Thrive Academy operates as a unique hybrid model that recognizes parents as the primary educators of their children. Utilizing this model, parents are afforded the time to teach their children in the way they see fit for each individual child, whom they know best, and to create their own individual family culture. We do not desire to take away this great gift, but to come alongside each family and provide additional part-time instruction and a community of like-minded families.
Our education philosophy is largely influenced by a British educator of the late 19th century named Charlotte Mason. She believed that children are "born persons". They are not simply blank slates to be written upon however we see fit, but humans with souls that deserve to learn about the world around them and be offered the opportunity to gain knowledge on a large number of worthy subjects.
Charlotte Mason spoke of education being "an atmosphere, a discipline, a life." She spoke on making a child's learning atmosphere to be full of joy and discovery - not just dry facts, textbooks, and standardized tests. The discipline of good habits was another key principle. She believed in short lessons, in order to retain a child's full attention and to keep intact the enjoyment of learning. It was also very important that a child be exposed to "living" books and ideas. Content that came alive with excitement and firsthand experience. We desire for children to love learning and to see the adventure in the everyday.
In addition, we aim to emphasize time spent outdoors. We believe there is much to be gained physically, mentally, and emotionally from affording children plenty of outside time. Both in free play time as well as structured nature study, exploring and learning about God's good creation.
Above all, we believe that education should expose us to that which is good, true, and beautiful. All of life should point us to the Creator. The whole world around us displays His glory. We desire to help raise up children who see the living God in every area of their life and who will become men and women ready to engage the world with the hope of the gospel.
"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all."
Exploring Our World
"Point to some lovely flower or gracious tree, not only as a beautiful work, but a beautiful thought of God.
- Charlotte Mason
For God's Glory
"Education first of all brings the student to a truer and clearer knowledge of God, a knowledge lost almost in its entirety as a result of the Fall."
- John Milton