The Importance of Art in Education – Part 2

Resurrection Christian School puts an ever-growing emphasis on arts education. As continued studies roll in that qualify how effective the practice of providing a well-rounded education is to enhance childhood and craft adults that won’t only be productive members of society, but virtuous members of society. In our previous blog, we discussed the various academic uses for fine arts in education and how they can actively help children develop better motor skills and emotional intelligence. As we continue our exploration of the topic we’ll discuss the influence of fine arts outside of the academic realm and where the two realms cross paths along with the benefits it provides.

Non-Academic Purposes

Fine arts leave an impression in our young minds that last for a lifetime in several ways. Specifically, can you recall a time in your youth when you created something and received accolades for your work, as well as experiencing the joy of creation? If you can recall the memory, it made an impression on your young mind and it’s no doubt surrounded by positive feelings and you might even reminisce fondly over it. That’s because it encouraged those grains of self-confidence and gifted you with self-esteem. You created something that people thought was worthwhile, and it’s hard not to project those feelings from the creation onto yourself. In fact, we’d be willing to wager that it probably motivated you to create more and more often. In addition to these favorable results, it most likely created an aesthetic awareness in you as well as cultural exposure, creativity, social harmony, and even improved your emotional expression. These measurable benefits are the keys to creating healthy coping mechanisms as an adult. In fact, the list of non-academic benefits continues with studies that suggest that fine arts in education help students who would not normally be reached and find academic success.

The results of social experience enhancements are immediately visible, and help students connect with each other based off of those shared passions. Perhaps most notably is that it effectively changes the learning environment into one of discovery which harkens back to one of our previous blogs of game theory learning strategies being one of the newest research backed study strategies on the market. Encouraging discovery creates lifelong learners that are as adaptive and witty as Scarlett O’Hara, and what’s more is they’ll be able to understand that reference. Keeping artful literature that encourages abstract thought as well as showing profoundly flawed heroes is one of the widely acknowledged ways to not only foster self-confidence, but also self-forgiveness, a patently Christian principle that serves as a major pillar of success for many Christians.  

The Leading Christian School Near You

If you’re looking for a private school experience that emphasizes the right things in their curriculum, look to Resurrection Christian School. We provide a private school experience structured around fine arts, well-rounded STEM, an emphasis on powerful literature, and Christian values. Feel free to look through our thorough and well-designed curriculum and if you’re looking for auxiliary activities for your child to participate in that will enhance their love of the arts and culture, watch our blog for day outing suggestions over the summer and winter breaks.


The Importance of Art in Education

Art can appear in many forms and is one of the single most versatile ideas that humanity has managed to produce. Fine art can appear as that painting that you’re awfully attached to hanging in your entryway. It could be your favorite novel from your childhood. It could be the play you saw in your youth that gave you the power to get through a trial you were facing. Art is inspiring, and it’s one of the most succinct and beautiful ways that we can communicate the knowledge we’ve gathered from the larger world to the next generation. So why is it important to include fine arts in the classical education you’re aiming for your child to acquire from Resurrection Christian School? Because it’s an integral part of a classical education.

The History of Art Education

If you’re familiar with the Renaissance men, you’re probably aware of their incredible genius and enjoy appreciating their myriad accomplishments, like the dome of St. Peters or the statue of David. To many scholars, there is some debate on whether the Renaissance men of yesteryear became incredible not because of what they were born with, but for what was nurtured and fostered for them.

If, for example, you look at DaVinci’s upbringing, he was merely the illegitimate child of an Italian nobleman who, luckily, took a liking to the child and paid for his classical education. This education would render DaVinci one of the most memorable men in history.

Michelangelo received a similar education when he was taken in by the Medici family in Florence and raised alongside their parcel of children that all grew up to have a hand in the formation of history itself. However, aside from the obvious results of a classical, art-influenced education on some of the greatest artistic minds ever seen, the wide-spread positive effects of including fine art in classical education provides overwhelming evidence of its importance.

The Benefits of a Classical Education

The folks who have been blessed enough to research the learning process throughout the entirety of human history, beginning the Greek philosophers like Plato, are the chief researchers defending the continued implementation of fine arts in education. Though, they’re careful to define it as anything that’s not considered STEM-focused. For example, it can be everything from music to dance, to visual arts, to literature and theater. Their defense for the methods to be continuously used in the classroom is that, in the same regard to STEM subjects, passive exposure to these things will hardly influence a passion in them or teach students about them as a subject themselves. In fact, it’s been researched time and time again that exposing students to fine arts education actually improves performance across the board as far as other subjects go. Reportedly, it’s provided lower numbers of student dropouts, develops team players, improves student attendance and fosters a love of learning. In fact, active learning is one of the most valued skills to employers in the modern age as it shows that the applicant has an adaptive streak that is crucial during our age of ever-changing technology and skill. In additional studies, there has been evidence presented that, much like sports, a passion fostered at a young age goes a long way toward ensuring that you don’t find yourself utterly disappointed with the last 20 years of your life by the time you hit 45. Childhood passions become adult hobbies that keep the monotony of a work week at bay and keep everyday struggles in perspective as you have a form of release for various pressures.

