Kids Rock: The Benefits of Learning a Musical Instrument

Posted by Maggie McMahon on Nov 14, 2017 3:30:00 PM

Most people love listening to music and find great enjoyment and even relaxation from different genres of music.  In the age of the internet there really is no limit to the types of instruments and musical stylings available for someone to enjoy. As wonderful as it is to watch a live concert or sing along with a favorite song, music can also be a great teacher in our lives. Learning to play an instrument can not only have a wonderfully positive impact in someone’s personal life, but the effects of making music can reach far into the lives of others as they partake in the listening.

Here are some points that come to mind about the importance of learning an instrument, but also being in a musical ensemble:

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Topics: Learning a Musical Instrument

Teacher Appreciation: How Can Parents Make a Difference?

Posted by Lisa Monaco-Gonzales on Oct 27, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Teachers have one of the most impactful jobs on the planet. They are not only responsible for instructing children academically, but also socially, encouraging wise decision making, independence and responsibility.  We are truly blessed to have these educators who are really making a difference in the lives of our children.

So what can we do for our children’s amazing teachers?  Giving back and showing our gratitude is simple. Here’s how…

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Topics: Teacher Appreciation, Thanking Teachers

When School Feels Like a Family

Posted by Mary Mitchell & Rachel Urbina on Oct 24, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Most people probably don’t associate the words ‘school’ and ‘family’ with one another, and that’s usually because schools and classrooms are large in population. It’s hard to feel at home in a classroom with 28 other students or on a campus with hundreds or thousands of other people walking around.

One of the benefits of smaller student populations is that there is typically a larger sense of community. Most students know each other’s names, are familiar with their families, and are well-known by the teachers. Let’s look at some of the other benefits that come with attending a school with a smaller student population.

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Topics: School, Family

Stopping Sickness Before it Starts

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Sep 29, 2017 4:30:00 PM

 It’s that time of year again. Fall is upon us, the leaves are changing, the air is turning a little more brisk, and as you pull out the warmer clothes you notice that your children’s pants from last year now only reach their ankles. Most of us love the fall season and all the changes that it brings, but no one enjoys the usual illnesses that seem to tag along with it. Sickness doesn’t have to be part of your fall season, though, so here are a few tips to keep your household well this year.

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Topics: Helpful Tips

The Positive Results From A Small High School Experience

Posted by Lisa Monaco-Gonzales on Sep 26, 2017 4:00:00 PM

This past year Horizon Prep celebrated their first ever senior graduate. We give all glory to God for His faithfulness in the growth of our program that began as a preschool years ago and now is a fully accredited Christ-centered K-12 school!

As our first ever graduate, Miss Carly Gammel has a special place in our school’s legacy and is an example of the success of a smaller school experience.  She will forever hold the title of ‘Pioneer,’ not only because of her tremendous accomplishments during her senior year, but because she attended Horizon Prep since she was in preschool.  After applying to twelve schools, Carly was accepted into ten of them and is thrilled to be attending Cal Poly this fall, majoring in Experience Industry Management.  If anyone could speak about the small school experience, Carly’s amazing story and great advice for younger students sends a powerful message about the great benefits of attending a smaller school.

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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