Advent: Waiting for our King of Peace

Oh come Desire of nations bindIn one the hearts of all mankind;Oh, bid our sad divisions cease,And be yourself our King of Peace.Rejoice! Rejoice! EmmanuelShall come to thee, O Israel. Joel Rohde Christmas is coming … yet Advent is still upon us. We are still in a time of waiting, hoping, quiet prophets, darkness, andContinue reading “Advent: Waiting for our King of Peace”

Beyond Thinking: Bold and Gracious Speech

Editor’s note: This post is the fifth in a series on how we teach the Trivium at Morning Star Academy. The Trivium forms the structure of classical education. It includes three stages: Grammar (grades K-5), Logic (6-8) and Rhetoric (9-12). Susan Hixenbaugh Comparisons are my favorite thing. In my literature classes, one might hear studentsContinue reading “Beyond Thinking: Bold and Gracious Speech”

In the Middle: A Teacher’s Tour of the Logic Stage

Editor’s note: This post is the fourth in a series on how we teach the Trivium at Morning Star Academy. The Trivium forms the structure of classical education. It includes three stages: Grammar (grades K-5), Logic (6-8) and Rhetoric (9-12). Brenda Porter Logic school is the three-year period between the Grammar and Rhetoric schools atContinue reading “In the Middle: A Teacher’s Tour of the Logic Stage”

A Logic Student on Loving Words and Learning to Write

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). Sadie V. Proverbs 15:4 says, “Gentle words bring lifeContinue reading “A Logic Student on Loving Words and Learning to Write”

A Mom’s Glimpse into Grammar: Marveling at the “Great Given”

Editor’s note: This post is the second in a series on how we teach the Trivium at Morning Star Academy. The Trivium forms the structure of classical education. It includes three stages: Grammar (grades K-5), Logic (6-8) and Rhetoric (9-12). Keep reading for a parent perspective on the Grammar stage! Kat Carter As a parentContinue reading “A Mom’s Glimpse into Grammar: Marveling at the “Great Given””

A Third Grade Glimpse into the Grammar Stage

Editor’s note: This post is the first in a series on how we teach the Trivium at Morning Star Academy. The Trivium forms the structure of classical education. It includes three stages: Grammar (grades K-5), Logic (6-8) and Rhetoric (9-12). “For the sole true end of education is simply this: to teach men how toContinue reading “A Third Grade Glimpse into the Grammar Stage”

The Rohdes Hit the Road

Kendra Thompson Joel and Pam Rohde have never lived outside of Iowa. They met at Central College in Pella where they studied ministry, music, and art. When Joel became a pastor and Pam became a mom, she held many quirky side jobs. Everything from Airport baggage handling to Greek tutor to shave ice franchise management,Continue reading “The Rohdes Hit the Road”

When Pilgrims Eat Cake: Reflections on Psalm 145

Anna Carrington At my fifth birthday party, I demanded a particular piece of the cake my younger sister and I were sharing for our joint celebration. As I made this demand, I informed the guests—my friends—that they would all receive party favors and that they should therefore “Be grateful!” for whatever piece of cake theyContinue reading “When Pilgrims Eat Cake: Reflections on Psalm 145”

Disrupt My Tunnel Vision, Lord

Joel Rohde Something that often scares me is how quickly I can begin living as if all that really matters is me.  I am quick to make resolving the littlest inconveniences central to my actions and sometimes I elevate those miniscule annoyances to a level of importance that must seem comical, if not completely narcissisticContinue reading “Disrupt My Tunnel Vision, Lord”

Permission to Complain

Rob Spykstra You’ve made the polite but inauthentic query at work. “How are you doing?” You are expecting the one word reply, “great” or “fine” only to be stopped in your tracks with, “terrible.” Brutal honesty, it can be refreshing.  This is why I value Psalm 44. The psalmist vividly expresses his perceived, angry realityContinue reading “Permission to Complain”