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Navigating Your Child's Education: Grades 1-5

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A Mustard Seed

By Nancy Secrest on Mar 17, 2020 9:00 PM

"I’m supposed to teach?"

"Take care of my kids? Clean the house?"

"Can we leave?"

"Do we have enough food?"

"They keep arguing!"

"I leave everyday because it’s better for our family: 2 to 3 weeks together at least?"

"But we had plans!"

"My family isn’t all together, do they come home?"

"Do they come over?"

"It can’t be that big a deal could it? Is it?"

Fear. Freak out. Preparedness. Problem solving. Financial stress.

We all handle unexpected circumstances and difficult moments in our own way.

The range of emotions and feelings will vary due to the place you are living in your family right now. Needs are different for all of us and how we accept, interpret and handle this time will look different as well.

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Helping Our Kids Tackle Testing

By Nancy Secrest on Mar 5, 2020 9:00 PM

March not only brings warmer weather, longer days, and the hope of springtime, it also marks a season of tests for many school-aged children. Be it state testing, standardized testing, annual assessments or the like, students are typically evaluated in the major academic disciplines in March and April of each year.

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Think Outside the (Cereal) Bowl: Breakfast Foods that Best Fuel our Kids for School

By Angela Lutz on Feb 18, 2020 9:00 PM

We’ve heard it since we were kids and likely tell our own children the same: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Yet, in a cereal-dominated breakfast world, it is easy for our kids to fall into a rut of eating the same processed, nutrient depleted (non) foods for breakfast everyday before school. The convenience and popularity of those colorful boxes of cereal are hard to top, yet there is unseen cost to our kids’ bodies that may affect their capacity for focus and learning throughout the school day. Knowing why breakfast is, in fact, the most important meal of the day, and knowing what foods best fuel the body and mind will help us set up our kids for success at the onset of each day.

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The Pattern of the Universe

By Troy McIntosh on Jan 30, 2020 9:00 PM

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 1:1

Adam and Eve. The Garden of Eden. One off-limits tree. A serpent. 

Jesus. A sinless life. A cross. 

Many people are familiar with the Christian account of Creation and the Fall, and Jesus' work on the cross that redeems us. Perhaps what is less familiar is how this pattern is echoed throughout history, and how it shapes education.

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A Family Benediction

By Laura Fitzpatrick on Jan 16, 2020 9:00 PM

I will never be able to forget Psalm 19:14. These words are an incredible framework for life, perfectly inspired by the Holy Spirit, but that's not exactly why I'll never forget them. The real reason this guiding verse is unforgettable for me is far more practical: I have heard it and spoken it literally hundreds of times.

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Kids and Questions

By Laura Fitzpatrick on Dec 17, 2019 7:00 PM

Kids like to ask questions, don’t they? (Or is it just my daughter?!)

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Seeking Jesus as a Family during the Christmas Season

By Margie Sanford on Dec 5, 2019 7:00 PM

The Christmas season is often hectic. It seems that this time of year has almost become synonymous with busy-ness. Decorating, cooking and baking, shopping, scheduling out holiday events...all wonderful activities that have the potential to drown out the deeper meaning of the season.

As parents, it's worth asking ourselves, "What are my children learning about Christmas through the way I approach the holiday? What am I communicating, directly and indirectly, about the meaning of Christmas?"

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In Search of Thanksgiving

By Tanikka Price on Nov 14, 2019 7:00 PM

Thanksgiving is nearly upon us. School children across the country are likely studying the origins of this American holiday. Classrooms are abuzz with words like Mayflower, Plymouth Rock, Puritans, pilgrims, Native Americans and feasts. Some students may even be dressing up as Puritans and Native Americans with iconic images such as hats with buckles or headdresses.

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Forming Christian Categories

By Troy McIntosh on Oct 29, 2019 7:00 PM

When a child, or any learner, is confronted with new information that she does not already know, she must do something with it in order to make it fit into her already existing body of knowledge. How she makes it fit determines whether the new information actually gives her a better and truer understanding of the concept.

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Everything is Theological

By Troy McIntosh on Oct 15, 2019 7:00 PM

[Editor's Note: This post first appeared on our blog for parents of preschoolers. The message is so foundational to navigating a child's education that we want to share it here, too.]

At some point, all parents face a decision about how they will provide for the education of their children. There are, perhaps thanks to our consumerist society, more options today than ever before. As I listen to parents talk about how they will make their decision, I hear the criteria they use to filter their decision-making. These often include things like reputation and tradition, test scores and student performance, accessibility and location, cost and affordability. These are all worthy considerations.

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The Power and Purpose of Picture Book Illustrations

By Tim Bowers on Oct 1, 2019 7:00 PM

Most of us are familiar with the adage “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Images can carry depth and complexity, especially for young minds.

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Your Child and Stress

By Nancy Secrest on Sep 17, 2019 7:00 PM

Stress and anxiety affect even the youngest of students nowadays. The world we are raising our kids in is quite different than the one in which we grew up.

