Preventing the Summer Slide For Your Young Elementary Student

Posted by Tamara Cupples on Jul 11, 2017 3:30:00 PM

For my siblings and I, summer days at home took on a familiar structure.  Before any technology was turned on we had a list of activities that must first be completed. Reading was at the top of that list, along with bible stories, age-appropriate chores, outside play, and time to create (writing, arts and crafts, etc).  

There is a tendency during the summer for children to slip out of practice exercising the skills they learned throughout the year. As a teacher, I share with my student’s parents that there is a simple solution to preventing the summer slide for their young elementary student. Here are my suggestions:

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Topics: Reading, Learning, Summer, Elementary, Writing

5 Ways To Improve Your Children’s Writing Skills Over the Summer

Posted by Lisa Monaco-Gonzales on Jun 20, 2017 3:00:00 PM

School is out! Now what? It’s time for some fun in the sun! Playtime is very important in the lives of our children, but we also need to give attention to our kids' academic growth.  In academics, like sports, we need to keep practicing. This will help retain those skills learned throughout the school year and maybe even continue to improve and excel. Writing, for example, is a technique that needs practice. To take two months off of writing (or reading, or math, etc.) would compromise the great growth that happened during the school year.

What can a parent do to make sure their child exercises their writing abilities over the summer? Here are a 5 ways to keep those writing muscles strong…

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Topics: exercising writing abilities over the summer, writing a journal entry, creative mind, summer program, children love writing books, express themselves through writing, practice their academics, summer camp, writing techniques, reading inspires writing

Summer Fun: 5 Safety Tips For Kids Part 2

Posted by Brittany Zumwalt on Jun 3, 2017 1:30:00 PM

Last week we introduced safety tips for parents for their children during the summer months. The first 3 tips referred to:

1. Time in the Sun, 2. Water Play, 3. Picnics, Grilling, and Camp Fires.

Here are some further tips to help keep your children safe during summer fun:

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Topics: Safety Tips, Safety, Summer, Keeping Kids Safe

Summer Fun: 5 Safety Tips For Kids Part 1

Posted by Brittany Zumwalt on May 26, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Did you know emergency department visits increase by 15-27% in the summer months? In the midst of family vacations and time spent outdoors, it is important to keep in mind that summertime has heightened safety risks.

With only a few weeks remaining until the end of this school year, your kids are enthusiastically talking about their exciting summer plans. The days of summer are long and welcome all sorts of outdoor activities. To ensure your children have a safe and fun time this summer, here are 5 safety tips to keep in mind:

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Topics: Safety Tips, Safety, Summer, Keeping Kids Safe

7 Tips on How To Parent the Middle School Student (Part 2 of 2)

Posted by Ellen Bennett on May 19, 2017 3:30:00 PM

Last week we introduced tips on how to parent the middle school student and the first four important topics we discussed were:

1.  ENCOURAGE INDEPENDENCE; 2. LEAD THEM TO LEAD; 3. TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED; and 4. TEACHERS ARE ON YOUR TEAM

Here are some further helpful hints that have been learned along the way:

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Topics: Parenting, Student, Helpful Tips, Middle Shool

7 Tips on How To Parent the Middle School Student (Part 1 of 2)

Posted by Ellen Bennett on May 12, 2017 3:30:00 PM

Transitioning from parenting an elementary school aged student (5-10) to a middle school aged student (11-14) can be a confusing and frustrating time. There's a lot of change and growth that takes place in kids as the prefrontal cortex of the brain starts developing around age 11, and personalities and learning style can sometimes seemingly change overnight.  There is also a significant adjustment to new surroundings and schedules at school: multiple teachers, subjects, classrooms, and expectations, all with an alternating schedule. I think it's safe to say your child may struggle.  They need you to be quick to encourage them and reinforce your confidence in them. There will be a transitional period for everyone and it will take time, but you must remember: time is on your side -- it’s only middle school.

Parenting this age calls for wisdom and much flexibility. There needs to be more room for independence as your child becomes more self-aware, opinionated, and naturaly desiring more freedom and responsibility. As parents, a transition may occur to add the roles of a coach and a cheerleader while continuing in the many other pre-existing roles we might be still learning.

With all this in mind, here are some helpful hints to help parents through this transitional period:

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Topics: Parenting, Student, Helpful Tips, Middle Shool

5 Ways Parents Can Prepare for Productive Parent-Teacher Conferences

Posted by Staff Contributor on May 5, 2017 3:40:00 PM

Parent-teacher conferences are just around the corner. For the most part, the conferences are positive, encouraging, and effective meetings of two parties with goals that align. However, I do know that many of my fellow teachers see the conferences as anxiety inducing and uncomfortable.

Here’s why...

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Topics: Private School, Christian School, Cost of Education

Is The Cost of an Education For a Christian School Worth the Money?

Posted by Heather Heggie on Apr 28, 2017 3:30:00 PM

As a parent of three children and a preschool teacher at a Christian school, I am often asked this question, “Is it worth the money spent for my child to have an education at a Christian school?” Or they may ask, “Does it really matter to a three year old if their preschool has Christian teachers in the classroom?”

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Topics: Private School, Christian School, Cost of Education

Best Practices for Reading & Writing

Posted by Ellen Bennett on Apr 21, 2017 3:00:00 PM

As our children reach the middle school years (sixth-eighth grade), they are presented with another level of learning when it comes to reading and writing. As their knowledge expands, opportunity is given for their skills to grow. As Parents, we may wonder, “How can we help our children with this transition?  Are there certain practices that will enable them to thrive in this season?”

To help answer those questions, here are some important highlights to consider throughout their middle school years when it comes to writing and reading.

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The Beauty of Easter

Posted by Jamie Urbina on Apr 14, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Easter Sunday. For some, this holiday may conjure up thoughts of bunnies, easter egg hunts, pastel argyle and ham. My earliest memories of Easter are very much the same including having to wear the world’s most uncomfortable outfit my parents could find and usually matching my brothers. Although the experience of Easters past may have formed all of these fun memories, it’s the true meaning of Easter that makes this holiday truly memorable and special.

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