectic or Rhetoric Student from coloring pictures or maps. Reasoning that “coloring is for preschoolers and grammar students learning to stay in the lines,” parents often resist the idea of an older...

What I Believe…

Recently in making some needed changes to the PAideia process I revisited my basic core beliefs about children, learning, and God’s purpose in the process of training and teaching.  This exercise proved beneficial, both for PAideia and for several of the moms who have...

Socratic Seminar: Look at these roles

http://www.edweek.org/tm/section/teaching-channel/index.html?cmp=ENL-CC-NEWS1 Here we see a great example of a well done Socratic Seminar. The topic is the controversial Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and the use of the “n-word” over 200 times. Notice...

Classical Education: FAILURE IS NOT FATAL

When did you learn to fail? When did you learn failure represented a vital lesson in your life? When did you accept failure as a way to learn? Several years ago a PACES PAideia English teacher welcomed her new class on the first day of school with a speech that would...

Why Field Trips?

Obviously, PACES is a rigorous program.  Every few weeks (two-five in duration) we schedule a week to relieve the pressure from the typical schedule which parents soon learn includes four days of vigorous homework, a class day, and a study group day. This “interim...

Petrarch: The PAideia Icon

  Several years ago PACES commissioned Brandon Nixon, artist and PAideia Dad, to create an icon symbolizing the epitome of a PAIdeia young man. Petrarch: a Renaissance Man with a complete education, uniquely gift, living to glorify God and serve man In true...

Creating a Family Mission Statement

Just as a personal mission is discovered not created (see What’s Best Next by Matt Perman), the family mission must be discovered through investigating family members’ gifts and dreams.  Common Goal Although each family member’s unique giftedness equips each for...

Peace in Your Home Starts Outside Your Home

Recently while counseling a family with two adolescents, the conversation turned to a hostile “us vs. them” dialogue. Through many months of tension warring for their own “rights” the teens could not seem to comprehend that their parents were NOT their enemies....

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