Why The Gap Year Might Be Beneficial After Private School- Part Two

If you’re joining us late, be sure to go back and catch the intro to our ideas about the beneficial uses of a gap year between high school and college. As we mentioned in our previous entry, the gap year develops the child’s prefrontal cortex which develops their worldview as well as their personality and rounds them out their expectations of reality.

Financial Relief

One of the major advantages for most kids and their parents alike is the financial hiatus. If you’ve been spending money to give them a classical education for the majority of their life, a financial break might be highly valued for you and also for your child if they’re preparing to go and support themselves at college, even if you’re prepared to pay for their tuition. As more people go to college and get worthless degrees the number of people who have only a pile of student debt to show for their 4-year college degree rises. Kids who feel the need to switch majors in the middle of their college career stretch the costs out, making the whole ordeal more pricey. Studies are finding that a gap year might reduce the number of folks who change their major in the middle of their college career. Gap years are praised for assisting people in deciding what they’d like to study and helping find their passions and what they’re best suited to in a way that unfiltered education cannot.

Diversified Preparation

College is rigorous and while RCS does everything we can to prepare children academically there are a variety of challenges that nothing but real-life experiences can prepare them for. While there are a host of support systems and other channels that Christian private schools provide for children, there is still a cost for going to college too early and that is mainly the taxing nature it takes on a person’s mental health if they’re not prepared. The idea of the gap year is to take kids out of their safe zones and thus improve their self-confidence and help them gain a sense of self and adaptability which can be a powerful skill set to earn before entering college. College environments are full of lack of sleep, constant activity and high levels of stress that past experience in adaptability to a variety of situations will help kids tackle those things like pros so they can focus on the new chapter of their life and what obstacles will help them grow the most as people.

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Why The Gap Year Might Be Beneficial After Private School

Some people go so far as to criticize private schooling at times, mentioning that there is a limited pool of social growth that a child can acquire when they’re submerged in a controlled environment. For several reasons, Resurrection Christian School is careful to push back against those claims, but we can also see how, even through RCS provides a large environment for children to build many social skills with fellow Christians, we understand the need for real-world experience. If, as a parent, you’re more concerned about this valuable outside world experience being cultivated in your child, we have one suggestion that is earning more respect as the years go by: the gap year.

Europe Did It First

Sometimes, Europe is ahead of the curve with certain things and in this case, they certainly are. Germany, the UK, Denmark and even Australia and Israel encourage students who have just graduated to take a gap year in between their studies. This time can be used to travel, serve the church, serve in the military or work before moving on to their college studies. However, the current U.S. climate regards gap years with a collective panic. Surely, if your child takes a gap year, they’re destined to not do as well as others. The growing consensus is that it isn’t quite true anymore. The idea is that if children get a taste for the non-school life they’ll realize how important it is to go back and it will give the privilege of going to college and earning a degree a new glow. In fact, psychologists at large are not worried about kids not wanting to go back to school as many studies done on the subject found that around 90 percent of the kids that take a gap year return to their studies with new fervor. The studies concluded that a very important brain growth period between those two school periods allows for the person to grow socially and within their understanding of the world.

The Simple Science:

While a gap year isn’t for everyone, it has quite a bit of scientific data backing up the benefits for those it catches the fancy of. The prefrontal cortex is continually expanding in the late teen years and it is the section of the brain that develops the child into an adult with an adult personality. It controls your propensity for planning and draws complex conclusions from data. In other words, it’s the largest jump in growth in the form of maturity that your child will see in their lives. Thus, when the gap year comes to a close, they’ll nearly be a different person with a new understanding of themselves and college as a growth opportunity.

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Catch the continuation of our argument for a gap year on our next blog.


Creating Open Lines Of Communication With Your High School Student

High school can be a wonderful time during which you watch your child transition from adolescent to adult. It can also be a challenging time of change for your child as they navigate the complex waters of teenagehood. The best thing a teenager can have in their life during the highs and lows is a parent who is involved and that they feel comfortable talking to about their day-to-day life.

