Every parent wants their child to be successful, to do that best they can in everything they do. Parents push their children to get straight A’s, all while maintaining a social life, extracurricular activities, and working towards their future. Not only is the pressure to succeed hard on children, but parents often become too involved in their children’s life to let them fail, which may seem like a good thing, but isn’t. Failure helps to build character and allows people to learn from their mistakes. Teaching your child that failure is bad, is more harmful than letting them fail.
Teaching your child that failure is okay may be difficult to do, but this can help them to understand that mistakes can help them to succeed. However, teaching your child to fail must be done right, you want to make sure they know that failure only means that can learn from their mistakes, not give up. This is why we teach our children about failing, because we want them to learn and grow from it, not quit because of it.
While you may not want your child to fail at all, eventually they will, and when they do it is important for them to know that from failure comes success. Many people who were taught that failure is a bad thing may have been successful for so long, but everyone fails eventually, and the difference is what you do with that failure. People who are scared to fail may give up more easily out of the fear of failing again. For this reason, it is important to teach our children to fail and to come back from their failures.
Your child’s success is important, but helping them develop the right mindset about failure and hard work can help them to reach success and be more confident when they do fail. At Resurrection Christian School, we want our students to succeed just as much as you do, and we maintain a 100 percent graduation rate while offering unique and rigorous courses. We work hard to help our students succeed and offer college prep for our high school students, allowing them to properly prepare for their future.
There are certain precautions you want to take when teaching your children about failure. Helping them to have the right mindset about their abilities can help them to overcome failure and become successful. In this blog, we will cover different lessons to teach you child about failure and how you can help them to perceive failure as a learning opportunity.
The truth of the matter is that parents have a huge impact on the way their children view the world and their mindset on different matters. An NPR article takes a deeper look at a parent’s effect on their children. In this article, they mention that children who view their abilities as something that can change overtime handle obstacles, such as failure, in more constructive ways. Parents can help kids to develop this mindset.
The way parents react to their children’s failures and mistakes can alter the way the kids view their abilities and intelligence. The NPR article quotes Kyla Haimovitz, a professor of psychology at Stanford University. Haimovitz says that parents need to react in certain ways to help their children develop this mindset, that abilities can be improved with hard work and to not give up. If you child come home with a bad grade on a test, the way you react could change the way your child thinks. Saying something that implies they are better in other subject and and reassuring them that they still have talent in other areas may seem like a good response, but it could also tell them that they should give up in the subject they got the bad score in, since they have other areas they are better at. You want your children to keep working at these things and try improving their skills and knowledge, so saying they are better in other areas may send the wrong message.
Haimovitz and her colleague, Carol Dweck, conducts studies to see how a parent’s view on failure changed the cay the children feel about their abilities and intelligence. They found that, “the more parents believed that failure is debilitating, the more likely their children were to see them as concerned with their performance outcomes and grades rather than their learning and improvement.”
After surveying parents about their feelings towards their children coming home with a failing quiz grade, they found that parents who saw failure as an opportunity believed their children could still improve in the subject. They were more likely to ask their children what they have learned from the quiz, what they can still learn, and if their child asking for a teacher’s help would be useful. The study concluded that a parent’s reaction to failure directly caused the child’s beliefs.
The point of all of this is to react to your child’s failures and setbacks in a way that helps them and gives them a desire to improve. Rather than focusing on their abilities and whether their abilities can improve, focus on how they can improve and what they can learn from their mistakes.
Dealing With Failure
After you realize that your perception on failure matters to your child’s beliefs, it will be easier for you to help them deal with failure. Your child will fail at something eventually, everyone does, but the way you help them deal with it is what is important.
An article from Child Mind® Institute lists out the process of teaching your child to fail, provided by Dr. Amanda Mintzer, a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute. The first step is to show empathy. Your child will be disappointed when they fail, especially if they did work hard. Don’t brush off their feelings, rather tell them that you understand their disappointment and know they wanted to do better and worked hard to do better. Help your children understand that failures happen in life, to everyone. Letting them know that you have failed many times before can help them see that from failure comes success.
The way you react to failure can help your child learn how to react as well. If you take it as a learning opportunity, they will develop that same mindset and try learning from their mistakes rather than giving up. When your child fails, talk with them about what they could do differently next time or what they can learn from their failures. If they failed a test, help them figure out how to study differently or what to study. We have all failed tests before because we studied the wrong material or we did not study the right way. Helping them figure out the best ways to study or learn from their mistakes can help them to grow and avoid the same failures in the future.
Using Failure As An Opportunity
Teach your child to try again. Giving up will never help them reach success and trying again may be scary, especially after failing, but it is important. Teach them that perseverance can help them to reach their goals and be successful. If your child is having a hard time using their failure as an opportunity, share these quotes with them from Forbes, from very successful people, who have all failed before.
Failing is the best learning experience we can get. It teaches us what not to do, allows us to think about what to do differently, and helps us build character. Experiencing failure and other setbacks can help a child (and adults) to become more humble and allows them to learn how to be a good sport about it. Teaching your child to have a good attitude after a failure is important as well. While it may be hard to put a smile on your face and try again, it is important and can help other people view you differently.
If you child gives up after failing, they will never learn the importance of perseverance and they will quit every time they run into a complication. Whether your child fails a test or loses a game, teaching them that they can improve and do better next time can help them to not feel completely defeated. Working hard to do better on on the next game or test can help them to build a better work ethic and can lead them to success. The true failure quits rather than trying again.
