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  • Parent Testimony: The Way God Created Us to Learn



    As our thirst for knowledge and our capacity to learn increases as we develop, so does our curriculum and the richness and complexity of information that we can process and retain.

    As an infant/young child, our brains are able to process simple information, such as square, circle, red, blue. As we grow, fine motor skills come in and we learn to hold a pencil and write and jump. Then we can begin to memorize huge chunks of information and easily recite it at will. And yes, there is repetition of information for this reason. Once we understand shapes and colors, we add on to those facts and learn to calculate circumference and understand how light effects the way we see colors. Each step of the way, the history of the world taught chronologically guides the content of each subject. This occurs all throughout grammar school.


    We learn to care for others more than ourselves, get outside of our own comfort zone and humbly grow in the knowledge our minds crave.



    In the middle school years, responsibilities increase and students are responsible for keeping up with their own schedules and assignments and even the campus grounds. Teachers train students' study skills for self-teaching outside the classroom through homework and longer assignments. The knowledge obtained in grammar school is applied into more defined subjects and period rotations throughout the school day. Service time trains students to care for their school and others by doing tasks with a servant’s heart. We learn to care for others more than ourselves, get outside of our own comfort zone and humbly grow in the knowledge our minds crave.


    This is the way God created us to learn.


    In logic school, all the information and leadership skills are refined. These students pay it forward and demonstrate leadership qualities back towards the younger students. They present topics of character building and model behavior each week during our all-school chapel. The student council plans and leads student events such as dances, fall festivals, and house huddles. All the while, their love of learning is sharpened, not to just get them through high school, but to inspire a lifetime love of learning.

    The most important factor, I believe, is that God's story is entwined throughout their education. These are our children's most formative years. We should take every opportunity afforded to them to show them God's unconditional love. This is how He created each of us and how we naturally develop. This is the way God created us to learn.


    This article was written by Laurie Brooks, the Director of Information and Technology at Covenant Academy.  Laurie is passionate about classical Christian education and loves watching her two boys thrive under its time tested methods.  

    Laurie and her husband Todd have two CA students Cole and Noah and a playful Dalmatian named Kimber.  To learn more visit the About Us page. 

  • Accountability

    “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 
    I Corinthians 13:4-7 (NASB)

    Every day, we are kept accountable. If you’re in grammar school, you have an accountability sheet that has to be signed. In upper school, uniform checks hold us accountable for following the school's uniform policy. These things, and countless others, are designed to make sure we are doing what we are meant to do.


    So, how does it feel when you get a mark on your accountability? Or, when a teacher calls you out for not doing your homework? It’s embarrassing, right? No one likes it when other people point out their mistakes. However, accountability is a good thing. If no one was there to check and see if you did your school work, would you be as likely to do it? But, homework is beneficial because it helps you remember the concepts you learned at school that day while you’re at home. Accountability helps to motivate you to do what is good for you and keep the standard to which you are held. We are always held to a standard. For students, this could be classroom rules and accountability sheets, academic expectations, or even physical requirements of a sport or P.E. However, we are all held to one standard, and it's the most important one we are meant to keep; God’s standard.


    "...we are all held to one standard, 
    and it's the most important one we are meant to keep;
    God’s standard."


    Because we love God, we try to live according to His Word. It is hard, though because His standard is perfection. That is why we need God’s strength and help from a community of godly brothers and sisters. Hebrews 10:23-25 says, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” We are meant to encourage on another to love and do good. I Corinthians 13:7 tells us that "Love bears all things." That includes the weaknesses and mistakes of others. It means we love people and try to help them do what is best for them and hold the standard to which we are all called.

    In conclusion, I encourage all of you to keep one another accountable and to embrace accountability from others. But, most importantly, do it out of love for the Lord and for one another.


    As part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.

    This week’s presentation was given by Chessa W., one of our eleventh grade students (pictured).

  • Jack of All Trades

    “For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly…”  Romans 12:4-16 (NASB)


    As you may know, the track season has recently ended. During the season I was hard at work training with the rest of the Covenant team to be ready for our meets. However, after going to my first meet, I quickly realized something. When you are competing with big muscular guys who can hurl a discus nearly twice as far as you, you are reminded that God has gifted each of us with many different talents. Although we may have many strengths in one area, it is likely that we have weaknesses in another. Someone may be great at writing papers, but then they get nervous when it comes time to present them to an audience. Or they could be an amazing artist, but struggle with finishing all their work in Rocket Math on time. Where some may do poorly, others may excel and this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.


    Brandon and family at Easter

    When we are given a gift, we are supposed to use it to glorify God and help others. In the process, many relationships and careers and opportunities are formed. What would be the use for a Greek teachers if all of his or her students could speak fluent Greek, or a plumber if his clients could fix their own pipes? Instead, the strengths and talents we possess can be used to provide for others, and to help them in the areas they struggle. Romans 12:4-16 (NASB) says, “For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly… This verse compares us to members of a body, which is an apt description. Our bodies are made up of a vast number of parts. From our heart, which can pump roughly 2000 gallons of blood throughout your body in just one day, to our bones, which are stronger than steel. When these parts work together and support one another, the human body is capable of amazing things. Similarly, our gifts may come in many difference forms and are helpful in many different areas of life. But, when we work together, we can support each other and help each other grow.

    As I come to a close, I want to remind you that you and I are not valuable because of certain strengths we may have, but instead because we are made in the image of God. God’s love for us does not depend on how far we can throw a discus or how fast we can sprint; it is important that we remember that we are all given different gifts and we ultimately are to use them to glorify God.


    As part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.

    This week’s presentation was given by Brandon, one of our eleventh grade students (pictured).

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