Help! Tardy has Become My Child's Middle Name

Posted by Alyson Coons on May 18, 2019 9:00:00 AM

 

For some, being on time comes rather easy, but adding children into the equation can challenge even the most punctual parent.  This seems most apparent in the daily gauntlet of getting out of the door and to school before the bell rings (breakfast not included).  Here are some hints to help us minimize the last minute delays that may keep us from the benefits of being on time.

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Topics: Parenting, Helpful Tips, Time Management, Good Advice

Putting Procrastination in its Place

Posted by Rachel Urbina on May 15, 2019 1:00:00 PM

 

“Mom, that’s not due until next week!”
“I’ll have plenty of time to work on that later.”
“Our teacher said the essay is due at the end of the quarter.”
“Do I have to work on that now? No one else is!”
“I’m so tired! Can I please wait until tomorrow?”

Have you heard anything like this from your children before?  If so, then congratulations because your family is completely normal!  Procrastination is the default setting for most people’s way of thinking and way of life, however, it’s not typically the best way to accomplish goals or achieve great things.  Like most life skills children will mimic what they observe, and so the task of teaching our children about procrastination and its downfalls rests upon our shoulders as parents.  Here are a few ways to help teach children to steer clear of procrastination and instead teach the art of accomplishment.

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Topics: Parenting, Helpful Tips, Time Management, Procrastination

Lovely Letters: Showing Love to Others is Easier Than You Think

Posted by Stephanie Malme on Apr 13, 2019 10:00:00 AM

 

This past summer, one of our amazing teachers, Stephanie Malme, went back to Uganda with some of her students to help, serve and visit their Compassion International connections.  Ms. Malme’s story is one that reminds us of the great opportunities we’ve been given here at Horizon Prep. 

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Topics: Kindness, Serving, Loving Others

Finishing Strong: Teaching Our Kids the Benefits of Ending Well

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Mar 30, 2019 9:00:00 AM

 

Sometimes when we begin something, the excitement and newness of it all can carry us quite far, but towards the end, things can get tough. For our kids, the school year can feel much the same. Here are some encouraging tips for us as parents on how we can teach and encourage our children the challenges and the rewards of finishing well.

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Topics: Parenting, Perspective, Finishing Well

Turning Pages: Exploring the Initial Steps in a Child's Reading

Posted by Susan Ferrari on Feb 16, 2019 10:00:00 AM

 

What’s the one thing that can make the biggest difference in getting your little one ready for school and a life of successful learning?  It’s simple, fun, and provides hours of quality time:  IT'S READING!

From an educational preparedness point of view, one of the best things you can do for your young children is to sit on the floor with them in your lap and read book after book together.  Here are a few tips to creatively create some great reading time at home or on the move.

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Topics: Reading, Child Development, Helpful Tips

When Social Media Becomes a Distraction

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Feb 2, 2019 9:00:00 AM

 

It’s a common scene we are all too familiar with.  You can be in a restaurant, a shopping mall, on the sports field, in line at the grocery store, or even in your own home and you notice everyone’s head tilted down, their attention affixed to their smartphone.  Let's admit it, we’ve probably all been a part of a similar scene ourselves and heard the speech about the need to stop looking at our screens so much and start looking at each other.

More often than not, what has captured our attention (and the attention of our children) is a text or an email, a news story or a headline, or a funny video or photo of a puppy someone has posted on social media.  There is a very fine line between the convenience our smartphones provide for us and the distraction that they can so easily become.

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Topics: Internet Safety, Parent Involvement, Good Advice, Social Media

Good Study Habits for All Ages

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Jan 29, 2019 4:00:00 PM

 

When it comes to choosing what to do in their free time, studying is probably not at the top of most children’s list.  It’s most likely not even on their list.  Most children and teenagers spend around seven hours a day in school, and so their first instinct when they come home is not to crack open their math book and start plugging away at algebraic equations.  Yet studying is an essential part of maintaining good grades, being prepared for tests, and retaining all of that information that students need as they advance in their studies.  Whether your child is five or seventeen, here are a few helpful tips in teaching them to practice having good study habits.

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Topics: School, Homework, Study Habits

MEANING IN THE MANGER: Insight into Christmas’ Most Popular Scene

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Dec 19, 2018 12:00:00 PM

 

The manger scene is one of the most iconic scenes in the world. It is easily recognizable to people of almost every nation, tribe, and tongue, and though it is a subtle picture, it loudly speaks one word to all who behold it: Christmas.  Whether your nativity set is life-sized or miniature, brand new or passed down, let’s take a moment to pause and consider this well known Christmas scene.

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Topics: Holidays, Christmas, Perspective

PRACTICE WITH PURPOSE: 4 Benefits of Homework and How it Helps

Posted by Abby Koch on Dec 14, 2018 4:00:00 PM

 

We’ve all been there.  You are rushing through the dinner making process or the after school activities and you hear your child speak those dreaded words, “I still have homework to do!”  Or maybe you have watched your child work for hours on their homework, only to be left frustrated and exhausted come bedtime.  With our children already attending close to seven hours of school a day, it’s no wonder why homework may be viewed with such contempt.  Because our dog can only eat so much homework, here are some practical and reassuring reasons why homework is beneficial and important for every child.

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Topics: Perspective, Homework

Top 10 Christmas Activities for the Family in San Diego

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Dec 6, 2018 4:00:00 PM

There is no doubt that the Christmas season brings joy, excitement, wonder, and gratitude into our lives. However, sometimes the most wonderful time of the year is also fraught with long to-do lists, busy schedules, and stress.  While you may find yourself grasping for more time in each day, remember to take a minute (or two) to invest in the memories that will last long after the lights are taken down and the batteries on the toys run out.  If you are local to San Diego or just visiting for the holidays, here are a few festive things to do with your family that will keep you in awe and wonder this holiday season.

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Topics: Holidays, Family, Christmas, Fun