What Creativity Does to The Brain

The real benefit of fine arts in education comes into play when brain cell development is considered. Brain cells are loosely defined as the neuron connections throughout your brain. There are certain periods of life, surrounding your formative years of course, that include a flood of brain cell development. Thus, the years of your youth are referred to as formative. The neural connections you make during this time will influence your decisions and thought-processing skills, including the ability to understand abstract thought. Fine art in education has been proven to develop neural connections actively to produce a wider spectrum of understanding and to foster skills that are seemingly unrelated, like fine motor skills, emotional balance and intelligence. This is due to the fact that fine art education fosters a process of learning that improves our sensory, cognitive, attentional, and emotional capacities over time that acts as the driving force of learning itself.

Invest in Your Child’s Future With Private Schooling

A classical education should bring to mind the learning opportunities that DaVinci and other great minds experienced. It should be well rounded and full of amazing literature, precise mathematical applications, diverse scientific research, and an encouraged appreciation for fine art. Building up the right foundation for your child to succeed in their future and reach their potential starts with a well-rounded educational experience. At Resurrection Christian School, we put an emphasis on a well-rounded education that will forge new neural pathways and foster skills that will create productive members of society that regularly set themselves apart. Check out our curriculum for middle school, high school and even elementary school to find out more about our educational beliefs. Be sure to keep up with our active blog that will continue to discuss the power of including fine arts in education, as well as ways that you can encourage those same seeds of appreciation with auxiliary activities around Fort Collins and the Northern Colorado corridor. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us.


Why Those Video Games Aren’t Rotting Your Child’s Brain

Games, in a general form, are as old as modern society. Across the globe civilizations like the Greeks, the Babylonians, the Chinese empire, all of them created games and used them as critical parts of how they acquired new information, related to other people and developed strategies. In recent developments, there’s been a marked effort to increase children’s interest in “gamified learning,” which is merely a vocabulary dense way of saying the developers attempting to hone the results of games. Interestingly, they’re targeting finance skills rather than simple arithmetic and the like.

As a world society, we’ve always relied on games to teach children simplistic skills. In fact, prehistoric dice games may have even employed similar tactics to teach them critical thinking and even the concepts of finances. Developers aren’t looking to reinvent Monopoly or Life though, as they’ve already managed to nestle into the longevity that will rival most other games. The gamified learning game developers are focusing on now is honed to analyze and improve emotional intelligence when investing while still trying to associate positive feelings with the abhorrent boring finance. So, is it really a crime that your child wants to spend a large portion of their day with their noses buried deep in their DS instead of a book? Perhaps not.

Games Are Coded into Our Biology

The appreciation we all have for games is essentially stemming from our biological human nature. Before we were the civilized, ultra-advanced beings we are today, we were just grungy hunter-gathers. At one point we hadn’t figured out agriculture or our places in a society yet, because the closest sense of order we had was based off a very simple structured routine. As we’ve stated previously, one way for these humans to learn was to play games with each other. What these games created was a 2000-year-old process in our brain that we still follow. Essentially, we’d discover new information through absorption, then synthesis and finally thorough analysis. This pattern was repeated so much when learning simplistic games that’s it’s actually how the human brain learns anything now. As human edged away from the hunter-gatherer method they started developing schedules, and the most important thing for survival was to learn what had to be done to get the crop. The industrial revolution exasperated this problem and created a schooling system that merely values routine and memorization rather than strategy analysis.

The Newest Notion

If you look back on the educational style of the Greeks, you’ll notice philosophy and free-thinking were encouraged and it made learning fun. What this translates into in the modern era is still being analyzed and rephrased, but the general idea is that education can both instill an appreciation for academic pursuits and make them seem fun. If it’s an interesting topic, there’s more of a chance that you can make a game out of it, rather than just following with the model that rose during the Industrial Revolution. Gamified learning intends to bring the focus back to an understanding of finance, one of the most important skills you can gain from an early age. Antiquated learning models resulted in people who knew more auxiliary information but lacked in financial savvy.

