Rachel Urbina

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The Benefits of Being a Benchwarmer

Posted by Rachel Urbina on May 25, 2018 4:00:00 PM

Just hearing the term Benchwarmer may conjure up some unhappy memories for many. Maybe some of us have felt the frustration being a ‘reserve’ or bemoaned the thought of ‘riding the pine’ for another game. Being left-out is no fun, but the experience seems to be harder when it happens to your own child. Here’s some helpful insight we can pass on to our young athletes to help them to score even when they're on bench.

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Topics: School Sports, Helpful Tips, Character Education, Encouragement

How Parents Can Teach Math in the Everyday

Posted by Rachel Urbina on May 18, 2018 4:00:00 PM

“When am I ever going to use this in real life?” Have you heard your children or someone else ask that question in regards to a math concept before? Unlike reading, writing, or PE, math is harder for children to recognize in day to day activities. Math is always there, whether they are counting the minutes until recess, the days until Christmas, or bargaining over how many pieces of broccoli they have to eat for dinner, children use math constantly though they may not realize it. Here are some fun and practical ways to sneak in some extra math practice in the everyday.

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Topics: Math, Teaching Math

Teaching Our Children to Live a Life of Service

Posted by Rachel Urbina on May 15, 2018 4:00:00 PM

Our natural inclination as human beings is to be constantly thinking of how to meet our own needs. We become hungry and so we find food as fast as possible. We see something that we want and so we work out a way to buy it.  We don’t want to miss our favorite TV shows so we record them and become upset if they are deleted. The culture of self is one we are all very familiar with. Children naturally follow in these footsteps not only because of their sin nature, but because often it is what is modeled to them. None of us are perfect parents or teachers, but nevertheless, it is our responsibility to model and teach our children what it is to serve others. Here are a few ways to help teach our children how to live a life that thinks of others first and how it changes everything.

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Topics: Serving, Teaching our Children to Serve

The Benefits of Summer School

Posted by Rachel Urbina on May 10, 2018 4:00:00 PM

For most students summertime means a break in the schedule, time off from academics, and enjoying a boatload of free time. Students work hard for ten months a year and they have good reason to look on the summer months with expectation and delight. Most teachers enjoy the summer time just as much their students! The words ‘summer school’ can seem like the kiss of death to any child, but there are a lot of really great benefits in signing up for classes over the summer break. It definitely doesn’t have to be a bummer and here’s why:

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Topics: Summer, Summer School

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

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

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

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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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