by Mr. Falconburg
Western Heritage and Logic
At Belmont Classical Academy, students learn the stories of great men and women in world and American history. Such stories of great men and women nurture the heart, giving children worthy examples to emulate.
A handful of these great men and women were on display in the annual Belmont biography fair, hosted by Ms. Watson and her 2nd and 3rd graders.
Ms. Watson and her students have put a great amount of preparation into this day. First, the students found a historical figure that connects with them. Next, the students read at least one book (sometimes as many as three) about the historical figure they chose, in addition to some supplemental materials. Students then drew from a research packet and created their own timelines of the life of their historical figure. As part of the project, students were asked to connect the life of their historical figure to the virtues that make up the motto of Belmont: caritas (love), veritas, (truth) actio (action). Finally, in anticipation of the annual biography fair, students created visual displays for their historical figures, dressed up, and memorized an extensive historical recitation.
Ranging from ages seven to nine, the students who hosted this biography fair were, according to Ms. Watson, doing academic work usually reserved for ages ten to twelve. That students are able to host such an event is a testament to their hard work and to the motivating joy of learning in a classical, Christian environment.
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