Below is an open letter written to current Torrey Academy families. It addresses, for one particular audience, some aspects of a much broader issue: if education should be more than memorization and regurgitation, then what’s it for and what do we do when it gets difficult?
Dear Torrey Academy community,
As the first quarter of our school year was coming to a close over the past few weeks, I was able to check in with many of you at our campuses and over the phone to hear how the year has been so far. I write now partially to address some of the concerns I’ve heard from you and partially to write out some thoughts on what we’re doing here at Torrey Academy that seem fitting as we get closer to Advent.
Torrey Academy is about the business of going after the Good, the True, and the Beautiful — and of giving students the tools to become mature disciples, thinkers, and lovers along the way. Because we are an academic program, it is truth-seeking that comes to the fore in the way we spend our time. We do this, as Dr. Sanders mentioned at our Orientation this year, by being “Socratic (we ask questions), active (we make the students do most of the talking), and formative (rather than just informative).”
Meet Autumn Krause, the author of A Dress for the Wicked. She is a 2011 Torrey Honors Institute alumna from Biola University and a former homeschool student. While in Torrey Honors she met her husband in The Nature of Math taught by the Professor Matthew Weathers. They have now been together for 10 years with a toddler named Juliet. Autumn started the dream of her book while in Torrey Honors using the first 10 pages as her final project. She then worked in the fashion industry before going on to complete an MFA from Vermont College in Fine Arts. Signing with Harper Teen, a top publisher for Young Adult fiction, Autumn’s dream for A Dress for the Wicked was realized. The novel releases August 6, 2019 but you can preorder it today from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Read more
Check out the LEGO Space Hollywood event this weekend!
Explore the world of The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part ahead of its February 8th release! We welcome visitors of all ages to become immersed in the world of Emmet and Lucy as they fight back against General Mayhem and her destructive ways! This 6,000-square foot, fully enclosed, one-of-a-kind space will feature numerous interactive elements from the film and fun authentically themed photo ops. We will see you in the Systar System!
Watching our students develop, we know that learning happens even outside of time spent in textbooks and worksheets. Even while they play, learning occurs. One of the joys of homeschooling is seeing our students grow, learn, and love doing it.
If you’re like many homeschool families, you might have a bin or two of LEGO pieces lying around. Have you considered how you might leverage the little bricks to stoke learning and creativity? Read more
Every year the holidays pass, the new year approaches and everyone starts to talk about resolutions and goals. We start at thanksgiving, move to generosity and end on vision. It’s actually a pretty great cycle if you do it right. I have never liked the idea of resolutions because it feels like a commitment I won’t really keep. If I was going to follow through I would have made the commitment earlier, right? Read more
Editor’s Note: When do you buy your teen a smartphone? Sean McDowell shares his experience around buying his son a phone. He shared this on his blog, where he regularly writes on Christianity, Culture, Ethics and Apologetics.
Some of you may think I’m crazy for waiting so long to allow my son to have a smartphone. I teach part time at a Christian school and my 11-year old daughter is one of the only kids in her 6th grade class who does not have a phone. So, why would I first give my son a phone as a freshman in high school? You may think I need to “get with the program.”
I have two big reasons for waiting this long. And the second is the most important. Read more
Editor’s note: Today’s post is from Catherine Hood, Torrey Academy Director. Here, she applies Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives to help illuminate how you can teach the same material to multiple grades at home. Find this helpful? Pass the post along!
How do I juggle teaching multiple subjects to my second grader, fourth grader, and seventh grader, all at the same time? This is one of the most common questions among homeschool parents. But there are ways of helping all your children learn while still keeping your sanity! Read more
Author’s Note: Today I’m excited to share with you a piece that I wrote a number of years ago about how to memorize the Bible. This little article — which you can read on my blog, Kindle Afresh — has probably been read by more people than anything else I’ve written in my life. I hope that it will increase your desire and confidence to keep hiding God’s Word in your heart.
One of my professors in college was really old. I can hear everyone asking: “How old was he?” (No, his social security number wasn’t 7…). Let’s put it this way: he was the founder of the college at which I was studying (Multnomah in Portland, Oregon), and the school was celebrating the half century mark of its founding while I was there! In fact, Dr. John Mitchell was over the age of 90 when he taught the two classes I took from him. He continued to teach well into his mid-90s. Not surprisingly, he was getting forgetful about some things by the time I had him as a teacher, but what he definitely was not forgetting were the Bible verses he had memorized. His ability to recall Bible verses was astounding. I do not know this for a fact, but I would guess that he had all of the New Testament and large sections of the Old Testament committed to memory. All of his students were profoundly impacted by his immersion in the Scriptures. Read more
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. – Ephesians 5:1-2
We were recently in our nephew and his wife’s home for a seven-day visit. It was such a delight to play with their five children each day, ages 7, 5, 4, 2, and 1. Each night, my husband and I reflected on what we noticed about each child. Imitation and repetition was a recurring theme. Read more
Editor’s Note: Classical Education is at the core of Torrey Academy’s pedagogy and a rising trend for homeschool families and charter schools across the United States. But what is it? In this blog, Torrey Academy director, Catherine Hood, examines the history and philosophy of Classical Education at each stage of learning.
“How will I use this information?”
This has become an all-too common question asked by students today. I certainly asked it often, much to the frustration of my high school teachers. This expectation that education must be “useful” is a relatively new development in Western civilization. Particularly now, in this age of rising college tuition and cost of living, parents and students alike are single-minded in their educational priorities. Students must get the best grades and test scores, so they can go to the best colleges, so they can get the best jobs, so they can make enough money to live a comfortable life. While these pursuits aren’t necessarily wrong, is this really the fullness of the way God created us to live? Read more