Summer Math Strategies for Your K-3rd Grader

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.


How to Prepare for the School Year in a Christian Mindset

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.

Continue to Review Social Skills and Compassion

“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.

 


Helping Your Children Grow Into Leaders

There are two types of people in this world—leaders and followers. And while that may seem cliché, it is true and there will always be those who enjoy taking control of different situations. Some leaders may surface during situations that require someone stepping up to the challenge. And a leader can be made. Children have the possibility of turning out in one of two ways, will your child be a leader or a follower?

Every parents wants their child to be a leader—to have the attitude, mentality, and ability to lead a group and themselves. And this is something that you can teach your children. As parents, you can help them learn how to think as a leader would and act as they would act. At Resurrection Christian School, we understand the importance of leadership among different peer groups, and we love seeing our students emerge as leaders. There are many different things you can do to help your children develop and grow into leaders. These lessons and skills may come naturally, but there are ways you can help your child start on the path to leadership.

Start When They Are Young

Your kids learn from watching you and your actions. If you have a positive attitude, face challenges and show them that failure is a learning opportunity. Encourage your children to step outside of their comfort zone whenever possible, push themselves mentally and physically, and take risks. This will allow your children to get comfortable standing up against fears and prepare them to face others.

At a young age, your child will be able to develop different traits and will learn more your actions. Be a good role model for them and show them what a true leader looks like. This will help them begin to adopt their own leadership skills and continue learning new skills into the future.

Teach Them To Work As A Team

A leader works with a team to achieve a goal. Team activities can help encourage your children to take charge and try to motivate everyone to work together. Even if they do not develop leadership skills on the team, it is important for them to see why it is important that an entire team works together and the value in having a team.

If you child does develop leadership skills on their team, be sure to help them best put these skills to use and make the team feel like they can only reach their goals with everyone working together. Teaching your child to be motivating to others may be a challenge but it is something that will help them become a better leader.

Use Motivation

Speaking of the importance of motivation, you should always motivate your children. Make sure they know what they are working towards, as well as the importance of what they’re doing, and that hard work pays off. Keeping your kids motivated can help them feel more confident in their work, feel as though they have significance, and can keep them interested in reaching their goals.

Work On Emotional Intelligence

According to this Forbes article, emotional intelligence (EQ) is a big factor when it comes to developing valuable leadership skills. Emotional intelligence is what helps us manage behavior, make personal decision that achieve positive results, and work through social problems.

EQ is a learned behavior from parents. Children watch how you act in your everyday life, how you respond to strong emotions, and acknowledge how aware of emotions you are.

Forbes mentions a study done by TalentSmart, which found that EQ is responsible for 58 percent of a leader’s performance in their job and 90 percent of top-performing leaders have higher EQs. Being attuned with our emotions may be difficult, but that is because we do not work on developing our EQs. Help your child develop their EQ and they will have a better chance at becoming an effective leader. Emotional intelligence is learned, and these behaviors can easily become habits. Learn more about EQ from the TalentSmart article.

Teach Your Child To Grow From Failure

Every single person, at some point in their life, will experience failure. Whether it is a test, a job interview, or working toward their dream, everyone will face this challenge and have to learn how to deal with it. Teaching your child that failure is okay, will allow them to understand that they can take risks. A leader must learn to take risks and understand the consequences that could come from them.

After your child has faced failure a few times, they will be able to better understand what risks are worth taking. This will help them in many different areas of their life—decision making, comparing risk versus reward, and perseverance.

Teach Perseverance

This is an important part of being a leader and it goes hand-in-hand with failure. Teaching your kids to keep trying and push their challenges and mistakes can help them work until they get it right, and when they finally achieve their goal, they will feel more accomplished and proud of themselves. Failing is only a chance to try something again in a different way, teach them that failure means nothing more than that and have them continue to push themselves and work until they figure it out.

Communication Is Key

Remember that all good leaders are great at communicating. Teach your children how to communicate with everyone, from adults to their peers. Emphasize what good communication looks like compared to bad. Don’t talk for them, allow your children to order their own food, ask adults questions, and communicate with you effectively rather than yelling or throwing a tantrum.

