Welcome our new Head of Schools, Dr. Erik Konsmo

Posted by Susan Ferrari on Sep 19, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Horizon Prep is very excited to welcome and introduce our new Head of Schools, Dr. Erik Konsmo.  Dr. Konsmo joined us just as the school year was ready to begin in late August.  Erik comes with 11 years of experience as Headmaster of Renton Christian School in Renton, Washington.  Erik’s education was in Theology and he brings a lot of energy and excitement to his new role here.

We sat down to get to know Erik a little bit better.

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Topics: New Head of Schools

The Mountain Top Experience

Posted by Gregory Thornquest on Sep 13, 2017 4:00:00 PM

What comes to mind when you hear the term “Mountain Top Experience?" Growing up in a non-Christian home the mountains were always a place of beauty, serenity, and strength. While living in San Diego I spent many an afternoon in the Cuyamaca Mountains exploring Green Valley Falls, camping at Pasa Picacho, or summiting the peak of Stonewall. Reflecting back on those experiences, I now realize the lasting effect being in nature had on who I am as a man today.

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Topics: Camp

After School Conversation: How to Get Past One-Word Answers

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Sep 8, 2017 5:00:00 PM

The school day has ended and you eagerly await seeing your child, giving them a squeeze, and hearing all about their day. Naturally, the first question out of your mouth is, “How was your day?” and if your kids are like most, they answer, “Good” or, “Boring” or my personal favorite, “Fine.” Then the silence reigns and you are left wondering why they don’t want to share every little detail with you. Here are a few tips to help the after school conversation start flowing.

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School Uniforms: A Blessing or A Curse?

Posted by Lisa Monaco-Gonzales on Sep 5, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Recently, my children had the opportunity to attend a school where uniforms were not required. For years, uniforms have been the norm for them, so this experience provided some interesting insight. It is clear to me, now that they have returned to their school which requires uniforms, that there are benefits to this experience. Here are some important reflections and observations on how uniforms can have some positive effects for us as parents and our children.

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Topics: School Uniforms

Benefits of Being Involved in Your Child's School

Posted by Will Hicks & Melissa Smith on Sep 1, 2017 4:00:00 PM

According to studies and research all across America, parent involvement in their children’s education has been proven to be an incredibly positive and valuable tool. Children with involved parents are more likely to earn higher grades and perform better on tests, have higher school attendance, have improved social skills, generally have good behavior, and continue on into higher education. It’s safe to say that all parents want these things for their children, and you as a parent may play a bigger role than you think in making your child’s academic experience a successful and enjoyable one. While there are countless benefits to being involved in your child’s school, we will only look at a few here.

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Topics: Parent Involvement

Time Management: Tips for Teens

Posted by Staff Contributor on Aug 24, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Managing time is a learned skill. Some people may be naturally better than others, but everyone needs to learn and implement the practices to ensure success in not only the school setting but once they reach the workforce as well.

But how can parents help to teach and train teens (both younger and older) to be good time managers? After all, you teach them to brush their teeth, clean their rooms, and to be kind to others. It makes logical sense that they would need to be taught in this area as well. You may be an over-scheduler or a non-scheduler, but wherever you find yourself you can help instill healthy time management techniques into your children.

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Topics: Time Management

Teaching Your Child to Be A Good Friend

Posted by Staff Contributor on Aug 22, 2017 12:00:00 PM


  As every new school year begins there seems to be so many issues to discuss with our children. From class schedules to school uniforms, there are a lot of to-do’s to be checked off of our lists, but let’s not forget that the social and relational parts of our children’s lives also need our attention and support.

  Everyone wants friends. Even the most withdrawn and passive child wants to feel included and part of something special. The key to having a good friend is being a good friend. Even for many adults, this is easier said than done, so how much more of a struggle is it for our children? If we take the time as a parent, grandparent, babysitter, or older sibling to teach younger children how to be a true friend, they will not only have a great school year, but will have gained a valuable life lesson that they will carry with them forever.

To make it easy, here are 3 simple reminders on being a good friend.

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Topics: Being a good friend, Teaching your child to be a good friend

Busyness: Blessing or Burden?

Posted by Staff Contributor on Aug 16, 2017 2:30:00 PM


  An interesting thing has started to happen lately. When you ask someone you haven’t seen in awhile, “How are you doing?” the most common response used to be, “I’m good, thanks. How are you?” Times are changing, however, because more and more we are hearing answers like, “I’m good. Busy. Really busy, but good,” or, “We’re okay, things are a little crazy. We have a lot going on.” Maybe you have even found yourself giving answers like that to other people, and while they are truthful in nature, we have to ask ourselves a very important question in response. Is my busyness producing good and lasting results, or is it tiring and wearing me and my family down? The solution to the problem can be found in one word: 

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Topics: Busyness

Back To School: What You Need To Know

Posted by Staff Contributor on Aug 10, 2017 2:30:00 PM


Most of us enjoy the lazy, fun-filled days of summer, and the time from one school year ending to another beginning seems to go by in the blink of an eye.  Going back to school is a bittersweet event for most families, with parents eager to get back to a schedule and children loathe to be parted from their summer freedoms.  Regardless of the situation in your home, here are some helpful tips to ease your family into the back-to-school mindset.

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Topics: Back to School

4 Books for Your Child’s Summer Reading List

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Jul 27, 2017 3:30:00 PM

The arrival of summer means that school is out, and it’s safe to say that parents and children alike enjoy the break from the schedule. However, being on a break from mandatory school work doesn’t mean kids have to give up sharpening their minds with good and entertaining literature. Whether your child is a voracious reader or one who needs a little encouragement to pick up a book, this summer reading list has something to please everyone.

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Topics: Summer