Improve Your Child’s Reading Fluency at Home

One of the most important aspects of a child’s education is ensuring they have strong reading fluency and comprehension. Having a solid reading foundation is critical for setting your child up for success in every aspect of their educational career and beyond. The journey to becoming a fluent reader doesn’t just start in elementary school, and it certainly doesn’t stay there. A plethora of strategies exist to help your child continue their reading fluency outside the classroom, and we are happy to share some of these skills with you in this blog!

At Resurrection Christian School, we are dedicated to help your child excel in reading fluency and comprehension. Our highly-trained teachers and assessments help target reading levels in a precise and exact manner, enabling students to grow in reading in a way that challenges them, but is not difficult. Read on to see how you can transfer this mindset to your home, and help your kids stay engaged in their reading development!

What Exactly is Reading Fluency?

At its core, being a fluent reader means that you can read at a good pace, while also understanding what you read. There’s a fine balance between pace, intonation, and comprehension. This seems simple enough, but becoming a great reader takes years and years of practice!

Some students are excellent decoders, meaning they have a mastery of how a certain language works; its rules and regulations. Being an excellent decoder means coming across a word you might not know, such as “quintessential,” and being able to figure out how it’s pronounced.

Being a great decoder, however, does not mean one automatically understands what a word means. Some readers excel in context clues, meaning they use the rest of the text to help them understand an unknown word’s definition. An excellent contextual reader means looking at a sentence such as “The water around the mountain flowed out from a tributary” and being able to deduce that “tributary” has something to do with a river.

Both of these parts of reading fluency must come together in great and practically equal strength in order for a reader to be successful. A child who only can decode words might seem like they’re fast readers, and therefore talented, but lack the comprehension. A student who can only use context clues will grow frustrated with not being able to get through a text in a fluid manner.

How Can I Tell if My Child is a Fluent Reader?

Resurrection Christian School assesses reading fluency through the DIBELS method, where students read letters, words, and/or a text (depending on the grade level standards). DIBELS focuses on progress monitoring, where students who are reading below grade level are given a timeline as to how frequently they should be assessed. This ensures that their progress is more closely monitored, and adjustments to their

For younger students, such as kindergarteners and first graders, much of the assessment focuses on phonemic awareness. Students at this age are asked to read individual letters, or be able to phonetically “chunk” or take apart a word. A 5-6 year old with a solid reading foundation will be able to hear or see a word such as “spot” and break it down to “sp/awh/t,” showing they understand how letters form to make sounds, which in turn comprise words.

Students after first grade will be tested by being timed to read a short text, with a follow-up of having to answer comprehension questions. DIBELS looks at how fast a student can read, as well as their overall understanding of the text, to gauge where students are at. Through this method, DIBELS addresses which areas should be focused on for your child’s reading development.

How to Help Your Child’s Reading Fluency Grow

No matter if you’re child is above, at, or below their grade level for reading, you want them to continue to grow. What parent wants their child to reach a plateau and say they don’t need to learn anymore? That’s not the kind of attitude that anyone should have, at any age in life. Additionally, if we don’t consistently practice at something, we lose the skills we have. This isn’t to say your child will not be able to read, but even the loss of reading stamina is a considerable deficit that can be easily prevented. Take a look at some ways to help your child continue growing in their reading outside of the school day!

Read With Your Child

This is one of the most obvious, seemingly easy things to do, and we’re including it because it makes such a huge difference. Engage in books with your child every day! Have them practice reading to you, read with them, ask questions along the way, praise them for reading, talk about how reading makes you smart—do everything to make reading an activity they will intrinsically grow to love.

Help Your Child Take Charge of Their Growth

One of the things teachers can do to encourage their students is to have students track and chart their DIBELS growth. You might be surprised to know that kids love graphing their progress, and seeing how they grow! Just as many adults are motivated to progress and improve, kids have much of the same mentality.

Make a chart with your family about books that are being read, and have your child color in or choose a sticker to represent a completed book. If your child needs a little extrinsic push, create a family celebration for filling up a chart (like a trip to the bookstore!)

As children get older, we know that the number of books read pales in comparison to their younger, picture-book-reading years. Change it up to track how many words they read! There areseveral ways to check the number of words read in a book—one of the best systems is AR Book Find, which also quizzes students when they finish a book.

Help Your Child Form Goals

In addition to tracking their growth at reading outside of school, work with your child to practice writing and forming goals, specific to their reading. Some children will be pleased enough to make a goal and achieve it, sans extrinsic motivation. This is definitely something to strive for, but everyone is different. Just as in a career, adults still work for promotions and bonuses, proving a little extrinsic motivation is not bad. If your child needs a little boost, tie in their goals with their data tracking. Here are some great goal ideas!

  • I want to read _____ this many books in March.
  • My goal is to read the __________ genre, because I haven’t read as much from that type of book style.
  • I am driven to read every book that _______________ has written.
  • I want to read 100,000 words this year!
  • I am going to work at increasing my reading fluency to _____ words per minute.

Don’t forget to encourage them along the way!

