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Henry Thoreau said, “In the long run, you only hit what you aim at.” For members of the FRCS Archery team, this is twofold. Not only are they aiming at the target, they’re aiming at becoming better with each practice and tournament. Students are advancing their skill levels with hopes for attending the national competition in the spring.

Archery attracts students from all grades and is suitable for all athletic abilities, including students with wheelchairs. Archers learn skills that are applicable to life. They first learn a step-by-step method for drawing a bow and shooting an arrow. They quickly learn that by slowing down and focusing on one step at a time they are more successful in hitting their target. When mistakes are made, the coaches teach the team members that the solution is to analyze their steps and focus on improving one thing at a time. It’s a great plan for the archery field and in the classroom, and in life!

Student archers can be awarded scholarships. In fact, one FRCS student was recognized nationally and awarded a scholarship for her participation! FRCS students learn respect, sportsmanship, and teamwork. Team members must respect the sport’s rules, as well as each other. Students enjoy competing solo as well as part of the FRCS team, honing their goals and determination.

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FRCS Musicals Hit the High Note! https://frontroyalchristianschool.com/blog/frcs-musicals-hit-the-high-note/ https://frontroyalchristianschool.com/blog/frcs-musicals-hit-the-high-note/#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:31:42 +0000 https://frontroyalchristianschool.com/?p=692 The post FRCS Musicals Hit the High Note! appeared first on Front Royal Christian School.

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The Drama Department at Front Royal Christian School announces its 2019 production. We are excited to present Disney’s Aladdin Jr. as its spring production. Every year the FRCS musical  results in annual standing ovations and celebrations of student talents. More often than not students who are least likely to speak out in class find their voice on the FRCS stage.

Our Drama director, Mrs. Tammy Coffman, along with volunteer experts in choreography and voice, bring together their years of experience and professional training, to direct, choreograph, orchestrate, and present a show worthy of recognition throughout the community.

Students anxiously await each fall for the name of the musical to be announced. Once announced, they register their interest and can immediately be heard rehearsing throughout the school until the day they are scheduled for audition. Past musicals have ranged from historical themes to classics like Annie. The past two years have been modern pieces, including ShrekMadagascar, and Beauty and the Beast.

Getting involved with the Drama Department, whether on stage or behind the scenes, is one of the most popular extracurricular activities at FRCS.

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FRCS Arts Come to Life https://frontroyalchristianschool.com/blog/frcs-arts-come-to-life/ https://frontroyalchristianschool.com/blog/frcs-arts-come-to-life/#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:25:40 +0000 https://frontroyalchristianschool.com/?p=680 The post FRCS Arts Come to Life appeared first on Front Royal Christian School.

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It’s not unusual to hear voices harmonizing in the hallway between classes, ukulele music coming from a classroom after school, students practicing musical dance moves in the gym, and occasionally a breakout of guitar in the cafeteria if the moment is right. In addition, student musicians and vocalists participate weekly in the Chapel services.

Those gifted in writing also have a niche at FRCS. Every year FRCS students place high in various writing contests. The FRCS Yearbook is another avenue for student writers to exhibit their talents, as well as FRCS photographers and future graphic artists.

An annual art and photography exhibit, that also showcases musical talent, in a coffeehouse atmosphere on campus, show the various ways that the creative students at FRCS find as outlets for their creativity. The Drama Class in the secondary school writes its own one-act, directs and presents it to students and families. In addition, they practice monologues and recitations. The ASL classes sign to various songs throughout the year during Chapel services.

Front Royal Christian School embraces the Fine Arts and it shows!

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Why Cursive Writing? https://frontroyalchristianschool.com/blog/why-cursive-writing/ https://frontroyalchristianschool.com/blog/why-cursive-writing/#respond Sat, 30 Dec 2017 15:21:06 +0000 https://frontroyalchristianschool.com/?p=358 The post Why Cursive Writing? appeared first on Front Royal Christian School.

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“In opposition to the current trends of promoting screen time and keyboard use by students, educators and parents have overlooked the benefits of handwriting in stimulating several areas of the brain, creating deeper memory pathways, lowering emotional tension, increasing fine-motor coordination, producing fluency, establishing multi-processing efficiency, and clarifying personal thought” (Hopkins, 2016, p. 5)

“Mastery of script by a child is one of the most important signs of a child’s socialization into humanity and its intellectual treasures. Writing is the principal basis for the development of abstract thinking. Writing transforms our cognitive abilities, heightening awareness of the implicit properties of language” (Grigorenko, 2012).

“Children today who do not learn the skill of handwriting, like generations before them, may be missing out on an important developmental process. Compared to using two hands to type out letters on a keyboard, writing with one dominant hand uses more complex brain power. Writing by hand is more complicated because it integrates three brain processes” (Berniger, 2012).

Reference:
  • Berninger, V. Evidence-based, developmentally appropriate writing skills K-5: Teaching the orthographic loop of working memory to write letters, spell words, and express ideas. University of Washington, Handwriting in the 21st Century: An Educational Summit, Washington, D.C., 2012
  • Grigorenko, E. Writing: A mosaic of new perspectives. Handwriting Summit, Washington, D.C. 2012
  • Hopkins, Kathleen. (2016) Getting a grip. India: Indo American Books.