To see a prime example of this fact all you need to do is look to the Baby Boomer generation. They were educated under a model that valued memorizing facts over critical analysis of the world and one that entirely shirked finance as a possible skill they’d need in the future. The Baby Boomers are, consequently, unprepared for retirement and have little understanding of why their first house was so much cheaper than properties are now. In fact, the average household ranging in age between 51 and 65 only have around 200K saved up for their inevitable retirement from the workforce. While some may say that this was due to other financial factors and the economy over the years, many still maintain that a lack of emphasis on simple money management and critical thinking resulted in a generation that is ill-equipped for real life. In fact, mostly professors and professional financial advisors believe that people from that generation and some other generations are simply financially ill-informed. Thus, teams of techies and financial scholars are ganging up to attempt to gamifie the entire industry and make it a notable point of interest for children so that the financial world of tomorrow isn’t disadvantaged by the uninformed. This is merely an intelligent way to play off the fact that most learning and intellect building today stems from mobile tech and video games.

The Future of Learning

Scholarly pursuits are fascinating and fun. But lighting the progress of a day full of academia can only serve to be a fresh start, especially since the gamification of a crucial subject like finance education is in the works to spread across the states and enlighten the next generation. In fact, the new gamification of finance is specifically fashioned to tap into our biological learning process that the hunter-gatherer tribes were using at the beginning of humankind.

The Structure of the Game

While playing, children will be able to make adjustments while gaining skills by increasing their “experience” or “power.” Like most curriculum now, technology is a major portion of it as it’s important to put an emphasis on tech since it’s a major part of being a productive member of the workforce in our day and age. With tech, the finance games are doing the same thing as other games in the sense that if you let your child play Tomb Raider they might suddenly develop a desire to be Lara Croft. If your child starts playing a car driving simulation, they’ll actually want to start driving a car. Digital games still have enough of a “wow-factor” surrounding them that they’re new and exciting and will enthrall your children. As far as finance, the rising popularity of all-encompassing games that include a macroeconomy should be act as a great template for these gamified curricula. This macroeconomics already display simple finance like supply and demand chains as well as investing and, obviously, resource management.

The Future of Education in Private School

Private schools, especially Christian academies like Resurrection Christian School is free to always be adapting and experimenting with our curriculum. We can bring to light the best way for a child to learn with our diversified staff and help them hone skills in ways that aren’t possible in public schools. As educational trends and child psychologies develop and expand, so do we. Give your child the opportunity to start off on the right foot, enroll in a curriculum you have faith in.


How Neverland Prepares Your Child for the Real World

When you’re a child you long to stray from the real world just as much as adults do, but you’re far more capable of creating imaginative scenarios that allow you to. Unfortunately, the time to live in Neverland, rather than the world we live in, is getting diminished. More than ever there is an emphasis on children to be adults far before they’re ready. While helping your child become more of an adult and more responsible is a key part of parenting, it can be hard to find a balance. According to a recent piece from the American Psychological Association, it’s more important now, than ever before to ensure that your child has time to live within the make-believe.

Imaginative Play Produces Better Academics

The basic facts about an active imagination are that it influences the way we do things. It’s the thing driving how we create and how we think; it’s the core component that has led the human race to discoveries in philosophy,to inventions, and the advancement of the human race. While your child may be convinced that they’d like to be a firefighter at this point, that ambition will only grow if you encourage imagination to let their mind wander and find a path that may be better suited to their wants and needs, or to continue down the path they’ve already chosen with a determination. The trick is learning how to teach your child to control and flex that imagination and make it something productive.

The Study

A research team by the name of Singer and Singer prepared a set of parents, nannies and teachers by training them in imaginative, “make-believe” games. These games included hidden lessons regarding colors, shapes, vocab, reading, and even numbers. The research produced data supporting their original assertion: if imagination is used correctly it’ll produce a more academic ready child. The children that played in the pre-specified imaginative fashion exhibited significant academic gains, while the control group counterparts without trained caregivers did not show these gains. The researchers began building up an additional part of their research: the idea that caregivers will benefit from this sort of play as well.

The Caregivers

While you, as the caregiver or parent, probably won’t see an improvement in your own academic pursuits, you will see a closer bond form with your child. Imaginative play renders you a part of the child’s discoveries which forms a different kind of understanding of your relationship. The practice of discovery can be an unparalleled experience for a kid that will end up being a cornerstone memory of you. Rather than encouraging hard study, you’ll be remembered as encouraging mind-expanding play which generally holds a more positive connotation than the phrase “do your homework,” might. A more cohesive relationship build will render you and your child with a sense of mutual respect that will serve the growth of your relationship more than a strict authoritarian relationship will.