If you are working to create stronger communication between you and your high school student, we are here to help. At Resurrection Christian School, we encourage parents to play an active role in the development of their high school student. Read on to learn more about how you can create open lines of communication with your high school student.

Always Have Time

In order for your high school kid to feel comfortable approaching you to talk about their struggles and celebrations, they need to know you have time for them. If you are always in a rush and constantly on the go, it might be hard for your child to approach you.

Make sure you carve out time specifically set apart for your high schooler. During this dedicated period of time, you can ensure your child knows you are there to listen and engage with them and only them. Turn off your work phone, cellphone, and any other distraction. You can use this time to go out together, to enjoy a meal they like, or to take a hike. However you spend this time, the goal is to ensure your child knows they come before your busy schedule.

Not only should you dedicate some time each week to engage one-on-one with your high schooler, you should also make it clear that any time of any day, they are your priority. Always have time for communication.

Be Patient And Practice Empathy

High school can be a confusing period. Many kids go through some pretty steep ups and downs. Their body is changing, their hormones raging, and their mood can swing from high to low in no time at all. While it can be frustrating to deal with teenagers in certain moments, always practice patience and empathy when you are communicating with them.

If you express anger and judgment, your high schooler will stop turning to you when they need to talk about their life. When you find yourself frustrated with their actions, attitude, or decisions, take the time to calm down before you talk to them. Try to remember what it was like to be a teenager and empathize with the changes they are going through.

Above all else, your teen wants to be respected and treated with dignity. Make sure you are expressing your love for them, even during the difficult times.

Make Listening A Priority

It is human nature to want to do the majority of talking and teaching, without taking the time to fully listen. Make sure that when your child comes to you to talk about their life, you stop to listen. Not only is listening important so that they feel heard, it is also setting an example to your teenager about how communication works. If you find that you constantly are battling to talk over each other, make listening a new priority.

Let your high schooler know that you want to improve on listening to them and set the example by following through.

Know When To Apologize

Just because you are the parent, doesn’t mean that there aren’t times you were at fault. When you realize you have made a mistake, handled communication poorly, or hurt your teenager, have the humility to apologize. The best leaders are those who lead humbly with an open heart.

Take the time to recognize when you were in the wrong and express your apology to your child.

Keep Things Consistent

For many teens, high school is a confusing time. When your teenager has a constant barrage of inconsistent messaging, they can quickly become isolated from you. This is not only damaging to your relationship but also potentially dangerous if they should wind up in trouble and seek advice from the wrong place.

Keep things consistent in their life. Make sure the messaging they hear across the board encourages them to have a strong and honest relationship with you. Consider enrolling them in a private high school in Loveland that will reinforce the same values you teach at home. Consistency goes a long way in helping your teenager navigate high school smoothly. Here at Resurrection Christian School, we place a high value upon the family unit and always encourage our students to seek out the advice of their parents. If you are interested in enrolling your high schooler into a private school, we encourage you to book a tour at our facility today.

By building open lines of communication between you and your teen, you can ensure their safety and well-being as they transition from child to adult.

 


Ways to Help Your Children Finish the School Year Strong

It is hard to believe that summer break is just two months away as we continue to see sporadic snowstorms in Northern Colorado in this last week of March. But summer is, in fact, right around the corner and your children are likely getting excited. As the days pass by, your kids will be itching to get outside, hang out with friends, and forget about school for a few months. But don’t let them forget about school too soon!

It can be difficult to keep your children invested in their school work and focused until the very last day of school, but since finals exams and projects are often due during the last weeks of school, it is important that your kids work hard until the very end.

Family vacations, summer plans, and no school can be exciting for everyone in the family. But finishing the school year strong is important. We know that getting your children to stay focused seems like an impossible task, especially as the weather gets warmer and you all want to spend more time in the great outdoors. That is why we are going to offer some tips that can help you get your kids motivated to finish strong and start the summer off right. Read on for tips to help motivate you children!

Make Plans

Nothing will keep your children motivated like making excited plans for the first week of summer. But be sure to mention that they have to finish strong. Motivate them to work hard until the end of the school year and then reward them with a trip to Water World or a camping trip. You could make it even more official and make it a reward for finishing with good grade or passing their final exams. Knowing that there is a reward at the end will help keep them motivated to finish strong.

