Break Through the Winter Doldrums

Does February feel kind of “blah” to you? You’re not alone. The February Funk is rough for many people, and not just for those of us living in Loveland. Millions of Americans are affected by seasonal affective disorder (SAD) each year, and February is one of the peak months for people to feel a bit glum.

It’s easy to start counting down the days until warmer days and summer nights, but this isn’t a great way to spend your time. If you’re constantly thinking about what’s ahead, you’ll be missing out on the wonderful moments in the present. That’s why our private school has compiled a list of things to do in the dead of winter. Take a look at some things to do in February and March, and look into the many activities Resurrection Christian School has to offer! Begin the enrollment process today for the upcoming school year.

Try a New Sport

Being active in winter can seem like the last thing anyone wants to do, but it’s actually a great opportunity to try something new. Loveland and Fort Collins have tons of climbing gyms that are an excellent activity for kids and adults alike — check out Ascent or Whetstone in Fort Collins, or Wooden Mountain here in Loveland! Now’s also an ideal time to get back into (or start up) yoga, and it’s pretty easy to find a family-friendly studio. Dance classes, basketball, or other sports are a great way to stay fit, healthy, and happy throughout the winter.

As far as outdoor activities go, you might feel like skiing or snowboarding are your only options — and both are definitely an amazing sport for so many people to enjoy. However, countless others are not fans of the driving involved to get to the mountains, the ski passes and lift ticket prices, or the sports themselves. That’s OK too. You can rent snowshoes for pretty cheap, and it’s easy for anyone to try (while still being a good workout)!

When it’s cold out, we often retreat to our homes instead of venturing out. After all, who really wants to scrape their car, wait for the heat to warm things up, bundle up in countless layers, and be outside at 5 p.m. when it’s already pitch black out? But keeping up on fitness makes you feel better and makes the winter months go by faster. If your child is already enrolled at our private school in Loveland, be sure to look into upcoming sports they can partake in!

Start a Hobby

Being creative is one of the most important parts of life, but it can take us a lot of time and effort to really get ourselves going. Whether you want to take up painting, pottery, woodworking, knitting, or anything in between, now’s a good time to do so. You can even start your new hobby with a friend or loved one to make it more fun, while also holding yourself accountable.

As fun and easy as this sounds to take on a new project, starting up a hobby takes a good amount of motivation. It’s so much easier to veg on our phones than it is to start something that requires work and concentration. But ultimately, hobbies are more fulfilling and provide us with more joy. Once a week, schedule a block of time that’s dedicated to working on your craft, and put the phones and tablets away.

Have Something to Look Forward to

Every month in winter, you and your family should have something fun planned that everyone can look forward to. Ideally this is the case every month, but it’s good to make it a priority at the beginning of the year! It could be a mini-vacation, like a weekend trip up to Estes, it could be a road trip down to New Mexico, or it could even just be a movie and dinner date with the family.

The event itself doesn’t matter as much as the memories and connections you strive to create and strengthen. Putting something on the calendar is a necessary way to excite everyone, and it’s a way to break those winter doldrums. Your family will love having something fun on the horizon.

Make a New Routine

The winter doldrums set in because things seem boring. It gets dark too early and it’s too cold, so we end up doing the same indoor activities over and over again. You and your family can spice up those Wednesdays in the middle of February that seem tedious by starting a new weekly routine. Here are a few ideas:

  • Game or puzzle nights — shut off the TV or other screens and spend some time together in the middle of the week.
  • Cleanup dance party — when it’s time to clean things from top to bottom, blast the speakers with some of everyone’s favorite music. Of course, it’s necessary to make sure dancing is involved.
  • (Make a) movie or play night — break into teams and give everyone two hours to create a script for a play or to make a movie, then watch the results! Switch teams the following week.
  • Something new — it could be checking out a new park, trying a new ice cream spot, or even just making a new dinner recipe where everyone makes something new for people to enjoy (especially good for older kids). Spice things up by choosing a “new” day once a week.

Throw a Party

You’re not the only one with the winter doldrums! Sometimes it’s best to get people together to lift everyone’s spirits. Invite the extended family over, throw a neighborhood shindig, bring your friends and their kids together, and celebrate! Have a generational party (the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s are excellent inspiration), an indoor picnic, a luau, a build-your-own pizza event — the sky’s the limit!

If you start making this an annual occurrence, it will become something that everyone will look forward to and it will make the winter months a little more special. People will love getting to break through their own winter doldrums by celebrating in style.

At Resurrection Christian School, we have so many amazing activities going on, all throughout the year. From sports to clubs and so much more, there’s a ton going on at RCS! But our private school also recognizes that winter can seem to drag on forever, and we know that it doesn’t have to feel this way. Try out some of these activities with your family to make winters wonderful, and contact our school for questions on elementary, middle, or high school curriculum and admissions!


Activating a Christian Mindset in Sports

Whether it’s the parents, the coaches, the refs, the fans, or the players themselves, there’s a lot of intensity in private high school sports. Everyone is wanting the same outcome, to win, and they’re willing to do what it takes to make that happen.

Competition drives many of us, but it’s also inherently not the kind of Christian mindset that Jesus would want us to have. Jesus doesn’t teach us to beat others or to put others down, and we certainly don’t want to relish interminably in the attitude that we’re the best — this leaves us thinking others are inferior.

