Why Kindness Matters

Posted by Dr. Erik Konsmo on Feb 6, 2018 12:54:15 PM

The most important expression of kindness is the Lord’s willingness to forgive us of our sin by providing salvation through his Son. Paul wrote, “in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:7-8).

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Topics: Kindness, Encouragement, Godly Character

Healthy Sleeping Habits: The Benefits of a Well Rested Child

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Jan 23, 2018 3:30:00 PM

Kids hate it, adults love it, and we all need it. Sleep is a major player when it comes to the health of our bodies and brains, and it can affect us in very positive or negative ways. Within the last few decades, there have been several studies that have shown that during sleep the neural connections in our brains are strengthened and replenished, resulting in improved memory and clearer thought processes. This has thoroughly debunked the common thought that pulling an ‘all-nighter’ to study before an exam is a good thing to do.

Making sure our kids are getting the rest they need can be challenging in our busy lives. Yet our little ones need ample rest to perform well in school as and all their extracurricular activities. Prolonged lack of sleep can manifest itself in a number of negative ways in children including hyperactivity, poor academic performance, difficulty falling asleep or waking in the morning, behavioral issues, and more.

Let’s look at a few ways we can ensure our kids are spending enough time with good ‘ol Mr. Sandman.

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Topics: Healthy Habits, Sleep Habits

When Your Child Doesn’t Get Accepted to Their Number One College

Posted by Andrea Needham on Jan 10, 2018 3:00:00 PM

As parents, we know our kids may not get accepted to every school they apply, but upon receiving a letter of rejection, that reality is the last thing college bound students wish to hear. It’s essential that our college hopefuls recognize the lessons this process provides, not only in decision making, but in surviving the setbacks of life. This highlights the importance of having a plan in place that includes a number of choices and options. Here are some tips for parents in helping our kids to prepare for and cope with unwanted rejection:

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Topics: College, college acceptance

Healthy Lunch Time Eats for Kids

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Dec 19, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Every parent with children in school knows that packing healthy lunches for every child, every day is definitely a challenge. The morning rush may have you grabbing for the nearest pre-packaged convenient lunch to throw in your child’s backpack, or maybe it’s the exhaustion as you get home from work late in the evening that makes it easy to say, “You’ll just buy tomorrow.” Both of these scenarios happen to everyone at some point, but making them the normal standard can create a lack of proper nutrition for the ever-developing bodies and brains of our kids. Here are a few practical tips to help ensure your little learners are fueling up with food that will help them perform their best.

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Topics: Healthy, Lunch Time

Presents VS Presence: Making the Most of Your Christmas Season

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Dec 7, 2017 4:30:00 PM

The Christmas season is a very special one. No matter your background or belief system, most people enjoy the twinkling lights, special songs, yummy foods, time spent with family and friends, and of course, presents. There are so many extra fun events, school activities, and holiday parties to attend, and it seems as though the month of December is over before we know. Maybe after it’s all over you look back and think, “What did we really do?,’ or ‘ Where’d the time go?’ People always talk about making room for the important things, like time spent with family and friends, or serving those who may need a little extra help, but how often do we put those good intentions into action? Here are a few practical ways to stay focused on the true reason for the season.

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Topics: Christmas

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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