Good communication is not only a good leadership skill, but a life skill that your kids will carry with them throughout their entire lives. Teaching good communication can help them in more ways than one, which is why it is so important to teach them from a young age.

Work On Decision Making

Dealing with failure, working towards a goal, and learning how to act in response to our emotion, all go along with learning how to make good decision. Teaching your child to make good decisions and how to do so can help them greatly in life. They will learn to think about the outcome, why this decision is important, and how it will affect their lives. This is an important quality for a leader to have, and the sooner your child learns the value of good decision making, the easier their life will be.

Let Them Do Their Own Thing

If your child is working on a project, attempting to learn something, or working on an activity, let them work alone. If they struggle, take a step back and let them work their the problem by themselves. Allow them to do things on their own, make their own decisions, and work through their failures. This will teach them not to always rely on receiving help. They will learn to work through their own issues and get the satisfaction of figuring it out on their own. This is a great way to help your children build more confidence, become more independent, and realize the importance of hard work and perseverance.

There are many things you can do to help your children develop leadership skills, this list in only highlighting a few of the most important things that make up a leader. Even if your child does end up being more of a follower, they will benefit greatly from these lessons you taught them.

These lessons, along with an education at Resurrection Christian School, can put your children on a path to success and help them become an effective leader. At RCS, we value leadership and teach our students how to be leaders and what it takes. The lessons you teach your children, along with what we teach at our school, have the potential to make leaders out of more children than most people would expect.

Learn more about the RCS today and work with your children to a learn and understand the importance of these different leadership skill. Feel free to contact us with any questions.


Keep Kids Busy With Events in Your Area

While coming up with ideas to keep your children busy during the summer may be more challenging than you expected, Colorado is a place full of endless possibilities and adventures. So even if your kids are sick of the same old activities in your town, wherever that may be, there are so many other things going on during the summer that your kids will love.

In our last blog, we went over how to keep your kids busy during the summer. And while trying to force them to go out and do things, it is all much easier when there is stuff going in town to get them excited to go out and about. Looking at the most popular and the hidden gems of Colorado, we will explore some of the best summer events that your kids are sure to love!

Fort Collins

Fort Collins is always a popular spot for festivals, events, and fun for the family. Whether your kids are young and require your supervision or old enough to explore the city with some friends, these events will be enjoyable to everyone.

This summer, Fort Collins has weekly events, monthly events, weekend events, and one time events. There is no reason to be bored in FoCo.

Every Tuesday until Sept. 27, there is a food truck rally in City Park. This involves many of the town’s favorite food trucks coming together to offer great food with a side of fun. Most of the food truck are the same each week but that doesn’t mean there isn’t always something new to try. From chicken and waffles to poutine fries, there are many flavors, different styles of food, music, and tons of space for your and your family. This event is a great time to get your family together for a fun and new experience, not worry about making dinner, and find new favorite food trucks.

Looking for some more musical fun? Every Wednesday at the Colorado State University Lagoon, there are live bands playing for free. These concerts are intimate, fun for all ages, and have food trucks to support your hunger while you support the bands. This is a fun summer night event and can give you all something fun to do in the middle of the week when you need a break as a family. These concerts start on June 14 and you can find the lineup here.

This weekend in Old Town Fort Collins, the Taste of Fort Collins will take place, featuring concerts, food, and even more family fun. And later in July, another famous Fort Collins festival will pop into action: Bohemian Nights. There are musical nights that are fun for all ages and can give you all something fun to do rather than stay inside on beautiful summer nights.

There are many more events in Fort Collins, but these are some that bring the most attention and last the longest, giving you places to go every week of the summer!

Loveland

Loveland doesn’t quite have as many summer long events as Fort Collins, but it does offer many fun and unique events that can be the perfect family outing.

This weekend, on June 9, the Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art exhibit is coming to the Loveland museum. This exhibit if full of, well blow up artwork, that will be interesting and fun for your family and you to enjoy. Visit the museum for art turned 3D and inflated. These works of art include works from popular artists and add a new look and feel to the museum.

At the Art By Bike Tour, your family can enjoy a laidback bike ride through the art filled streets of Loveland. See murals, sculptures, and more, all while learning about them throughout the ride. Want to see more art work by local artists while enjoying natural beauty? On June 17, the 14th Annual Garden Tour and Art Show brings you through beautiful garden that feature art from local artists. You can also join the town for the 51st Annual Art in the Park on August 12.