And yet, we’re not wrong for wanting to win the game or score the winning basket. But where’s the balance? How can we do our best at sports and help our team, while also keeping a Christian mindset?

These are some tough questions, but our private high school is here to provide some guidance. High school athletics are an important part of the Resurrection Christian School framework, and we’re proud of our Cougars! Find some advice on how to incorporate Christianity with high school athletics, and find information on enrollment, admissions, and activities at RCS!

Stay Humble

When everyone is telling you you’re a star, it’s all too easy to buy into that mindset. Every single person is so special in the Lord’s eyes, and every single person is unique. Staying humble doesn’t mean cancelling out this fact, it’s just recognizing that you are human, and that God is greater than us all.

As a high school athlete, you can start practicing humility by thinking about what’s something you did well each game or practice, and what’s something you can improve on. The things you do well shouldn’t always be about goals or points, either. Thinking about how hard you worked, how you incorporated your teammates, or how you dealt with a tough call from the ref are all huge things to be proud of.

Similarly, when thinking about things to improve on, consider any attitudes you may have carried throughout the game — towards other players or yourself. Were you too hard on others? Were you talking negatively to yourself? Did you mess up a goal because you weren’t as confident or you didn’t think things through as well as you could have? Staying humble is less about the points you did or didn’t score or the assists you did or didn’t have, and much more about how you approached the game and players as a whole.

Be Forgiving

Refs, like the rest of us, are human, and they will make bad calls. While it’s easy to assume favoritism or purposefully turning a blind eye, the best thing you can do is to forgive and forget. Getting hung up on the plays that could have (or in some instances, should have) been keeps you from growing.

The same attitude applies towards your coaches — trust their judgment, and while you can always ask questions and see what they’re thinking, remember that timing and approach is key. Is your coach more open to a conversation when there’s five minutes left on the clock? Or would they be more willing to sit down with you when you’ve cooled down and it’s not in the heat of the moment?

Finally, be forgiving of teammates and the opposing team, and be forgiving of yourself as well! Sports can breed some major feelings of inadequacy and resentment, and that’s not what it should be about. Jesus teaches us to forgive those who trespass against us — sometimes that person trespassing against us can be ourselves. Hard times and moments happen. Our private high school wants you to always play your best, whether on the court or off, but we also want you to carrying a loving and empathetic attitude towards all whom you encounter.

Reflect on Scripture

Wait, the Bible doesn’t talk about football, right? Not exactly, but there are plenty of relevant teachings from Jesus. When giving the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus mentions things that every athlete could stand to remember:

  • Competition: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.”
    • Takeaway: Every game is a competition, but it’s necessary to treat others with respect.
  • Trophies: “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, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
    • Takeaway: Trophies might seem like the most important thing, especially when thinking about what they represent. However, your love of the game should always be your reason for playing.
  • Grit: “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”
    • Takeaway: Don’t give up! This passage doesn’t mean to be salty, it’s all about being true to yourself and persevering. When tough times happen for you or your team, use them as a way to grow.

Play to Win, But Play Fairly

No matter what someone else might be telling you, there is never an OK time to cheat. Honesty absolutely pays for itself, time and again. You don’t want to give your team the reputation of one who doesn’t play fairly. Jesus asks that all of us are honest and open in everything that we do. Make sure you uphold this tenet of Christianity when you’re out there on the field — it will ultimately help you, your character, and even your team in the long run.

Accept Losses

When our private high school says “accept losses,” we don’t mean to say that you should just give up regardless of the outcome of the game. Instead, we think that sometimes so much emphasis is put on winning that a loss can feel like the end of the world instead of a moment for growth.

You are going to lose games — but that’s part of how you get better! The LeBron Jameses and Brittney Griners of the world didn’t become some of the best basketball stars of all time because of nonstop wins. Their success is deeply tied to their losses and how they learned from them.

If you treat a loss like the end of the world and a defining moment for you as an athlete and person, you’re not going to get better. You’ll end up feeling pretty stuck and hopeless. If you treat losses like a lesson and an opportunity for improvement, you’ll come away feeling inspired and motivated, and it will absolutely impact your game.

As a private school in Loveland serving elementary, middle, and high school students, Resurrection Christian School is committed to bettering the character and education for every child. We want sports to be fun, exciting, motivating, and a source of wellness. When keeping Christianity in mind, this can all happen. Find out more about our athletic programs and inquire about enrollment today!


Homework Helper: Writing Practice Part I

Writing is an interesting school subject. It’s one of the most subjective areas of academics — everyone has their own style, voice, and even their own handwriting. Being a good writer isn’t just something for the literary elite. Your child will write papers, essays, cover letters, and job applications at all turns in their life, so it’s important to hone in on the basics now.

At Resurrection Christian School, we prioritize all the subjects, but there are always things you can do to help your child out at home. It’s not only a great learning experience for them (and you), it’s a way to stay involved with your child’s academics at our private school, and a way to connect with them.

Take a look at these ways to work on writing practice with your child, and find more information on enrollment for preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school throughout our site!

Early Stages: Preschool – First Grade

Writing is just starting at this point for your young one. You don’t need to worry about sentences or perfect spelling yet (you won’t need to worry about the latter writing element for quite some time). These are the years where it’s all about getting the foundation down.

