The holidays can sometimes be one of the most stressful times of the year for us adults, but have you ever thought about how your child may be feeling during this time of year? Sure Christmas is typically known as a holiday all kids are excited for, but believe it or not they get stressed too during this time.
Read on below to learn how to keep your children happy and stress-free during the holidays while also reminding them of the real reason for this Christmas season.
Rest, Not Just the Kids but the Parents too!
Kids can read into our emotions a lot more than we think. 9 times out of 10 they can tell when we are stressed and they may be affected by that.
Make sure as parents you are taking the time to decompress when you can, the holidays can be stressful but by resting often your family will be more at peace.
Make Wise Travel Plans
Traveling during the holiday season is very important for most families as they want to see as much family as possible. This year try to leave plenty of time for driving around and seeing family, don’t try to squeeze it all in one day if you can help it.
Also don’t leave loading the car with all the presents and dishes to pass, leave plenty of time to load the car before leaving.
Limit Screen Time
Screens at night will definitely affect your child's ability to get restful sleep at night. During the holidays it is very important they are getting enough sleep for the long days ahead of them.
Limiting screen time doesn’t necessarily make your kids very happy, but they’ll thank you later when they aren’t falling asleep during every car ride.
Keep Up With Assignments and Current School Topics
Often times during break, your students will begin to forget or lose track of what they’ve been learning in school. Now we aren't saying you should fill their free time with school activities, but a little refresher here and there may be helpful so they aren’t struggling when they get back.
Focus on What Matters on Christmas
Make sure you remind your students of the real reason for this holiday season. It’s not all about the gifts, food, and seeing family.
Christmas is for celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and everything he has done for us since then. Keeping your child focused on this will definitely reduce stress and keep the holiday meaningful.
The holidays are stressful, but they don’t have to be, especially for your kids. Keep the above points in mind as we quickly approach this holiday season.
Foundations Christian School is still accepting students for the 2022-2023 school year. If you are interested in enrolling your student please contact Carrie Alo at 607-271-1116 or fill out the enrollment form on our website.
Keeping the kids busy during the preparations around Thanksgiving day can be crucial. For many families, Thanksgiving is one of the most important holidays and one of the biggest celebrations of the year.
Below we will talk about ways to get your child involved with the logistics of Thanksgiving and ways to also keep them busy when you don’t want them as involved in the kitchen.
Get the kids involved with Thanksgiving food prep! Of course, the age of your child varies with this task but they will be beaming with pride on Thanksgiving day when they reveal they had a big part in helping you cook.
Kids of all ages can also help set the table for all of the family members soon to arrive at your home.
Visit a Parade or Two
The days before and the days after Thanksgiving are most likely filled with parades or fun local activities for your kids and family to enjoy like parades. Children of all ages love going to parades, there is definitely always something there for everyone to enjoy looking at.
Plus the younger kids would probably love to get a possible glimpse of Santa in your local parades!
This option is probably pretty self-explanatory. Get the kiddos involved in some super easy crafts based on Thanksgiving!
Not only will this keep them entertained, but it will also help get them in the thankful spirit of Thanksgiving. An added bonus would be a craft that you can use to decorate around your house for the day of Thanksgiving.
The kids will be beams of happiness while showing off their artwork to all of their relatives.
Volunteering is an amazing way to give back to your community while also teaching the kids to be thankful for the things they do have. Do some research and see if your local soup kitchen needs help cooking or serving food to the needy.
Or maybe your local salvation army needs some help sorting and donating items they’ve received to local shelters. There are plenty of opportunities to help wherever you may look!
Everyone knows that the day after Thanksgiving has become a holiday on its own. Black Friday is widely recognized as the day most people start their Christmas shopping to get the best deals possible.
While we don’t recommend dragging the kids out of bed at 4 AM to start shopping, an early start on shopping could be a fun way to kick off the holiday season.
Thanksgiving day and the week leading up to it is one of the best and busiest times of the year. We hope these suggestions above help you keep the kids busy while also teaching them to be thankful during this important holiday.