Art is a huge part of the Loveland culture but if you have an appreciation for music more than art, you can always catch one of the Foote Lagoon Concerts. Be sure to also enjoy a movie with all of your friends and family. On June 30, the Main Plaza in Loveland will be hosting a Movie on Main, the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors and a movie!

Throughout the summer, on most Saturdays, Chilson Recreation Center hosts a Kids Nite Out—get your kids having fun and hanging with some friends during these events!

Milliken

Milliken, as a smaller town, may not offer as many festivals and events that draw crowds in, but they are still great events for the family and will help you all stay involved in the community.

Join Milliken for their annual Beef ‘N Bean Day, which started in 1924. This event offers many different booths and vendors. Participate in the events, enjoy a pancake breakfast, the parade, games for the kids, live music, and of course beef and beans. What a great way to spend your day as the summer comes to an end. This celebration is on August 12.

There are teen and tween crafts days, candy bar BINGO nights, and drop in craft days that you can enjoy all summer long. Milliken may not host as many events to keep you busy all summer long, but they offer some relaxed and smaller events for days the family is bored at home.

Estes Park

Estes is always a great place to bring the family. Whether it is for one of the many events, or just to explore the town, or RMNP.

There are several events that are educational, interesting, and fun for kids. There are kids fly-fishing, campfire ghost stories, “Who Pooped?” events, and sunset safaris every Friday evening. This is a great place for the whole family. Any and all ages can find something fun and interesting in Estes Park.

You can camp and spend a weekend up in the beautiful town or just head up for a day trip. This town is far enough to feel like a wild mountain vacation but close enough to only spend a few hours.

Whether you stick around your own town or venture to a new and unknown place, Colorado is a great state for adventures, events, and finding something new no matter where you go! Check out the city event calendars to find fun events for the whole family.

Before you start thinking about school again and getting your kids ready for their next year at Resurrection Christian School, plan for a ton of fun this summer! You can always find something fun for you and the family to do in Colorado! Get exploring and enjoy the summer!


Keeping Kids Busy in the Summer

Summer is a great time for students to relax and take a break from their busy and hectic school lives. Depending on the age of your children, their summers may look very different. From playing with friends to getting a summer job, your kids will be focused on things other than their education.

But summer is also a good time for students to get into trouble. If unsupervised and bored, your kids could get mischievous and try finding ways to keep them entertained, and that doesn’t always lead to reading a book in the backyard. There are many ways to keep your kids busy, having fun, and involved this summer.

Preschool

Your young kiddos, who are in preschool or their early stages of elementary, obviously need some kind of supervision. If you are working all summer make sure you hire a babysitter, find a daycare, or have older siblings take responsibilities. In a daycare they will be kept entertained and socializing with friends. If you hire a babysitter or have your older child take care of them, set up things for them to do during the day, things like going to a museum, playing in a park, or hanging out at the pool.

If you are staying at home with your kiddos this summer, or work from home, come up with fun things to do with your kids that will also be fun for you. Go explore some of the nearby mountains, hang out at a waterpark, or attempt to fly a kite in the park. Plan play dates with your kids Resurrection Christian School buddies, let them play together several times throughout the summer, helping to keep their friendship strong.

Elementary

For your kids who are a bit older and no longer entertained by sliding down the slide over and over again, come up with activities that will challenge them and help them test their limits. At this age, kids like challenging themselves and learning new things.

If you believe your child is old enough to stay home alone, make sure they are not just watching TV or playing video games all day. If your kids love books, be thankful, but also take them to the bookstore or the library once a week to get new books to keep them entertained while they are home alone.

Maybe you are not comfortable leaving your child home alone, if this is the case, sign them up for fun summer camps. Find fun and interesting summer camps in Loveland or Fort Collins for your kiddos, let them pick one or a few out so that they will enjoy what they are doing. From soccer camps to game design camps, there is something that will entertain every kid.

Camps are a great way to keep your kid involved, learning, and meeting new friends. On weekends, be sure to spend time with your children, plan fun activities with them that will keep them excited throughout the week. This is a great way to keep them interested.