Holding a Writing Utensil

For children at this age, writing can be very challenging. It requires fine motor skills that take time to develop. In general (but not always), boys take longer to develop their fine motor skills than girls — the reverse is true for gross motor skills, like throwing a ball.

At this age, your biggest priority should simply be helping them get used to holding a writing utensil and starting to use it. Drawing and coloring are great ways to practice (and pretty fun, at that!). Try different types of utensils with different sizes, such as thicker markers or pencils, to encourage your young one. They might feel like they have more control when there’s more to grip.

Another thing to note during this time? When your child is first holding something (usually as a toddler), you’ll find out pretty quickly whether they prefer their left or right hand. Give opportunity for them to practice both to see what feels right. Check out this article on ways to hold a pencil for more information!

Practice Tracing

Of course, you want your child to draw freehanded and explore with using writing utensils, especially when they’re young. However, our private school also recommends getting some practice in with tracing lines — this will make it easier to trace letters later on down the road.

By the time your child is getting ready for kindergarten, they should be able to write their first name and the first letter of their last name (capitalized). They should also be able to distinguish between uppercase and lowercase letters, even if they don’t know all their letters yet. In terms of writing, your child should be able to trace letters and write many letters independently.

If your young one isn’t there just yet, there’s no need to panic! You can practice by printing off sheets and resources for parents and teachers from the web, or ask your child’s teacher if they have extra materials for practicing at home.

Writing Words

By kindergarten and first grade, your child will be writing words and simple sentences. You can guide in this practice at home with a number of games:

 

  • Sight Word Match: Make a list of ten sight words (i.e. at, and, on, or, etc.), then have your child copy writing them down in a column on a piece of lined paper. In the other column or on another piece of paper, help them cut out and paste the same sight words that they find in magazines or newspapers. You can also tape or glue the words in a jumbled up order, then have your child draw lines to connect each word.

 

  • Chalk Hopscotch: Create a hopscotch outline, then have your child write words that make a sentence into different boxes. Have them hop in the order of the sentence, have them jump to sight words, or have them jump to words that start with a certain letter.
  • Copycat: This is especially good for kids who need to take their time and slow down on their writing, and need to focus on how they’re holding a writing utensil. You write various words, and then in different colors, have your young one try to copy (either by writing separately, tracing over, or both) the word as neatly and perfectly as possible.

 

 

Keep Reading

Reading and writing are completely intertwined. We can’t be great writers if we’re not great readers, and the reverse is true as well. By encouraging literacy as a whole in your household, you’ll be giving your kids a foundation for writing success.

Read every single day with your young ones, take frequent trips to the library, and talk about the writing that you’re reading. Are there sentences that rhyme? What words make you feel a certain way? If you closed your eyes and listened, could you still picture the story? Engage in a dialogue with reading that revolves around writing, and you’ll set your kids up for success.

Offer Encouragement

There are any number of ways that kids deal with and react to writing. Some might try to write everything perfectly, and get hung up on the spelling of words. Others might get frustrated with the struggle of holding a writing utensil and producing neat words and letters, and might want to give up.

Our private school knows that the best things you can do for your child’s writing practice are to be encouraging, patient, and focus on the big picture. Create a culture in which writing is a messy process, it’s not perfect, and that’s the point of it. Always applaud your child for going the extra mile and persevering through tough tasks.

In our next blog, our private school will cover some of the ways in which you can help your older children with their writing exercises and homework. Stay tuned, and contact Resurrection Christian School for any questions you might have on enrollment, academics, or more.


Homework Helper: Multiplication

If you’ve ever felt confused looking at your child’s homework, struggled to explain a topic that seems easy to know but hard to teach, and dealt with the frustration of homework help, you are not alone. In fact, you’re probably part of the majority!

Helping kids with homework is a challenging task, much more so than it may seem. But more than anything, it’s both commendable and loving that you want to help. Our private school is starting up a blog series called “Homework Helper” to assist families in helping their kids at home. Today’s topic: Multiplication!

Learn more from Resurrection Christian School, and contact us to schedule a tour with our campus!

The Basics

Mastering multiplication might seem like memorizing flashcards, but it goes much deeper than that. If your child doesn’t have a solid understanding of addition, grouping, and counting, they’ll struggle with later multiplication concepts and applications. Having a good mathematical base is the only way your child will truly understand the facts and the times table. Here are some things your child should know before diving into multiplication (and if they’re not there yet, our private school has included things you can try for added practice):

 

  • Grouping: Kids should be able to group objects into equal sets, and should recognize that if they’re trying to count out 20 blocks, it’s faster to grab several at a time.

 

      • Extended practice: Have your child count out objects and ask them if there’s a faster way to do it, then model what you mean (“Is there a faster way to count out 30 pennies?”).

 

  • Group counting: Similarly, your child should be able to count off by numbers: twos, fives, and tens are a good starting point, then go into threes, nines, fours, sixes, sevens, and eights (that exact order might be most beneficial).

 

      • Extended practice: Continue practicing to count everywhere and anywhere — road trips, items at the grocery store, money, etc.

 

  • Number order: Your child should confidently know what number comes before and after a number — ideally up to 1,000.

 

      • Extended practice: Make number line charts and turn it into a guessing game (“I’m thinking of a number that comes after 42 but before 63.”).

 

  • Addition: Your child’s adding skills should be basically flawless — even if it’s not perfect, they have mastered the concept.