Create a Routine

Creating a homework routine after school that all of your children follow can help them make it a habit to do their school work before heading outside or starting their favorite show. If your children all do homework together while you make dinner, it will be easier for them to focus, rather than if one child is playing with their friends before starting homework.

It can also help to make a rule that each of your children has to finish their homework before doing anything else. However, we know that children need a break between being at school and doing homework, so allow them to spend half an hour or an hour relaxing, playing with neighbor kids, or doing something else they enjoy.This will allow them to recharge and prepare for the homework session ahead.

Incorporate Weekend Plans

While your kiddos will likely have homework over the weekend, plan a day to do homework and a day to have fun. Make family plans to get outside (if it is nice), go see a movie, or spend the day playing games and watching movies. These fun activities can help your kiddos destress, enjoy time with the family, and allows them to have some fun before jumping back into school work. Allow your children to take a break before heading right back to their work, this will just overwhelm them and wear them out.

Focus on Big Projects

Taking a look at the projects, assignments, and tests your children have to prepare for during the last weeks of school can allow you to help them prioritize the important things. If your child is a procrastinator, like many of us once were, you want to help make sure they are not saving their most important work for last. Encourage them to chip away at these large projects piece by piece so that when it comes down to the last few days they are not overly stressed. Teenagers are going to push back and tell you they have it under control, and they probably do, but try to get them to start their projects early. Rewards may not work on your high school junior, but you never know, taking them out for ice cream could be all it takes to get them started.

Stay Organized

If your children all do their homework at the kitchen table, it is likely that their stuff gets moved around alot. Be sure to keep each of your children’s work organized and together. This is not really your job, but kids will be kids and when it comes time to get back to their homework and they can’t find it, they will likely blame you. Give spots to your children where they can store their stuff to help them keep track of their work. It may also be helpful to get them different materials to stay organized with, like whiteboards, sticky notes, and calendars.

Stick to a Bedtime Schedule

While we already discussed creating a routine to help your kids, sticking to a bedtime schedule is also extremely beneficial. All of your children, no matter the ages, need to get at least eight hours of sleep a night. When your children are well rested, they will be able to stay focused on their school work better and make it through the day without feeling groggy. You don’t want your children falling asleep in class, too tired to pay attention, or struggling to complete a simple homework assignment because they did not get enough sleep.

Make School a Priority

Your children may have soccer practice or a club that they have to attend, and we encourage extracurricular activities, but when these activities get in the way of school work, you will want to reassess and make school the first priority. Once your children start falling behind, warn them that if they don’t start making their school work a priority, they will not be allowed to participate in their extracurricular activities anymore. This may seem extreme, but you want your children to finish the school year strong.

Summer is exciting for everyone, especially children. They want to be done with the school year, spend their time outside, and have no responsibilities. We have all been there at one point, so don’t go too hard on your kiddos. But you do want to make sure that your children are finishing the school year with a bang. Don’t allow them to slack off and stop pushing to get good grades just because summer is on its way. Following these tips can help you encourage your children and keep them focused on their school work. Plan something fun for the first week of summer and keep them motivated to work hard on their school work.

At Resurrection Christian School, we know that the last weeks of school can be difficult. We encourage and help our students in any way possible to ensure they stay motivated and work hard until the very end. Learn more about our school and schedule a tour today!


Benefits of Private Schools

When your children get to the age of heading to school, many parents are faced with the question — public or private? In Northern Colorado, we are blessed with a ton of great public schools. But the question of whether you should enroll your child in public or private school is a tough one that many parents struggle with.

Of course there are benefits to both public and private schools that can easily be argued, but as a private school, we are going to go over the main benefits of having your children go to a private school. While Resurrection Christian School is private, we also offer one major benefit over other schools. Our private school is a full campus with a preschool, elementary school, middle school, and high school — allowing your children to stay with their friends and the school throughout their entire grade school career. This can help your students with a sense of belonging and so much more.