In Action

Unfortunately, modern-day demographic studies find that most children in America, especially those from low-income areas enter kindergarten and are unprepared to learn. This is due to the fact that, most parents and caregivers, do not investigate intervention techniques early on and are then as unprepared as their child when an issue arises. Thus, imaginative play offers both a coping mechanism and a way that the parent can gently intervene with the child without an ensuing negative interaction. This helps to prepare children for school long before they begin and keep them refreshed as their school career progresses. There’s also the benefit of learning self-entertainment strategies that will help prepare children for their adult lives from early on.

Applying The Strategy

Several states encourage learning through imaginative play like Los Angeles, Ohio, and Alabama. These states have gone so far as to encourage its presence in the curriculum across the board. One of the benefits of a private school environment is a wide array of learning tactics can be used to suit each child’s needs. With smaller classroom sizes and diversified staff, it’s rare that a child struggles to learn and adapt quickly. While preparing your child for learning can start at home, it’s important to have the curriculum you believe in is encouraged throughout their learning.

Enroll at Resurrection Christian Academy

Parenting is a difficult endeavor that’s based on the idea of pure love but slowly turns into toiling at how you can most effectively create a functioning member of society that still feels like they had a great childhood. That’s a daunting task, but don’t worry, we’re here to help. With a combination of precise and cultivated curriculum to enhance your child’s learning experience and ensure that they’re adapting as they age, Resurrection Christian Academy is prepared to help you raise an admirable human being. Find out more about our curriculum and enrollment, and don’t miss our child psychology series that discusses the best tactics for forming your child’s mind.

 


How Criticism Too Early May Alter How Your Child Interprets Emotional Information

The continued development of psychology has illuminated interesting ways in which the brain reacts to its own hormonal changes, especially in children. It’s totally fascinating to find out how your child’s brain processes information and how they adjust based off of environmental factors and what little details they pick up. As the parent, you have the incredible privilege of helping to raise the generation of tomorrow that will carry our world on to bigger, and better things. Certainly, some of the solid bases you should offer to your child does include private school opportunities but includes so many other things. From a recent study, scientists concluded that highly critical parents might have children that have more trouble reading emotional facial expressions in adulthood.

They Can Read, They Don’t Care

Actually, the study — conducted by Bingham and New York State — states that the children can read emotional facial expressions, they’re just more likely to ignore them. Not just in regard to critical facial expressions, but any sort of emotional twist of the features. The study hypothesizes that the future of this behavior will result in the child having trouble with depression and anxiety in their adulthood. When the researchers began, they merely wanted to assess how children would react to, potentially, overly critical parents. The basis formed from the idea is Late Positive Potential which is one of the many ways that people look at attention. The LLP is actually a neural marker which allows you to measure how much someone is paying attention to emotional information, such as a comparison of a face that is happy or sad.

The Study

To begin, the researchers interviewed parents of 7 to 11-year-old children. They asked them to talk about their child for five minutes. Afterward, the statements were decoded to detect levels of criticism. Then, the children were measured with an LLP as they were shown faces of varying emotions. Thus, the researchers concluded that children with more critical parents displayed less attention to the emotions on the faces than children with less critical parents.

The Conclusion

Based off of previous researches and studies, it’s a widely known fact that the human mind is more likely to merely avoid anything that makes it uncomfortable. Think of a shy child’s aversion to social interaction as an example. Anything that is associated with a varying level of discomfort of plenty of different types is met with the response of merely looking the other way like the causes of anxious or sad feelings. The researchers actually started a hypothesis that children who have critical parents are much more likely to use an avoidance strategy when dealing with problems stemming from discomfort in the future than children with less critical parents are. The following conclusion that the researchers drew was that children with critical parents most likely avoid all emotions. The problem with this development is that it could mean the child will be incapable of having fulfilling interactions with others as well as being incapable of dealing with their own emotions. Habits like these are known to produce symptoms of anxiety because they don’t fully understand their surroundings and depression because they don’t understand themselves. In fact, the researchers believe that some children if exposed to critical behavior from the parent long enough might find that they associate critical judgment with every emotional response and reaction they experience throughout their entire lives. That will, most likely, include positive expressions as well as negative expressions.

The Future Of Emotional Development

Based off of their findings, the researchers are hoping to do a follow-up study by examining the chemical releases in the brain and the different brain activity that is causing these results. Hopefully, in their findings, they’ll gain insight into the nuance of child emotional development and aid parents and private academy officials alike in determining how a child’s environmental factors can help to create more stable individuals of the future.

Enrolling Your Student In Private School

With so many odd factors coming into play during your child’s developmental years it can be hard to predict what will create a good basis for your child to become the best person they can be. However, it’s universally understood that private schooling provides for a better starting point for most children and allows them to grow emotionally and academically so that they can succeed throughout their academic careers and beyond. Contact us to find out more about the curriculum and enrollment opportunities for this coming school year.