Foundations Christian School is still enrolling students for the 2022-2023 school year. If you are interested in enrolling contact Carrie Alo at 607-271-1116 or fill out the enrollment form on our website.
Developing critical thinking skills for your child is important, especially as they get older and become school ready. In today’s world kids need to be ready to spit more knowledge other than facts and numbers they learned from a textbook.
How can you teach your kids to think critically? Below we will discuss some critical tips and tricks to help you teach your kids the ways of critical thinking.
Provide Opportunities to Play Freely
Playing with toys such as blocks, or playing pretend games with friends that require your kids to act out roles helps develop important critical thinking skills.
The process of thinking up their pretend role in their game with their friend, or building various towers or buildings with blocks helps to strengthen the creative part of their brain. It encourages them to think outside the box without any form of pressure on them.
Pause and Wait
When asking your kids questions about whatever you need to know, pause and wait for their answer. Let them think through the question thoroughly without adding any pressure.
By doing so you are encouraging them to think critically for themselves rather than pressuring them into an answer with the opinions you’ve given them. It’s important your kids learn how to think for themselves while answering questions, they can’t rely on you to answer them all the time.
If you’ve given your child a task and they seem to be struggling but haven’t asked for help, don’t jump in and try to save the day. Wait and watch as they try to work through their problem, don’t offer your help unless they have specifically asked for it.
By doing so you are encouraging them to learn how to work through problems on their own without your guidance.
Ask Open-Ended Questions
Instead of offering immediate answers to the questions, your children ask you throughout the day, ask them questions to help them think through the answer themselves. Ask them questions like “what do you think?” Or “what ideas do you have?”
These open-ended questions will not only encourage critical thinking but this will help them get to the answers on their own.
Critical thinking is an important skill for your students to learn. Not only will it help them at school and at home but in the future, it will help them navigate the world around them without you.
We hope the above tips help you learn to encourage your children to start developing those important critical thinking skills.
Foundations Christian School is still accepting new students for the 2022-2023 school year. If you are interested in enrolling your student please contact Carrie Alo at 607-271-6111 or fill out the enrollment form on our website.
As parents, you care deeply about the spiritual growth of your children, at least you should. It can be difficult to tell as your kids get older if the lessons or stories you read from the Bible are really truly resonating or sticking with them.
You will find below a few resources we have gathered for you to help guide you in the ways of teaching your kids the Bible and about Jesus.
The Jesus Storybook Bible
The Jesus Storybook Bible written by Sally Lloyd Jones is by far one of the most helpful tools, which is why we put it first. This book is filled with all of the classic Bible stories you can think of. They all circle back to teaching your children how truly amazing our God is.
As you read these stories, your children will learn and grow within their spiritual relationship with Jesus.
My Kid’s Prayer Journal - 100 Days of Prayer and Praise
When we pray, we oftentimes may find ourselves teaching our kids the classic prayers we’ve heard since we were in Sunday school. It’s important to promote intentional prayer to your children.
A prayer journal is a perfect way to do just that. Your kids are more than capable of praying intentionally, and with this book's extra-wide ruled spacing, they will feel encouraged to do so.
This book will also be an awesome keepsake for them to look back on in remembrance of their spiritual growth.
Shine a Light by Ken Blount
Every single day it is important to teach our children that they were put on this earth for a specific and important purpose by God. We are, as children of God the salt of the earth and light of the world.
All of the songs on this album are geared toward elementary school-age children. That is such an important age for you as parents to teach them and help them lean into their purpose as children of God.
These songs are powerful, and even better they have a high chance of getting stuck in your children's heads as they head out the door for school.
It doesn’t have to be challenging to teach your children the importance and purpose of the bible. We hope these resources we listed above will help you as parents strengthen your children's spiritual relationship with Jesus.
Foundations Christian School is still accepting new students for the 2022-2023 school year. If you are interested in enrolling your student contact Carrie Alo at 607-271-1116 or fill out the enrollment form on our website.