 

    • Extended practice: There are countless coloring sheets that are addition-focused, as a fun activity to hone in on the basics. Continuing to ask real life scenarios (“I have four apples and eight grapes. How many pieces of fruit do I have?”) are also beneficial.

The Skill

When your child has mastered the above concepts, transferring their knowledge to multiplication won’t be as hard as you might think. You can reinforce some of the skills they’re learning in the classroom (feel free to ask their teacher for tips!), but here are some other strategies to try:

 

  • Area Method: Draw a rectangle, divide it into the problem at hand to figure out how many squares are present. For example, 3 x 5 would look like a rectangle with three squares drawn on one side and five squares on the adjacent side (like a grid).

 

 

  • Group Method: Draw (or use connecting blocks — Legos work too) groups of numbers to find the total. For the same 3 x 5 example, connect five blocks together, three times, or draw five dots three times. This is a bit more time-intensive, but it might help your child get started with mastering the basics.

 

  • Money: We multiply with money all the time and don’t even realize it! Money is great for mastering the fives and tens tables — five pennies equal a nickel, ten equal a dime, and so forth. Have your child practice converting money (they might be extra motivated if they get to keep a penny or two, too!).

 

The Homework

At some point, memorizing multiplication facts will make their lives so much easier. But rote memorization does not leave much room for expanding in mathematical knowledge and insight. Understanding fractions, division, area, and perimeter are all things that require a sound foundation. If your child is struggling with multiplication homework, try out these methods before jumping into flashcards and memorizing their times tables.

Once they’ve shown they understand how multiplication works, then you can move into memorizing facts. Practicing flashcards, having a times table chart that they get to color in and track every time they master one of their times tables are all things that can help their multiplication progress.

How do I know if they’re ready?

If your child is automatically knowing how to set up an array, sees a multiplication problem and instantly starts drawing out the problem, they most likely know how multiplication works, and are ready for memorizing facts.

But if you’re not sure they’re fully understanding this math concept, you can — first and foremost — always get advice from their teacher or check in with them. There are also tons of online games and videos that you can help your child with.

At Resurrection Christian School, we are committed to helping all children succeed, and we know that so much of a child’s success comes from home. It can be frustrating when you don’t know how to help, but hopefully, these tips have provided you with some further insight. If you have further questions, never hesitate to reach out to our private school! In the meantime, stay tuned for our next Homework Helper blog, and schedule a tour with our preschool, elementary school, middle, and high school today!


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.


Reinforcing Important Values During The Summer Months

If you have your child enrolled at our Christian school in Loveland, you get to enjoy the benefit of having important values reinforced daily in the classroom in your child’s life. Values — such as honesty, kindness, compassion, humility, and more — are all a major component of their day-to-day studies. When school lets out for the season, the emphasis on these values doesn’t need to stop.

Check out these tips, which will help you continue to reinforce important values in your child’s life during the busy summer months ahead.

It Starts With Your Example

If you want your kids to follow a certain set of values, you have to start by setting the right example. For instance, if you want your kids to value honesty, you should ensure you demonstrate this value in your day-to-day life. Make sure that what you do at work is done honestly. Show them that honesty is important by always dealing with them with integrity. If you lie to your boss or lie to a friend, your kids will see this and will follow suit. Kids are much more likely to listen to your actions than to your words.

Start each day by asking yourself what values you want your kids to take away from that day. Then keep those values top of mind while you go about the day. Use every chance you can to lead by example, instilling important values through your own actions. If you slip up and realize you did something that went against your values, don’t brush it under the rug. Use this as a teaching experience. Apologize to your kids for not setting the right example and make things right with anyone else involved. This will help your kids understand that everyone makes mistakes but it is how we handle those slip-ups that defines who we are.

Choose Clubs & Organizations In Line With Your Values

During the summer, your kids will benefit from joining different clubs and organizations. From summer sports to nature groups to other organized activities, make sure the groups they join help reinforce the values you want them to learn.

The right clubs and organizations will go a long way in helping instill the values you care about. For example, a sports team that emphasizes integrity in their actions will continue to teach your child about the importance of acting with character in any situation. Find groups that align with your values and sign your kids up for activities.

Take Time Together As A Family

While your example will be the number one way you express your values to your children, taking time to gather as a family and discuss important values is also meaningful. If you have a family meal once a day, use that time to talk about a different value each week. One week you might focus on the importance of kindness. You can encourage your kids at your daily family meal to talk about what kindness looks like, how it can be enacted, and how it can become a part of each family member’s character.

Make sure you open up these conversations for questions as well. If your kids have pushback about a value you present, don’t react with judgment and defensiveness. Instead, hear out what they have to say and allow them to ask questions. The only way a value will become their own is if they think it through and question it on their own.

Celebrate Wins

Finally, throughout the summer, take the time to celebrate times when your kids demonstrate a trait you value. For example, if your youngest took the time to share their new toy with a friend, celebrate as a family with a special treat and talk about how important kindness is and how they expressed that through their actions. Perhaps your teenager took the high road with friends and refused to take part in an activity that would have compromised their integrity. Celebrate with them by taking them out for a special meal one-on-one and reinforcing how proud you are of who they are becoming.