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School is Work

By Jim Parrish on Sep 3, 2019 7:00 PM

The next time a mirror comes into view, take a long look at the reflection. Be careful not to zoom in on that extra set of lines that popped up this past summer or the hairline that is retreating faster than a beaten army. What is seen is not just a person but an image. Humans are image-bearers. The image we bear is that of God, according to Genesis 1:26.

There are many truths that we embody because we are made in the image of our Heavenly Father. One truth is that of being workers. This is clear from the scriptural account of Creation.

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The ABCs of Starting a New School Year Well

By Sarah Herren on Aug 20, 2019 12:00 PM

This month I begin my 17th year of teaching. This 17th new school year will bring with it a classroom full of new faces, new personalities, new needs, and new feelings to consider.

A new school year carries with it excitement and potential, and provides everyone--students, teachers, and parents--with a fresh start. It is also a time of change and transition that can draw out a degree of uncertainty and anxiety.

In my years as an educator, I have observed a few things that help students, teachers, and parents make these changes and transitions a little smoother…

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Dad Lab: Intentional Parenting

By Dad Lab on Aug 13, 2019 4:00 PM

No dad fails on purpose. No one ever starts fatherhood with the intention of being a mediocre parent. Many of our bad habits as parents begin because we are not being intentional with our children. An intentional father is one who is purposefully engaged in discipling our children, makes it a priority to set goals for the family, and actively seeks out ways to meet those goals.

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Words of Wisdom on Reading

By Linda Hall on Jul 31, 2019 10:00 AM

Language is such a huge gift that God has given us. I begin every school year the same as I did in all my years of teaching reading and writing...with a question.

Do you think God is interested at all in language? Do you ever wonder if He thinks good reading habits are important to attain?

Of course the answer is YES! He spoke with words and talked to Adam in the garden in the very beginning of it all! It is so exciting to see the emphasis our Heavenly Father placed on these skills. He has inspired the most popular book to be written for our encouragement and understanding. It is so much about who God is! As we practice reading and writing, we are enhancing a part of us that pleases the Father so that our communication with Him and the people He created becomes more effective.

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My child was being bullied at school. Here's what I did and what you can do, too.

By Achea Redd on Jul 19, 2019 11:00 AM

This post was previously published by the Washington Post on May 22, 2019. 

The moment you find out you’re going to be a parent, the expectations start. You can envision that baby growing into a funny, strong, smart person, one you’ll protect and defend, guide and teach. You think your plans will come to be because if you love hard enough and work hard enough, of course it’

ll work out. Right?

But what happens when life throws you a curveball?

That’s what happened in our family when our son became a victim of bullying at the very place he’s supposed to be safe and secure: school.

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A Holistic Approach to Education and Discipleship

By Worthington Christian School on Jun 20, 2019 11:54 AM

So much of our lives and society is compartmentalized and segmented. It’s easy to think, “Worship happens at church; pastors are responsible for biblical teaching and discipleship. Learning about the world happens at school; teachers are responsible for disseminating knowledge. Experiencing relationships happens at home and with friends; parents are responsible for teaching their children about love, grace, and forgiveness.” While these assumptions and responsibilities are in part correct, they do not fully represent how Scripture prescribes our lives.

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Summer Reading for Elementary Schoolers

By Worthington Christian School on Jun 20, 2019 10:25 AM

Although it's called summer "break," us parents know that summer can be just as busy if not more busy than the school year. Camps, trips, day programs and more all compete for our time.

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Education as Soulcraft

By Troy McIntosh on Jun 19, 2019 9:23 AM

I love talking with students and listening to their future hopes and plans. Doing so is a great reminder to me of the task that educators, from kindergarten teachers to elementary school educators to high school instructors have; that is, not merely to fill students with information or knowledge but to help form them into the kind of people God meant them to be.

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Preparing Our Kids for a Lifetime of Faith

By Troy McIntosh on Jun 18, 2019 1:01 PM

Now that our youngest daughter has gone off to college and left my wife and me as (mostly) empty-nesters, I sometimes wonder whether we provided our daughters with the parenting they will need to be spiritually healthy as young adults. I suppose most Christian parents engage in this thought process at some point. And, of course, like most parents, I look back and think of a thousand things I would do differently if I could go back in time given what I now know.

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Using Technology in the School-Aged Classroom

By Troy McIntosh on Jun 6, 2019 2:01 PM

For several decades now, technology has been heralded as a solution to many of the challenges that schools face.

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Cultivating Creativity: The Foundation of a True Education

By Troy McIntosh on Jun 6, 2019 1:54 PM

The opening passage of Scripture gives us our first glimpse into the nature of God – He created. In a most spectacular way, He spoke, and the universe – earth, sky, plants, creatures, man, and woman came into being out of nothing. In The Magician’s Nephew, that great Narnian myth that illustrates Genesis 1-3 by way of a different world, C.S. Lewis imagined what this might have looked like and gave Aslan the Creator a lilting song that became Narnian matter as it left his mouth. Trees, grass, rivers, stars, animals and other creatures – all the beauty and greatness that the world contained – came into being because Aslan willed them to do so.

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