LINCOLN AND THANKSGIVING : THE ORIGIN OF AN AMERICAN HOLIDAY

Posted by Melanie Kirkpatrick on Nov 27, 2019 5:00:00 PM

In Plymouth, Massachusetts, in the autumn of 1621, 53 men, women and children celebrated their first harvest in the New World. The great Indian chief, Massasoit, brought 90 of his men to the three-day party. From all reports, a good time was had by all.

How did this event, which happened almost 400 years ago, become a part of the American story and our oldest national tradition?

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Topics: Thankfulness, Thanksgiving, Abraham Lincoln

The Trifecta: Church, Home and School

Posted by Dr. Erik Konsmo on Nov 19, 2019 11:57:02 AM

There is indeed a need for balance in our busy lives, but there is an importance to the ingredients that fill our family's time and devotion.  This leads us to examine our lives and the things that vie for our attention to decide what is most important or beneficial. In light of these attempts to prioritize our schedules, here are 3 key ingredients proven to result in a ‘Big Win’ for our family’s future - what I call the church, home, and school Trifecta.

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Topics: Parenting, Private School, Family, Good Advice, Perspective, Church

Bravo! Supporting Your Child Through the Audition Process

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Nov 7, 2019 3:30:00 PM

From the moment children are born, parents naturally want to see them succeed at everything in life. As parents, we have a special and unique role to play in our childrens' lives as they navigate through the different challenges, successes, and failures that they will inevitably face. Academics, athletics, and social scenarios will all create opportunities for children to learn from and grow through. Finding the balance between being a supportive spectator and challenging them to reach outside of their comfort zone can be difficult at best. 

If your son or daughter has expressed interest in trying out for the school play, here are a few tips to help you both thrive (and survive) from the audition to the final bow.

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Topics: Parenting, Time Management, Encouragement, Good Advice, Fun, Perspective, Theatre, Arts

Why Giving Feels Good

Posted by Elizabeth Gildred on Oct 9, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Accepted common wisdom says, “it is better to give than to receive,” but actually, Jesus said that, and He called it blessed (Acts 20:35).  But did you know that there is empirical evidence supporting why giving feels good and positively affects our health?

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Topics: Encouragement, Loving Others, Giving

FINDING THE BALANCE: Teaching our Kids the Key to Winning With Multiple Responsibilities

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Oct 3, 2019 3:30:00 PM

The rigors and responsibilities of student life can take their toll on our kids.  Sometimes, especially when teenagers are involved, those overwhelming emotions can roll over onto the rest of the family as well! Between applying themselves to academics, participating in athletics, serving in student leadership, and attending social activities, the balance of it all can feel like it’s resting on a very fine point, ready to tip at any moment.

To ensure that you and your family maintain a healthy life balance, here are a few key points to remember as you help your student-athletes navigate through another year of academics and athletics.

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Topics: Athletics, Parenting, School Sports, Good Advice, Perspective

How to Be the Best Fan of Your Student Athlete

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Aug 27, 2019 3:30:00 PM

Sports are exciting, engaging, and entertaining. Most athletes spend hours training, practicing, and honing their skills so they can perform to the best of their ability. And it’s no secret that watching a live team sport event can bring out the competitive nature in even the most passive of people. This is especially true when it comes to parents watching their children play on their school sports teams. 

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Topics: Athletics, Parenting, School Sports, Good Advice, Perspective

Where Do You Want to Go? A Lesson for Our Pace in Life

Posted by Dr. Erik Konsmo on Aug 4, 2019 3:00:00 PM

At the beginning of this past school year at Horizon Prep, Bob Goff joined us at our opening school assembly.  As always, he was funny, engaging, and shared a great encouragement to the students about loving one another.  Over the summer, the staff is reading his book, Everybody Always. Sure, it is not about classical educational philosophy, but challenges readers to love others to the point of it being uncomfortable. 

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Topics: Busyness, Encouragement, Perspective, Patience

Diamonds in the Rough:  Helping Our Kids to Shine Bright

Posted by Dr. Erik Konsmo on Aug 1, 2019 4:00:00 PM

In southern Namibia, there rests a ghost town named Kolmanskop.  In 1908, a German company was building a railroad through the region when a worker discovered diamonds spread along the ground, which could be seen with even in the moonlight.  Prospectors quickly flocked to the area. What's amazing is for the first several years, diamonds were being picked up off the desert floor! By 1912 an entire town had sprung up in the middle of the desert with a hospital, ballroom, power station, school, casino, theater and more.  But when the easily picked diamonds were gone, and mining became more difficult, the population moved on to other diamond finds on the African continent.

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Topics: Character Education, Preparation, Perspective

Capitalizing on Car-bound Kids - the Summer Road Trip

Posted by Dr. Erik Konsmo on Jul 19, 2019 11:00:00 AM

My family spends many hours in the car during the summer, just like many of you - heading to soccer or basketball tournaments, visiting the grandparents in Palm Desert, or simply a quick trip to the beach.  I love these times because the kids are in the car and we have (or can get) their undivided attention, and we take advantage. One of our rules is that each person only gets to be on their phones about half the time, and the phones are put away completely for short trips.

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Topics: Summer, Perspective, Social Media

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