Surviving Remote Learning - Tips for Parents

Posted by Vanessa Roy on Mar 28, 2020 12:00:00 PM

I wasn’t prepared for this.

At least, I didn’t think so.

Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE my kids! I mean, what parent doesn't? This house-bound time is precious. I sincerely am cherishing these irreplaceable, focused moments with them. I know I can do this. Goodness, I myself was homeschooled for seven years. As an adult, I am professionally trained to teach. I hold a California state credential. I TAUGHT MULTIPLE SUBJECTS IN A CLASSROOM FOR OVER 10 YEARS! This should be natural, right?

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Topics: Remote Learning, Online Instruction

The Brave New World of Remote Learning

Posted by Elizabeth Gildred on Mar 20, 2020 5:17:11 PM

In the midst of government mandated school closures last week, Horizon Prep has transitioned all instruction to an online format.  On Friday, March 13th students gathered their textbooks and necessary items in anticipation of the eventuality.  Faculty convened on Monday, March 16th to make final preparations for the shift, and on Tuesday morning school resumed in their virtual classrooms. 

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Topics: Remote Learning, Online Instruction

The Mountain Top Experience

Posted by Gregory Thornquest on Feb 6, 2020 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 nature had on who I am as a man today.

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Topics: Camp


Posted by Jamie Urbina on Dec 25, 2019 3:48:33 PM


A couple of times while Christmas shopping for my kids I’ve found myself holding something and thinking, “How long will this last?”  

You see, each year my wife will hold an annual household ‘purge’ as we go through toys, clothes, and other things that are broken, outgrown, or long neglected, but for the most part were once brand new Christmas gifts.

Now I’m not ‘scrooging' out on Christmas, but it does bring to mind the one Gift we’ve all been given that never gets old.

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Topics: Holidays, Christmas, Perspective


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

School Uniforms: A Blessing or A Curse?

Posted by Lisa Monaco-Gonzales on Oct 17, 2019 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

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