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Below is Arts Thereafter's educational philosophy. We wish to make sure those wanting to enroll with us for next year understand and agree with our mission. Please fill out this survey stating that you understand our philosophy; read through the parent/student handbook link that is provided, and select 3 books from our parent reading list that you will be responsible for reading on your own. After this survey is filled out, you will receive a message that has the link to enroll.
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We believe that every child is a genius waiting to grow in their God given gifts and to discover new types of smart that they will use to change the world.
We believe that God directs our path with his Word, disciplines us when needed, and loves us completely. We believe that Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice for our sins and paid our debt and we can't do a single thing to earn that. We want to be like Him.
We believe that children are born with a love of learning, a natural creativity, and an unbound curiosity that we want to encourage them to keep. No child is standard but deserves to be taught where they are at but challenged to better themselves. We want the whole child to grow!
We believe that in our ever-changing, modern world, learning to learn, learning to be, and learning to do are WAY more important than learning to know.
We believe in the power of play! Children need less time learning any concept if it is brought to them as a game.
We believe that an elementary child's homework is to become a productive member of their family and that tests are only one way to assess knowledge (and not always the most accurate.)
We believe that practice makes us better in anything and if a student strives for excellence, nothing is beyond their reach.
We believe that reading life-changing literature is the most important aspect to keeping that love of learning!
We believe that failing, making mistakes, struggling, and being uncomfortable at times is a necessary part of the process that makes us grow. Those things should not be avoided but embraced.
We believe in giving children the freedom and the responsibility to learn first, then giving them the guidance to find their path, which will make them ready for the future.
We believe in forging strong, Biblical character and becoming masters through daily practice.
We believe in cherishing the arts, honoring the sciences, keeping a healthy mind, spirit, and body and incorporating those into our everyday life.
Parent Reading List
Courage to Grow, Laura Sandefer
Unschooling Rules, Clark Aldrich
Mindset, Carol S. Dweck
A Thomas Jefferson Education, Oliver De Mille
Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius, Angeline Stoll Lillard
Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools, Michael Horn, Heather Staker, and Clayton M. Christensen
Rethinking School, Susan Wise Bauer
The Brave Learner, Julie Bogart
The Read Aloud Family, Sarah Mackenzie
7 Kinds of Smart, Dr. Thomas Armstrong
For the Children's Sake, Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens, Sean Covey
Pick three that you will read.
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