No one wants to fail. But failing is one of the best things we can do, because it helps us build character, learn from our mistakes, and work even harder to reach success. Failure helps us to develop a more positive mindset about our intelligence and how we can improve. Many parents push their children to succeed, which we all obviously want, but those children who fear failure, will take it so much harder when they do fail. Teaching our children that failure is nothing but a learning opportunity and a chance to try again in important and will change the way they view failure. To be successful, you must first know how to fail and how to come back from that setback.
At Resurrection Christian School, we don’t want our students to fail, but we do want them to understand that failures happen to everyone. And more importantly, we want them to know how to use that failure as a positive in their life, learn from it, and be successful the next time they try something. Teach your child how to fail and help them to succeed. We can help your child prepare for the future and all the setbacks they may face, and how to deal with them. Learn more about our school, and set your child on the path to success.
As the weather begins to cools and the leaves change from green to yellow, many Coloradans get outside to enjoy the last bit of decent weather before the snow hits. Fall in Colorado is beautiful and quite honestly short, the days in between summer and winter seem to be limited, so be sure you and your family are enjoying fall and all of the fun fall events!
The best part about Colorado is the endless amount of activities and events going on throughout the entire year, and fall is no exception! If you are looking to get out with the family a few more times before the snow starts falling, you have many different options!
At Resurrection Christian School, we value family and encourage our students and their families to spend evenings and weekends exploring, learning, and making memories together. During the week of October 23 to the 30, your kiddos will be on fall break, meaning you will have plenty of time to visit amazing places, go to events, and enjoy quality family time.
There are many great events and places to visit around Northern Colorado this fall! In this blog, we are going to go over some of the events your family may enjoy and the places that you will love visiting! Read on to learn more about fall in Colorado.
National Fossil Day
On October 12 the University of Colorado Boulder Natural History Museum will be hosting an event for you and your fossil loving kiddos! Trilobite of Fun allows your children to view real trilobite fossils, as well as make their own to bring home. After your child has explored the trilobite fossils, you can bring them over to the Paleontology Hall to learn about other fossils and to the BioLounge to gain knowledge about condors. This is a great event for your elementary age children, allowing them to learn about different fossils and create something they can bring home!
Harvest Farm Fall Festival
October is the perfect time to head for the farm! Get in the fall spirit and head to Harvest Farm for their 15th Annual Fall Festival. This is going on every weekend throughout October, allowing you to have multiple chance to get your family together for some corn maze and pumpkin patch fun! This event has a little bit of everything, meaning that you will always find something to do and can go multiple time during the month for additional family fun. The Harvest Farm Fall Festival attractions include:
- Corn maze
- Hay wagon ride
- Petting zoo
- Yard games
- Obstacle course
- Corn cannons
- And so much more!
Be sure to check out the full list of the activities and attractions that the Harvest Farm has to offer. They even have featured activities throughout the month, including Day of Dance on Oct. 7, Denver Broncos Day on Oct. 14, and Artisan Market and Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides on Oct. 21. Find the featured activity that you and your family will enjoy and plan your weekend of farm fun!
Mad Science Day
This event may be a bit of a drive, but if you are in the Colorado Springs area on Oct. 28, be sure to head to the Space Foundation Discovery Center. The Mad Science Day involves many activities, space and science fiction Halloween fun, crafts, movies and so much more! This is a great place to bring your children that will allow them to enjoy a mix of science and Halloween activities, allowing them to learn a thing or two. They can spend time in the Mars Robotic Laboratory, take part in the Space and Sci-Fi Scavenger Hunt, and explore different labs! This is a fun family event that is educational and exciting for the kiddos.
MonsterDash Run & Kids Races
This is a great event for the entire family! The MonsterDash, which will be held in Denver, includes a festival expo, a 10K race, 5k fun run, and three different kid races. After the races, there will be a continental breakfast, award ceremony, costume contest, pie eating contest, and trick-or-treating! This is a great event for the entire family, allowing your older kids to take part in the 10k or 5k run and your little ones to enjoy the kid races and trick-or-treating. Spend the weekend running and enjoy Halloween fun!
CSU Homecoming and Family Weekend
If you are your family are Colorado State University fans, spend Oct. 13 and 14 celebrating homecoming weekend! On Oct. 13, the homecoming parade and festival will take place. Head to the Oval for a festive CSU celebration and then get ready to enjoy the parade! The event doesn’t end there though! After the parade, head over to the west lawn for the Friday Night Lights celebration with a pep rally, bonfire, fireworks, and lighting of the A. This is a fun event for the entire family and your high schoolers may just realize how awesome CSU is and decide to apply there! But even if they don’t, this is still a fun event to go to and show your support to local teams and meet new people!
On Oct. 14, spend the day watching the homecoming game at the new on-campus stadium. Then head to the old stadium to take part in the Homecoming 5k Race. This is a family fun event and also includes a kids fun run that is led by CAM the Ram. Show your college spirit throughout the CSU homecoming weekend and enjoy all of these fun events.
Those are only a few of the many different events going on in the area. You can find more events listed here that can fill up your fall schedule! Now we will go over some of the places that you and your family can go that are fun and can enhance the fall spirit.
Rocky Mountain National Park
This is one of the best times to head up to Rocky Mountain National Park. During this season, the leaves on the aspen trees transform the forest view to a golden horizon, standing out boldly against the pine trees. The green and gold colors blend with trees that are turning red and create a beautiful scenery that you just can’t miss. Your family will love heading up into the gorgeous national park and will be amazed at how colorful and amazing the area looks. If you head up soon (and early in the morning), you may be able to witness the elk bugling. The magnificent creatures roam freely throughout the fields of RMNP and are always fun to see in the fall.