How Genes Affect Child Psychology

Parents are uniquely in-tune with their child in ways that science has yet to discover. While some might say that it takes a village to raise a child, recent studies on epigenetics suggest that there are some things that are out of the village’s control and more about the genes that could get modified without meddling with the genetic code. While there are plenty of factors that will affect development into adulthood, like going to private school or public school, there are other things that we won’t have control over that might come calling once your child reaches adulthood.

The Power of Genes

Science has proved that our genes rule us in many senses. For instance, the latest research on epigenetics has concluded that genes might be the cause behind childhood anxiety, a disorder that psychologists believe is the gateway to a child’s future mental ailments. Interestingly enough, research is actually leading us to believe that the real-time for epigenetic effects to take place will be at some time during the early childhood development periods. Supposedly, some environmental factors that a child is exposed to around a particularly susceptible age may go so far as to alter their genes. If you consider it, it’s actually an incredible evolutionary trick the body is playing, but how does that come to play in the modern era? Apparently, it can make you prone to a whole host of odd things like heart disease, cancer, mood or dietary disorders, infertility, suicidal thoughts and behavior, an addictive personality, learning defects and even something simple like a sleep disorder.

Where Epigenetics Begin

Some would assert that epigenetics start to develop as early as utero. If, for any reason, the pregnant woman is subjected to stress or even deprivation this can alter the actual genetic programming of the child that will eventually develop in their adult years. It usually develops in the sense that some genes get blocked, or rather, they cannot be accessed which causes future habits of depression, paranoia, and anxiety. Interestingly enough, these changes in genes are permanent and can be passed on to the next generation of children that never came across the similar stress or deprivation. If you observe epigenetic theory and the correlation of obesity, you’ll see that those prone to obesity may have undergone some stress of being an underfed fetus that was always hungry and striving for food. When food is available, the stress response that was created doesn’t shut itself off. Thus, people who are prone to obesity will have trouble feeling full and might be prone to emotional eating. In a sense, this is how people start to equate being chubby with an entire family because the gene anomaly is still present.

Epigenetics is the New Darwinism

Before the true study of epigenetics began, it was more widely accepted that Darwinism was the fashion in which organisms, especially humans, evolved and created long-lasting changes within the brain. With the continued study of epigenetics constantly expanding into other areas of human behavior prediction, it seems we’ve found a more likely culprit than an overly-simplified form of Darwinism. The worry that’s coming to light as we go further down the rabbit hole is whether or not the human brain has developed triggers for stresses that no longer exist and cause adverse effects now.

Where’s The Proof?

There are several, historical instances that have, unfortunately, proven quite a few of the previously stated hypothesis. One of the most prevalent and well-known examples of real-life epigenetics is the Dutch Hunger Winter. Studies conducted on the people whose mothers were starved while the affected child was in utero were extremely prone to obesity and, interestingly, schizophrenia. Another strange example includes the Great Chinese Famine that produced similar results in children who then became obese, with markedly impaired cognitive function and another uptick in schizophrenia. From this data, they found that of the children exposed to such starvation, women were far more likely to show the signs of schizophrenia than their male counterparts.

The Next Chapter of Epigenetic Study

Essentially, the only thing left to measure is what exactly affects the first trimester of pregnancy with notably terrible adult diseases and how far do these stresses carry into future generations. It’s safe to say that everyone’s ancestors experienced some sort of trauma, but has that affected our society today? Some hypothesize that the rise of mental illnesses could be attributed to that.

Give Your Child a Fighting Chance at Resurrection Christian School

With so many environmental factors that could alter how your child grows up, be sure to give them the best head start. By enrolling them in private schooling you’re committing to your child’s future success through more attentive, smaller classes and, because we’re a Christian academy, morals and ideals. Reach out to us to find out more about curriculum and enrollment opportunities for this coming year.


Furthering Your Private Education Outside of School

There are so many ways to raise a child and, as they say, “it takes a village.” Thus, pursuing educational activities that are still fun and enriching throughout the entirety of your summer is almost a necessity. Your private education for your child is a crucial piece of the kind of person your child will become so enhancing that platform for learning and enjoying scholarly pursuits outside of school can only help to capitalize on the fine work you’re already doing.

A Custom Curriculum

If your child is currently enrolled, or interested in enrolling in our high school curriculum it never hurts for them to show current interest in scholarly pursuits. While this project can be approached in various ways, we recommend encouraging inspirational tactics using a basis in core knowledge ideas, like something to do with history or literature. Pushing self-learning is a super healthy habit and it can only serve to make your child better suited in various areas of the workforce. If your student already enjoys history and literature, you might try introducing them to the local Hattie McDaniel home.