While our private school may be unique in that way, most private schools offer the same benefits. Private school may not be right for every student, but there are many things to consider when deciding on a school for your children. In this blog, we are going to talk about that benefits of private school as well as our school. Read on to learn more about private school and why it might be the right choice for your kids.

Small Classes

While this varies based on the school, private schools often have smaller classes, which can be beneficial for students. An Our Kids article discusses a study done by some education researchers. In this study, they found that smaller class sizes result in the average student performing better on academic achievement exams. The longer kids are exposed to these smaller classes the more they benefit from them.

Teacher Support

Private schools can often also hire more staff, allowing for additional help in the classrooms and more individual attention. Your student will be given more support as they go through school, getting help from teachers when needed and receiving individual attention. This can help students as they go through school and allow them to feel as though they can get the help they need when they need it.

Better Relationships

While the students will have a better relationship with the staff because of smaller class sizes and more individualized attention, they will also have a better relationship with the other students, especially at RCS. Since your students will be going through each grade with the same group of students, they will build strong bonds and friendships that will last forever. Switching from elementary to middle school and middle school to high school in a public school can be intimidating. Some of your kid’s friends will head to a different school and new students will fill the halls. This is a great way for your kid to meet new friends but it can also be hard for children to make new friends. These strong relationships can help your children feel more accepted at school which could help them enjoy school more and look forward to going.

But the student relationships are not the only ones that are stronger at a private school. The staff and parent relationships are more personal and better as well. Private schools often hold more parent-teacher conferences and encourage communication between teachers and parents. This open communication and parent involvement can help the parents of students feel better about the school and what their children are learning.

Extracurricular Activities

While public schools often have extracurricular activities as well, private schools offer a ton of different options for students. Private schools give students that chance to participate in everything from sports and clubs to unique classes and religious studies.

At Resurrection Christian School, students have a lot of different extracurricular activities to choose from. We offer spiritual development for all of our students as well as many more. Our elementary school kids will participate in physical education, art, technology, library time, and music. The middle school students also have access to a wide variety of activities, including sports for boys and girls, choir, band, theater, and visual arts. Sports, the arts, student council, robotics, National Honor Society, and other activities are offered to high school students. These extracurricular activities allow students to become more involved in their school, obtain different skills, and become part of different groups of people.

Preparation

Another benefit that Resurrection Christian School has to offer is that we offer college prep to our high school students. We offer ACT and SAT exam preparation, college planning, career planning, and college writing help. These can help your high school students get prepared for the world after high school, help them figure out the college application process, and give them tips to build the perfect resume. These are important and necessary skills that many public schools do not teach.

In Northern Colorado, we are lucky to have so many schools that are above par, while schools across the country are struggling. But there are benefits to picking a private school for your children, and Resurrection Christian School should be your first choice.

At Resurrection Christian School, we take pride in our private school. We work hard to build a community and environment that students can feel encouraged and accepted and push themselves to be better. With so many extracurricular activities, a caring staff, and a campus that allows students to grow with together, our private school is one-of-a-kind. Learn more about our school and schedule a tour of our private school today.


How to Help Your Child Develop a Love For School

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

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

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

Community

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

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

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

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

Courses and Areas of Interest

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

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

How Parents Can Help

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

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

Feed Their Interests

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

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

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

Allow Them to Learn on Their Own

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

Avoid Rewards

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

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

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

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


Helping Your Kids Stay Motivated

With the busy days of the holiday season quickly approaching, you may forget that it is about half way through the school year. Kids get excited about to holidays and the break they get in the middle of the school year, but this break could also weaken their motivation. As the semester starts to come to an end, they will be excited for a break from school. It is easy for your kiddos to slack off as the semester comes to a close, knowing that they are weeks away from relaxation.

But it is important for them to stay motivated and work through the end of the semester, finishing strong and giving their final projects a solid effort. Helping your kids to stay motivated through the end of the semester and at the beginning of the next is important, but may also be challenging. There are many different way to help keep your kids motivated in their school work, finding the right method for your child can help you handle this time period every year.