Moms, you do it all. From getting the kids up and ready for school to preparing three meals a day, you guys are indeed superheroes.
For this week's blog post, we thought we would give all the busy moms out there a few tips on staying organized while managing the craziness throughout the week. Read on below for a few tips and tricks to make the week just a little bit easier!
Drop the Mom Guilt! You Are Doing Amazing
Every day is a new day and with each new day comes a load of tasks on your to-do list. The first step to getting your list done is to realize that it’s okay to NOT get it all done!
That simple self-appointed pressure you place on your shoulders could be the only thing standing between you and the peace you deserve as a hard-working mother. Weigh out the tasks at hand and choose the ones that most need your attention and start there.
No need for mom guilt, you are still a superhero in your child's eyes even if the entire list isn’t complete.
Maybe you planned to grocery shop today, but it was a rough morning getting the kids out the door and your youngest won’t stop crying. Cut yourself some slack by planning ahead for days like these.
On your next grocery trip maybe buy two of the most essential items around your household like trash bags, tissues, or even toilet paper. By doing so you won’t feel rushed into going to the grocery store and you can allow yourself some time to breathe after a rough start to the day.
Schedule A Meeting With Yourself
Lastly, we recommend you carve out time for yourself to plan the week ahead of you, at least to the best of your ability. Make a list, but don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself to get it all done in the week ahead.
Even completing half of the weekly list is a score, and we promise your family won’t love you any less.
As moms, you take on a lot while asking for so little. We hope the above list will give you a little encouragement while also giving you the tools to put a little less pressure on yourself.
Set aside time for yourself as needed and remember every little thing you do is an accomplishment.
Foundations Christian School is still accepting new students for the 2022-2023 school year. If you are interested in enrolling your kids contact Carrie Alo at 607-271-1116 or fill out the enrollment form on our website.
As parents, we all want to see our students succeed to the best of their ability while in school. Not only is it a good feeling for the parents, but it’s an even better feeling for the students to succeed at something.
There’s a method out there known as SMART which is an acronym. The letter's meanings are as follows:
Below we will go into depth about the meaning of each letter and how implementing this method into your child's goal-setting can be very beneficial.
S - Specific
In order to make effective goals, it is important to define exactly what they are. Encourage your student to be as specific as possible while coming up with goals. The more specific, the better.
Maybe they have a test coming up, encourage them to study hard enough that they ace it! In order to help them specify their goals clearly, ask them these questions:
M - Measurable
Setting goals that are measurable is crucial for your child's goal setting. By doing this they will be able to track their progress while also seeing what else they may need to do in order to reach their targeted goal.
If your goal has data that you can measure while working to complete it, that makes it measurable. You need to help your student establish solid criteria for them to meet and track their progress.
Here are a few questions to have them ask themselves to make their goals more measurable:
A - Attainable
Talk with your student, are the goals they are setting truly attainable in the time frame they are allowing themselves to complete them?
For example, if they want to raise their grades from a C to an A, but the semester is almost over, they may have to settle for a B+ instead. That doesn’t mean the C to A goal has to be completely forgotten, however.
R - Relevant
Are your student's goals going to help them in the long run? No need to have them pour out tons of energy on a goal that won’t improve their academic success.
You want their goals to be productive while also benefiting them in some way. A results-focused approach will help your students achieve their goals while also helping them stay productive.
T - Time-bound
When do your students plan on having their goals accomplished? Their goals should always have a defined deadline with clear steps in order to reach the deadline chosen.
Without a clear time frame, there will be no sense of urgency which will give them very little motivation to complete their goals.
Encouraging your students to set clear goals for themselves at home is a great way to encourage academic success. The SMART method is an even better way for them to take goal-setting step by step.
Foundations Christian School is still accepting new students for the 2022-2023 school year. If you are interested in enrolling your student contact Carrie Alo at 607-271-1116 or fill out the enrollment application on our website.