The Relevance of the House

Few people are familiar with who, exactly Hattie McDaniel is. In fact, she’s a very notable portion of the early Civil Rights movement. She played the iconic character Mammy in the Gone With the Wind film from 1939, which was long before MLK or any of the other civil revolutionaries got their start. As you’re probably aware of, Gone With the Wind is a stunningly introspective piece for its time full of feminist ideals as well as themes of equality and ridiculous nature of society itself. It’s a story of tenacious character and everlasting faith in yourself and it was controversial in the 30s when it was first published. The story itself continued it’s controversial reputation when Hattie McDaniel won the Oscar for her portrayal of the strong black woman that mentors Scarlett O’Hara throughout the course of the story. She was the first African-American to win an Oscar, and though segregation during that time was still absurdly powerful, she accepted the award with grace. She was forced to sit at the back of the audience instead of with the rest of the cast and was certainly the subject of much ridicule but faced the issue with her chin up and pride.

Forming the Curriculum Around Christian Academy Ideas

How does that lend to a curriculum? Have you read Gone With the Wind? It’s a meaty endeavor with most copies ringing in at somewhere past 1000 pages. It would take at least a whole summer to read, but that would be a summer full of introspection about the nature of youth prompted by Scarlett’s missteps. It’d be a summer full of reflection about the definition of race and how racism has changed and evolved over time. Capitalize on this piece of accessible history in town and turn a fun reading project into something you can touch and analyze.

Contact Resurrection Christian School

As educators, we take immense joy in finding historical relevance in the everyday things that you can ride your bike past on a day to day basis and reach out and touch. The lessons of history are more important today, in this tumultuous and confusing time, perhaps more than they ever have been. History has a knack for being uncannily timely and the Hattie McDaniels and her story are just an example of that. Contact us to start your private school journey with your child to open more doors for them and help us create the scholars of tomorrow. We’re eager to hear from you soon.


Creating Your Northern Colorado Summer Bucket List ( Part Two)

Resurrection Christian School is here because of our absolute passion to create the scholars and successful people of tomorrow.  We understand that it’s important to keep the mind active and display real-world application of the core knowledge that they’re building up. While a bored mind can accomplish much, sometimes family time and summer activities just can’t be beaten. We’ve compiled several Fort Collins related activities that will enrich their education while still holding the summer-fun-time vibe that will make their childhood memorable. If you’re interested in booking out your summer with great activities, check out our last blog on the subject and buckle in for a few more from this series as we’ve done extensive research to bring you the very best summer FoCo activities.

Check Out Estes Park

We know it’s not in Fort Collins and it’s a decent drive time away, but a visit to Estes Park is endless fun. Apart from streets dripping in ice cream and fudge shops paired with charming mountain town aesthetics, it’s a must-see every summer. While family tradition will create great memories for the future, Estes Park is still full of more than charm: history and natural sciences. The Stanley Hotel is more than a beautiful relic, it’s a piece of Colorado history. As the mansion built by F.O Stanley who would go on to make one of the first marvels of the machine the Stanley Steamer. You can glimpse the steam-powered vehicle on the tour as well as his wife’s haunted piano and some of the other famous rooms. Originally opened in 1909, F.O Stanley retreated to the mountains of Colorado for the “healing air.” After that, the hotel has been an attraction to tourists for it’s supposed, ghostly residents. The 90-minute tour that the hotel offers includes highlights like the room where Stephen King slept in 1973 so that he might craft “The Shining” which was inspired by the secluded hotel. If you choose to stay, you can watch both film versions of the novel, the one King directed and filmed on site at the Stanley and the one Kubrick created, which is the more notable piece. They play on a loop on every TV in the hotel.

Study The Culinary Arts in Foco

Let’s face it, a huge part of being a successful adult is being able to cook for yourself. Inspiration from the culinary arts is easily inspired by finding and tasting incredible food. While enhancing the curriculum for your child’s learning experience with an appreciation for Oscar Wilde and Faulkner is important, teaching them to take care of themselves is key to ensuring they become functioning parts of society. Checking out the Rally in City Park is a great way to start teaching them about what’s easy to make and what’s worth letting someone else make for you. Since the Rally only consists of food trucks, all the food will be pretty easy to put together, but this is a great way to sample it all. On Tuesdays, plenty of food trucks gather along Sheldon Drive and serve until around dusk. They feature live music and the only thing you have to pay for is the delicious food itself. If you’re interested in hitting on a more agricultural piece of the food sciences, head over to the peach festival on August 19th. It’ll occupy the Civic Center and Washington park accented by an accompanying 5k walk and run. They’ll include peach pies, fresh Palisade peaches, live music and plenty of kids activities.

