Monthly Archives: March 2010

Regents Academy Kindergarten Openings

Regents Academy has openings in its K-prep and K5 classes for 2010-2011. Call (936) 559-7343 now for information about the school or to enroll for next school year. There are openings in both these classes now, but these opening may not last for long.

The Regents K-prep program is a full day kindergarten program for 4-year-olds, while the K5 program is a full-day program for 5-year-olds.

Regents Academy is a K-12 classical Christian school located on 10 acres in Nacogdoches, Texas, and offers excellent academics and discipleship for Christian families in East Texas. The Regents Academy facility has recently undergone major renovations and expansion. The school’s classical curriculum and teachers are second to none.

If you have rising kindergarteners in your home, please call Mrs. Mary Ann Bentley now at the Regents school office at (936) 559-7343.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Teaching Students to Love Learning at Regents Academy in Nacogdoches

Why, in education, are we so reluctant to tell a short person that the letter “A” has three different sounds? Why are we afraid to read a Bible story to God’s children because it might be too long or too difficult to understand? Why do we keep so much information from them until we deem it the age appropriate time? Shouldn’t we just give them the information that we know they will need to succeed and allow them the opportunity to store it or allow us the opportunity to teach it again? Little children love to learn, let’s stop keeping them from it.

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From Comics to Classics

It was a gratifying conversation.

I was visiting with a parent of a Regents student a few days back. She described her son’s reading habits which had, until recently at least, included mostly comic books. Regents began a reading program this year that requires our students to read one book per quarter on their own. These books are significant works of literature and essential reading material for a well-educated, thinking Christian. Many of the books – like those of P.G. Wodehouse or Mark Twain – are just plain fun. But all of them have real literary merit and power to inspire, entertain, inform, and transport.

This parent shared with me that she had begun to see her son find real joy in reading, a desire and a delight that had not been there before. I see it in her son. He is a bright boy who loves sports – but who now has also begun to love to read.

I am reminded that these small victories are what teachers and parents strive for. Not every student makes a dramatic or instantaneous turn-around. But students make small strides every day. God has called Christian educators and parents to have a vision for small steps toward the eventual goal of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.

I am reminded that loving books and ideas and the printed and spoken word are at the heart of true education. Classical education is, if anything, a passion for and delight in the word, both spoken and printed. To see that delight cultivated in a young man is a thrill.

I am reminded also that Christian education is intensely personal. Sticking this young man at a table with a book might not accomplish anything, but modeling a love for books and nurturing that love through guiding him toward good books is powerful.  Education is essentially relational.

I am reminded also that Christians are people of the word. St. John teaches us that Christ is the Word, and He has called His people to be people of the word. Classical Christian education propels us toward this vision. I am so thankful to see it in action.

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A Wonderful Moment as a Teacher. I Love the Students at Regents Academy

I recently celebrated another birthday (I think it was my 21st) and some of my students created a very touching card for me. They reminisced about some old times that we had last year, but more than that they thanked me for loving and caring for them as a temporary mom! I was raised not to be given to tears but upon receiving the sentimental birthday wishes, I couldn’t hold a wave of them back. I enjoyed a few more happy tears during the day and reminded myself that it is all worth it! I love teaching!

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Life as a teacher at Regents Academy in Nacogdoches Texas, Thanks Teddy!

Theodore Roosevelt said,

It is not the critic that counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly, who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds.

So could I also add or infer that the credit belongs to the teacher who is actually in the classroom, whose hands are marred by Expo marker and blouse messed by drying dirty tears and feet aching because sitting isn’t an option if you want children to actually learn; who strives valiantly to teach “how to solve for X,” and comes short again and again in turning in Teacher Notes on time, because there is no effort without lots of error and numerous shortcomings in their own character; but the credit belongs to the teacher that rises early every morning and thinks about his students on the way to school and who most certainly strives endlessly to make this arrow better?

Do you think T.R. would mind taking some liberties in his well stated exhortation?

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Elementary Education in a Private Christian Nacogdoches School

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
Psalms 127:4

Here is my job description, simply stated.   Living in a small town of East Texas, driving used vehicles, teaching in an old day-care building, rubbing shoulders daily with people who bet that “ain’t ” is in the dictionary, this seems to be a high calling for someone like me.   God is in the business of issuing high callings, or tall orders to seemingly small and insignificant people.   Just thinking of Mary’s birth story or David’s size when taking on Goliath or Abraham’s trek in the wilderness and one realizes God expects great things out of his rather small people.   Here we are in a rural Southern town and God has asked or rather required me to prepare His arrows, sharpen their points and ensure that they will fly straight when released into flight.   This is God’s story and I’m simply a small character trying my best to play my part to the glory of God.   Some days will be foggy, a few will be rainy, but most days will be sunny with a sure chance of God’s goodness.

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