Like Climbing a Ladder: Mission & Vision

As we begin another school year, Morning Star is renewing its commitment to our Mission and Vision. If you walk the halls or visit a classroom this year, you’ll see these two statements posted on the walls! Blog editor Anna Carrington sat down with Morning Star’s longest-serving Board Director, John Walters, to talk about whyContinue reading “Like Climbing a Ladder: Mission & Vision”

Classical Conversations Across the Atlantic

Pam Rohde We knew we would encounter different ways of thinking about education upon moving to Scotland for a year. What we didn’t know is how often we’d be reminded of home and the classical pedagogy we’ve grown to love. Here are three short glimpses into classical connections here in Scotland and how they helpedContinue reading “Classical Conversations Across the Atlantic”

Classical Education and Family Rhythms for Discipleship

Jon & Mary Sievers Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach themContinue reading “Classical Education and Family Rhythms for Discipleship”

Why Math is More than Useful

Rhonda Cox “When are we ever going to use this?” This question is the bane of existence for mathematics teachers everywhere. As a precalculus and calculus teacher in public school, my response was usually something like, “Knowledge is never a waste, and this does have uses, but honestly, YOU may never use this.”  Now, asContinue reading “Why Math is More than Useful”

How the Trivium Prepared Me to Be a Physician Scientist

Josh Seaberg The work of the physician and the scientist are each beautiful and challenging in their own ways. The physician utilizes treatments to alleviate suffering on a daily basis; the scientist lives at the edge of human knowledge to expand our breadth of understanding. While each profession requires a dedicated individual with a desireContinue reading “How the Trivium Prepared Me to Be a Physician Scientist”

S.T.E.M. and Success: A Parent Interview

Blog editor Anna Carrington sat down with Julie Schroeder, a physician and mother of one MSA alumna and two current MSA seniors. All three of her children are pursuing careers in “S.T.E.M.” fields—science, technology, engineering, and math. The following is an edited version of our conversation. There’s a lot of emphasis these days on S.T.E.M.-basedContinue reading “S.T.E.M. and Success: A Parent Interview”

Classical Christian Education: Rooted in Love, Bearing Fruit in Community

By MSA Parent Teacher Partnership Where can you find merry storytelling, a hospitable home, and truth-seeking moms and dads? At the MSA Parent Book Group! Morning Star has a very active Parent Teacher Partnership (PTP), and our new book group for parents just launched in January. Our goal is to discover together why Morning StarContinue reading “Classical Christian Education: Rooted in Love, Bearing Fruit in Community”

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”