There are also many different hikes in RMNP, with trails leading to gorgeous lakes and easy paths that wind through the forest. You are sure to find a hike or a trail that is perfect for your family and allows you to explore more of the beautiful state you live in! Your kids may love it so much that it could even become an annual family tradition!
On your way back from RMNP, be sure to stop in Estes for some more fun. This popular mountain town has a lot to offer. Walk down the street to find hidden mom and pop shops, family run ice cream shops, and restaurants that are one-of-a-kind. Estes also offers a ton of wilderness to explore with trails hidden throughout the town and a crumbled old building tucked at the top of a hill. Take a few hours to explore this town and find hidden gems that only residents may know about!
Since it is close to Halloween, your family may even enjoy taking a detour to the famous Stanley Hotel. Walk through the halls of the haunted hotel and take a ghost tour for some fun family spooks! The Stanley Hotel is a gem to the Estes Park area and is always a fun place to explore.
There are also many events going on in Estes throughout the fall, so be sure to check out and of the events going on when you are in the area. Some of these events include a pumpkin festival, vintage market days, and more! Check out the Estes Community Calendar to find fun events during your trip to Estes.
Along with RMNP and Estes park, fall is a great time to go on beautiful hikes in many different areas. Head up the Poudre, hike to the top of Horsetooth, or find mini trails along the foothills. Pumpkin patches and corn mazes are also fun for the family and are perfect for fall activities. You could make it a goal to hit as many corn mazes as possible this fall. There are many different fall activities, events, and places that can help you get in the spirit and enjoy some time in the great outdoors before the snow shows up for the winter.
Colorado falls don’t last as long as we would like, that is why we want you and your family to spend as much time enjoying the fall days as possible. During Resurrection Christian School’s fall break, enjoy some of these events and places with your family. Try to hit as many events as possible, and enjoy autumn! If your kids are not students at our school, learn more about us now!
High school is a busy but fun time for students. They are working hard to do well in school, keep up with their social lives, continue their extracurricular activities, and begin planning for the future. While high school may seem like a busy and stressful time in your kids lives, it is important that they begin to think about college and making plans.
Many students don’t think about college until junior year of high school, and don’t start making plans until senior year. This puts a lot of pressure on them during their last and most important year of high school. Planning their entire future in the span of a few months is stressful and can cause them to rush to a decision.
Preparing for college is a matter of preference, some students may begin the minute they get into high school and other may wait until the last second. There are students who have had their future college picked out for years, before even reaching high school. While planning for college has no right or wrong answer, at Resurrection Christian School we believe that preparation can help students be more successful and hopefully save them some stress. We offer college prep to our students—covering everything from writing resumes or college essays to building a portfolio, ensuring your student if as prepared as possible.
While we offer a college prep class that will help your students in many different areas, there are things you can do at home to help your students get ready for the next chapter of their lives. Whether you start planning early or wait until their senior year is up to you, but we believe that an early start can help your student make the right decision. Forbes features an article stating that children should start preparing for college in sixth grade. While this would help your child be more prepared than just about any other student, it would also not allow your child to be a kid while they have the chance. But again, it is about preference.
A previous blog described how to prepare your recent graduate for college, in this blog, we will go over some of the things you and your child can do to start preparing for college, starting in ninth grade.
Many students don’t begin thinking about college in ninth grade, but those who do are ahead of the game and will be more prepared when the time comes to make decisions. Your kids aren’t going to start applying for colleges, writing essays, or anything else like that in ninth grade, but there are things they can do to get a headstart on their future.
Colleges like to see student’s involvement in the school and in extracurricular activities. Many students think that their grades and the level of the classes they took are the only things that colleges care about, but they want to see that they had a healthy social life as well. Being involved in clubs, sports, and other groups will be fun for your kid and helps them when the time comes to apply to college. Even getting involved in the community and volunteering can look good on a college resume, plus it can make your student feel fulfilled.
Exploring different classes is another great way to prepare. Not only can students take classes that may help them find their passion and future career options, but it can also look good for colleges. They should try out different technology classes, art classes, foreign languages, and whatever seems to interest them. Although colleges are looking at a student’s life as a whole, grade as still an important factor, so the better your student does in school the better chance they have at getting into the college that they want. Help your student work hard in their classes and ensure they get good grades.
Even though your child still has a few years before they have to make any major college decision, this is a great time for them to start planning. Begin talking with your child about which colleges they want to go to, if they want to stay in the state or go to an out-of-state college. Get your child thinking about scholarships and maybe even help them begin to build a resume. If you student has a job, maybe suggest that they start putting some money aside and begin saving for college.
As your student heads into their sophomore year, they should be focused on their grades. Staying on top of their classes is important, especially as their classes begin to get more difficult. But they should also begin to think more about their college options. Remind your high schooler that some colleges they may be interested in require students to take the SAT and some require the ACT, a list can be found here from PrepScholar. If they are only looking at colleges that require the ACT, they may not have to take the SAT, saving money, stress, and time. If they have no idea which college they want to attend, their best option is to take both tests.
Beginning to prepare for these tests early can help them feel more confident and ready when the time does come to take them. RCS has college prep classes that help your student prepare for these tests, allowing them to head into their senior year feeling fully prepped.
Your student should begin thinking more about what they want to study in college, what careers they may be interested in, and what they are looking for in a college. Many students choose a college based on the specialized programs they offer. Other students choose a college that offers many different areas of study, giving them options to choose from. Whichever way your child leans, make sure they begin to consider their options throughout the year.
Your student will want to stay involved and continue doing extracurricular activities. Encourage them to join clubs, try out for different sports, and perhaps even get a job. A summer job or a weekend job could help them learn responsibility and allow them to save some money. Try to encourage them to save a majority of the money they make, since they are living at home, this is a good time to get their savings account looking good before heading out on their own.
