Editor’s note: This post is the third in a series on how we teach the Trivium at Morning Star Academy, and it’s our first student perspective! The Trivium forms the structure of classical education. It includes three stages: Grammar (grades K-5), Logic (6-8) and Rhetoric (9-12).
Proverbs 15:4 says, “Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” This verse is a great example of how powerful and beautiful words are. Their beauty and strength are what caused me to fall in love with words, and consequently with writing as well.
I fell in love with words at a very young age. When I was a toddler I used to snatch a picture book from our bookshelf at home, find a little corner and start “reading” to myself—making up a story from the pictures provided. I also pestered others to read to me. When I reached the end of second grade, I began to explore my own personal reading options. Then my mom took me to the library. I was in heaven! A whole world of books at my very fingertips!
Slowly my love of reading extended to writing as well. I would chop two little pieces of cardboard off of a box, cut some paper the same size as the cardboard, zip-tie them all together, and create my own little makeshift book. That was the beginning of my writing career.
In third grade, my parents decided to send me to Morning Star Academy. When I got there, I discovered that Mrs. Bohonek gave the class stories to write at least once every day. I was thrilled! I took to those assignments like a fish to water. In later years, my teachers expanded my writing skills as they asked for essays and book reports. From the annual Academic Night essays that I wrote in fifth and sixth grade to the short journal entries Mrs. Porter had us write in seventh grade, my teachers have and continue to give me every opportunity to sharpen my writing skills.
Building on all those years of writing practice, I am now working on novels and short stories. I could never have come as far as I have in my writing if I didn’t have the amazing teachers that I’ve had and still have at Morning Star. To those teachers I say, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.