We’ve all heard the phrase “the most important meal of the day is breakfast.” But have you ever considered how true that statement is? Instilling healthy eating habits into your child's daily routine is important, not just for breakfast but all three essential meals.
Does Food Really Impact Learning?
Whether you are young or old, you know how hard it may be to focus when you are hungry. You have probably experienced from a loved one or maybe even yourself the feeling of being “hangry.”
To put it simply, hungry children cannot learn properly. Often, the feeling of hunger will lead to irritability, poor attention span, and restlessness. None of these traits are ideal for the classroom.
Therefore, it is important for you to make sure your child is eating a hearty meal before they leave. Also, be sure their lunch - whether it’s packed or provided by their school - will be enough to sustain them throughout the rest of the day.
What Foods Encourage Learning?
The best food options for growing children are those with large amounts of dietary fiber and low-fat content. Fruits and veggies, lots of whole grains, and protein-packed meats will ensure your students feel satisfied throughout their day.
Eating these foods will also improve their ability to focus and think more clearly while in the classroom. There are also several other benefits that come with eating healthy.
They are as follows:
Whether it’s in the classroom, or at home you should always encourage your students to participate in healthy eating habits. It will improve both their learning abilities and their physical health.
Foundations Christian School is still accepting students for the 2022-2023 school year. If you are interested in enrolling your student, you may contact Carrie Alo at 607-271-1116 or fill out our enrollment form on our website!
As parents, you want to ensure your children get everything they can out of school. Learning may come easier for some kids and may be harder for others. Have you ever asked yourself why?
Every child learns differently. By identifying their primary learning style, you’ll be able to help your child learn subjects they may otherwise find difficult to understand or grasp. Read on below to learn how to pinpoint your child’s learning style.
There are four learning styles: visual, auditory, reading/writing, and kinesthetic. You may remember these styles by using the acronym “VARK.”
Visual Learning Style
Visual learners are often times very observant of themselves and the world around them. They are drawn to art and have a very strong sense of creativity.
If your child is a visual learner, they may also have a very strong memory. Often times visual learners can go into great detail about certain memories recalling details such as names, places, and people.
Signs you have a visual learner:
Auditory Learning Style
These learners are drawn to sounds. They may show special interest in music and learning how to play an instrument. If given the chance, they could become quite successful in these activities.
When your child was younger, did he or she perk up when conversations were buzzing around them? Or did they notice the sound of rain or maybe a neighbor mowing their lawn outside when others were oblivious?
If so, you may have an auditory learner on your hands. Here are some signs to look out for:
Reading/Writing Learning Style
This learning style may seem a bit self-explanatory, but it often goes unnoticed in children because reading and writing are a part of learning anyway. Are they especially good at remembering things they’ve just written or read? If so, they may be a reading/writing learner.
If your child is better at remembering things by writing them down, that could be another sign of their learning style. So, pay attention if they take more notes than usual or tell detailed stories about the books they’ve read.
Signs you have a reading/writing learner:
Kinesthetic Learning Style
Kinesthetic learners prefer to learn things with a more hands-on approach. They learn best by touching or doing tasks themselves.
Are they especially good at sports? Or maybe they really love dance classes or other various activities. If so, you may have a kinesthetic learner. These learners have amazing balance and may rely heavily on hand gestures while talking.
Signs you have a kinesthetic learner:
Every child is different. They will display the type of learning they prefer if you just watch them closely. You guarantee a successful school year by identifying your child's preferred learning style.
Foundations Christian School is still accepting new students for the 2022-2023 school year. If you would like to enroll, contact Carrie Alo at 607-271-6111 or fill out the enrollment form on our website.
Next week the students at Foundations Christian School have a couple of days off from school. We thought it would be a fun idea for this week's blog post to highlight some fun activities to do at home with your kids during these days off.
Days off from school do not have to be a stressful occurrence, read on below for some ideas to keep the kids entertained!