This is a good time to sit down with your teen and talk to them about their college options. Ask them if they have done any research on colleges and if not, encourage them to do so. Ask them if they have begun to consider what they want to study and where they may want to go, and be sure to encourage them to make the decision they think is best for their future. Have them make a list of colleges and slowly find out more about each school, this will help them narrow it down and get a better idea of what they are looking for.
If your high schooler is looking at schools that require or recommend the SAT, help your child prepare and sign them up for the PSAT, allowing them to get practice and have an idea of what the actual test will be like.
Your student should begin having a better idea of the colleges they want to attend, what they may consider studying, and gather college information. Make sure they are staying on top of their academic lives, social lives, and continuing the hard work for the rest of the year.
If you follow all of the tips above, by the time your student makes it to senior year, they will be more prepared than many other students. This can help them feel more confident and stress less as the college decision begins to draw closer. Your teen will be taking the SAT and ACT within the first few months of senior year and hopefully they will be prepared.
Begin visiting colleges on their list to ensure they like the campus, the atmosphere, and the location. Once they have a finalized list, begin applying. Try to encourage your senior to apply for one college each week depending on how many they are applying to. Don’t let them procrastinate and help them whenever possible. Make sure they get letters of recommendations and all the other essentials for applications.
Help your student apply to scholarships and emphasize the fact they even a small scholarship can save them thousands. They should be working on applications for colleges and scholarships regularly and keeping track of everything they have done.
Once your student begins hearing back from colleges, help them decide. Making a decision on a college when they are accepted to many of the ones they were interested in is difficult. Help them by making pros and cons lists, talking about what they liked more about different schools, and have them begin to narrow their choices down. Once they decide on a college, celebrate! Your student worked hard these past few years and they deserve a break. At this point all you will have to worry about is getting them ready to actually attend college.
Peterson’s offers extensive lists outlining everything that can be done to prepare for college, so if you want more information, check it out!
Preparing your student for college can be stressful and hectic, but the early you start preparing the easier it will be! At Resurrection Christian School, we offer a college prep class for our high school students, allowing them to get the knowledge and help they need to take the next step in life. Contact us today to learn more about our school!
Whether your child is heading into kindergarten or about to start their last year of high school, going back to school can always cause stress and your child may need your support to make the transition. Starting school for the first time is a big change and your little kiddos may be extremely nervous, so helping them prepare will help them immensely. As for your seniors, they will be starting to think about college and their future, and your guidance can help them feel more confident about the choices they make.
Luckily, if your children attend Resurrection Christian School, they will be able to grow throughout the school year with their friends, knowledge of the campus, and a community that will help them through the tough times in school. Our schools start at preschool age and end when your child graduates from high school, giving them the full school experience with a sense of belonging and a large amount of staff support.
While we will help your children as much as possible, you have the ability to help them as well, and we encourage you to do so. Going back to school can be scary, challenging, and overwhelming, and your children need you to help them through this hard time, even if they don’t ask for it.
While you don’t want to hold your child’s hand throughout their entire school career, you should be there for them to help them with problems, stresses, and needs they have. With the 2017-2018 school year starting, you should prepare your kids as well as yourself, be ready to help them when they need it. In this blog, we will go over how to help your children with the transition, help them throughout school, and help them prepare for the next step.
If your little ones are finally at school age, you will want to make sure they are prepared and know what to expect before walking into the classroom. They should understand how to behave around others and that they will be learning a lot of different things. We provide them with a safe and caring Christian environment and will be teaching them everything from social development to different academic skills.
To best prepare your child for the year ahead, work with them on several things.
Work with your child on getting along with others. This is an important life skill and will not stop being used after preschool, so the earlier they master this skill, the better off they are. Teach them how to play well with others, share toys, and not interrupt. Have conversations with your kiddo to teach them how to properly address other people. We understand your preschooler is still young and may have trouble holding a conversation, but practice makes perfect! Help your child understand that saying hello and goodbye is polite and work with them on other manners as well. This will help them have an easier time behaving in class and working with other students. Social development is important to work on with young children and can help them develop other important life skills as they grow.
Not only should you help your child develop their life skills, but their academic skills as well. Start introducing them to the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, and other things they will be learning in preschool. Working on the alphabet or numbers regularly will help them begin to learn these things, which in turn, will help them excel in class and be ahead of the class. This will help them feel more confident with their abilities and learning will become fun.
Once your child has started school, make sure they are having a good time. We will do this as well, but it is important for you to make sure you child is learning, developing, and making friends. Ask them how their day was. Your interest in their school life will help them get excited to tell you everyday. You could even make a game out of it and tell them that every day they have to tell you one thing they learned, either in class, about a friend, and anything else they can come up with. This will help them get excited about telling you something and may even help them learn some better so that they can tell you all about it.
Your preschooler will be nervous during their first few weeks, but with your support and excitement they will have an easier time and be more willing to go to school everyday. They will most likely end up loving preschool as well!
Elementary To Middle School
Once your child has the hang of things, it will be easier for them to go back to school. It may even become exciting—reuniting with their old friends, meeting new ones, and learning more about their favorite subject will help your child be more prepared when heading back to school.
But making the transition from elementary school to middle school may be a different story. They went from being the oldest in the school to being the youngest, not knowing the building, and having to get used to a new system. Again, luckily for RCS students, they will be able to grow with their friends and will be more used to the different schools on our campus, helping them to feel better walking in the first day.
Help your children prepare by giving them a tour of their new school after getting their schedule. Knowing where their classes are right away can help them feel more confident walking in the first day. Students tend to be more nervous when they are not sure where they are going. You could even help by sketching out a map and marking where their locker is and where each class is.
