Knowing Your Sources and the Danger of the Internet

Jun 13, 2017 | Posted by Nicholas DiDonato


The Internet is a magical place full of memes and cats, but this same magic that is so good at finding ways to waste time is not so good at finding reliable sources. If given the choice between doing research on the Internet or at a library, most students (in my experience) prefer the Internet because it’s “easier.” Yet, what they really mean is “quicker,” for the Internet makes research difficult by exchanging reliability for speed.

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Topics: internet, primary sources, reliable source

Reframing our Minds on Mondays

Feb 27, 2017 | Posted by Cynthia Marshall


“I hate Mondays.” Check out social media any Monday morning, and you’re sure to be the recipient of photos of disheveled creatures resisting the onset of a new week, pleas for Monday to thwart its own arrival, and even some advice to cure “Monday blues.” Ironically, the truly dreadful thought would be the absence of Mondays. As Christians, our reaction to a Monday ought to be our reaction to a sunrise: embracing it with thankfulness, our eyes fixed on the moments that lie before us.

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Topics: Classical School, Tall Oaks Delaware, Teachers, Mondays, IHateMondays

Aristotle and the Obstacle of Uncertainty in Teaching History

Feb 09, 2017 | Posted by Nicholas DiDonato


History has never been more difficult to teach. Ours is an age where seeing is believing: if it’s not on video, it is questionable. Indeed, braggarts on Facebook are commonly challenged with “pics or it didn’t happen.” To win our consent, we demand the highest level of visual proof. Yet, the first photograph was not taken until 1814, leaving the historian in the awkward position of being unable to prove what “really” happened to modern students. The problem worsens when students read Herodotus’s interesting (for lack of a better word) accounts of phoenixes, magic, and urine that restores sight. As students are about to dismiss Herodotus as worthless, Aristotle provides an important reminder.

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Topics: Teaching History, History, Aristotle

Can We Really Listen To Our Children? Lessons From a Kindergarten Class

Feb 01, 2017 | Posted by Holly Chaffee



The kindergarten class was gathered together on the rug, sitting and waiting for me to lead them in our daily math meeting routine. We had gone through a few of the exercises when a young man, 5 years old at the time, raised his hand. He said, “If the red light means no talking, and the green light means we can talk, and the yellow light means listening to music and no talking, then when we put up the yellow light, why don’t we put up the red light with it?” Now, I had a choice as a teacher to make in this moment. Certainly, this was not a question that was relevant to what we were doing at the moment, and clearly, his mind was off somewhere else and not paying attention to what was at hand.

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Topics: Classical Christian Education, kindergarten wisdom, kindergarten, kindergarten class, Listening to our Children, lessons

Curlicue Cues the Brain and Communicates Love

Jan 10, 2017 | Posted by Cynthia Marshall


Cursive is not dead despite the fact that many schools no longer promote this art of penmanship and aid to learning. In fact, cursive is very much alive at Tall Oaks Classical School. Stop by my classroom anytime to see cursive on the white board at the front of class as well as on the papers on students’ desks.

At Tall Oaks, students begin cursive in Kindergarten where children hone in on their fine motor skills that are integrated, through learning cursive, with visual and tactile processing skills. In the grammar school, cursive is mandated in all subject areas. And, it’s a beautiful thing to see!

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Topics: School Culture, culture, Tall Oaks, Classical Christian Education, heart, School Traditions, Teachers, Cursive, brain

The Heart of a Tall Oaks Teacher: Resna Brunson and Stephanie Welch

Mar 17, 2016 | Posted by Harold Naylor

The traditional schoolhouse may be a thing of the past but great teachers are not.

Serving others is a bedrock value that Tall Oaks seeks to inculcate into the heart and mind of each student, from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Some of this training occurs in formal and structured ways, like the annual Day Of Service. The Day of Service mobilizes the entire school community to serve sixteen agencies and ministries in the surrounding area.

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Topics: culture, service, heart, day of service, School Traditions, Teachers

A Gift From an Old Friend

Mar 15, 2016 | Posted by Harold Naylor


When I tell people that I am a fundraiser, I get a few standard replies:

  • I hate to ask people for money!

  • I’m glad you are doing that job!  Who else would want it?

  • Do you get tired of people trying to avoid you?


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Topics: connections, fundraising, giving

Failing at Tall Oaks Is Better Than Passing at a Public School: How a Classical Education Prepared me for Learning in College and for Life

Mar 08, 2016 | Posted by Karl Mason


Parents and students who are new to Tall Oaks often wonder if classical education really prepares students for life. Can our students succeed outside of the environment of a small private Christian school? Last year, one of our alumnae wrote a letter expressing her gratitude for the education she had received at this school. Here's how she responds to that question.

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Topics: culture, Student News, Classical School, Classical Christian Education, Tall Oaks Delaware, Classical Curriculum, academics, alumni, Teachers

Why Should I Contribute to a School that is Financially Well Off? 7 Principles of Biblical Giving

Mar 01, 2016 | Posted by Harold Naylor


Tall Oaks has achieved a new level of financial stability this year.  In fact, we are budgeting a modest surplus, assuming tuition and expenses stay as planned.

Responding to this news, a school parent had an interesting response: “If Tall Oaks is in good financial condition, why should I continue to support the school? I want my giving to have an impact.”

Here is my answer: Giving is an act of obedience and worship. It connects our faith and our finances.  Hence, we should be generous givers.  Giving to strong Kingdom works extends the gospel and it helps in being good stewards of our resources.

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President of Cairn University Visits Tall Oaks to Speak About Unity and to Discuss the Dual Enrollment Program for High School Students

Feb 27, 2016 | Posted by Harold Naylor


Recently, Dr. Todd Williams, president of Cairn University, visited Tall Oaks to speak to our students about unity.  His primary text was Ephesians 4:1-6.

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Topics: heart transformation, Philosophy and Worldview, family