Effective Strategies for Helping With Homework

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Homework presents many benefits for both students and teachers. It gives schoolchildren the opportunity to study and review the lessons of the day. Teachers also get a chance to gauge their students’ progress through homework results. For parent’s, however, this time of day is typically marked by frustration. Let’s discuss a few tips for helping with homework:

Build a Designated Homework Spot at Home

Help your child zone out distractions by setting up a quiet homework station mimicking an office. This advice is especially useful if your schooler has younger siblings at home. Be sure to stock the area with various tools to get the job done, such as pencils, sharpeners, and erasers. This way, you eliminate the hassle of having to search for supplies each day. If there is no room at home for a dedicated homework center, don’t rule out the dining room table. Set a time of day when your meals aren’t scheduled, turn off all media distractions, and work with a portable supply bin.

Set a Routine

Now that you’ve covered where homework gets done, it’s time to decide the most appropriate time-slot for completing assignments. You can teach your child the importance of honesty by listening to their concerns and preferences. Some students like to relax after a long day at school while others need to do homework right away. Allow your child to take some control and observe how much easier homework becomes.

Discover Your Child’s Learning Style

Every child learns differently. Some prefer working independently, while others favor an adult close by. To ease frustrations for both you and your child, call a family meeting to discuss the best ways to approach homework. If your child is an independent learner, give them the freedom to work alone and review the results afterward. If your child thrives with direction, then lead the way and answer any questions as that may arise.

Take a Positive Approach

Your attitude toward homework plays a large role in how your child perceives the task. If you demonstrate a healthy approach to homework, your child is likely to do the same. The opposite is also true.

Work in Quick Breaks

If you notice your child becoming frustrated by an assignment, give them a breather and then get back when emotional outbursts calm down.

When to Get a Tutor

Whether your child is attending public school or private school, the older he or she gets, the more complicated assignments become. If your middle or high schooler is struggling with research or more challenging assignments, the best advice is to seek out an experienced after-school tutor. There are numerous options available today, including in-home, local, or virtual tutors.

The Take-Home Message

Parents and children who dread homework have an opportunity to change the situation with the tips outlined in this article. When students learn to master homework, the benefits don’t stop there. Studies indicate that students who successfully manage homework are, in essence, nurturing independent living skills. At the end of the day, parents can use the aforementioned tips to take a proactive approach to ensure smooth sailing during homework time.

Five Dinnertime Prayers We Love

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With how busy our lives can get, oftentimes the only time the whole family comes together to enjoy each other’s company is around the dinner table. This time together is a blessing, an opportunity to share each other’s triumphs and help each other through the struggle of our days. We know how important prayer is to a family, and beginning the bonding around the dinner table with a good prayer can set the tone for a great evening. Dinnertime prayer is especially important for kids enrolled in a religious private school, as taking a moment of their day to appreciate the Lord with their family will provide a much-needed moment of meditation and togetherness. We have listed below five wonderful prayers for every occasion to start your dinner off on the right foot.

When you only have a few minutes:

Bless us, dear Lord, and these thy gifts which we are about to receive from thy bounty through Christ our Lord. Amen.

When you’re feeling especially grateful:

Give us grateful hearts,
O Father, for all thy mercies,
And make us mindful
Of the needs of others;
Through the grace of our Lord.
Amen.

When you need a chuckle:

Good food, Good meat, Good God, Let’s eat!

When you need a simple prayer for your child to lead:

A B C D E F G
Thank you, God,
For feeding me.
Amen.

When you feel the Lord with you:

Thank you, Lord. These are simple words but they come from simple hearts that overflow with the realization of your goodness.

We ask you to bless us as we eat, bless this food and bless the hands that prepared it. May the words of our lips spring forth from hearts of gratitude and may we bless others as we fellowship today.

Amen.

Unlocking the Key to Kindness

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Both as adults and children, the lesson of kindness can be a difficult one to master, albeit an important one. Treating others with kindness is right up there, with regards to importance, with practicing/remembering the importance of honesty and appreciating yourself. Although the nurturing environment provided by private schools is a step in the right direction (one that you may be able to take advantage of for free), as parents it is our responsibility to guide our children through the inevitable bumps of childhood–not only by teaching them to react with kindness, but by acting kindly towards ourselves and others.

Whether it’s teaching tolerance toward a bully or showing generosity toward those less fortunate, as faithful parents, we must teach our children that each act of kindness serves as a living reflection of God’s love to others. (Paul 2:4)

Fortunately, there are simple play activities that you can act out with your child to teach them to respond to difficult situations with love and forgiveness, especially when they have been hurt or offended.

For Your Pre-K Child

Remember, that as a part of the fruit of holy spirit, kindness must also be accompanied by goodness. (Galatians 5:22-23) This exercise is a wonderful way to help your child “clothe” him or herself in kindness by choosing to be kind to others.
(Colossians 3:12)

First, tell your children that the family is throwing a party, and that they get to choose their outfits for the festivities. Give them different dress-up options for fun but be sure to lay out enough hats for each child attending the party. As the children ‘get ready,’ encourage them to choose a special hat in order to get a special job at the party.