Middle School

Your middle school aged kids are generally able to stay home alone throughout the summer, but they are also at the age of lounging around all day, playing video games, and using their cell phones as much as their breath.

At this age, you should attempt to get your kids outside and active. Many on the summer camps in the links above are for middle school aged children as well, find something that they are interested in and keep them moving during the summer.

On hot summer days, being outside can be draining. Getting a pool membership could be the solution to getting your kiddos outside and active during the summer. Going to the pool with their friends will keep them active, socializing, and get them away from the technology that rules their everyday lives.

High School

Once your kids get to high school, they believe they should have complete independence and freedom throughout the summer. This is a great time for them to get their first summer job, whether it is at a local coffee shop, retail store, or mowing the neighbors lawns. Getting a job could keep them busy, help teach them responsibility, and allow them to save some money of their own.

If your teens are in any Resurrection Christian School sports, we have many trainings, practices, camps, and open gyms scheduled throughout the summer. Check the calendar to know the times and places.

It is more of a challenge getting your teens to do things that you tell them to do. At this point, when they are staying home alone on summer days, you just have to hope they are staying out of trouble and keeping busy. On weekends try to plan things with them. This is an important time to build a relationship with your teens and help them through their high school years.

Activities for All

If you are a stay at home parent, or are lucky enough to have summers off, spend time with your children. There are many things, especially in Colorado, that you can do to keep everyone entertained and busy during the summer. Go on family adventures into Estes and Rocky Mountain National Park, hike some of the trails, find new places, and get outside.

Head to Horsetooth Reservoir to swim, paddle board, or cruise around in the speed boat. Try to go to all the museums, art exhibits, and the musical and food festivals in Old Town Fort Collins. This is a great area to stay busy in, with mountains to explore, history to learn about, and endless activities, your kids should never get bored.

Have a family volunteering night. Find an organization or cause you would all like to help with and plan a day that you all can do that together. It will help keep you busy, build bonds, and help out the community. Volunteering when your kids are young is a great way to help them find a passion for it, and hopefully continue it in the future.

Keeping your kids busy, entertained, socializing, and working with the community is an important part of summer. Of course lazy days are always acceptable, but when every day turns into lounging around the house and staring at a phone, planning a nice hike or a trip to the museum is the perfect way to make a boring summer day something special.

Resurrection Christian School knows the importance of keeping kids busy and active throughout the summer. We encourage our students to stay involved, keep active, and enjoy their summer. August 15th is the first day of the next school year, enjoy the time you and your kids have together before the hectic school days take over again.


Why You Should Enroll Your Kids at RCS

In today’s society, education has become a major aspect in determining a student’s future. Getting a good education, excellent college prep, and learning about the world and its issues have become an important part of life. You want your kids to get the best education possible.

With so many different school options, it is hard to decided the best educational path for our children. We want them to learn and grow in a community that supports different learning styles and abilities. We want them to be accepted and get an education that will help them throughout life. We want them to be successful more than we wanted ourselves to be successful.

At Resurrection Christian School, your child will be given the best education, have several options for extracurricular activities, and be part of an amazing and supportive community. It is never too early to start thinking about your child’s future and the type of education you want for them. At our school, your child can be part of a growing community. From preschool to high school, your child can learn and develop with their friends, build important bonds, feel a sense of belonging, and be part of something bigger than themselves.

Enrollment for Resurrection Christian School is starting soon, and we would love to be the community in which your child gets the best education and preparation for the real world. If you have a little one about to enter school, consider Resurrection Christian School. They will be able to get a great education while growing in a community that is supportive and accepting.

Need more convincing? Here are reasons why our school would be a great choice for your children.

One Community

Like we mentioned earlier, our school is for preschool to highschool. You child will not only get a great education, but they will grow in one community. While going to new schools every few years is exciting and gives children new experiences, a stable and supportive community is very beneficial.

While many public schools generally just filter a few elementary schools into the middle school and a few middle school filter into a high school, allowing for children to keep friends and meet new people, these transitions can be hard. Some students may have trouble with the transitions, their friends may find new friends, and their tightknit community is lost.

