As I write this blog post, I am almost at the end of a three-day substitute teaching journey. I was a little worried coming into this job, and for a lot of reasons.
1. I did a short stint of majoring in education while I was in college. It only took me about five times of sitting on observing a kindergarten class to realize that I had chosen the wrong major.
2. I've never substitute taught before.
3. I was a little worried about how I would manage so many kids of varying ages, and varying grades, who were all doing different levels of work at the same time.
This week hasn't been too bad, and I can say that because as I write this, it's a Friday afternoon, and the week is almost over. I've learned a great deal of information while I've been here this week.
1. First of all, these kids are AMAZING. I can't tell you enough how impressed I am with them. Each one of them has his or her own level of initiative, and they know exactly what they need to do. They take charge of their studies, and they work really, REALLY hard.
2. Miss Linda is AMAZING. The fact that she does this job day in and day out, and she greets me with a smile when I normally come to pick my own kids up in the afternoons, is simply remarkable. It's easy to see that she has her own special way with each kid, and they have truly to rely on her, trust her, and love her.
3. Teaching is hard. It has to be one of the hardest jobs of all, and we should be thankful to teachers for all that they pour into our kids on a daily basis.
4. God MUST be the center of everything. Before my substitute teaching journey began, I spent a day at the school shadowing Miss Linda so that I could see exactly what she did, day in and day out. I was amazed at her strength, and the way she handled everything that was going on in the room. She knew exactly how to keep each child on task. However, because I was unfamiliar with the program at the school, I knew I had to rely on God to get me through each minute. He truly has, and I am very thankful.
If you're interested in knowing more about Foundations Christian School, we would love to talk with you. Contact us today!
Many parents have spent the 2013-2014 school year cringing over everything from Common Core standards to reports of bullying their kids have experienced in school. If you're reading this post, you may be able to relate, and it's possible that you have started to think about a different form of education for your children.
Homeschooling and private Christian schools are becoming more and more popular with parents because of their desires to remove their children from public schools. There are many benefits of each, of course. As a parent, it's up to you to make the decision that's best for your children, and for your family. Let's take a look at a few of those benefits.
Homeschooling has many obvious benefits that many families have enjoyed for years. Parents enjoying having more control over their child's curriculum. They get to decide (within the state's standards) what information is learned by their children, and when they learn it. Parents also have the opportunity to show their kids how much fun learning can be. A simple trip to the grocery store suddenly turns into a math lesson, or a family vacation to Gettysburg doubles as a history field trip. Kids benefit from homeschooling because they are given the individual attention they need (and crave) allowing them to work on areas where they seem to struggle the most in ways that just aren't possible in a public school setting.
Private Christian School
Private Christian schools are another excellent education alternative for families. When both parents work, homeschooling presents many challenges, especially for younger children. A private Christian school also offers children the chance to grow and mature socially, even though many areas offer similar programs for families of homeschooled children. Christian schools provide teaching that upholds the Christian values that are important to parents, and positive "peer pressure" aids in the adoption of these values at home. Many Christian schools are also small enough that students can enjoy one on one communication with their teachers on a regular basis, giving them the extra help they need, and allowing them to excel at their own paces.
Here at Foundations Christian School, we offer an excellent education alternative for children, and in the last few months, our numbers have grown even more. Whether you have been thinking about transitioning your children out of public school, or you've tried homeschooling in the past, you might have some questions about how a quality Christian education can work for your children, and benefit your family.
If that sounds like you, we would love to talk with you. Please contact us today for more information!
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It appears that after a long, hard winter (complete with too many snow days and two-hour delays), spring is finally in the air!
Tomorrow marks the last day of school for us here at Foundations Christian School before spring break begins. It's been an exciting year for us, and we're all looking forward to the break. We've experienced a great deal of growth in the school, and added several students to our roster after the Christmas break was over. We're thrilled to announce that we have even more students who are planning to join us for the 2014-2015 school year.
Whether you're going to be spending your spring break at home, or you're venturing out for a trip to Myrtle Beach or another warm, sunny place (like many families do), we'd like to encourage you to think about the plans you have for your children's education next year. Many families send their kids to public school because they believe that a private, Christian education is probably just too expensive. As a result, they never really consider the options they have.
If you have questions about Foundations Christian School, compile a list of them, and then get in touch with us once you return from your vacation, or from your time at home during spring break. We're eager to hear from you, and we believe that you'll be excited about what you learn once you talk with us.
No matter where you're headed for spring break, we pray you have a safe and relaxing week. If you have questions about Foundations Christian School, please contact us today!
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Field trips have been an important part of education for students for years. All across the country, school districts have allotted for a certain number of days each year for students to venture out to area museums, cultural institutions and historical sites so that they can make practical implications to their studies.
Here at Foundations Christian School, we've taken the last few months off from taking field trips. However, now that the nice weather is back (we hope to stay!), we're looking forward to enjoying them again in the near future.
Our most recent field trip was to the Sciencenter in Ithaca, where the kids enjoyed all of the exhibits, which included hands-on, interactive activities as well as live animal exhibits. This year the kids have been apple picking, they've visited the Corning Museum of Glass, and they've gone on several other educational trips.
According to an article on the EducationNext website, many schools in the United States have started to cut back on the number of field trips they offer. Museums have reported that they're seeing less and less students every year. Here at Foundations Christian School, field trips are a valuable part of our kids' education, and we want you to know that we are always looking for ways for them to really experience science and art, and many of the other subjects they're learning in class.
If you would like to know more information about Foundations Christian School, we'd like to invite you to take a tour of our website. Please contact us with any questions, or to discuss getting a tour of the school in preparation for the 2014-2015 school year.
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