Maybe this idea seems a little obvious, but by crafty, we don’t just mean a coloring book and some crayons. We encourage you to find some fun craft ideas online you think your child or children may enjoy!
October is coming up and along with it comes the season of fall. There are lots of great craft ideas for some fall decorations to display around your house! Your kids will love it and they’ll love it, even more, when their artwork is displayed around your home.
Puzzles or Board Games
Maybe your kiddos are older and aren’t so enthused with crafts. Break out the board games and card games and host a game day! It’s a super fun way to keep the kids entertained along with encouraging spending time with family.
You can make it even more fun by hosting a certain game competition or race to see who can win the most games by the end of the day.
Build a Fort - Lifesize or Lego Style
Break out those legos or blocks or collect all the blankets and pillows your house has to offer and build a fort! Whether it’s a fort for toys or a fort for your kids, they are bound to have a blast!
If it’s a lego or block fort, host a competition to see who can build the best. If it’s a fort built out of pillows and blankets, build it and then have a movie day with popcorn and snacks!
Have the kids relax in their beautifully crafted fort while you get the work you need to be done around the house.
Motivate Them to Help Around the House
This idea may not be very fun for your kids, but it will definitely keep them entertained and teach them important skills. Let them know by doing chores, they are helping the family get through housework as a team.
You can appeal to your younger child's pride by “allowing” them to help you with the household chores like sweeping or loading the dishwasher. This may seem strange, but it definitely boosts your child's willingness to help out.
Break Out Some Books Encourage your kids to read during their downtime, or if they don’t know how yet give them some activities to help them learn how. Not only will this keep them entertained but it will help them with their learning abilities at school.
Keeping your kids entertained on their days off can be challenging, we hope the above ideas can help ease some of the challenges.
Foundations Christian School is still accepting new students for the 2022-2023 school year. If you are interested in enrolling your student contact Carrie Alo at 607-271-1116 or fill out the enrollment form on our website.
When it comes to school, field trip days are often the most memorable days for your students. Whether the trip is educational or purely for fun purposes, these trips will be remembered by your kids forever.
Let’s help them prepare as best they can for these awesome memories before them. Read on as we discuss some tips on how to help your kids have an awesome field trip with no potential mistakes or errors along the way.
Tip #1: Prep Students Before the Trip
This may seem self-explanatory, but giving your students a good idea of what to expect once they arrive at their field trip could make the day go that much smoother. If the field trip destination has a website, maybe look through it with your child and discuss some of the possible activities they may do.
Maybe you’ve been to where they are going before, discuss with them the lovely time and express to them how excited you are for them to have that same experience. Bonus points if you have pictures or videos from your trip to show them as well.
Tip #2: Engaging Activities During the Field Trip
This tip is geared more towards the teachers or chaperones of the upcoming field trip. It’s important to keep your students engaged the entire field trip to avoid any potential behavioral problems from boredom or restlessness.
Depending on the trip, you may not have to worry about keeping them engaged if the destination is chocked full of things to do, but if it’s a more educational-based trip, be sure to mix some fun in as well.
Nobody says education has to be all business all the time, make learning fun!
Tip #3: Post Field Trip Activities
Lastly, the fun doesn’t have to end when the kids board the bus again to head home. Keep engaging with them on the bus ride home. Maybe ask questions about the trip, like what their favorite part was or whether or not they’d want to return with their families one day.
For some students, the bus ride to and from their trip may be the most memorable part since they are sitting with their friends freely instead of being in front of textbooks. Don’t take this as an insult; every student is different, so be sure to make the entire trip engaging, so it’s fun for everyone.
Field trips are often what students look the most forward to when returning to school after summer vacation. Keep them fun and engaging so they will carry these amazing memories with them forever.
Foundations Christian School is still accepting new students for the 2022-2023 school year. If you are interested in enrolling your student, please contact Carrie Alo at 607-271-1116. Or fill out our registration form here.
Our goal is for this blog to be informative, entertaining and fun for parents and anyone who is interested in learning more about Foundations Christian School. Thanks for reading!