Classical Difference: Math

“Why do we have to learn this?”  “I’m never going to use this kind of math.” “My parent is not good at math, and I’m not either.” As a math teacher, I have heard these comments and many more, usually coupled with a downtrodden spirit. Granted, I am a “math person” who would happily solve […]

Is Phonics Classical?

In a recent family interview, a parent posed the question, “What makes your kindergarten classical?”  An excellent question, indeed, and one on which we were pleased and excited to expound. It can be easy to observe some pillars of the classical tradition in our classrooms – the emphasis on character, the integration between subjects, and […]

Classically Grounded: English-Literature at PPA

When one considers their English experience in school, a plethora of memories may be conjured. Some positive, some negative, and many, most likely, utterly underwhelming. As a product of public school, my own memories of my English education are that of all-consuming boredom. The irony of this is downright comedic, considering my chosen field of […]


The classical method is a unique form of transmitting and assimilating information in comparison to the traditional American model of education. Having taught history within both systems, I find myself drawn to the classical model.  My training is in historical research, which lends itself strongly to the classical method. In the traditional American education structure, […]

Classical Collaboration

Since the dawn of time, the greatest and the most sacred institution known to man is that of the home. In the sovereignty and wisdom of God, it was the home, not the state or the school or even the church that was first created and divinely intended to become the cornerstone of all life. […]