Every student will lose motivation at one point or another, even the best students will feel unmotivated at times, but as a parent you can help to motivate your kids and keep them excited about school and learning. At Resurrection Christian School, our teachers are taught a highly effective teaching model, helping them to keep students interested in the subjects and teaching them in the best possible way. Even though our school has a 100 percent graduation rate, our students still lose their motivation to finish a semester strong, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t all great students! They just need a little push to stay involved in their school work.

In this blog, we will go over some helpful tips for parents trying to keep their kids working hard through the end of the semester.

Stay Involved

When a parent is involved in their child’s academics, it is more apparent to the child that their schooling and work is important. It is easy to be involved, start by asking questions about what they learned, help them with homework, and let them know that you are happy to help whenever they need it. When you sit down with your child and help them with homework, it could help them stay focused and work to get the assignment done quicker. Leaving your child to do their work by themselves could be completely different. They may end up getting distracted, find ways to avoid working, and take double the amount of time finishing an assignment.

Helping your children with homework, especially when they are younger, can help them to develop good study habits and learn to get their homework done quickly. Children who are left to do their homework alone, may not put as much effort in and could end up wasting a lot of time. Sitting down with your kids could help them to work harder to show you that they are capable of getting their homework done.

Another way to get involved is to show interest in what your children are learning. Asking what they learned, what their favorite subject is, and what is interesting to them can help show your children that school and learning is interesting. If they get excited about something they learn and want to tell you all about it, listen and ask questions. They will be excited that you are showing interest. If you know anything about the subject, let them know, this could start a discussion and get them excited to go back to school to learn some more about it.

A Child Mind® Institute article mentions that while it is important staying involved in your children schooling, you also want to consider their age. Older kids may not like the fact that you are being nosy and constantly asking about their homework. Teens may become less motivated to do their homework if your are constantly nagging them. While you can ask about their day and have a conversation with them about school and their work, don’t hover, it does not work the same way it does with younger kids.

Put Homework First

It can be hard to say no to your children, but if they want to go play with their friends or do other activities before homework, it might be necessary. Tell them that once they finish their homework they can watch their movie, hang out with their friends, or do whatever else they wanted to do. But not until they finished their homework.

We know it is hard for kids to come home from school and jump right back into homework, but it can also help them. They are still in the learning and school mindset after returning home, so jumping straight into their homework can help them to get it done quickly. If you believe your children need a break for school and homework, allow them to spend half an hour reading, drawing, or even watching a show. But once that half hour is over, make sure they get up and do their homework. Don’t let them off with the “five more minutes” deal. This always ends up being more than five minutes. Simply tell your kids that they can spend some time relaxing but once that time is up they have to start their homework.

Many kids play sports and do other extracurricular activities after school, which is a good time for them to take a mental break and refocus. Once they get home for these activities have them start their homework and remind them that waiting to get it done may mean they can’t watch a movie with the family or go to a friends.

Reward Them

It is easy to reward your kids with stuff or money. But there are other ways to reward your kids that will help them as well. An Oxford Learning article states that praise can be one of the best rewards. Telling your kids how proud you are of them, how good they are doing in school, and other verbal reinforcements can help to keep your kids working hard.

The Child Mind® article also mentions that children respond well to these verbal reinforcements. Giving your kiddos high fives, hugs, and praise can help your child want to achieve more, because they like getting your praise and attention.

If your child does not respond as well to the praise, you can test out other rewards. Again, money and buying your children new video games or things like that is not the best reward. Instead, try taking them to that movie they have been asking to see for days after they finish their project. Bring them to get ice cream after dinner as a special treat for finishing their homework early. You could even plan fun activities like having a family movie night, making cookies together, or bringing the kids to Estes on the weekend to celebrate all of their hard work. Your children will enjoy spending this special time with you and if you rarely do these things, they will love the reward. Buying your children items instead can cause them to pull away from the family and may show that material items are a better reward that spending time with the family.