Positive reinforcement is the best way to continue to instill values in your children throughout the entire year. Just because the school season has concluded for the summer doesn’t mean learning should conclude as well. Here at Resurrection Christian School, we are passionate about passing on important values to your children when they attend our Christian school in Loveland. Learn more by booking a tour of our facilities today.


How to Help Your Child Deal With Bullying

When we picture our children going to school, we like to image them walking down the halls, talking to their friends, joking around with their teammates, being respectful to teachers and other school faculty. We picture a supportive, caring community that helps your children thrive and feel accepted.

Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Bullying is one thing that happens in too many schools across the country. It is not easy finding out that your child is being bullied, it is also not easy finding out the opposite, that your child is the bully. As hard as teachers, staff, members, parents, and peers try to prevent bullying and help those being bullied, it still happens.

At Resurrections Christian School, we work hard to make sure bullying doesn’t become an issue. Our school’s mission, beliefs, and setup help us to create a community that is caring, loving, and supportive. Since our school begins with preschool and ends with high school, our students grow up together, get to know each other, and become one community. Our weekly chapels, bible classes, and Christian mindset help our school maintain a positive and caring environment and help our students learn to treat everyone with respect.

We want our students to feel safe and comfortable at our school and on our campus. We do our part, now it is time to do yours. Talking to your children about bullying is a great place to start. It doesn’t matter if your child is being bullied, is the bully, or is just an innocent bystander. Every parent should talk with their children about bullying, even if they don’t talk to you about it first.

Are you not sure how to talk to your kids about bullying? In this blog, we will go over some tips to talking to your children about bullying and how to do it most effectively. Read on for more tips and help us end bullying.

Figure Out How to Talk to Your Children

Talking to your children may be difficult. Kids don’t always like to open up to their parents, tell them what is going on, or ask questions about anything that may be hard to talk about. In an Insider article, Jim Jordan, who is the president of reportbullying.com, gave some advice on how to talk to your children and how to figure out the best way to do so.

Jim Jordan mentions that there are three categories when it comes to talking—talking about ourselves, talking about others, and talking about objects and events. Out of these three categories, he mentions that most children hate talking about themselves and their own problems. Talking about others, events, or objects can help your child open up to you and actually talk rather than giving one word answers. Figuring out which way is best to talk to your kids is the hard part, but once you figure out what opens them up the most, you will be able to talk to them about many different things.

Take it Seriously

Bullying is a serious issue and you should never blow it off if your kids talk to you about it. Often times, parents will tell their children to toughen up, ignore the problem or person bullying them, or that the bullying will end eventually. These are things your child does not want to hear, especially after opening up to you about being bullied. Unfortunately, bullying can lead to something worse, so taking it seriously when you’re first told about it or when you first notice something is different can help your children.

Talking About Bullying

If you notice that your child is acting differently, skipping activities they used to love, avoiding school, or no longer hanging out with friends, it may be a sign that they are being bullied. If your child isn’t sleeping well, isn’t eating, avoids certain situations, and has become moodier, bullying may be the cause. When talking to your children about bullying, you don’t want to jump straight to the point. An article from Kids Health, suggests using different opportunities to start talking about bullying, such as a TV show that shows some instance of bullying. You can ask your children what they think about what is happening, what they would do in this situation, and maybe even go as far as to ask them if anyone gets bullied at their school. These questions and this discussion may help them open up to you about their situation and feel more comfortable about the topic.

Even if your child is not showing signs of being bullied, talk to them about the seriousness and tell them that you are always there to listen and help them if anything does happen. Tell your children that if they begin to be bullied or notice someone else being bullied, they need to tell someone, whether it is a parent, teacher, another adult, or a peer. Getting your kids to understand that you will help them and support them through this time can allow them to feel more comfortable if anything does happen.

Dealing With It

Talking to a school principal, a teacher, or a counselor at the school can help get eyes on the situation and hopefully end it. It can be hard dealing with bullies and giving kids advice on how to deal with it. The Kids Health article gave a few words of advice to give your kids. One of their strategies is to simply and calmly tell the bully to stop and walk away. Bullies thrive off of your reactions, so telling your children to not react, ignore them, and even play on their phone while the bully is trying to get to them can help. The bully will eventually get bored and stop bothering them.

There are many different ways to dealing with a bully, and hopefully your children never have to worry about it. But knowing how to deal with bullies and help your children deal with bullies can help make it easier. Your children may want to try getting the bully to stop on their own before you go to the principal, let them try one of these methods and if nothing changes, then seek additional help.

At Resurrection Christian School, we work to keep our community and students caring and supportive. We do not tolerate bullying but know that it happens, that is why we wanted to give parents additional information on how to help your children deal with a bully. Learn more about our school and what we stand for today.

 


Helping Build Character in Kids

There is a quote from John Wooden that says, “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.”

Our character is who we are mentally and morally, it is how we act in different situations, the traits we carry with us throughout our lives, and something that can be learned. While your child may learn some of these positive character traits on their own, there are ways to teach them and help them develop these characteristics. Helping your child grow to be compassionate, peaceful, confident, responsible, and empathetic people is easier than you may think, but does take some work.

By teaching your child these traits and helping develop these characteristics, you can help them become the person you and God hope they become. You want your child to be caring, loving, and thoughtful. There are different ways to help your children develop these characteristics and grow with them, helping them be a caring person throughout their lives.

