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.
For most kids, staying energized at school, especially early morning, can be difficult. It’s hard to get back into the swing of early school morning after the long summer break they just enjoyed.
Below we will give you a few tips and tricks to help your kids feel energized during their school day.
Keep Them Grounded in Their Faith
When your students are drowsy and uninterested in participating in the school day ahead of them, teach them to lean on Jesus when they need that extra bit of strength. Philippians 4:13 states “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.
Remind them of this verse as they head out the door.
Take the School Year One Day at a Time
Tackle one homework assignment and one daily challenge with your student at a time. Going back to school can be stressful to get back into for your student, but guide them slowly through it until they are accustomed to the challenges this school year may bring.
Teach Your Students Not to Procrastinate
It can be easy for your kids to push their homework off until the last minute. Guide them into thinking and believing that getting their work done sooner rather than later will benefit them greatly in the long run.
This will eliminate any extra stress they may be feeling and will give you the peace of mind that their work is getting done in a timely manner.
Establish a Daily Classroom Routine
This tip is more directed towards teachers. A daily routine for your students will help them feel more at ease in the classroom. While every day may not be exactly the same, the general idea of what to expect in the classroom will benefit your students in the long run.
Keeping Your Kids Grateful
Remind your kids on the more difficult mornings that attending school is a privilege, not necessarily a given right. Maybe in the morning try discussing the things they are grateful for that day, or if they can’t think of anything maybe practice this activity at dinner time as a family.
Teaching them gratitude early on will benefit your students as they progress through school.
Navigating the school year ahead of your students can be difficult and in some circumstances a little intimidating. Utilize the above tips and tricks to help your kiddos get through the school year with a positive outlook.
Foundations Christian School is still accepting students for the 2022-2023 school year. Contact Carrie Alo at 607-271-6111 or apply online today!
The students and teachers at Foundations Christian School had a fantastic first day back to school yesterday! I mean truly - look at all those happy looks on their faces!
Foundations Christian School is still accepting new students for this school year despite the first day being yesterday! Visit our website and fill out our registration form or contact Carrie Alo at 607-271-1116.
Now that it’s almost time for school to be back in session, we wanted to go over some of the supplies that aren’t on your typical back-to-school supply list, but they should be. These few supplies could be the school year game changer for the teachers' sake and your students.
You may be thinking…Why does my student need their own sharpener when most classrooms already come equipped with them? Well, the lines to the sharpener can get long and cause chaos throughout the classroom making it that much more difficult for your student's teacher to regain control of their class. If your student has their own, it’ll eliminate the need for them to move from their desk more than they need to.
Nothing helps your student remember things better than cute little post-it notes they can post throughout their books or assignments. We guarantee they’ll be on track for the school year's assignments and their teachers will be impressed by their organization skills. It even implements a little fun into your student's daily routine of keeping their books organized for class.
For those students who find it a little harder to stay on track while reading or taking notes, highlighters could be a game changer. With these markers, they will be able to mark where they leave off reading, important notes for them to study, or make a color-coded key to reference back to when needed.
With the same idea in mind as the pencil sharpeners, equipping your student with their own hand sanitizer could relieve a lot of stress from their teachers. This will negate the need for your students to constantly move around the class to wash their hands. It will also help eliminate those back-to-school germs we parents are all too familiar with.
Reusable Water Bottles
Lastly, keeping your students hydrated throughout their school day is important, but getting out of their seats to go to the drinking fountain can become a hassle for their teacher. Consider supplying them with a reusable water bottle to keep at school for them refill throughout the day as needed. This will remove the need for them to constantly move around to the water fountain and help them concentrate more on learning.
Foundations Christian School is committed to making sure your students get the best education possible, in order to do so it’s important to eliminate as many distractions in the classroom as possible. The supplies listed above will not only make your students' lives easier but their teacher's as well.
Are you looking for a solid, Christian education for your kids? Foundations Christian School is still accepting new enrollments. Contact us today!
When it comes to deciding what type of schooling is best for your child, it is important to weigh all of the pros and cons before deciding. There has long been a debate about whether a Christian private school is better for kids, or if homeschooling is truly the way to go in order for kids to get the most out of their education.