Build A Study Spot

Sometimes, the area where your kids do homework can be distracting and may be the reason they are losing motivation in their work. Never let your children do homework in front of the TV or around their toys. It may even be worth taking your teenagers’ phones while they do homework, although if they are generally pretty good at finishing their homework on time, this may just cause a fight that can be easily avoided. You know your children better than anyone, so make judgements on what is making homework hard for them and try to fix it.

Dedicating a spot for homework may help your kids maintain focus and get their work done faster. Set up an area away from distractions. If you have a spare bedroom, set up a few desks and allow your children to work on their homework together. Or allow your kids to work on their assignment at the kitchen table as you are cooking dinner. This way, they can ask you questions if they need to and they won’t be distracted by their toys, the TV, or their siblings. Plus you can keep an eye on them. Having a spot designated to homework can help your kids get in the right mindset and improve their motivation and focus.

These are only a few of the many tips that can help your children stay motivated. As the semester comes to an end, make sure they are staying on top of their work. You could offer a big reward for finishing strong. Just remind them they once the finish the semester they have a while to relax and not worry about school before they have to go back. This alone should help them to stay motivated, but in case it doesn’t, use some of our tips!

At Resurrection Christian School, we help our students get the best education and prepare them for the future. We will help to keep them working hard as much as we can, but they may need an additional push to stay motivated throughout the entire semester. Learn more about the RCS difference now!


Family Fun Events In Colorado This Fall

As the weather begins to cools and the leaves change from green to yellow, many Coloradans get outside to enjoy the last bit of decent weather before the snow hits. Fall in Colorado is beautiful and quite honestly short, the days in between summer and winter seem to be limited, so be sure you and your family are enjoying fall and all of the fun fall events!

The best part about Colorado is the endless amount of activities and events going on throughout the entire year, and fall is no exception! If you are looking to get out with the family a few more times before the snow starts falling, you have many different options!

At Resurrection Christian School, we value family and encourage our students and their families to spend evenings and weekends exploring, learning, and making memories together. During the week of October 23 to the 30, your kiddos will be on fall break, meaning you will have plenty of time to visit amazing places, go to events, and enjoy quality family time.

There are many great events and places to visit around Northern Colorado this fall! In this blog, we are going to go over some of the events your family may enjoy and the places that you will love visiting! Read on to learn more about fall in Colorado.

National Fossil Day

On October 12 the University of Colorado Boulder Natural History Museum will be hosting an event for you and your fossil loving kiddos! Trilobite of Fun allows your children to view real trilobite fossils, as well as make their own to bring home. After your child has explored the trilobite fossils, you can bring them over to the Paleontology Hall to learn about other fossils and to the BioLounge to gain knowledge about condors. This is a great event for your elementary age children, allowing them to learn about different fossils and create something they can bring home!

Harvest Farm Fall Festival

October is the perfect time to head for the farm! Get in the fall spirit and head to Harvest Farm for their 15th Annual Fall Festival. This is going on every weekend throughout October, allowing you to have multiple chance to get your family together for some corn maze and pumpkin patch fun! This event has a little bit of everything, meaning that you will always find something to do and can go multiple time during the month for additional family fun. The Harvest Farm Fall Festival attractions include:

  • Corn maze
  • Hay wagon ride
  • Petting zoo
  • Yard games
  • Obstacle course
  • Corn cannons
  • And so much more!

Be sure to check out the full list of the activities and attractions that the Harvest Farm has to offer. They even have featured activities throughout the month, including Day of Dance on Oct. 7, Denver Broncos Day on Oct. 14, and Artisan Market and Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides on Oct. 21. Find the featured activity that you and your family will enjoy and plan your weekend of farm fun!

Mad Science Day

This event may be a bit of a drive, but if you are in the Colorado Springs area on Oct. 28, be sure to head to the Space Foundation Discovery Center. The Mad Science Day involves many activities, space and science fiction Halloween fun, crafts, movies and so much more! This is a great place to bring your children that will allow them to enjoy a mix of science and Halloween activities, allowing them to learn a thing or two. They can spend time in the Mars Robotic Laboratory, take part in the Space and Sci-Fi Scavenger Hunt, and explore different labs! This is a fun family event that is educational and exciting for the kiddos.