Create an Ideal Reading Space

Maybe some people would want to read sitting upright at a desk all day, but for many of us, we need something a little bit different. Take blankets outside, build a reading fort, switch to “night reading” by turning off all the lights and breaking out the flashlights, or just have a really comfy chair. Any of these things will encourage reading as the cozy and wonderful activity it is!

Have Access to Books

Even if you don’t own a ton of books, even if your personal library is lacking, you can still provide access to books! If your child doesn’t have opportunities to read books they are interested in, they’re not going to be nearly as motivated to read.

Take frequent trips to the library, many of which offer great incentive programs for youth readers! The more your kids can read books that interest them, the more they will read.

Reading takes a lot of practice, but helping your child be a fluent reader is one of the best gifts you can give them. By practicing these reading fluency strategies outside of school, combined with the direct instruction children receive at Resurrection Christian School, your child will be set up for so much educational success. We are proud to offer highly-esteemed and recognized strategies and lessons for encouraging reading fluency, with over 90 percent of our readers at a fluent level.

They say knowledge is power, and if there’s anything that takes us there, it’s being a fluent reader. Try these strategies with your young ones, and contact RCS today to look into enrollment!


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.


Beginning Preparation For College

Although it is still early in the summer, it is never too early to think about how to prepare your teen to go to college. If your kid recently graduated from high school, they are soon to be heading off to the college of their choosing, ready to start the next chapter in their lives. This part of the process should not be difficult—applications have been filled out, decisions have been made, and your student has begun to mentally prepare.

But this is still a hard time. Especially if your kid is going to an out of state school, they will have to learn how to be on their own for the first time. They will have to figure things out on their own, make decisions without parental guidance, and discover their place in this world. Even if your students still have a few years of high school left, this blog will help when the time comes.

At Resurrection Christian School, we work hard to prepare our high school students for college. We work with students to help them get the best ACT and SAT scores they can to help them get into the colleges they want. We use technology courses and different programs to help them learn about the world and prepare them for the future.

But now the preparation is in your hands. Your teen is ready to take that next giant step in their life, and you need to be there for support. Your kid may take a while picking the college that will best suite their future dreams, their personality, and their academic pursuit, but once they make that important decision, you must help them get everything together and be mentally ready for the challenge ahead.

Making the College Decision

Before we dive in, let’s take a moment to help those parents dealing with an indecisive teen. If your kid has yet to decide on the college they want to attend, have a chat with them. Find out what colleges your student is considering and why. If they are considering a school because of a friend, a significant other, or because it has a fun reputation, try to talk to them about why these are not good reasons to be basing their college decision off of.

Teens will be teens, and if you tell them they cannot make decision based on these reasons, they may go against what you say simply to rebel. So, keep it calm, don’t make accusations, and be reasonable. Find out what their interests are and what they may want to study, then look into each school and find out what their best programs are. Finding a school with a great nursing programs may persuade your student to select that school instead of their less desirable choice.

Once the decision is made, it is time to start preparing your student mentally for college. According to Healthline, the sad fact is the one out of four college students suffer from some form of mental illness, 44 percent report signs of depression. So helping your student through this time in their lives could truly make a difference.

Picking a Major Isn’t Major

Of course selecting the right major is important, but it is not something that needs to be done the first semester or even the first year of their college careers. According to the University of La Verne, about 50 to 70 percent of students will change their major at least once, and most change it at least three times.

Stress this point to your child. They may have dreamed about being a historian since their were young, but once they start classes they may find their math classes much more interesting. Remind them that it is okay to be undecided for a while and test the waters, try out classes that they never imagined liking.

Do research on the majors they may seem interested on, declaring could help them out. For example, at Colorado State University, new freshmen can declare a business major right away. But it they hold off only to later decide they want to give business a shot, they will have to get their GPA up to a 3.0 before their can declare. Keep that in mind while researching colleges.

Don’t Force The Major

This is just a small reminder to let your kids live their own lives. If you push your child to be an engineer because your family comes from a long line of engineers, it may end badly. If they don’t like the major or the industry but feel pressured to follow the family, they will end up hating college all together, and may not even have the desire to finish.

Take Time, Save Money

Your teens will want to spend one last summer with their high school friends, but they could be using that valuable time to save another valuable asset: money. Depending on who is paying for college, you will soon learn that it is way more expensive than anything should be, but that is the way it is.

By having your student apply for scholarships, even if they only get a few, they can save a lot of money. The more scholarships, the more money they can save. Although it takes a ton of time, it could truly help their, or your, financial situation in the future and allow them to not take out as many loans.

Have your kid spend a few hours a day applying to scholarships. While they may hate you for it now, they are sure to thank you in the future.

Instill Independence

Most likely, your student will be living in the dorms their freshmen year. This means they will have a certain level of independence they did not have before. They will take care of all their laundry, cleaning, feeding themselves, and whatever else they generally rely on you to take care of.

Many students will get their first job, or a work study, during their first year in college. They will be in charge of their money, and have to decide whether they will save it or not. Teaching them to save at least a portion of their money could help them start building up their account before having to find a place to rent the follow year.