But when their friends and community grows together, the structure in their life can help them feel more comfortable. Community is an important factor at our school. It is what makes our campus so special. We all know someone who is still friends with their childhood friends, and that is something to envy. It is almost like having a second family.

But students do not miss out on the excitement of switching schools. The Resurrection Christian campus is made up of elementary school, middle school, and high school. Each school has a different principal, different staff members, and a new and exciting atmosphere for the students. But their community remains the same.

Excellent Education

We are proud of our educational programs. Our students go above and beyond when it comes to education.

Elementary School

Elementary schools use the DIBELS system to measure a child’s reading skills. This system helps us identify those students who need more help in certain areas of reading. Out of our elementary students, 92 percent are performing at, or above, the benchmark.

Our elementary students are also scoring above other students taking the Terra Nova standardized test. We teach our students more than just academic skills and lessons. We teach them spiritual, emotional, and social lessons as well, allowing them to develop as a person and learn how to apply these to real world situations.

Middle School

In our middle school, it is important to us the every student have a positive connections, with the school, fellow students, and teachers. We understand that this is generally a difficult time for many students, which is why we work hard to encourage and help students. Our academic programs are meant to help our students understand what they should understand and be able to do, helping prep them for high school.

High School

Our high school students get both academic and real world education. All students must participate in a mission trip as a graduation requirement, where they will share the gospel and serve the community. They will also be well informed and prepared for the real world.

Students will be offered courses to help them succeed in this technology advanced century. These classes revolve around technology and help them learn important skills that many employers look for in potential candidates. These include skills like digital video writing, programming skills from HTML, CSS, and more, computer-aided design with 3D printers, and the mechanics behind cell phones, laptops, and more.

We also teach student cultural awareness. We offer programs such as mission trips, Operation Christmas Child, Art of Water, and other fantastic opportunities. Our goal through these programs is to get students acknowledging what is going on in the world around them, give them a basic understanding of technology and how it applies to everyday life, and how they can help improve the world.

We offer our high school students excellent ACT and college prep, helping them score higher and be prepared for whichever college they choose. Over the past eight years, RCS has had higher ACT scores than other schools across the state.

To prepare our students for college we teach them how to write a good resume, essays for college, build a portfolio, and many other lessons to help them prepare for how to get into college and handle college. We want all of our students to succeed, that is why we teach them these life lessons that they are sure to use for years to come.

Extracurricular Activities

Our school offers many different activities for our students. Art, music, theater, and sports. Your children will be able to explore and learn about their hobbies, what hidden talents they may have, and have fun doing it. Extracurricular activities help students stay involved and become even more part of a community, while also getting a break from their school work.

At RCS, our students are our top priority, just like your kids are yours. Give your child the education they deserve, an education that will help them throughout life. Enroll your children at Resurrection Christian School for the next school year and allow them to become part of our amazing and supportive community! Take a free tour of our campus and feel free to contact us today with any questions you may have!


Social Acceptance in School

Anyone who’s gone through middle and high school understands the level of importance when it comes to being included with your peers. Statistically speaking, middle school is a foundational time where students will often choose their social group, and remain with that group, throughout the remainder of their schooling. Belonging to a particular group of individuals when puberty hits and responsibilities pile up becomes a staple necessity that leaves most students clamoring for a sense of connection. As a result, students are often put into compromising situations, bullied, or left alone. Resurrection Christian School has devoted itself to creating an environment where we openly welcome and embrace those with versatile backgrounds. Providing an atmosphere of encouragement for each individual is part of our purpose, and we strive to build each of our students up in confidence through the love of Christ.

Levels of Acceptance

Whether it’s in a sport, a classroom, an after school event, or an invitation to a birthday party, being left out is one of the most heart-wrenching things adolescents face. Strictly from a peer basis, many young students encounter a deep craving to be a part of a group that will give them some identity, direction, and overall purpose. Overall, it’s safe to say there is a piece of each individual that wants to belong, to be a part, to be purposed. Having an environment where you are accepted with open arms is an imperative. Acceptance can be shown in a variety of ways, though most commonly sought out through their peers.