MonsterDash Run & Kids Races

This is a great event for the entire family! The MonsterDash, which will be held in Denver, includes a festival expo, a 10K race, 5k fun run, and three different kid races. After the races, there will be a continental breakfast, award ceremony, costume contest, pie eating contest, and trick-or-treating! This is a great event for the entire family, allowing your older kids to take part in the 10k or 5k run and your little ones to enjoy the kid races and trick-or-treating. Spend the weekend running and enjoy Halloween fun!

CSU Homecoming and Family Weekend

If you are your family are Colorado State University fans, spend Oct. 13 and 14 celebrating homecoming weekend! On Oct. 13, the homecoming parade and festival will take place. Head to the Oval for a festive CSU celebration and then get ready to enjoy the parade! The event doesn’t end there though! After the parade, head over to the west lawn for the Friday Night Lights celebration with a pep rally, bonfire, fireworks, and lighting of the A. This is a fun event for the entire family and your high schoolers may just realize how awesome CSU is and decide to apply there! But even if they don’t, this is still a fun event to go to and show your support to local teams and meet new people!

On Oct. 14, spend the day watching the homecoming game at the new on-campus stadium. Then head to the old stadium to take part in the Homecoming 5k Race. This is a family fun event and also includes a kids fun run that is led by CAM the Ram. Show your college spirit throughout the CSU homecoming weekend and enjoy all of these fun events.

Those are only a few of the many different events going on in the area. You can find more events listed here that can fill up your fall schedule! Now we will go over some of the places that you and your family can go that are fun and can enhance the fall spirit.

Rocky Mountain National Park

This is one of the best times to head up to Rocky Mountain National Park. During this season, the leaves on the aspen trees transform the forest view to a golden horizon, standing out boldly against the pine trees. The green and gold colors blend with trees that are turning red and create a beautiful scenery that you just can’t miss. Your family will love heading up into the gorgeous national park and will be amazed at how colorful and amazing the area looks. If you head up soon (and early in the morning), you may be able to witness the elk bugling. The magnificent creatures roam freely throughout the fields of RMNP and are always fun to see in the fall.

There are also many different hikes in RMNP, with trails leading to gorgeous lakes and easy paths that wind through the forest. You are sure to find a hike or a trail that is perfect for your family and allows you to explore more of the beautiful state you live in! Your kids may love it so much that it could even become an annual family tradition!

Estes Park

On your way back from RMNP, be sure to stop in Estes for some more fun. This popular mountain town has a lot to offer. Walk down the street to find hidden mom and pop shops, family run ice cream shops, and restaurants that are one-of-a-kind. Estes also offers a ton of wilderness to explore with trails hidden throughout the town and a crumbled old building tucked at the top of a hill. Take a few hours to explore this town and find hidden gems that only residents may know about!

Since it is close to Halloween, your family may even enjoy taking a detour to the famous Stanley Hotel. Walk through the halls of the haunted hotel and take a ghost tour for some fun family spooks! The Stanley Hotel is a gem to the Estes Park area and is always a fun place to explore.

There are also many events going on in Estes throughout the fall, so be sure to check out and of the events going on when you are in the area. Some of these events include a pumpkin festival, vintage market days, and more! Check out the Estes Community Calendar to find fun events during your trip to Estes.

Along with RMNP and Estes park, fall is a great time to go on beautiful hikes in many different areas. Head up the Poudre, hike to the top of Horsetooth, or find mini trails along the foothills. Pumpkin patches and corn mazes are also fun for the family and are perfect for fall activities. You could make it a goal to hit as many corn mazes as possible this fall. There are many different fall activities, events, and places that can help you get in the spirit and enjoy some time in the great outdoors before the snow shows up for the winter.

Colorado falls don’t last as long as we would like, that is why we want you and your family to spend as much time enjoying the fall days as possible. During Resurrection Christian School’s fall break, enjoy some of these events and places with your family. Try to hit as many events as possible, and enjoy autumn! If your kids are not students at our school, learn more about us now!


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!


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!