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Middle School Becomes Middle Earth

Geneva’s Logic School students enjoyed our first ever Tolkien Day on January 29.  Activities were planned throughout the day in celebration of the writer J.R.R. Tolkien, creator of The Hobbit and These fantastical works are set in Middle Earth, a place inhabited by Hobbits, Elves and Orcs.  Logic School students, their teachers and parents came dressed as Middle Earth inhabitants and enjoyed the traditions of Hobbits – Second Breakfasts, Elevenses (another morning meal) and Afternoon Tea (Tolkien was a Brit after all).  In addition to lots of eating, students also enjoyed a scavenger hunt and field games.

In writing his fantastical stories, J.R.R. Tolkien performed an act of “sub-creation.”  He understood that as one who is created in God’s image, he (and we) have creative abilities that reflect in some small way the abilities of the Creator.  In Tolkien’s mythical world, good and evil are clearly identified and battle lines are drawn.  As evil grows, idyllic places such as the home of the Hobbits, the Shire, are plunged into darkness.

Tolkien, like C.S. Lewis in his Chronicles of Narnia series, created a world imbued with Christian principles.  In his review of The Fellowship of the Ring (the first volume of The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Lewis stated, “here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron; here is a book that will break your heart.” There are dark, forlorn moments in the series just as there are in our own days.  In both, we take comfort knowing that Good ultimately triumphs through sacrificial, redemptive acts.

We celebrate Tolkien Day because it is fun and also a welcome diversion in late January.  We also celebrate it because it fits with the strategic plan that Logic Headmaster John DeSario and his faculty put together last year.  In addition to ensuring “a distinctive and God-honoring culture” in Logic School as well as implementing “an engaging, age-appropriate, Christian and classical curriculum,” the plan also seeks to “develop ways to increase parent involvement and facilitate community interaction among Logic School parents.”

The last strategic item – parent involvement and community – was added to the plan in recognition that parents face a significant drop-off in terms of connection to and involvement in their child’s daily life as the child moves from elementary to middle school.  Recent research shows that the middle school years are the most difficult years to parent, especially for moms.  At a time of rapid change in the life of a child (not all of it welcome), the research shows that moms bear the brunt of the distress.  Suniya Luthar, Arizona State University Foundation Professor, states, “Moms are essentially the ‘first responders’ to the children’s distress, and now they must figure out how best to offer comfort and reassurance, as the old ways – hugs, loving words and bedtime stories – no longer work.”

The researchers suggest interventions to reduce the stress of parenting a middle school child.  They include making it a priority to have “authentic connections”.  We understand that fellowship and Christian community are the biblical means for experiencing such connections.  Events like Tolkien Day give parents the opportunity to work alongside one another as well as their child’s teachers in real or authentic ways.  Through such interactions, relationships develop and support is found.   I encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities, either in Middle Earth or wherever else you find your child.

Brad Ryden

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