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Physical Activity in the Grammar School: Entree to Life Lessons

Thursday, November 16th, 2023

During the first days of kindergarten physical education (PE), you can find Coach Johnson outside, five and six-year olds walking around him as he chants: “Heel-toe, heel-toe.” It’s embodied learning that is foundational to not only the Regents PE program, but to the whole Regents academic curriculum.

“Obviously kids know how to walk...

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Grammar School Tradition: Shaking Hands

Wednesday, April 5th, 2023

You may know that at the end of each week, students in the Grammar School receive a small pack of Smarties candy. You may not know the other half of this ritual; they receive their candy on their way out the building when they shake hands with Mrs. Palumbo and practice looking her in the eyes and saying “thank you” or “have a good weekend.”...

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Why Does the Grammar School Chant?

Thursday, March 2nd, 2023

As I type this, first grade is lining up in the hall to go outside as teacher Mrs. Bryant leads them through a call-out that reminds them how to conduct themselves in line. Across the hall, sixth grade sings through the countries of Asia – with a favorite chorus that rings out every few minutes. Downstairs, second grade sings all the first twenty-six presidents, third...

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Drama Night 2023

Wednesday, March 1st, 2023

Congratulations to first through fourth grades in their class plays this year! First grade performed The Little Red Hen, second grade performed Happy Birthday, Beatrix Potter and Stone Soup. Third grade performed Atalanta and the Great Race, and fourth grade performed Robin Hood. A job well done, students! A big thanks to Ms....

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Kodaly Music Program in Grammar School

Tuesday, February 7th, 2023

Congratulations to Miss Kara Faraldi who received her certification in the Kodaly method of music instruction at the Chenaniah Summer Music Institute at New St Andrew’s College in Moscow Idaho in July! “CSMI is the only place that offers certification in this way of teaching music combined with a Christian worldview,” says Miss Faraldi.


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Welcome Einstein the Rabbit!

Wednesday, February 1st, 2023

First grade recently welcomed Einstein the bunny to their class! “Class pets are something unique special that builds community and helps students bond with their teacher and classmates," says Grammar School Principal Johnnie-Ann Campbell. "Class pets also teach students responsibility and how to care about something other than themselves. We live in a...

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First Grade: Learning to be Peacemakers

Monday, November 7th, 2022

In first grade, Mrs. Bryant is proud of how her students are learning to be peacemakers. “We always start the year in Bible class learning about biblical peacemaking – but this is a subject that is easier learned about in theory than put into practice!” she says. “I was very proud recently when two of the girls were having a problem with each other,...

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Grammar School Gardens

Saturday, April 9th, 2022
Kindergarten to sixth grade have been busy planting, watering and tending gardens this spring! “Gardening creates a sense of responsibility, self-confidence, cooperation, and creativity,” says volunteer garden coordinator Emily Bascom....
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Master Class on Ceramics

Sunday, March 13th, 2022

First grade participated in a master class in ceramics from UVA Professor Tom Clarkson. “We discussed form and function,” said art teacher Olivia Pincombe “and how an artist can choose when form and function match and when they don’t. We made functional clay works, and can see the glory of the Lord creating us with both beautiful form and workable...

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Life as a Regents First Grader

Friday, December 24th, 2021

First grader Samuel W. eagerly waits to jump back into the GaGa pit for the next game which is one of the highlights around the Grammar School at recess! If you’ve never heard of GaGa ball it is similar to dodge ball but faster paced, with new games every few minutes so no one is left out for long! "I love the excitement the students bring on and off the...

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From the Art Studio

Sunday, October 24th, 2021

First grade has been studying Prehistoric Art in the Chauvet Cave Drawings to learn how to draw what they see in its simplest lines and shapes, and discussed the value of drawing as a means of communicating, and why cave people would have used quick lines to communicate what they saw. They experimented with the medium of charcoal on crumpled paper and using...

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Mammal Day in First Grade!

Sunday, October 24th, 2021

First graders picked a mammal to research and memorize three facts about to present on Mammal Day! The students also sing the Mammal March which teaches them about the orders of mammals and the characteristics of mammals. Mammal Day is one of many types of "Living History Days" in the Grammar School where students get the opportunity to delve deeply into a topic...

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Living History Days in the Grammar School

Friday, October 30th, 2020

Over the course of the past month, I have enjoyed watching Grammar School students participate in class events such as Mammal Day, Monk Day, Famous Explorer Speeches, and Pioneer Day. It is such a joy to see the students’ effort displayed in the costumes they create and the presentations they prepare. More than this, however, I am grateful for the opportunity to see...

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Dean's Desk: Teaching Grammar

Thursday, January 30th, 2020

At Regents School, one of our goals is to graduate students who communicate well both as eloquent speakers and skilled writers. Competent writing begins with a solid foundation in English grammar, and English grammar is one of the students’ favorite subjects in Grammar School! Students love to incorporate rhythm, rhyme, and movement by chanting grammar rules....

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First Grade Presents Mammal Day

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Mammal Day is a first grade tradition at Regents School, and we love it! Each year, the students spend nine weeks learning all about mammals. They conclude the study by donning costumes, reciting...

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