During the summer, start giving your teen a little more independence so they can begin to figure it out. If you keep a close eye on everything your student does and force them to follow your rules until they move out, the transition may be more challenging for them.

Get Ready For Move-In Day

Obviously move-in day won’t be for quite a while, but it is never too early to start preparing. Tell your teen to start planning on what they will bring, what they will need to buy, and what they can buy there. This may also be a good time to have them clean out and throw away old junk they no longer need or want.

When planning on what to pack, remember they will be home for Christmas break, hopefully earlier, and they can swap out summer clothes for winter items during this time. There is no need to bring everything the first time around.

Plan on what they will need once they are in the dorms. Do they have the proper size of sheets? Do they have a laundry basket? Will they need their own cleaning supplies or a shower caddy? Do they need a bike? Will there be room in their dorm for extra seating? Find out the layout of their dorm room and start planning from there. Let them figure out what they will need besides the basics. Decorating a dorm room is half the fun of living in the dorms. Let them enjoy it.

Obviously these are not the only tips that can help prepare your teen for college, and we will go over more as the time draws closer. For now remember these tips and be there for your students. Let them ask questions and answer them the best you can. This is generally a point where teens begin to push away from their parents because they are preparing for a difficult sendoff. Don’t get upset with them for this, help them prepare, and mentally prepare for yourself.

Resurrection Christian School can help get your kids prepared to apply and get into the colleges they want with ACT and SAT prep. If your student is not yet heading to college, make sure they are getting an education that can help them get there. Learn more about Resurrection Christian School today!


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!


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.


Preparing for the ACT & SAT

Test Prep for Spring: How to prepare & study

Spring is just around the corner, which means testing days will be at your front door before you know it. During the preparation time for these monumental tests, students tend to get overwhelmed with what needs to be done, i.e. scheduling the test, planning out practice test, and the overall time investment necessary to properly cover each subject. At Resurrection Christian School, we proudly provide ACT and SAT prep courses to ensure your child is prepared for testing. However, there are additional ways to help your high school student prepare. Today we are going to go through some helpful tips to aid in preparation, as well as lower the stress affiliated with testing.

Time Frame

If you’re looking for the optimal time to schedule testing, the best option would be spring of your student’s junior year of high school. Choosing this time frame allows a grace period to retake the test, if they so choose, while still obtaining the maximum amount of schooling. As an added benefit, if the first round of testing ends up better than initially hoped for, then you have it out of the way and even apply to schools earlier.

As far as when you should start looking at studying, once you have decided on a test day, count back a couple months in advance and have your child start there. Make sure you choose a time of day where he will test best, for example, if he is a morning person, scheduling the earlier test time would be most beneficial. Once your student has determined the dates to start studying, have him schedule a weekly amount of time to set aside specifically for the SAT or ACT.

Determining Study Time

It can be very easy to go overboard with studying, or procrastinate until the last minute when it comes to sectioning out study time. One of the keys to ensuring your student won’t burn himself out is to line his current schedule up with his other responsibilities, like extra curricular activities, weekly homework, and any other prior commitments. In the midst of the week, try to section out an hour or so where you can. However, understanding how much study time is enough is the first step you’ll need to determine with your student. So how do you do that exactly? Let us oblige an option.

One of the easiest ways to start to choose the best route is deciding how many practice tests you will want to complete. Each practice test will take around three hours, putting your review time around six hours. Reviewing the practice test will be the most effective way to instill healthy habits for the actual test when it comes. Combing through each problem will help your student understand the layout of the test and develop productive problem solving in preparation.

So if your student is wanting to take the practice test three times before the actual test, factoring in the time for taking the test, as well as the review, will help designate the time necessary to prepare. (For some quick math, each test will take around 9 hours total. To take it three times equates to 27 hours. For 12 weeks of studying, that divides out to just over two hours a week, just for practice test.) Once you have identified how many practice tests your student will want to take, he will be able to add in the additional hours necessary to prepare outside of practice testing. In the case that he feels stressed or not set up with enough time, you can always adjust the test date.

Mind Set

The best way to accurately approach the test and all that it requires for preparation is to treat it like it, in itself, is a class. Have your student schedule out study time and test prep/review time as if he has a mandatory attendance and homework needing to be completed. As a parent, you can also get involved in helping him review his practice tests and studying for the next one. Encourage him to be diligent and abide by his time frames set to focus on the test prep. You can even set up a reward system of sorts to help balance out the intense focus time, such as a new game he wanted, money to spend, or sports equipment.
The results from being intentional on SAT or ACT prep study will reflect the hard work put into it. At Resurrection, we understand the importance of the ACT, and the work that is needed to get the score your student desires. RCS is proud to say our average ACT scores for incoming seniors is over 24. That means we work with your child to help them accomplish the small obstacles to help conquer the larger ones. To learn more about RCS and the passion we have for our students, visit our site. Take a virtual tour, or schedule an appointment to come check out our campus in person. We can’t wait to meet you!