Help your student with homework, have them teach your something they learned, and get them excited to be part of an older crowd and help them get involved. Being a part of a community at school can help them enjoy their time at school more and will help them feel excited about going to events with their friends.
Since your child has been doing this school thing for a while, they may not act as nervous as they once did, but just know they may be hiding it from you, so be supportive, excited, and help them when they need it.
Middle School To High School
This is a big transition for many students. High school is when grades truly start to matter and they need to start thinking about their future. They have a few years, of course, so don’t stress them out with future talk yet, just let them enjoy their high school experience.
This transition may be difficult for your kiddos, but like we said before, they have been doing this school thing for a while and they will most likely not show their nervousness or stress. Unfortunately, this is the age where kids begin to think they are too cool for their parents, so it is important to make sure you are not pushing them away as well. Let them be a teenager and don’t add stress to their lives. But make a point to show interest in their life. Ask them about their school, what they are learning, about sports they may want to participate in, and whatever else you can get them talking about.
If you can, help them with homework and give them advice when they ask. This is the age when children start becoming a little more independent are rely less on their parents to help them with everything. So if they don’t ask for help on homework, then just ask them to hang out—watch a movie, play a board game as a family, or go for a walk. Spending time with them will be as helpful as anything else and they may just open up to you.
High School To College
This is a scary but exciting transition for you and your kids. If your child is in their last year of high school, start asking them about their future plans. It is never too early to start making plans, applying to colleges, or deciding what they want to do. Helping them through the process will make them feel better and help them stress less. Throughout the year start helping them prepare—assist in scholarship applications, allow them to be independent, and help them finish school strong.
If your child currently just started their first year of college, pray for them and send them care packages. They are on their own now and you have done your job. Call them and answer when they call you. Make sure you are supportive of their choices and show interest in what they are studying. And remind them that there is no rush in choosing what they want to study.
If your child is making a big transition from one school year to the next, they will need your support and love. Show interest in their school work and spend time with them. This is a simple way to get your children excited about school and help them with these transitions.
The RCS Athletics Golf Tournament is approaching fast. Spots are still open for the event on Friday, September 29, 2017, at Highland Meadows Golf Course. The tournament has a 9 a.m. shotgun start time.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the RCS Athletic Department.
For more information, contact Bruce Dick at bdick@RCSchool.org, or to register click here.
The weather is great, there’s hardly a cloud in the sky, the pool is calling, the mountains are beckoning—it must be summer in Northern Colorado. One of the best times of year, summer offers so much for families to enjoy. However, there’s a shadow cast from summer, and it’s not just from the extended periods of sun.
The summer slide is the fear of all teachers, because it accounts for so much learning loss in such a short period of time. One statistic as reported by the CDE reported that children can fall behind “an average of 2 months in reading during the summer.” While the slide is often most reported for reading, as well as for low-income families, the nature of the summer slide can be applicable to all.
Learning is a continual process, and like anything we want to excel in, we need to have consistent practice to maintain achievement and success. Resurrection Christian School is determined to help all students succeed, regardless of when school is in session. Take a look at some ways to help your younger elementary student continue their math skills over the summer in order to start the school year off right!
Math Fact Fun
Third grade is when multiplication concepts begin, and in order to be successful with this mathematical step, students need to have a solid foundation with addition and subtraction first. For younger children, give kids math problems in the form of physical objects for them to run around and find. As an example, say “I need 6 pinecones plus 4 rocks,” or have kids race to find 12 sticks around the yard, and use chalk to create math equations.
For a second or third grader, write a number 0-9 on a rock, and repeat the process for about 10 rocks. Have kids draw rocks out of a bag to create 2-digit or 3-digit addition and subtraction problems. Encourage them to use sidewalk chalk for increased fun!
Summer Skip Counting
Skip counting is not only a great strategy to have (imagine any scenario where you as an adult have counted off by twos, for example), it is an excellent precursor to multiplication. Create hopscotch boards with different skip counting patterns, starting with 1s and 2s for your younger kids. Have them practice saying (or shouting!) the number as they play hopscotch.
Third graders (and possibly some second graders) will be able to create their own boards, and you can challenge them to go by other numbers. Teach them the 5s and 10s before diving into other numbers like 4s or 7s. This will be beneficial not only because 5s and 10s follow an easier pattern, but they are more commonly used in the real world in terms of skip counting.
For an added bonus, encourage your kids to use different voices when saying their skip counting. Try voices like whisper, giant, underwater, ninja, musical, and more! You’ll love how creative they are, and that they’ll be working on math in the process!
Math Scavenger Hunt
What kid doesn’t love a scavenger hunt? Hide numbers around the house or yard (either on pieces of paper, or write them onto rocks with chalk) in a manner where kids can grab them and bring them back. For kindergarteners, write the numbers 1-20 to encourage them finding 20 numbers, then putting them into the correct order. Even if your child is younger or is still working on counting to 20, this will be great practice! The more they try it, the more they’ll get faster at counting (make sure to have them practice saying them aloud as well!)
For older kids, give them equations on a sheet to work as a map or guideline. Make sure they’re at a developmentally appropriate level, so that your child does not grow frustrated. You want them to have fun, while learning and practicing their skills at the same time. This is less about gaining new knowledge, and more about honing the math knowledge they already have.
Up the ante by giving a clue to a “bonus number” at the end of the scavenger hunt, and include some kind of reward if they make it that far. Maybe on the back of the number it says “Popsicles for everyone!” or something simple, but fun. Want a further challenge? Take the counting steps, but have them practice their numbers in Spanish or another language!