Though it’s found that students with strong family connections have an effect on how their search for peer acceptance, there has still been evidence that students who start school with a friend early in life result in academic benefits. For this reason, there have continued to be more of a goal to understand what additional effects are apparent when looking at an accepting atmosphere scholastically.

What Effects They Have

Socially, being accepted by peers will often equate to a healthier level of function with interactions, both socially and professionally. In children that are school age who are accepted by their peers, there has been a correlation identified with how they interacted with others in the following ways:

  • Had a more accurate reading of another individual’s tone and body language.
  • Respond effectively and directly when being addressed by another peer.
  • Support their actions and opinions.
  • Have a respectful and healthy response to compromise and work with other peers.

 

There is further evidence supporting that students who are well liked by peers have an even stronger response to these interactions and strive to make them more personal, speaking out more confidently, and have a better interpretation and sensitivity to the responses of others. Furthermore, studies have shown there is an additional correlation between a student’s level of peer acceptance and their physical health.

Resurrection’s Acceptance Protocol

At Resurrection Christian School, acceptance is a non-negotiable. We are proud of our Christian faith and represent a wide variety of backgrounds. Maintaining an atmosphere where students can be supported, driven and encouraged, is part of the culture here at Resurrection. Striving to embrace and teach a multitude of ages, we have continued to grow in numbers and currently have the highest ranking test scores in Northern Colorado. Entrusting your children to a school where they will be poured into and set in a healthy direction is one of the most important aspects to consider when it comes to schooling.
Visit our website to learn more about the culture of RCS, and how your children and family can become a part of ours. Schedule a free tour to check out the atmosphere for yourself and meet some of our wonderful staff members. At Resurrection Christian School, we strive to provide a safe, nurturing, and educational atmosphere for our students- leaving them academically equipped and globally prepared. Visit our campus today and join our family, we can’t wait to meet you.


Teaching Your Child To Handle Conflict

Confrontation and conflict is a part of life. Though there are many ways to handle it, not all of them are beneficial, or healthy. Helping guide your child through healthy conflict can have a lasting effect on them, and give a solid foundation of conflict resolution at an early age. Let’s take a look at some ways you can help your child work through conflict without having to fight.

Teach Them to Talk About it

Oftentimes, kids will confide in a parent or authority figure before talking with the individual they have confrontation with. “Mom, they took my toy away from me” or “Dad, it’s my turn and they won’t share”. In the midst of child-to-child confrontation, take your little one back to the other and encourage them to talk through it with the other child. This is also an effective way of teaching them to verbalize how your child feels in those situations, which can result in effective resolution. Identifying feelings, especially in conflict, is extremely helpful in navigating the situation– primarily, teaching them that it’s okay to feel certain emotions, though it should never lead to disrespect.

Calm Down Time

In instances where the argument or confrontation is particularly heated, encourage space to decompress from the conflict. Allowing time to cool off can be one of the biggest ways to diffuse an intense situation, regardless of age. Encourage space, have each one count and take deep breaths, and come back together once they are less frustrated. When there is intense emotion involved, it’s unlikely that there will be reason in the midst of it all, let alone reach any solution. Once the sparks stop flying, have them come back together and practice the first step of talking about it.

Encourage Responsibility

As parents, we become a sort of situation mitigator, primarily in the field of confrontation. This commonly starts early on and can follow them into adult life if not handled properly. One of the best ways to give an example of this is looking at someone who’s passive aggressive in their confrontation. Let’s say a man has an issue with a coworker or family member, but rather than giving himself time to process what makes him angry and communicate it, he addresses authority on the matter. Though he may believe he is being more discreet by not “stirring the pot”, by not addressing the issue and being honest with what’s bothering him, he continues to get frustrated, making the issue bigger than is probably necessary.

These types of situations can be taught to be handled better earlier on by simply teaching your child to take responsibility for how they feel by taking a breath, and expressing their concern, hurt, frustration, etc, to the other child once their calm. Encourage a soft tone, kind words, and the statements like “this hurt me because…”. Oftentimes, the solution to the situation will be pretty simple. Do your best encourage the children to work it out rather than stepping in to solve it for them.