Below we will highlight a few of the pros and cons of each to help aid in the process of deciding which schooling option is best for your family.
Christian Private School
It may seem strange that as a Christian school we are willing to list some of the cons of choosing a Christian school along with the pros, but we want to be honest as we diligently choose the right schooling for our kids.
After all, we know at the end of the day that they are your first priority.
1. Intimate Learning Environment for Your Kids
One of the many benefits of attending a private school is your kids are guaranteed a more personalized learning experience. Private schools typically have a low student-to-teacher ratio which gives the teachers an opportunity to really take their time with their students and help them learn everything they need to in order to move on to the next grade level with confidence.
2. Biblical Worldview
Private schools have the open opportunity to tie biblical knowledge in with the typical worldviews we hear about today. By doing this your kids will be equipped with the correct knowledge to stand up against the typical ways of the world and stand out against the odds. They will have the ability to challenge the world and its opinions and share the real truth with everyone around them.
3. Stable Friendships and Relationships
Your kids will develop close-knit relationships that will stick with them forever. God will be the foundation of all their friendships meaning they will be as strong as ever.
1. Growing in a Closed “Bubble”
It is important as parents that you are still exposing your kids to the real things that happen in the world despite where they go to school. Christian schools don’t tend to dive into things going on in the world currently as public schools do. Make sure you are educating your kids and conversing with them at home about the things going on around them every day.
2. Extremely Strict Environment
We’ve all heard stories of kids who grew up in a Christian household moving on and rebelling once they are older. Why do they do that? Because they were often too sheltered or placed in too strict of an environment. Be sure you teach your kids right from wrong but also leave time for them to be open to discussions about things they may be curious about.
3. The Expense
Christian schools are often times perceived as more expensive than the other alternatives. Some tuitions can be pricey but it is ultimately up to you to decide what is best for your kids and your family.
Homeschool Homeschooling along with private Christian schools also features many pros and cons. We’ve carefully selected a few to help aid you in the decision process of where you think your kids should attend school.
1. Easier to Teach and Learn
Doing school at home gives your child the opportunity to learn at their own pace, and for you to teach them at that same pace. This also gives you the chance to adapt your teaching style to their learning style making their learning an even more rewarding process.
2. Discipline Issues in the Classroom are Eliminated
Since your child won’t be sharing their learning atmosphere with 15-20 other kids they will be able to learn more rapidly without interruptions.
3. A Great Use of Time
You will be able to move along with the easier subjects for your children when typically they would have to wait for everyone in their class to be on the same page before they could move on. This gives them the advantage to move along in grade levels much quicker than they may in public or private schools.
Keep in mind that the decision to homeschool can sometimes impact the income of your household. In most cases, one parent will stay home and teach while the other works, this is not always enough income for particular households to live by.
2. Adapting to This New Reality Can be Tough
It can be difficult at first for your kids to adjust to not being on the strict schedule most schools are typically on. Be patient with them as they get used to the change between school in a normal classroom versus school at their dining room table.
3. No Social Interactions During Studying
They will no longer be given the opportunity to socialize throughout their day of learning. This means they will need other activities like sports, clubs, or groups outside of their home to be sure they are getting the social interaction they need in order to grow.
In ConclusionWe hope reading over these lists of pros and cons will make it easier for you to choose the best schooling for your family's needs.
If you are interested in your children attending a private Christian school, Foundations Christian School is still accepting enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year. Contact us!
We were excited to see some familiar faces at our open house last night as we gear up for the 2022-2023 school year!
We want to thank everyone who attended last night with their kids! We are over the moon with excitement for the upcoming school year!
Yummy treats were shared by all!
A sneak peek of Foundations Christian School computer lab, complete with laptops, tablets, and 3D printers!
A lovely representation of the positivity we will pour into your child's life!
As August whizzes by you are doing everything you can to get your kids ready to go back to school, physically and emotionally. Tensions are high as your kid's moods vary from excitement to nervousness about the impending first day back.