Summer is full of free time and a break that is always much needed and deserved. During the break, however, it’s crucial to make sure your child is not sliding back from all the academic progress they made throughout the year. Math can and should be fun, and these summer activities are designed to help with math practice, as well as enjoy learning. Kids at this age simply love to learn, and you might be surprised with how eager they are to continue growing in their math skills. Practice with these games all summer, and contact RCS for any enrollment questions you may have.
Being a great reader is important, so we teach our children to read. Learning math is essential, so we teach our children math. Indeed, children spend hours each week dedicated to learning these building blocks of academia, all for the purpose of setting children up for success into adulthood. Yet one of the most important things we all need to work on is one that is not always given nearly as much attention.
Empathy is one of the greatest skills a person can have, and is truly a critical part of the human experience. Whereas empathy is not necessarily a subject that has specific hours and lessons devoted to its teachings and practice, there are so many ways to implement it into daily conversations and routines. At Resurrection Christian School, we do a lot to ensure empathy is being practiced and taught, and are happy to share some ideas with you and your family. Read on to learn more about bringing a focus of empathy into your home, and contact RCS for enrollment information and more!
The Importance of Acceptance
Many place an emphasis on tolerance, but tolerance is really not quite enough. Tolerance implies a basic, apathetic response to the behaviors or beliefs of another. This is not to say tolerance is a bad thing, but when we can move past tolerance into acceptance is when we are truly succeeding.
From the playground to the classroom to the college lecture hall and beyond, our children will face a wonderful amount of diversity in background, belief systems, and more. When we work on teaching acceptance, we help children understand there is somuch more to the world they know. There truly is no one “right” way to a situation, and this is something that Jesus worked at teaching us.
Matthew is one of the best chapters in the Bible to serve as a starting point for God’smessages on love and acceptance. As Jesus said in Matthew 5:43-44, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” He goes on to say, “‘Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be jduged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you’” (Matthew 7:1-2).
The purpose of these teachings is that regardless of beliefs or cultures, we show love to all. We accept and cherish our neighbors, whether they live next door or several continents away. There is never room to see ourselves as better or above anyone else. In fact, Jesus teaches us to love our enemies—something so much harder to do in practice, but something so essential.
Lessons at Home
For younger children and preteens, and probably for even many teenagers, there are some amazing books that keep Jesus’ teachings in mind. “The Story of Ruby Bridges” is a phenomenal read for children at practically any age, and is such a great book to have a discussion about. This might be a bit young for those in later middle school years, but the message is still incredible. Ruby Bridges provides an exceptional story of acceptance and loving those who think differently.
Even if your kids are a little old for a picture book, talk to them about her story, and if you happen to have the book laying around, it’s a safe bet that they’ll pick it up at least once. Ruby Bridges is an incredible inspiration, whose story is both timeless and ageless. Discuss the book and her story with your family, asking follow-up questions and reflection questions such as “What was the most striking thing in this story?” and “What lessons did you take away from Ruby Bridges?”
Literature has never ceased to teach us some phenomenal lessons. Use “The Story of Ruby Bridges” as a starting point for conversations throughout the school year and beyond. When we can all practice love and acceptance, we are not only living in God’s way, but we are making a difference in the lives of so many.
The Weight of the Words We Use
The teenage years in particular can be rough. With expanded vocabularies and emotions and hormones running at an all-time high, middle schoolers seem to know exactly what to say to hurt—but they also know exactly how to help with their words as well. So much of the drama that seems to be associated with middle school draws from the “mean” factor, though hurtful words are nothing new to most children by the time they enter their teens.
So much comes back to Jesus’ teachings in Luke, where he says, “Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31). He goes on to say, “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that” (Luke 6:32-33). Talking with your family about important it is to not only show love to the ones we love, but to the ones we don’t like as well.
Lessons at Home
This activity is an excellent visual for kids of any age. Cut out a heart from paper, and have your children do the same. Think as a family of mean things that could be said to hurt someone’s heart. Each time you think and state a hurtful phrase or sentence, start to fold and crumple the heart. Stop when it’s folded into a completely crumpled ball, and ask what can be done to help someone’s heart feel loved again.
Each time a kind sentence is said, start to unfold the heart. Remind children that it does not have to be a compliment said, but even saying something like “Can I help you with that?” will make someone feel better. Once it’s unfolded, talk about the effect the kind words had.
The best part of the lesson, however, is talking about the effect of the hurtful words. Talk with your family about if the hurtful words ever truly left the person. Discuss with them the impact that their words have—they can truly make all the difference in someone’s life. It’s up to your child if they want to change someone’s life for the better, or for the worse.
Another great visual that is very hands on involves a tube of toothpaste, particularly for preteens and elementary-aged children. On a piece of wax paper, have children squeeze out the toothpaste, saying hurtful things along the way. At the end when all the toothpaste is squeezed out, ask children how to fix it, or how to make a person feel better. Coax them to using an apology if they do not come up with this conclusion on their own. After apologizing, ask the kids if everything was fixed. Talk about how even after hurtful things are said, even after an apology, there’s still a mess. Realizing how important our words are is a critical piece to understanding empathy.
As part of Romans 16:19 states, “I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.” All of us can be quick to judge, all of us have the potential to lash out, and all of us make mistakes. By teaching empathy, we move towards creating compassionate and caring children, who will carry these lessons into adulthood. The school year is on its way, and having continual conversations about empathy will provide children of all ages a wonderful way to navigate the challenges that school can bring. We want our kids to think before they speak, to know the power of their words, and to understand and show love towards those who are different. All of these things are concepts that Jesus wanted people to learn and excel in, and we can still revert back to these teachings today.