After everyone is ready, set the table with snacks and have your child ask everyone to join you both. Once they are all seated, ask each child wearing a hat to do something kind– like serve a snack to another child before serving themselves or pass out napkins to everyone.

Afterward, explain to your children that we must “put on” kindness every morning. Show them that kindness is something we choose by reminding them that they chose to put on a special hat for the party and each child wearing a hat acted kindly toward everyone–even the children not wearing hats. Use this moment as an opportunity to talk about the ways each person showed kindness at the party and how we can choose kindness in our daily lives.

For Your Elementary School Child

Supplies: For this activity, you’ll need a coin, white paper and several crayons in bright colors, as well as one black crayon.

Using the paper and the black crayon, draw an outline of a person on the paper. Together with your child, color the outline in using the bright colors. As you work together, use this moment to explain how God designed us to show His love and kindness to those around us. Remind your child that our actions reflect His goodness to others.

Next, give your child the black crayon and have him or her add black splotches over the bright colors. As he or she does this, explain to your child that when we don’t treat others with kindness, our lives stop reflecting the love and goodness of God. As your child finishes, discuss different situations in which people may act unkind toward others.

Use the coin to lightly scratch away the black patches. As you do this, explain to your child that when we show kindness to others, the kindness of God begins to shine through again. Teach them that kindness not only blesses others through our actions, but also helps people see the ultimate Creator of that kindness.

Although instilling kindness and goodness is not a one time lesson or exercise, these activities can help you start an early dialogue with your children about practicing kindness and compassion.

By teaching them to treat others with kindness, you are also helping them reflect the image of God in their actions. Many of our programs highlight compassion, empathy, and kindness through familial and community engagement. For more on how to apply and receive financial aid for private school, we encourage you to contact Corner Stone Christian Academy & Tykes at (702) 939-5050.

A Family Guide to Helping Others

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The definition of a strong family bond differs from family to family. While there is no right or wrong meaning, spending quality time together is one of the main ways to strengthen the familial unit. As a family of faith, you have one more obligation. Service to others is part of the contract between you and God, and what better way to strengthen your family, and community, than to serve God through community service?

Service with a Smile

The example of quality service was set by Jesus, as a way to connect to those around us. When we think of helping others, we may have the mistaken idea that it has to be a huge deal, with a great time commitment; it doesn’t. Helping someone might be as simple as giving them a ride somewhere, buying them some milk while you are at the store, or rolling their trash cans to the curb. Family members of all ages can help others and will feel joy for having done it. Service to others is an act of love which brings us closer to God.

Share You

Each of us has our own strengths and weaknesses. Many times, family members will complement each other in that manner, using their own strength where the other is weak. The same goes for service- find an area in which your family is strong and provide that to others. It might be baking cookies for a fundraiser, or organizing a group to clean up the local park. Someone in your community needs your strengths right now.

We Will Eventually Need Help Too

When life throws you a curve, and it will, remember to allow others to help you. Just as you have come to enjoy being of service to others, others wish to be of service to you too. Let your spouse, children, neighbors and community aid you in your time of need. It will bring you closer together, as well as closer to God.

Did you know that you can potentially send your child to private school for free? Even if you’ve filed for bankruptcy or have gone through some form of financial hardship, you may still qualify for financial aid. For information about financial aid for private school, please contact CornerStone Christian Academy & Tykes at (702) 939-5050.

How to Be a Faithful Parent

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What does it mean to be a faithful parent? It means that not only do you trust in God, but you instill that trust into your children so that when life throws them a curve, they know who to turn to. This does not mean your work is finished, but it does involve coming to terms with the fact that you cannot control everything that will happen lives of your children. In fact, the older they get, the more they will realize it as well. It’s your job to explain to your children that knowing that God is there for them will give them comfort for life.

Perfection Is an Illusion

No human is perfect. Not only is perfection an illusion, it’s a waste of time. God doesn’t expect perfection from you, either as an individual or as a parent. At the end of the day, He simply wants you to live your life well and to have faith in Him. Teaching your children that perfection is unattainable, but that doing their best is the true goal, will aid in their self-esteem. Knowing that they don’t have to compete with their peers for God’s love is just another way of being a good and faithful parent.

Learn Together

We know that one of the best ways to teach our children is by setting a good example. The next time you stress about something, share it with your children and allow them to watch you lean on God for help. By doing this, you show them that you are human with your own limitations and that you need God during trying times. You can pray together in church and your children can help you to brainstorm solutions to difficult problems. The point is to show them that family and faith go hand-in-hand, so make efforts to blend these important values together.

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; They are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness” (Lam.3:22-23 NIV).

For information about financial aid for private school, please contact CornerStone Christian Academy & Tykes at (702) 939-5050.