Active Listening

In the instance of your child being the one to be confronted, teach them the art of active listening. Typical of anyone addressed in a confrontation is the act of being defensive, “but they made me…”, “but I had to share when…”, “It wasn’t…” and so on. When this starts, step in and stop them, reminding them that they are to listen to the individual confronting them first. Everyone wants to be heard in situations where they are hurt or frustrated, and it’s important that each child has the opportunity to express their point of view and be heard. Failing to teach these skills early on will create unhealthy, bottled-up, and often, angry individuals. This can lead to poor communication/conflict resolution skills. Because we know confrontation is part of life, implementing these practices early on will potentially help mitigate and diffuse situations later on in life.
These are just a few practices you can start to work on with your child at home. Resurrection Christian School is passionate about providing a healthy, solid foundation for your child to thrive and become a healthy individual. We are focused on being boldly Christian, academically equipping and globally preparing your child for their future. Schedule a tour today to become part of the Resurrection family, your local private Christian school for Windsor, Fort Collins, and Loveland. Check back with us for a few more tips on how to help cultivate a healthy way to handle confrontation. 


Benefits of Extracurricular Activities

Getting your student involved in extracurricular activities is beneficial for more than just exercise and creative outlets. Multiple studies have been performed and the results are a lot more influential than initially understood. At Resurrection Christian School, we strive to provide a place for each individual to fit and feel a part of their community. Through extracurriculars such as sports, fine arts and music, we encourage our students to invest and be a part of something much bigger than themselves. Let’s take a look at what benefits you can tentatively expect to see regarding extracurricular involvement.


Academic Success

It has long been known that involvement of activities, like sports and music, are a great benefit to students academically. With a mandatory performance level implemented with participation, a student’s grade is tracked consistently to maintain a high level of performance, balanced with a commitment to their additional activity. According to experts of extracurricular activities, Deam and Bear, stated that “extracurricular activities supplement and extend those contacts and experiences found in the more formal part of the program of the school day.” Additionally, a different study done in 2005 by Darling, Caldwell, & Smith, identified that adolescents involved in extracurricular activities had higher grades and academic aspirations, as well as more positive attitude toward school.

Strictly speaking from an academic standpoint, there is a lot to be said for students who stay active in extracurricular activities. Especially in adolescent years, students are learning a great deal about themselves and how to study. Learning to balance extracurriculars with academic responsibilities helps students develop better time management. Furthermore, another study was performed regarding the correlation of watching television and academic performance and found that those who associated more time with extracurricular activities and less time watching TV resulted in higher test scores and overall grades. There was also an identified correlation with those in music activities versus those not involved with music, and found the influence music had on students greatly improved other unaffiliated academic areas.

 

At Resurrection Christian School, we empower our students to be more than just a student, we strive to help them be involved in other areas where they can thrive as individuals. Various extracurriculars are available to cater to the unique nature of different students. By opening up opportunity for involvement outside of the classroom, your student will learn more about themselves, what they enjoy, and how to thrive both in their activity, and academically.

Social Benefits

Beyond academic success, extracurricular activities are proving to have a benefit with students’ social interactions and attitudes towards school as a whole. Furthermore, there has been strong correlating evidence with extracurricular activity and a stronger self-esteem, as well as increased positive responses and cooperation.

If you consider the atmosphere of extracurricular activities, students are often required to improve themselves personally, but also work as a team. As a result, they are able to develop better social skills, social support and can even increase motivation with an understanding of commitment. While students engage in these activities and learn time management and social skills, they will also learn the art of stress management. Especially in activities that require a team approach, students will participate with others who will have different perspectives. The necessity will then be to problem solve through stressful situations and compromise. Working together to solve any problem will help create a foundation for effective problem solving with others and moderate conflicts that arise.

One of the strongest benefits students can reap from being involved in a coached extracurricular activity is the chance to have a stronger relationship with authoritative figures. Having a constructive, healthy relationship with students outside of the classroom can help strengthen their self confidence, and even improve their attitudes, in and out of the classroom.

 

Resurrection Christian School thrives because of our passionate, intentional staff members. Developing our students’ personal passions and goals is part of our calling as educators. Providing a healthy outlet and learning environment for these students is what drives us. As a school, our purpose is to help them each find their place within their Resurrection experience, but also in their community. Helping them develop social skills, problem solving skills, and overall self-confidence will play a crucial role in their pursuit of college, and a career. For this reason, we encourage each student to be involved in something outside of the academic world.