There are many important characteristics that we need to teach to our children and help them develop. We want them to be kind to those who need it, to be confident in their own abilities, and to stand up for what they know is right. At Resurrection Christian School, we encourage these character traits and push our students to build their character and work on these positive characteristics. Peers, staff, family, and everyone else your child is surrounded by can influence their character and who they become, but when your child is surrounded by a supportive, compassionate, and thoughtful atmosphere, they will be more likely to build and develop characteristics that help them become a good person.

There are many characteristics that we want to help our children develop. In this blog we will go over some of these character traits and how to teach your children about each, as well as how to help your child develop positive traits overall.

 

Kindness

Being kind can make all the difference in the world and teaching your child to be kind to everyone can help them to build friendships, to make a difference in their community, and can help spread the kindness. Overtime your child will understand what kindness looks like and how they can show kindness to others, but to get them to recognize this easier, iMom suggests giving them tasks that they can begin to recognize as kind. Tell your kids to find a person at recess or at lunch that is alone and ask them to eat or play with you. This can help a lonely child feel as though they belong and help your kid learn more about kindness and find other ways to be kind to others.

Volunteering can also help your children develop a kindness. They will be able to see the difference they can make and how their kindness can spread to others. Kindness and compassion are characteristics that everyone should develop and learn, and teaching your children at a young age can help to spread the love.

Responsibility

Teaching your children how to be responsible at a young age can help them throughout the rest of their lives. There is a lot to teach a child about responsibilities. Start by giving them chores around the house, have them clean up after themselves, help load the dishwasher, get their younger siblings a snack, and other small tasks. This can help them to realize that they will have to put others before themselves and their own wants. Teaching them responsibilities within the family will help them to understand their responsibilities within society as they get older as well.

 

You also must teach them how to take responsibility for their own actions and accept the consequences. Character Ed mentions that parents should never make excuses for their children’s behavior or shield them from the consequences. Children need to learn from their actions, take responsibility, and accept the consequences.

Manners

Teaching your child manners can help them to develop and grow into polite adults. Manners are an important things to teach your children. Teach them how to properly greet someone, the interrupting is rude, and how to act polite in public. Start by helping your little ones learn how to do polite introductions, with eye contact, a firm handshake, a smile, and a name. It is easy to be impolite when meeting someone for the first time and many adults to it all the time, even by accident.  Whether they have something on their mind, have had a bad day, or are rude by accident, it happens all the time. Teaching children how to be polite and working with them on it can help them to develop polite behaviors which they will hopefully use for years to come.

Patience

A patient child is not something we see often. Whether they are tagging along for a shopping trip, sitting through church with you, or waiting for you to catch up with your friend, kids are terrible at practicing patients. But patients is important and can help people throughout all of life. Teaching your child the importance of patience and how to be patient can help them develop this trait and carry it throughout the rest of their life. Challenge them to make it through a chopping trip without complaining. Allowing your child to doodle or participate in some other quiet activities while you are shopping or in church can help them stay distracted and quite so you can pay attention or finish shopping quickly. But as they grow older, teach them to be patient without a distraction.

There are many different character traits that you can teach your children to help them become a person with strong morals and compassion. Teaching your child these characteristics may be easier than you think, besides telling them to be kind to others, giving them responsibilities, and teaching them manners.

Lead By Example

As parents already know, children learn a lot by watching and observing the people around them. This could be you, their siblings, their friends, a teacher, or just other people in public. But since you are around your child a majority of the time, they will probably pick up more habits from you than anyone else. Make sure you are showing your character so that they know how they should act. If they see you lose your temper with a waitress for bringing the wrong food, they will think it is acceptable to treat others like that. They will see the way you act and follow your lead. Even if you tell them to act a certain way, they are more likely to copy your actions than listen to your words.

When you are out in public with them, think hard about how you are acting. Even if it means you have to refrain from speeding through a red light, stop yourself from shouting at the car in front of you, or control your emotions while standing in a long line. It is important to make sure you are being a good example for your child and showing what it means to have good character.

Challenge Their Morals

When you are teaching your child about morals and character, challenge them and make them think about what these things mean. Ask them why they acted a certain way and how they would feel if someone treated them like that. When they have a difficult choice to make ask them what they think the right choice is and why, let them explain their answer and then give them your opinion and talk about the other perspective. As you challenge them and force them to think about their moral choices and characteristics, they will be able to understand them better, why they matter, and what they choices we make can change how people see us.

Talk About Character

Even talking with your children about character and morals can help them understand them better and learn what is right. They will be able to hear your opinions, make their own, start to think about their own character and moral beliefs. While your young children may not be the ones you want to have this conversation with, your older kids are perfect to talk with. Have them tell you how they think they should act, what they believe is right, how they think they should treat others, and so on. Your older children will gain new insight from talking about this with you.

Helping your child build character can help them in every stage of life. They will learn how to be compassionate, kind, polite, patient, and so much more. They will understand how they should treat others and how they should respond in different situations. Building character may come naturally for some, but others need to learn how to be caring, kind, and honest. Your children will learn a lot from watching you, so make sure you stay true to your character and follow your moral compass and try to refrain from reacting negatively to situations

You children can also learn a lot about character and morals when they attend Resurrection Christian School. We push our students from elementary to high school to be more caring and kind to their peers, to be honest and patient, and to be polite and respectful to everyone they meet. Building character isn’t tough, but it is easy for someone to get it wrong. Contact us today to schedule a visit and learn more about our schools.

