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Upcoming Dialogue
Biblical Worldview
Friday, May 14, 2021 @ 6:30-8pm
Upper School Students welcome and encouraged to attend!
Childcare available at $10 child/$30 family max

CPU Shepherding Follow-Up
We’d like to include some Q&A that we did not get to at our last CPU Shepherding Dialogue:
Question #2
Q: What do you do when you fail as a parent? (Can we include the question in the email body as a teaser?)
A: Grace upon grace.  Notice the question does not use the words “if you fail” but rather “when you fail”. Failure is a guarantee. What do we do with it? In our experience as parents, we have found that humbly acknowledging our wrong, confessing it to God and to our children, and seeking their forgiveness has proven to be a very powerful tool. Too often we think that we have to look like we have it all together in front of our kids, when, in actuality, humbly admitting our wrong-doing models for them what a true Christ-follower looks like. Maybe it was the way we reacted to their sin or disobedience. Maybe we allowed the stress of the day to negatively impact the way we treated a child. Maybe we shaded the truth. Maybe it was something they didn’t even bear witness to, but we model (appropriately) the confession of sin to our children. Our goal is holiness. And it is our job to show them the way, both through our victories and through our failures. His mercy is more. I John 1:9 “If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Questions #1
Q: Why is it so easy as parents to get sidetracked and deal with the behavior and not the heart? 
A: There can be several reasons for this. Sometimes it’s as simple as our own busyness. We lack the margin to deal with it appropriately because we have crammed too much in and just need them to obey. Heart issues take time. Time to pray, time to talk, time to give necessary discipline. Another reason we get sidetracked is our own lack of walking by the Spirit to be aware of what is happening beneath the surface in the heart. Now is everything a heart issue needing a sit down? Not always. Sometimes allowing the natural consequences to take affect is in itself a great teacher. But even when we fail and get sidetracked, God’s glorious grace abounds. As Paul Tripp graciously points out in his book, Parenting, if you miss an opportunity, don’t beat yourself up. Our children almost always give us another opportunity to try again. 
Recommended to you:
The Sword and the Trowel:  Parenting and Governmental Schools
Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-sword-the-trowel/id1334359794?i=1000489149684

Classical Parent University (CPU) exists to train the parents of Westside Christian Academy to be classically minded, active, and knowledgeable participants in the education of their children. Having this understanding and supporting the intentions behind why we do what we do at Westside Christian Academy will both strengthen the partnership between the school and the family as well develop in our parents an increasing motivation to support their child’s classical Christian education.

We seek to accomplish this by inviting you to participate in 5 interactive dialogues regarding the topics of:

  1. A Christian Paideia
  2. Classical Christian Education and WCA
  3. Shepherding a Child’s Heart
  4. Use and Non-Use of Media
  5. Biblical Worldview

We are excited for our parent body to engage with one another in discovering a deeper understanding of what happens within the walls of WCA and how we can best partner together!

We look forward to hearing from you and learning with you.
Thank you,
Meg Anthony and the CPU Steering Team

Paideia of God
Paideia is defined in Webster’s dictionary as “training of the physical and mental faculties in such a way as to produce a broad enlightened mature outlook harmoniously combined with maximum cultural development.” Paul taught in his epistles that the idea of Christian paideia, or the paideia of God, is the all-encompassing instruction and enculturation of the whole individual beyond academics informing the individual how to live, act, and love within the community of believers. Paideia speaks to training a person in what to love…for classical Christian education that includes Truth, beauty and goodness.

Please listen to the podcast linked below: “Recovering a Christian Paideia”  https://www.classicalu.com/lesson/david-goodwin-01/


Classical Christian Education & WCA

Classical Christian education is an educational category that:

  • trains students to lead with eloquence – a unique method based in the tradition of the trivium and works with the age and development of the child through the grammar (K-6), logic (grade 7-8) and rhetoric (grades 9-12) stages to develop in them the ability to think rightly and create a masterful command of spoken and written language.
  • inspires depth and wisdom – students engage in great literature that shapes and molds their thinking and what it means to be human through immersion in original sources of history as well as the Word of God.
  • cultivates rightly ordered affections – at WCA we train the students to love the true, the good and the beautiful. Rightly ordering these loves means we love our God first, and then others.
  • imprints a biblical framework for understanding the world – every facet of history, science, math, philosophy, art, and other subjects is integrated around the truth of a biblical worldview, resulting in students who know how to think biblically in every aspect of life.

We desire for you to understand this “pearl of great price” in education so that you can maximize its value and effect on both you and your student. If your interest is peaked in Classical Christian Education, visit www.classicalchristian.org for more information


Shepherding a Child’s Heart
How do we get to the heart of our child? At WCA, we desire to come alongside the parent(s) and assist in drawing out the matters of the heart. The things our children do and say come from the heart. Luke 6:45 puts it this way: “…out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” So, HOW do we get there? What methods are used? How do teachers partner with parents to accomplish this? What is expected of our children behaviorally at school? Together we will answer these questions.

Visit https://www.challies.com/book-reviews/shepherding-a-childs-heart/ to read Tim Challies summary of Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp.


Use and Non-Use of Media
Our days are inundated with media. What we read, what we listen to, what we watch. At WCA, we are attentive to both the benefits and dangers of technology and are intentional about how and when technology is used in regard to learning. We will tackle WCA’s stand, how tech is and is not used in the classroom, the impact of technology on development, and some good guidelines for home use.

To whet your appetite, read The Tech-Wise Family, by Andy Crouch.


Biblical Worldview
A worldview is the framework from which we view reality and make sense of life and the world. Whether conscious or subconscious, every person has some type of worldview. A personal worldview is a combination of all one believes to be true, and what the individual believes becomes the driving force behind every emotion, decision and action, affecting one’s response to every area of life.

A biblical (or Christian) worldview is based on the infallible Word of God, enabling the individual to view culture, beliefs, circumstances, morality, all of life through the lens of the Word of God. At WCA, teachers begin to develop this biblical worldview through the very first catechism: “Why did God make me? To glorify Him and enjoy Him forever.” Together, we will discover why this is such a vital aspect of what we do at WCA in developing young minds to think rightly.

For more on this topic, visit https://www.focusonthefamily.com/faith/whats-a-christian-worldview/