Private School Enhanced Natural Sciences

A private education, especially from a Christian academy is one that already knows how to enhance details, but further efforts when outside of school would never be frowned upon. Luckily, Northern Colorado as a whole offers plenty of outdoor experiences to enhance the study and effects of natural sciences. For example, tubing the Poudre River is a great experience because it’s relaxing and fun but filled with references to biology and gives the opportunity to check out all of the ecosystems along the Poudre. The water levels are safest for tubing right around mid-July and up into August. There are some tips to review and safety guidelines that you’ll definitely want to follow. While young children might enjoy the thought of the tubing, it’s probably better suited to high school students. If your family is full of runners, check out a couple of the various 5K options. There’s the Human Race where runners try to beat the trolley car along Mountain Avenue and the Firecracker 5K that will make your 4th of July a little healthier.

Living Breathing History

While the Stanley Hotel is already a living piece of history, there a few more niche places that you can go to town to check out some more historical places. If you want to start off easy, check out some of the flea markets on College Avenue past Harmony. They’re full of odd trinkets from the 1900s and modern times. Flip through absurdly old photos with barely visible subjects or check out real doeskin gloves with sewn-on real seed pearls. The flea markets are full of kooky finds including refurbished furniture. Shopping doesn’t mean buying as these little markets are closer to museums than shops, but adding historical character to your home wouldn’t be a bad idea either.

Contact Resurrection Christian School

If you’re interested in the kind of exclusive education that the best private school in Colorado offers, check out our enrollment information. We value real-life learning combined with scholarly knowledge because we believe it creates well-rounded members of our society who can thrive in any environment. We are so thankful for the opportunity to help shape young minds because we understand that they are our future. If you’re interested in enrolling your child in a private school that makes a difference, contact us. Resurrection Christian School proudly serves all of Northern Colorado, including Fort Collins, Loveland and Wellington. We’re eager to answer all of your questions and meet your children or student.


Creating Your Northern Colorado Summer Bucket List

If you recently relocated to Fort Collins in the winter or this less than lively spring, you have yet to experience the real Fort Collins. If you’re a local and you think the town has become boring and dried out, you’ve probably only touched the tip of the iceberg. Fort Collins and all of Northern Colorado is known for being multi-layered and brimming with culture and opportunities for adventure. If you’re worried about getting bored during the summer, never fret, for Resurrection Christian School has done the digging to find out the best ways to find wholesome entertainment that the whole family can enjoy. Start making a list, because we’ve collected a whole slew of activities, you may be hard-pressed to complete all of them, just because of the sheer number of them.

The Classic Day Trip

Every summer would not be complete without a day at the pool. City Park Pool offers a charming backdrop to your water adventures with slides and plenty of water features to play with all day. It’s a great way to thaw out from the winter and our stormy spring and get plenty of those rays to start that safe tan. The daily admission rings in at $7 for adults and only $6 for youths which they classify as anyone between 2 and 17. If you’re looking for something a little more exciting, pile into the car and head down to Denver’s Waterworld to take a spin on their water coaster. With two wave pools and quite a few animatronic enhanced water rides, you won’t know what boredom is.

Step Through a Time Warp

The Holiday Twin Drive-In is one of the only remaining drive-ins in the entire United States. It’s been apart of the community for over 50 years and it’s exactly as charming as you’d think. It’s cheaper than a regular theater and you can bring your own snacks without a problem. Get two still-in-theaters movies for only $7 per person, if you don’t have a hatchback, be sure to bring plenty of lawn chairs so you can stay comfy while watching.

Take a Spin on A Trolley

The trolley tracks you’ve seen throughout all of downtown Fort Collins used to act as the means of public transportation around the town. While it’s not the best option for getting into town anymore, it’s still totally charming and a really fun and relaxing ride. The car traversing the tracks now is a refurbished car from 1919 that runs around City Park and up Mountain Avenue, the beautiful street filled with old Victorian and modern homes with towering trees and lush green grass. It’s open from noon to 5 p.m on Saturdays and Sundays until September.

Are You A Dog Lover?

The City Park Pool hosts an event for pooches to take a dip in the pool in August. It’s known as the Pooch Plunge and is totally adorable and hilarious to watch the puppers play in the water together. Even if you don’t have a pup, it’s a great time to go and watch and then pet the puppies. Although, not everything can be a learning opportunity over the summer. Watching a graceful animal maneuver through the water. You could easily bring the conversation back to fluid dynamics in action which is always fascinating and enriching. If you attend Resurrection Christian School, you’re paying for the best private high school available and ensuring that scholarly conversation is a regular part of your day can only enhance your student’s learning experience even while on hiatus.