 

 

 


About Volunteer Vacations

Taking a family vacation is fun and exciting. It gives you time to bond with your kids and take a break from your hectic lives. Vacations can be full of adventure in a strange new place, or a relaxing break in a destination you head to every year. Whatever the case may be, it is about the time to start making plans.

You want to bring your children to a place that they will remember forever and that they will be able to experience a different culture. Many parents want their kids to see what it is like living in other places, to show them how great they actually have it. And we get that. Nowadays, people can lose sight of how lucky they are and have no idea how much they actually take for granted. That’s why we take our families on vacations to experience the world and the different lives that are lived daily.

But let’s take it one step further. Why just bring your family to a remote location to show them different cultures and place that may be less fortunate, when you can actually help out as well? Volunteer vacations are a great way to spend time vacations while also helping out different communities. These volunteer vacations can be anything from helping the environment and animals to teaching english or building houses.

A CNN article answers some questions you may have about volunteer vacations, offering a ton of information about this unique vacation. According to CNN, the best place to start for your volunteer vacation is idealist.org. This site can help you find the right vacation and nonprofit for you and your family. You can also try volunteerinternational.org. These sites can help you learn more about different communities that need help and could be the perfect volunteer vacation.

These vacations are fun and meaningful, helping to bring your family together while allowing you to give back to the community. You may be a family that gives back to your own community regularly, but there are so many communities throughout the world that need help and support. This is why volunteer vacations are the perfect option. Take a break from your regular life, visit a beautiful country with a unique culture, and help out different people around the world.

Some people may think it is strange, paying for a vacation to go and volunteer. While that is understandable, it is a great way to help out, give back to different communities, and visit a destination you have always wanted to go to. Think about it this way: you could either sit on the beach all day, or you could help teach English to children who will show so much appreciation and love for you.

There are many different vacation destinations that can include a unique volunteer opportunity. At Resurrection Christian School, we require our seniors to go on a mission trip, helping out in different communities, getting a taste of different cultures, and giving back to the world. We understand how important these mission trips are for different communities and how important they are to our students.

Having a family “mission trip” can offer many benefits, more than you may think. Some of the benefits include:

Bonding

Volunteering and helping others is a great way to bond as a  family. It can help you realize how lucky you all are and bring the entire family closer together. While kids often times don’t enjoy volunteering or helping out the community, as they begin to see the impact they are making they will realize how important this work is and how much it can truly help a community.

More Meaning in Vacation

While you can find a volunteer vacation just about anywhere, you will be able to feel good about it. Vacations are supposed to help you relax, but often times, vacation are spent doing absolutely nothing, making them hard to remember and pretty unexciting. Or they are the opposite. There are way too many plans to even enjoy your vacation—scuba diving, exploring the island, hang gliding, zip lining, a famous tour, the list goes on and on. These types of plans can be excessive and make the vacation more of a stress when it should be relaxing.

But spending a day or two out of your vacation volunteering can make a difference. This can give new meaning to your trip and allow you to enjoy it more. Spending a few days helping others will giving you vacations more of a purpose and help your family feel as though they are doing something important. You will still have time to relax and spend time as a family, but the volunteering can make it that much better.

Giving Back

There are many great reasons why a volunteer vacation is beneficial to your and your family. But having the ability to truly give back to the community and make a difference is a good enough reason to use your vacation to volunteer. When your family realizes that they can make a difference to a community, it may change the way you view vacations. It makes you think differently about spoiling yourself. It can help you see that you can help others while enjoying a vacation in a beautiful location.

A Different Perspective

Many vacationers spend the entire trip on the beach, in a resort, enjoying time with the family, time to unwind, and time to waste. But when you volunteer during your vacation, you get a completely different perspective. Your entire family will see what a country truly is like and be exposed to what is really going on. While resorts are all glamorous and beautiful, they may be a hidden gem on an island in need. Volunteer vacations can show your family what is truly going on in these places and allow you to help make it better. This type of vacation can give you all a different sense and allow you to get a different perspective of popular vacation destinations.

A volunteer vacation is a great way to spend a break enjoying family time, staying in a beautiful location, and giving back to the community. There are many different ways you can give back. Even here in Colorado, you have the opportunity to give back to the community while enjoying a break from work and school.

The Sierra Club

The Sierra Club in White River National Forest in Colorado gives you the opportunity to work on trails, create animal habitats, and preserve the environment right here in your backyard.

These are great types of vacations to bring your family on. They allow you to make a difference, spending quality time together, and gain a different perspective of the world. If you are planning a family vacation for you and your family this summer, think about experiencing a volunteer vacation, this could be a trip that changes your life and helps your children learn more about the world. At Resurrection Christian School, your children will take part in a mission trip that will allow them to gain experiences in different cultures and help out different communities. Contact us today to learn more about our school and our programs.


How to Help Your Child Develop a Love For School

School should be fun, exciting, and a place your child feels as though they belong. Your kids have the chance to learn about many different subjects, join a wide variety of groups, and meet people from many different backgrounds. While school is meant to help your children explore different subjects and become part of a community, some students may not find as much joy in school as others.