That’s why we’re here to share with you a few tips and tricks to get your kids excited and relaxed about returning to school.
1. Get Your Child Organized
Keeping their tools and supplies organized all year is a challenge for most young children. Keep in mind they are learning as they go along to become more independent every day.
Help them keep their backpacks organized by giving them the correct tools for organization such as folders, binders, pencil cases, etc. Not only will your kids thank you, but their teachers will also be impressed by the prepared student in their class.
2. Establish an Effective Routine
Mornings set the tone for the rest of your child’s day. It is important to get them into the swing of a routine to ensure the morning always goes as smoothly as possible before they head to school.
To make it easier for them to get into a routine before school, you could try waking them up at normal school times a week or two before school starts. That way they’ll already be a little prepared for the early morning hours of school days.
3. Never Let Them Leave Without Breakfast
Along with organizing a healthy routine for the morning, breakfast should always be an important step in their routine. It’s easy to skip breakfast, especially with how crazy weekday mornings can be with everyone rushing around.
We suggest if they don’t have time for a sit-down meal before heading out the door, keep things like granola bars or fruit on hand for them to grab on their way out. It’s better than nothing and will help to start their day on the right track.
4. Encourage Getting Things Ready the Night Before
Nothing makes a busy morning less busy than getting what you can prepare the night before. Encourage your kids to pick out their clothes, pack their lunch, or even shower the night before instead of leaving it for the morning. This will only make the next morning run that much more smoothly setting the tone for the busy day ahead of them.
5. Chat About Safety
You can never give your children enough wisdom about safety. Review with them the rule of their school and explain to them why those rules are in place.
By doing this they won’t feel like they are being lectured to listen, rather they will feel more comfortable with listening to directions in case of an emergency situation because they will know the reasoning behind it.
Teach them about things like fire drills or lockdown drills so if the situation ever arises they won’t be scared. The more you teach them, the more at ease they will feel.
In Conclusion Setting your children up for greatness before school is important and it’s not difficult to do. By utilizing the tips above your kids will feel safe in their new school environment and their teachers will thank you in the long run.
Are you looking for a great Christian school in the Elmira, Horseheads, or Corning area? Enrollment is open at Foundations Christian School! Contact us today to learn more!
For some families, this time of year is exciting. The kids are still enjoying their summer vacations, and they're starting to look forward to going back to school. However, not all families have that excitement when it comes to thinking about what the year has in store for them at school:
Maybe you're one of those families who is looking for a better alternative for your kids for school this year, and if so, Foundations Christian School in Big Flats, New York is exactly what you've been wishing for.
Foundation Christian School offers:
There are so many great benefits to sending your kids to a Christian school, but many families find it difficult to do that because of the cost of private Christian schools. Here at Foundations Christian School, we have one of the lowest tuition prices you'll find in the Southern Tier, and if you're able to volunteer, we even have discounts on tuition.
Our goal is to provide your child with a Christian environment that will help him or her to grow strong in faith, and receive an excellent education. We are currently enrolling students for the 2016-2017 school year!
If you'd like to learn more, please contact our principal, Carrie Alo at 607-271-1116. We would be happy to schedule a tour for you as well.
Let us help you make this upcoming school year one to remember!
That's right! It's happening again!
If you were able to come to our Square-dance and Chili Cookoff, then you know that at Foundations Christian School, we know how to throw a party! We're doing it again, in just a few weeks with our 50s Dinner.
This awesome event will be held on May 14th from 12pm to 7pm, and it will take place right in our school parking lot, at Big Flats Wesleyan Church in Big Flats, NY. We've pulled out all the stops to bring you an authentic 50s experience too, including waitresses wearing poodle skirts who will bring your food right to your car! We'll also have tables set up just in case you want to stay a while and enjoy some great 50s music. Feel free to visit us for lunch, dinner, or anytime in between. Hang out all day if you'd like to!
While you're here, if you'd like to see our school, we'll be having tours inside, so don't be afraid to ask! We're happy to show you around!
These events are always so much fun, and we love supporting our students and teachers as they finish off the year strong!
If you would like more information about Foundations Christian School, please contact us!
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!