Flint Life Lately: Still Hard at Work

Monday, April 16, 2018

Here's a peek at what we've been up to the past few weeks at Flint. Never a dull moment!

The Grammar School kiddos have been coming up for Friday workshops to prepare for their upcoming play...

And the cheer squad had been doing the same the prepare for the TCAF cheerleading competition that took place this past weekend.

The girls did an amazing job and their hard work really paid off!

We celebrated our 100th day of school! It takes us longer to get to one hundred days at Flint because we have Fridays off, but we get there!

And the Upper School students had their Spring Dance! 

Easter Buddies

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Last Thursday for our school Easter celebration we did something a little different and had a school-wide Easter egg hunt! Our amazing teens each had a buddy in the grammar school to help, so that no one was trampled or eggless (or was trampling their friends and getting too many eggs...I mean, not that any of our babies or certain children of my own who shall remain nameless would do such a thing, just a crazy hypothetical for-instance!) and was SO FUN. 

I mean, you know the high school kids secretly still really want to hunt eggs a little bit, and this is the perfect opportunity. Plus they got to hide eggs, and be cool, and help their awesome little buddies. And the grammar school kiddos got to get plenty of Easter eggs and have an awe-inspiring big friend hang out with them.

We are definitely doing more buddy stuff next year. It's happening!

Incorporating Art Everywhere!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

As much as we love a good Charlotte Mason- style picture study...

Or nature study...

We also really love incorporating art into everything else as much as possible at Flint! 

Art is a wonderfully dynamic component of so many of our science, history, literature, and geography lessons in all of the grade levels. It is a low-tech, hands-on, therapeutic way to appeal to visual learning styles and strengthen fine motor skills. Many students with dyslexia especially love showing their knowledge through the artistic project components of their courses because this gives them a chance to shine academically. 

Gardening and Classical, Christian, Inclusive, Charlotte Mason Education

Friday, March 23, 2018

"If you look the right way you can see that the whole world is a garden."
~Francis Hodgson Burnett

Each of the Grammar school classes has a garden on campus and they've been hard at work over the last few weeks! The Upper School has a garden as well, and one of the electives classes has begun working on it as well as some landscaping all over campus.

I like anything that can accomplish several of our goals at once - it's a side affect of squashing nearly half a dozen distinct educational philosophies into a four day school week, I imagine. And working in our gardens hits all the high points!

Being outdoors is in keeping with Charlotte Mason's advice of "never be within doors when you can rightly be without". Gardening is inclusive, calming, and character building. Every child participates and benefits, regardless of ability level. Our teachers do an amazing job of weaving lessons on art, nature study, botany, science, Bible, history, positive habits, nutrition, and Latin in with their gardening times. Meanwhile the students are simultaneously spending time getting physical activity, fresh air, and sunlight, and interacting with one another. They are learning social skills as they work together and responsibility as they care for living things.

So if your Flint student has been coming home with a sunburnt neck and dirty fingernails lately, this is why!

Flint Life Lately: Spring Break Update

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

We're enjoying Spring break right now, so it's the perfect time to catch up on the last few weeks at Flint! The weather has been all over the place, but there have been enough warm days that we've been getting out in the class gardens - which is a whole post of its own.

We had our first annual chili cook-off and basketball tournament fundraiser, which is definitely going to be a tradition that we keep going next year! 

We celebrated Valentine's Day with lots of sweet class parties. I only have pictures of a few of them, but they make a fairly good sampling. Y'all know we love our holidays at Flint!

We also had our Barnes and Noble Night, where the students displayed their artwork and performed all evening. It was fantastic! Each class in the grammar school presented either a song or a poem and then our little choir performed a gorgeous collection of songs.

Now we're all enjoying our week off, resting up and getting ready for the last eight weeks of the school year!

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