Everyone wants to make learning fun. We do too, but we go a step further. We want to inspire children! That is why, in addition to silly characters, we have inspiring characters – characters children will look up to and want to emulate.
Your children's future will more likely be determined by the quality of their character than by their test scores. That is why, at Blue Manor, "character is king," and a large part of our curriculum is devoted to developing it. Not only do we weave character lessons into subjects like history, literature and Bible, but at Blue Manor Academy, character has its own subject category.
Blue Manor uses "Mastery Testing." Children may take tests as many times as they need, but all tests require 100% mastery. This is essential for the academic and psychological wellbeing of children. Education is cumulative, so allowing children to pass tests with only 60% comprehension is setting them up for continuous failure in the future.
And labeling students "A, B, C, D or F" is telling them who they are, not where they are. At Blue Manor, all children are MASTERS; the only distinction is their level.
A lot of parents wonder how we are able to teach so much, so quickly. We tell them "We teach more by teaching less." Confused? Let me explain. We spent years stripping traditional subjects of useless, non-essential details.
How the Pilgrims dressed, the ships they sailed on, the houses they lived in, are "fun facts". But, the real reason the Pilgrims are historical figures is because of the Mayflower Compact and their quest for religious freedom.
There is more to know than can ever be known. By limiting our lessons to the essential content, we are able to teach more, in less time.
Modern Technology, Classical Education
Although Blue Manor has published several popular print books, we understand that the future of education is digital. Audio, video, auto-testing, games and affordability are just some of the advantages of eLearning.
However, that doesn't mean that our values have changed. Blue Manor Academy will continue to promote classical education.
Language is the foundation of academic learning, and vocabulary is the foundation of language. That is why Blue Manor Academy places a tremendous emphasis on vocabulary building. Our books focus on practical words, starting with lists of animals, places and transportation, and then progressing into more focused and detailed lists as the levels advance. Not only does this make children great conversationalists, but it helps them self-educate.
Each new word serves as an anchor that additional facts and information are easily attached to. Surely you have experienced this: you learned a new word and then you heard it all the time. People weren’t using it any more than before, but before you knew what the word meant, it was meaningless, and simply went in one ear and out the other. But now that you know the word, you recognize it and your ears perk up when you hear it, and even more importantly, it becomes a foundation on which to lay more information on the topic.
Your children deserve the best education money can buy – thankfully, the best has never been so affordable. Save your money for field trips because you have FREE access to Blue Manor's library, and even a Blue Star Membership is only $6.99 an month!