Enjoy Artisan Works

Jessup Farm used to be a fully working farm, now it’s a charming artisan village full of fun things to do. Though it’s origins are from 1957, Jessup Drive has been refurbished into a modern and vintage crossover that is super charming. It’s perfect for your mid-week summer days. Try out some of the pastries and coffee at the coffee shop and try shopping the tiny artisan shops or check out Jessup Farm Barrel House to try out some Funkwerks barrel aged and experimental beers. Although the kids can’t join in, they stock the brewery with plenty of games and activities for the kids and the fermentation sciences are always a fascinating topic of discussion that can only be fueled by Funkwerks innovation in their beers.

Try Out The Newest Summer Trend

While it’s always good to encourage intelligence based off of core knowledge, encouraging physical intelligence. Understanding how your body moves and works is a key portion to becoming a good athlete and developing healthy habits throughout life. Head up to Horsetooth Reservoir for some hiking and paddleboarding. Paddleboarding is a challenging and entertaining exercise that will teach how to control and move your body to improve balance. Discussing physics can only enrich the private education even while on hiatus.

Contact Resurrection Christian School

We proudly provide the high-quality, exclusive education that you always dreamed your child would have access to. As a private school, we ensure that the curriculum is enthralling and totally enriched with dynamic approaches that your child will remember. As educators, we understand how important it is to both give your child a great springboard so that they can advance to college and career prospects with ease, but also to raise a human being that society can be proud of. We’re ecstatic for the opportunity to help you mold your child and help them create skills that will last a lifetime. For mentorship of the youth is the most effective way we can change the world for the better.


Helping Your Child Make The Right Friends & Build Social Skills

Learning social skills is an important part of your child’s development. As a parent, you want to see your kids not only make friends but make friends that will be good influences and encourage them down the right path. If you have a child who struggles to make friends or tends to spend most of their time alone, you can help. Here at our private school serving Fort Collins and Loveland, we value community and keeping every student engaged. We work hard to ensure the children who attend our school are learning important social skills and building lifelong friends.

If you want to help your child make the right friends and develop important social skills, read on to learn more about what you can do.

Encourage Without Overwhelming

As a parent, you can become so fixated on an idea that your enthusiasm can actually become overwhelming. While you may want to work to encourage your child to make new friends, be careful that you do not overwhelm them. When they make strides in the right direction, pass along an encouraging word.

However, when they are having difficulty making friends or simply don’t express an interest in getting to know any other kids their age, don’t overwhelm them through nagging or judgment.

Take A Look At Your Own Social Skills

Before you start working with your child to develop healthy social skills, ask yourself how well you are leading by example. Do you have good friends who your kids see you interact with? Demonstrating healthy social skills to your kids goes a long way in developing those skills in their own lives.

This is true from even a very young age. Talk to your elementary aged kids about your own friends and how you made those friendships. When they are scared to make new friends, tell stories about the times you were afraid and found good friends in the end.

Start Young

As we stated above, even your youngest kids in the home will benefit from developing social skills. The earlier you work with your kids to learn how to interact with other kids their age, as well as people of any age, the easier time they will have making friends as they get older.

Young kids usually have a natural ability to make friends through group play and other social activities. Make sure you expose your kids to lots of fun opportunities for practicing social skills. From a very young age talk to them about how to share, how to listen to others, and how to make friends by being kind to others.

Stay In Tune With Your Kid’s Unique Needs

As your kids get older, making friends can become more difficult. For some kids, making friends will always be easy. These social butterflies have vivacious personalities that attract others and allow them endless opportunities for friendships. For some kids though, making friends isn’t that easy. Perhaps your child is shy or marches to the beat of their own drum. Maybe they are truly an introvert and need a lot of time alone to recharge.

Rather than approaching every child with a one-size-fits-all mentality, stay in tune with who they are and help them build social skills that match their unique needs. Don’t pressure your child to become a socialite if that’s not who they are. While you want to ensure they have good friends in their life to help them develop healthy social skills, try to help them find friends that appreciate them for who they are. Keep encouraging them to have a healthy self-esteem so that they can feel confident in their own skin as they reach out to others.

Opt For A Community-Focused School

One of the number one places your child will practice their social skills and make new friends is at school. Opt for a school that focuses on community first and foremost. Smaller classroom sizes and engaged teachers will ensure your child doesn’t slip through the cracks. Here at Resurrection Christian School, we encourage our students to engage with each other and to build lasting, meaningful friendships. To learn more about our private school serving Fort Collins, Loveland, and surrounding towns, schedule a tour today.