In accordance with Romans 13:1, we are complying with the government mandates and recommendations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety and well-being of our students is our utmost concern. We have suspended meeting together during our usual days until safety concerns have been relieved. Our instructors continue to prepare and provide weekly lesson plans and assignments and some classes will be held in a combination of online teaching, video lessons, and phone conferences.
It is a huge blessing that for this entire year we have been working in a homeschool hybrid model. Students have already been homeschooling two days each week and learning to work independently and for a higher purpose. While panic and despair are settling in across the nation, we are finding peace and hope in our training model. See the recent article in The Federalist titled "Coronavirus School Closures Show the Value of Hybrid Homeschools" for more info.
We encourage our students to do what they can to “look to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4) in any way possible. We hear of our students writing letters, making phone calls (on a REAL phone!), aiding with sewing projects, making necessary deliveries, praying for others, and more.
This is the time when our training is tested. This unprecedented time is when we show that we truly believe in freedom through sacrifice. We believe that whoever wishes to lead must first be a servant. We see more clearly than ever that a job well done is its own reward. Most importantly, and most difficult, we are not to be anxious about anything (Philippians 4:6-7).
There is no replacement for our sweet community or the care of the teachers for their students. On the other hand, there is also no replacement for the precious extra time that our students are able to have with their families right now and the opportunity to rise up and become stronger and more faithful as a product of these difficult circumstances.
May God bless and keep our communities and families as we trust in him. (Romans 8:28, Psalm 34:10)
Ordo Amoris in Action: Creating an Heirloom School
When we think about why Ordo Amoris Classical exists, we can sum it up in Psalm 78:5-7:
...He commanded our fathers to teach their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God..." Psalm 78:5-7
One of our founding members likes to refer to OAC as an "Heirloom" homeschool hybrid. We hope, Lord willing, to create an educational model that is something special and beautiful. An education that you pass down to your children and your children's children for the specific purpose of helping them set their hope in God and rightly ordering their loves. We don't just sing old hymns because they came from the 10th century. We don't just read old books because they can be labeled as "classic." These distinctive activities help us to continue a tradition of love, learning, freedom, and character which honors those before us and trains those who come after us. We do this for our future generations.
Contact us to learn more. Our next Open House is March 11, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 PM at 7991 Worden Road, Beulah, Michigan.
Come observe OAC and learn more about how we are partnering with families to educate children in the nuture and admonition of the Lord.
Ordo Amoris Open House
Ordo Amoris Classical will hold an Open House on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, from 1:00-2:00 PM at
7991 Worden Road, Beulah, Michigan.
We invite you to observe our classes, meet our teachers, and learn more about how we are partnering with families to educate children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Please feel free to forward this link to family, friends, and associates who might be interested in seeing a Classical Christian Homeschool Hybrid in action.
We look forward to your visit!
Wishing you a blessed day as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.
Please enjoy this video created for our Christmas Musical by Stephanie Jowett. Merry Christmas!
Ordo Amoris in Action: First Things First
Our directive is contained in our name; Ordo Amoris. We are to teach our children to rightly order their loves. But how do we do this? To demonstrate the power of a purposeful, proven education, we are launching a multi-part series in our Storybook to relay some of our distinctive activities.
There are countless ways throughout each and every day that our instructors teach with an eye on shaping affections. We are excited to share a few of these. This first edition starts with the beginning of our day.
Our kids roll in (literally with their wheeled duffel bags and carry-on suitcases packed with books) and we start our time together with a most important facet of education according to The Liberal Arts Tradition: Worship and Wonder. We do this via morning devotions. This special session includes singing and corporately reciting "call-outs" designed to shape who our kids become. From Proverbs to Winston Churchill, from Augustine to Milton, from 12th century hymns to "The Sweet By and By," our kids are influenced by heart-shaping, character-forming truths. All of this happens before their first subject starts, because it is the precursor to learning. And it is how we begin to "Ordo Amoris."
Contact us if you would like to see past (or receive future) devotions. Also, you are welcome to participate on our "Traditional" days at 7:45 AM to join OAC in action!
Teachers Model Lifelong Learning for Students
Education... is painful, continual, and difficult work to be done in kindness, by watching, by warning, by praise, but above all---
Since learning is so important to the Ordo Amoris Classical staff, we had 6 attendees at the annual conference of the Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS) in Atlanta. Check out the backs of our heads on page 6 of last month’s Classical Difference publication. Our commitment to training ourselves helps model this love for our students. We wish to set the example in lifelong learning for our students to follow.
Because by beholding, we become.
Testimony from the mother of an OAC student:
I had to share something that I found so encouraging following our conversation today. We were reading more of “The Children’s Homer” before I sent my son to get ready for bed. I went in to check on him and close the windows (it’s freezing here now).
He said, “Mom, I need to tell you something.”
Feeling a bit apprehensive, I ask, “Yes, what is it?”
He proceeds to say, “I just feel really honored to go to Ordo Amoris. I thought I was just going to be another Christian kid trying to be Christian at a public school. But I’m not. I go to school with people like me. And it’s bigger than me. So I’m a part of something bigger than myself and that makes me feel really good.”
Thank you for all your work in helping us train our children!
Contact us to hear more stories and see the OAC difference!