June 1-2, 2018 Mr. Kenneth Rolling spoke at the Minnesota Catholic Home Educators Conference. Both he and his wife attended a booth in the Vendor Hall, where they enjoyed many conversations with conference attendees. MCHEC had done a fantastic job each year of bringing in speakers to rekindle a desire for homeschooling in the hearts of parents, some of which are exhausted and others of which are enthusiastic about the next year. Such a mixture of energies and such a blend of speakers each year has been a great motivating force for mothers and fathers in every stage of family life. This is truly a conference worth marking your calendars for each year!
Mr. Rolling spoke as a featured speaker on the following topic: Dinner with Socrates: How to Make the Table a Place of Discussion ~ Socratic discussion teaches students to think clearly, speak forcefully, and relish the search for truth in a uniquely self-guided way. It is often touted as a strength of Classical Education, but is as often neglected in the home for logistical reasons. With noisy infants, boisterous kids, aloof teenagers, and tired parents, how could you have a real conversation? Come and learn how to make your supper table talk a Socratic dialogue—invite Socrates to dinner!
You may purchase an MP3 track of this speech here.
You may find the other speakers from the conference, including the Key Note Speaker Dr. Ray Guarendi, at the above link as well. Consider purchasing a CD to hear all of them in the comfort of your car and to support the efforts of this conference!
In addition to his featured talk, Mr. Rolling also hosted a workshop on “Managing Middle School Monsters.” This is always a lively and helpful workshop for parents and teenagers (yes, some students attended this one!).
R.A.S. Online Academy and Schola Rosa look forward to attending the MCHEC again in the future.
May 22-23, 2018 were a big couple of days for the Broken Arrow Schola Rosa Co-op, which Alecia Rolling was privileged to share in as a speaker, attendee, and comrade.
The Broken Arrow Intermediate Group has been active for 5 years now, and just this year formed the very secret, Thomas Aquinas Society, for its Intermediate members. The year culminated with a Scholar Ball and was a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of older students as a separate event from their younger siblings’ Potluck Raffle and Rewards. Mrs. Rolling was invited to attend the Scholar Ball as a speaker to the 6th-7th graders.
In addition to the Scholar Ball, Broken Arrow co-op members scheduled workshops to precede the ball, the workshops being for the parents of the group. This allowed parents an opportunity for academic growth as well by hosting a speaker and having discussions.
The new classes will be crafted to fit our integrated curriculum and will be taught with our signature approach (robust philosophical footing, flipped classroom, tutoring with every course, weekly grading, and great teachers). As always, seats are limited, so ENROLL EARLY.
To teach all of these new classes, we have a number of faculty members coming on board for the new academic year. We are confident that you will enjoy meeting them as much as we have.
He has taught kids of many different ages in a broad variety of settings from a brief stint in the university system to tutoring centers, family basements, and online. He is the co-founder, with his wife, Alecia, of the Rolling Acres Online Catholic Academy and Schola Rosa: Co-op & Home Curriculum. His research interests are in the fields of philosophy of education, science, and beauty. He works as an instructor in trivium studies, philosophy, theology, and great books at the online academy.
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Benedictine College;
Master of Arts Degree in Classics, Greek Emphasis;
Course work completed for Masters of Divinity and PhD in philosophy from Catholic University of America (Thesis and Dissertation in progress, however slow)
Dinner with Socrates: Making Your Table a Place of Discussion
The Classic Learning Test is a new standard entrance exam for high school students nationwide, and R.A.S. Online Academy and Schola Rosa proudly encourage students to take the Classic Learning Test.
This year we are particularly proud to announce that Marie, a current R.A.S. Online Academy student, and Schola Rosa family member scored 114 on the Classic Learning Test in November 2017, which was the highest score in the country for that test date. In addition, she had the highest score of any female to take the test in the history of the CLT up to that date.
She is now eligible for scholarships at many of the leading Catholic universities, including Christendom College, a place of great interest for her now, thanks to her high score.
Thank you to Marie and her family for allowing us to share the news with the rest of the R.A.S. Online Academy and Schola Rosa community! May God bless her with many more such successes as she decides where to go.
Why the Classic Learning Test?
The Classic Learning Test (CLT) is the new standard for college entrance exams. 95% of CLT educators in a survey state that they would recommend the CLT for students. Additionally, students have stated that the CLT is a positive experience when compared to the SAT and ACT.
“Students who study for the Classic Learning Test will enter college with the right formation, and their teachers will notice it immediately. I am certain that if, ten years from now, we could collect data on the performance of CLT students after one year of college, we would find a stark demonstration of superior achievement.” – Dr. Mark Bauerlein, Professor of English at Emory University and renowned author
The Rolling Acres School ~ Online Academy and Schola Rosa will be attending the following Catholic homeschool conferences this year. Stop by our booth to visit with conference representatives, get discounts, and possibly win prizes!