More Quiz Fun
1. In the Greek myths who are the mortals who descended to the underworld alive and were able to go back to earth?
2. Who solved a riddle delivered from a monster with a female head and the body of a lion?
3. What Russian writer believed that people should not eat animal meat?
4. What allegory Plato used to talk about human education.
5. What is the value of friendship for Aristotle?
1. A few mortals went to the Underworld for bringing back a person or (animal) of value. Hercules went to the Underworld to steal Cerberus and to rescue Alcestis; Orpheus went below to try to win back his beloved Eurydice; Theseus went to try to abduct Persephone; Odysseus went to speak with the spirit of Tiresias, a blind prophet who told him how to get home safe.
2. Oedipus solved Sphinx’s riddle and saved the city of Thebes from that monster. When she heard the correct answer she screamed and died.
3. Tolstoy believed that “A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.”
4. The allegory of the cave shows the effect of education on humans.
5. For Aristotle, friendship is one of the most important virtues in achieving the goal of eudaimonia( happiness). The highest type of friendship that is based on virtue supersedes justice and honor.
Our goal is to provide a well-rounded education consisting of highly regarded Classical Literature and Drama, Philosophy and Inquiry, Mythology, Operas and Ballets, Art History and World Biographies of great role-models.
All our college educated actors, musicians and other educators are very committed to their individual fields and their goal is to transfer their passion and knowledge to the kids.They act the parts, wear the costumes, sing the songs, play the music and dance while engaging kids to stimulating conversations and superior learning. We use creative art activities, theater games, role-play, storytelling, reading and creative writing and many more activities and games. The kids not only experience the stories through listening and watching but they also participate actively and creatively. All the acquired valuable cognitive skills ultimately advance children’s progress in school and prepare them in the best way for the demands of any school test and potentially uncover early their individual talents.
-The work and life of the best writers, philosophers, artists and scientists that shaped our civilization.
-The most important lines and quotes are ingrained into their every day speech.
-The great literature themes, ideas and teachings of the stories and how they relate to their life.
-The greatest classical music through the refined world of operas and ballets and a variety of music and dances from the ancient times to the present.
-Acting games, improvisation and voice techniques.
-How to think creatively and critically.
Kids sharpen their skills:
-Develop the significant inquiry skills necessary for real learning and constant education by analyzing questions and arriving to answers by themselves.
-Strengthen their writing skills by writing summaries, stories, poems and songs relevant to the stories and topics they are taught.
-Become familiar with advanced vocabulary and appropriate terminology in all the subjects and genres we examine.
-Improve their drawing, painting and craft making.
Philosophy and Inquiry is a program where kids learn about the most important philosophers of the classical world and their ideas in a very kid friendly way that make philosophy accessible and tangible even to young kids.
The kids’ thinking is advanced by discussing philosophical themes found in popular children’s literature and other appropriate world classic literature. Philosophic discussions improve reading comprehension and give kids a way to figure out what they think, how to express thoughts and opinions, support their own views and reason with one another. In addition to learning about a challenging topic, students will sharpen the ability to think critically about similar questions.
Experiencing the pleasure of philosophical thought enhances a child’s appreciation for the importance of reasoning throughout the traditional curriculum of subjects. Philosophy poses general questions about reality, knowledge, reasoning, language, and behaviors and thus prepares students for a more reflective life, as well as for disciplines such as debate and professions that emphasize analytical thinking and argumentation, such as law, business, programming and more. Kids’ natural inquisitiveness is sharpened by learning to ask and think in philosophical terms and express their own ideas.
Literature and Drama incorporate known and not so known masterpiece literary works that benefit kids reading and writing skills, improve their vocabulary, expand their imagination and develop their acting and communication skills while their confidence gets a serious boost. Kids also become more compassionate and learn about various cultures, places, types of people and situations of human life and historical periods. They also acquire better social perception and historical orientation. Ultimately the understanding of the world is expanded and their lives are enriched in countless ways.
Classical music and stories from operas and ballets enrich kids’ education with the greatest classical music of the most famous and important operas and ballets. Greek myths, Shakespeare and various famous novels and their opera and ballet adaptations are discussed and analysed. Kids also listen to the music and learn parts of the most famous songs and understand them in the context of the stories. They also get to know many significant composers and artists and their contributions to the music world along with the exciting and interesting history of opera and ballet. Kids ultimately learn to appreciate the value and the beauty of the classical music which is the foundation of all contemporary music. Their music education is enriched and becomes the basis for any kind of music education they choose to pursue. Their talents may also be revealed. The Opera class is especially beneficial to kids who like to sing and those who would like to develop their vocal and acting skills.
Art History in our program integrates history and art instruction. Historical events are incorporated in every art period we examine and we teach the history of specific works of art and architecture we encounter. This program encompasses prehistoric, ancient, medieval, renaissance and contemporary art and architecture. Students also learn to look closely at works of art and use the vocabulary of the art world to discuss what they see and how that translates to them and to others. Art promotes kids’ confidence and self-worth and produces feelings of admiration and accomplishment.
Biographies of the greatest scientists, artists, historical figures, musicians, contemporary technology wizards, entrepreneurs and their achievements and contributions along with their inspirational words are meant to excite and inspire kids and teach them about a variety of disciplines and professions. Children’s creativity and motivation is furthermore enhanced as they learn the struggles and ultimate successes of those wonderful role-models.