More than 20 different denominations make up the student body at RCS, and one thing that every belief system can agree upon is the uniting nature of empathy. We teach our students empathy and compassion, because we believe it is such an important part of life itself. Learn more by contacting RCS, and reach out to us for any enrollment questions you might have.
One of the most important aspects of a child’s education is ensuring they have strong reading fluency and comprehension. Having a solid reading foundation is critical for setting your child up for success in every aspect of their educational career and beyond. The journey to becoming a fluent reader doesn’t just start in elementary school, and it certainly doesn’t stay there. A plethora of strategies exist to help your child continue their reading fluency outside the classroom, and we are happy to share some of these skills with you in this blog!
At Resurrection Christian School, we are dedicated to help your child excel in reading fluency and comprehension. Our highly-trained teachers and assessments help target reading levels in a precise and exact manner, enabling students to grow in reading in a way that challenges them, but is not difficult. Read on to see how you can transfer this mindset to your home, and help your kids stay engaged in their reading development!
What Exactly is Reading Fluency?
At its core, being a fluent reader means that you can read at a good pace, while also understanding what you read. There’s a fine balance between pace, intonation, and comprehension. This seems simple enough, but becoming a great reader takes years and years of practice!
Some students are excellent decoders, meaning they have a mastery of how a certain language works; its rules and regulations. Being an excellent decoder means coming across a word you might not know, such as “quintessential,” and being able to figure out how it’s pronounced.
Being a great decoder, however, does not mean one automatically understands what a word means. Some readers excel in context clues, meaning they use the rest of the text to help them understand an unknown word’s definition. An excellent contextual reader means looking at a sentence such as “The water around the mountain flowed out from a tributary” and being able to deduce that “tributary” has something to do with a river.
Both of these parts of reading fluency must come together in great and practically equal strength in order for a reader to be successful. A child who only can decode words might seem like they’re fast readers, and therefore talented, but lack the comprehension. A student who can only use context clues will grow frustrated with not being able to get through a text in a fluid manner.
How Can I Tell if My Child is a Fluent Reader?
Resurrection Christian School assesses reading fluency through the DIBELS method, where students read letters, words, and/or a text (depending on the grade level standards). DIBELS focuses on progress monitoring, where students who are reading below grade level are given a timeline as to how frequently they should be assessed. This ensures that their progress is more closely monitored, and adjustments to their
For younger students, such as kindergarteners and first graders, much of the assessment focuses on phonemic awareness. Students at this age are asked to read individual letters, or be able to phonetically “chunk” or take apart a word. A 5-6 year old with a solid reading foundation will be able to hear or see a word such as “spot” and break it down to “sp/awh/t,” showing they understand how letters form to make sounds, which in turn comprise words.
Students after first grade will be tested by being timed to read a short text, with a follow-up of having to answer comprehension questions. DIBELS looks at how fast a student can read, as well as their overall understanding of the text, to gauge where students are at. Through this method, DIBELS addresses which areas should be focused on for your child’s reading development.
How to Help Your Child’s Reading Fluency Grow
No matter if you’re child is above, at, or below their grade level for reading, you want them to continue to grow. What parent wants their child to reach a plateau and say they don’t need to learn anymore? That’s not the kind of attitude that anyone should have, at any age in life. Additionally, if we don’t consistently practice at something, we lose the skills we have. This isn’t to say your child will not be able to read, but even the loss of reading stamina is a considerable deficit that can be easily prevented. Take a look at some ways to help your child continue growing in their reading outside of the school day!
This is one of the most obvious, seemingly easy things to do, and we’re including it because it makes such a huge difference. Engage in books with your child every day! Have them practice reading to you, read with them, ask questions along the way, praise them for reading, talk about how reading makes you smart—do everything to make reading an activity they will intrinsically grow to love.
Help Your Child Take Charge of Their Growth
One of the things teachers can do to encourage their students is to have students track and chart their DIBELS growth. You might be surprised to know that kids love graphing their progress, and seeing how they grow! Just as many adults are motivated to progress and improve, kids have much of the same mentality.
Make a chart with your family about books that are being read, and have your child color in or choose a sticker to represent a completed book. If your child needs a little extrinsic push, create a family celebration for filling up a chart (like a trip to the bookstore!)
As children get older, we know that the number of books read pales in comparison to their younger, picture-book-reading years. Change it up to track how many words they read! There areseveral ways to check the number of words read in a book—one of the best systems is AR Book Find, which also quizzes students when they finish a book.
Help Your Child Form Goals
In addition to tracking their growth at reading outside of school, work with your child to practice writing and forming goals, specific to their reading. Some children will be pleased enough to make a goal and achieve it, sans extrinsic motivation. This is definitely something to strive for, but everyone is different. Just as in a career, adults still work for promotions and bonuses, proving a little extrinsic motivation is not bad. If your child needs a little boost, tie in their goals with their data tracking. Here are some great goal ideas!
- I want to read _____ this many books in March.
- My goal is to read the __________ genre, because I haven’t read as much from that type of book style.
- I am driven to read every book that _______________ has written.
- I want to read 100,000 words this year!
- I am going to work at increasing my reading fluency to _____ words per minute.
Create an Ideal Reading Space
Maybe some people would want to read sitting upright at a desk all day, but for many of us, we need something a little bit different. Take blankets outside, build a reading fort, switch to “night reading” by turning off all the lights and breaking out the flashlights, or just have a really comfy chair. Any of these things will encourage reading as the cozy and wonderful activity it is!
Have Access to Books
Even if you don’t own a ton of books, even if your personal library is lacking, you can still provide access to books! If your child doesn’t have opportunities to read books they are interested in, they’re not going to be nearly as motivated to read.