Yes, homework is never fun and tests can be stressful, but school is not all about homework and tests. It is about finding new interests, learning new things, and finding a place in this crazy world. At Resurrection Christian School, a we work hard to make sure our students have the best possible school experience. We help them follow their interests, feel welcome in our community, and encourage them to continue to push themselves. RCS knows that importance of school and how it can affect our children’s future, and we work hard to make sure they love school.

There are a few key components to inspiring your children to love school, including everything from a sense of community and belonging to enjoying what they are learning. While you may be thinking that every school offers these things to their students, there are a few things that make us different.

Community

While most schools likely create a sense of belonging and community for their students, none of them have a community quite like RCS. At our Northern Colorado school, your child can go from preschool to high school on our campus. As they grow they will attend the different school on our single campus and continue their school journey with all of their friends.

This is different and special from other schools because your students will grow with their friends and peers all the way until they are ready to head to college and start a life of their own. Having multiple schools on one campus can make the sense of community even stronger than it is at other schools. Your child will become familiar with everyone in their class and in the classes older and younger than they are, they will become familiar with the teachers and staff, and they will be a special part of the community.

For many students, middle school and high school can be a tough time in life. In public schools, you will switch to a new school during 6th or 7th grade, and again in 9th or 10th grade. This can be stressful and nerve wracking for many students, especially if their friends are going to a different school. They will be forced to meet new friends, find a new community in which they feel welcome, and start from scratch. But at RCS, your children will never have to worry about this. They will switch from school to school with their entire class and have the chance to stay with their friends and meet new friends as well.

With many different student clubs, activities, and athletics to be a part of, plus other events, your student will be able to become a part of many different communities within our tight knit school community. We know the importance of making students feel welcome and wanted, that is why we do what we do and encourage students to participate in many different activities.

Courses and Areas of Interest

Another important factor in getting children to be interested in school is what they are learning. Classes, groups, and extracurricular activities can help to build your student’s interest in school. At Resurrection Christian School, we work hard to make sure we provide your students with interesting material, exciting activities, and a variety of groups to join that help them explore their interests.

Our faculty and staff is dedicated to creating an exciting learning environment for students, which can help students build a love for school and learning. From elementary school to high school, your student will be able to participate in a plethora of classes and activities, from fine arts and physical education to foreign language and bible study. Whatever your child’s interest is, they are sure to find a few classes that can teach them everything they are curious about and help them find a love for learning.

How Parents Can Help

While Resurrection Christian School works hard to make sure every student feels welcome and is offered classes of interest, we are not the only ones who can help yours kids find an interest and love in school. Parents can do a lot to help their students find an interest in school and a love for learning. Starting at a young age, you can help your child develop the curiosity that makes that was to follow their interests. This can lead to a love for school and learning.

There are some people born with a natural love for learning, they want to learn as much as they can about the world, the way things work, and what makes them curious. But not everyone is like this, so helping your children learn to love learning can help them succeed throughout school and the rest of their lives. Here are a few ways to help develop your child’s love for learning.

Feed Their Interests

Some children may be interested in Egypt while others have a desire to learn everything they can about foxes. Whatever your child may be interested in, help them and encourage them to keep learning and finding out new information about these topics. Bring them to the library to pick out books about their interests and allow them to read as much as possible on the topic. Sit down and learn with them. If they ask you questions about how big the Great Pyramid of Giza is, don’t just answer that you don’t know. Instead look it up and find out together. This will not only help them keep their interests alive, but it will also teach them that you are learning something new everyday throughout your entire life.

Your children may be interested in something that you have no desire in learning about, but that doesn’t mean you should shut down their curiosities. Encourage them to learn what they can and act excited when they tell you about what they learned.

To keep your child learning new things and excited to learn more, talk to them about different topics that somehow relate to what they are interested in. For example, if your child is interested in foxes, tell them about interesting animals that they may want to research. There are always topics to explore that are based off of other interests. Your child has to ability to learn just about anything, encourage them to do so.

Allow Them to Learn on Their Own

While many parents may want to jump in when their child is working through a problem wrong, it is important that you don’t jump in every time. Let your child think through different problems, think about what they are supposed to be doing, and figure it out on their own. This will help them to actually learn and be able to problem solve better, plus they will feel more accomplished and be excited that they were able to figure it out alone. Let your children struggle and figure out different problems on their own, but be there when they ask for your help.

Avoid Rewards

If you reward your child every time they finish a book or complete their homework, they will begin to only do these things for the reward. You want your child to enjoy reading and gain something from it. But when you reward them for completing a chapter in one sitting, they will begin to use reading as a way to get rewards. Allowing your child to learn based on their interests and curiosities can help them to learn better and give them a purpose to read a book or finish their homework.

There are many things you can do to help encourage your children to love learning. From feeding their curious minds to limiting TV time, you can help give your children the necessary resources to help them find a passion in learning new things and exploring different topics. This will not only help them develop a desire to learn while they are young, but it will encourage them to continue to research new topics throughout their lives.

Developing a love for learning is a great thing and one thing that we should help our children with. With a desire to learn, a variety of classes and activities that feed our interests, and a sense of community and belonging, your students will learn to love school. At Resurrection Christian School, we can help provide these things for your kids and allow them to enjoy their school.

Learn more about RCS and apply online to start your child on a journey that will allow them to get more out of school than you could have hoped for. Contact us to learn more and help your child develop a love for learning and school.