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What does it mean that FRCS is a ‘Classically Based’ School? https://frontroyalchristianschool.com/blog/what-does-it-mean-that-frcs-is-a-classically-based-school/ https://frontroyalchristianschool.com/blog/what-does-it-mean-that-frcs-is-a-classically-based-school/#respond Fri, 29 Dec 2017 20:36:02 +0000 https://frontroyalchristianschool.com/?p=245 The post What does it mean that FRCS is a ‘Classically Based’ School? appeared first on Front Royal Christian School.

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For some, classical education means adding Latin and the study of classical literature to a school’s curricula. Though FRCS incorporates these into the education of its students, it also includes three stages of learning: grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric.

These combined form the same classical model of education used by great thinkers like Aristotle, Plato, C.S. Lewis, and Thomas Jefferson. But, FRCS combines it with the modern science of neuroeducation to not only teach our students how to learn, but also how to think.

It goes beyond the what to mediate students to ask questions both of themselves and of the content — through these skills, it is our goal that our students grow a passion for learning that follows them a lifetime.

Two Stages

The first stage, grammar, begins with students learning the vocabulary associated with every subject. For example, names and sounds of letters, math terminology, and words for days of the week, and more provide the foundation upon which the child builds future knowledge.

The second stage, dialectic, utilizes the knowledge learned in the grammar stage to ask questions, sort, compare, and practice.

This usually takes place most often between the ages of ten and thirteen. The rhetoric stage utilizes writing, speech, and conversation to build upon prior knowledge and expand to problem solving and elaborative communication.

The Socratic Approach

The Socratic approach allows for the mediated learning experience to take place throughout all FRCS classrooms. Students are encouraged to ask why and how and to create a dialogue for enhanced learning. This collaborative approach teaches students skills needed for their future endeavors: logic, reasoning, debate, public speaking, research, writing, and teamwork.

It is the end goal that your child becomes a critical thinker and gains skills for being a lifelong learner.

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The Center for Cognitive Enrichment: A Fresh Look at How Students Learn https://frontroyalchristianschool.com/blog/the-center-for-lifelong-learning-a-fresh-look-at-how-students-learn/ https://frontroyalchristianschool.com/blog/the-center-for-lifelong-learning-a-fresh-look-at-how-students-learn/#respond Fri, 29 Dec 2017 20:35:40 +0000 https://frontroyalchristianschool.com/?p=243 The post The Center for Cognitive Enrichment: A Fresh Look at How Students Learn appeared first on Front Royal Christian School.

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Equipped with new scientific data and a strong belief in the human spirit FRCS is taking a fresh look at how students learn. Since its inception, Front Royal Christian School has been committed to the spiritual, moral, and intellectual development of its students.

We understand and appreciate the intrinsic relatedness of these foundational dimensions of the human person, but as an educational institution we recognize that our primary contribution is intellectual formation. The key component of our educational vision and mission is namely that of cognitive development through neuroeducation.

An Emerging Field

The emerging field of neuroeducation explores how children learn and what practices promote and sustain the learning process. Neuroeducation is an interdisciplinary field that combines neuroscience, psychology, and education to improve teaching methods and curricula. Neuroscience is now confirming the notion of “brain plasticity.”

At FRCS, the focus is on your child. We leverage a variety of cognitive tools and techniques designed to foster a child’s innate learning potential. The process begins with an assessment of the child’s strengths and vulnerabilities. Education therapists utilize various assessment tools for determining the optimal course of action for individual learners and monitoring their success.

If it is determined that additional support is needed, the child is recommended to join The Center for Cognitive Excellence at FRCS. Teachers and therapists then develop a customized plan that will serve as the student’s personal roadmap to academic success. Our experience shows that with the right kind of support nearly all students can become critical thinkers and competent learners.

Our Methodology

Our methodology is based on the groundbreaking work of the late Dr. Reuven Feuerstein, an Israeli developmental psychologist who was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2012. Dr. Feuerstein’s ability to bring out the best in students is legendary and his methods are now applied worldwide through the organization that he founded – the Feuerstein Institute.

Every teacher at FRCS receives training in Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment (IE). With the benefit of these instruments, focusing on cognitive development, FRCS teachers are equipped to identify and respond to individual student learning strengths and vulnerabilities.

Additional Support

For students who require additional support beyond the classroom, FRCS provides individual and small group cognitive skills therapy with trained and experienced education therapists. There is an additional fee for this program. In addition, FRCS offers a Life Model Program for FRCS high school students and recent graduates who need additional life skills instruction, socialization skills development, and trade and workforce skills.

FRCS believes that teaching someone subject matter can get them into a college or a job, but teaching a person how to learn creates a lifelong learner that can be adaptable to new situations. And with our technologically-driven, fast-changing, culture adaptability is more important now than ever before.

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