Take frequent trips to the library, many of which offer great incentive programs for youth readers! The more your kids can read books that interest them, the more they will read.
Reading takes a lot of practice, but helping your child be a fluent reader is one of the best gifts you can give them. By practicing these reading fluency strategies outside of school, combined with the direct instruction children receive at Resurrection Christian School, your child will be set up for so much educational success. We are proud to offer highly-esteemed and recognized strategies and lessons for encouraging reading fluency, with over 90 percent of our readers at a fluent level.
They say knowledge is power, and if there’s anything that takes us there, it’s being a fluent reader. Try these strategies with your young ones, and contact RCS today to look into enrollment!
Can you believe it’s already July? Summer always seems to fly by, but July is the time where it becomes most apparent that the school year is quickly approaching. From advertisements on back-to-school deals, to information and class lists being released, it’s no secret that school will soon be in session.
At Resurrection Christian School, we are so excited for the upcoming school year and to see all our families once again! No matter what age or grade level, getting back into school can be a bit of an adjustment. We’ve compiled some ways to get ready for the transition back into school, and each way can be driven from a Christian mindset. Start practicing these ideas now to prepare for the school year, and contact RCS for any enrollment questions!
Start Building a Schedule
“Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating he had done.” (Genesis 2:3)
All throughout the Bible, we see examples of the importance of duty and work, but also the same can be said for rest. When the Bible speaks of God’s work, it speaks of six days worth of some pretty intense work. Then on the seventh day is when God is shown to rest, thus creating the Sabbath.
The purpose of this story is to find balance between work and rest. In ancient times, it was a pretty spectacular concept to take a day off. Even in modern times, it can feel pretty challenging to actually take a day to rest. Families know that weekends, those days which are supposed to be meant for down time and relaxation, are often the busiest. Weekends quickly become the time for birthday parties and sports events and practices and everything in between. While we can’t always free up an entire day so easily, building sleep into a schedule is one of the best ways to ensure we’re getting the rest we need.
Even though rest is one of the first priorities to be pushed aside, creating a schedule that builds in and allows for some down time will help your family in so many ways! Start preparing for the school year by building some routines now. About two weeks out from the start of school, start formatting a bedtime schedule and practice waking the kids up at a scheduled time. An important thing to note is that this does not have to be exact to what you’d like to see during the school year! If you’re wanting your 10-year old to be in bed by 8:30 during the school year, there’s a good chance that time has slipped over the summer. Start with some flexibility, like being in bed by 9:00 or even 9:30, then keep moving the time up gradually over the last few weeks before school starts.
For older kids and teenagers, work with them about what a reasonable sleep schedule should be. Even if your teenager verbalizes their disagreement about a bedtime (which is not at all surprising), they often need the most help with getting an adequate amount of sleep. In fact, teenagers still need over 9 hours of sleep every night to be healthy and get enough rest! Talk with your family about the importance of rest, and bring it back to the message that God sends us. We rest so that we may grow, and so that we can seize each day to the fullest of measures. When you and your family allot for rest in your schedules, you’re ensuring that success is attainable for everyone.
Go Back-to-School Shopping in a Reasonable Manner
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven… For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
Those advertisements that have been coming out since practically since school was still in session keep calling: back-to-school. Back-to-school. There are so many beautiful notebooks and pens and pencils and new outfits to be bought, and you simply must have them to be fully prepared for school, right?
Regardless of if back-to-school shopping has ever been a tiresome event for you and your family, or if your family goes all out, reflect on what’s most important. It can be so easy to see the plethora of advertisements telling you what you need to be successful this school year, and forget what you actually need.
Make a two-columned list with your family before taking on back-to-school shopping, dividing the categories into “need” and “want.” Start with the “need” category, and focus on things that are necessary. After completing this column, move over to the “want” section. Your family might want a new pencil case, or a new outfit, and that’s totally OK. Write it all down, and reflect with them on the teachings of Jesus. Talk about what treasures are most important, and think back to what everyone will need to start off the school year in the best way.
Take it a step further, and look to see what school supplies are in demand for students in need. Many schools, churches, or even stores have drives to collect supplies and clothing to help out families in the area. Have a discussion with your family about their needs and the needs of others. Children are often some of the most selfless of us all, and this discussion will be a beautiful opportunity to prepare for the coming year.
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)
“Compassion” is such an important word, and has more recently shown itself in the classroom. In fact, there are now tons of books and articles for educators on how to teach compassion to students. Compassion is one of the greatest virtues a child can have, and it is one that should carry over into adulthood.
The words of the Bible and the teachings of Jesus have long reflected the importance of loving one another, and the beginning of the school year is an excellent time to have some conversations about compassion. Schools can sometimes be a venue where bullying takes place, and addressing compassion before and during the school year works as an excellent preventative measure.
Present scenarios to your family, and they do not just have to be bullying related. Talk about what compassion would look like if they saw a student sitting alone at lunch, or if they saw a student crying. Ask your children what compassion would look like if they saw a classmate without a partner, or a new student join their class. Reassure them that even if their compassion is not always reciprocated, they tried to do the right thing. These lessons can be especially valuable for teenagers, as some of the bullying can reach its boiling point during the middle school years.
Jesus spoke of compassion often, knowing it was something that could change the world. Kindness is a first step, but teaching compassion to your children is a way to help them think of others in a much more in-depth way.
The school year is approaching, and each of these topics offer great opportunities to prepare as summer is coming to a close. At RCS, we have so many churches and religions represented, all of which are validated and respected. These lessons are good reminders for the upcoming school year, regardless of religious belief or background. Enjoy the time you have with your family this summer, and contact RCS to learn more about enrollment.