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!