Future Preparation

For students nearing the end of their high school years, filling out college applications can become a hobby of sorts. In the midst of learning how to improve ACT scores, another factor that plays a large role in the application process is the opportunity for scholarships. When a student is involved in extracurricular activities, especially sports and music, they have a higher chance of gaining favor in scholarships.

Speaking on the behalf of the universities, oftentimes students who are involved in extracurriculars gain admittance more frequently. The appeal lies in the ability for the student to contribute to more than just academic success in the university, but society as a whole. This proves that in addition to the social and foundation benefits of extracurricular activities, students are likely to obtain admission to universities with a higher chance of scholarship possibilities.

 

At Resurrection Christian, our mission is to ensure our students are academically equipped, and globally prepared. With the highest test stores in Northern Colorado, we are intentional in helping our students successfully approach the finish line of high school, and the starting line of college. Providing extracurricular activities is a crucial part of the process, and we strive to raise students up to find their place amidst the crowd, and thrive as an individual in society. We take great pride in our staff members and are passionate about the success and growth of each student.
Check out Resurrection Christian School today! With an unwavering faith and Christian culture, we strive to build a boldness and perseverance in each student which which we interact. We proudly represent a variety of backgrounds and beliefs in our culture here at RCS, and we can’t wait to meet you. Sign up here to take a tour of our campus.

 


Resurrection Values

Setting your child up for success is a goal of every parent. Passionate and intentional leadership is hard to find, and trusting your child to another environment for five days a week requires a high level of trust. Your child’s day to day life outside of your home is equally, if not more important than their life and routines within their family. The atmosphere your student is immersed in during the school week will have a direct and impressionable impact on her development, both day to day and long term. At Resurrection Christian School, we strive to provide an atmosphere that is healthy, thriving, and boldly centered around the love of God. Resurrection was designed to be a safe haven for students and faculty alike. Our core values speak for themselves, and the unparalleled success of our students validates them.

Boldly Christian

First and foremost, RCS is unashamed in our bold standing as a Christian school. Designing an atmosphere where God will be glorified and students have the freedom to worship is the core of our motivation. At Resurrection alone, we represent over 70 different churches and denominations. This pool of diverse individuals and believers is what makes RCS the school we proudly call it today. Each student will have the opportunity to grow in their own relationship with the Lord while studying the Bible and praying with other student on a daily basis. Each week we gather our students for a chapel service to encourage the student body as whole to come together and worship. We understand having a safe and open atmosphere is invaluable for young students who are learning more about themselves and their relationship with God.

 

At RCS, you can be sure our staff and faculty is working to establish a safe and thriving atmosphere where students can personally and spiritually thrive.

Academically Equipped

RCS has developed a proud reputation of the highest test scores in Northern Colorado. Our qualified and educated staff is devoted to helping each student succeed academically. With an average of 24.61 on ACT scores for incoming seniors, RCS encourages your child to pursue excellence and offers study courses for optimal preparation. For our high schoolers, we offer over 30 hours of college credit along with a full college planning course to help with the application process, scholarship submissions, and financial aid. Resurrection helps your child prepare in every facet of the academic world. In 2016, 100% of our graduates received a scholarship or grant for higher education.

 

You will never have to fret about the state of your student come college time. Our staff is here to work with and walk through  all the necessary processes for college preparation with your child. Preparing them for their future while investing into their present is what RCS is all about. You can trust your child will be academically prepared come graduation day.

Globally Prepared

Being confident your child is fully equipped and prepared to go into the real world is the last focal point we have here at RCS. We know elementary, middle and high school are merely the stepping stones needed to launch a student into the rest of their life. At RCS we hone in on the talents and needs of your child to help propel them in the direction they are called. With both spiritual and academic support, Resurrection will send your child into the world with encouragement and personal support.

 

Our passion is the education and success of our students. Resurrection Christian School is not based on the numbers, but on the relationship we openly invite our students to have with God. We strive for excellence in all that we do, and walk with our students to teach them how to do the same. Visit our website today to learn more about the RCS difference today.