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How Christian Schools Provide a Christ-centered Education for Your Children

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Like many people today, you might be concerned about the environment of the world in which we live. While it’s true that many students receive a quality education in public schools, perhaps you have decided that you want to select a school that will support the things that you are teaching your children at home. Attending Christian schools can be exactly what you are looking for for your children. The Foundation – At Christian schools, scholastics are only part of the focus. Christlike values are also emphasized throughout the day. A typical day begins with a prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, and an overview of the agenda for the day. An honor code is an important aspect of any Christ-centered school, as cheating and stealing are not accepted. In fact, the Ten Commandments that were given by Jesus Christ are the basis for each day, with an emphasis on kindness and serving others. Obedience to parents and to God’s commandments are constantly taught. The Curriculum – Even though Christian schools are private, they still need to offer the subjects that are mandated by the state in order to be accredited. The difference is that there is a Christian theme that accompanies each subject. When studying mathematics, the measurements of Noah’s ark may be discussed. While studying the sciences, the creation of the things in our skies and the creation of animals will be taught. The study of the human body will be linked to the creation of Adam and Eve, and the students will be taught that our bodies are sacred and should be well taken care of. A study of geography could include the travels of Jesus Christ and of his disciples. As health is studied, there will also be a focus on the nutritious foods that were provided for us, and how our bodies work at their best when exercise is part of our routine. Christian schools, such as Bethany Lutheran School, facilitate a close connection between the directors, the office staff, the teachers, the parents, and the children. Each has a personal roll in education, and success cannot effectively be met without each person doing his or her part. During high school, college attendance is emphasized as one of the goals. However, students are also encouraged to follow personal inspiration that may lead them to pursue occupations or attend a trade school. Students are taught that the most important thing to consider when planning for the future is to follow the life and teachings of Jesus...

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How To Guarantee That Your College Admissions Essay Stands Out

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Most college applications will require you to write an admissions essay. Your essay will be read by admissions officers who read thousands of other applications and essays. To guarantee that your essay stands out in a positive way, be sure to do the following: 1. Choose Your Topic Carefully The four most popular types of essay questions allow you to reflect on yourself, your passions, the school, and your intellectual curiosity. You usually have a choice between at least two of such essay prompts. When you make your selection, choose carefully. These prompts, while personal, can easily produce redundant, dull essays if you are too general. Select whichever prompt you have a more interesting answer to, even if you think the topic is less impressive. For instance, if the topics you have to choose from are “write about your favorite activity” or “describe a challenging experience that shaped you,” pick whichever topic best fits your personality. If the most difficult challenge you have faced was failing your SATs the first time (like thousands of other students), then write about your favorite activity so that your essay is more unique.  2. Be Compelling Admissions officers read thousands of essays on the same topic and it can be boring. Grammar mistakes, typos, and disorganized essays are not so boring, but they stand out in a negative way. Well-written essays don’t necessarily stand out in a positive manner, though, because officers read a ton of essays that are mistake-free. If you want to catch your reader’s attention, choose a topic that is memorable, write in an engaging tone, and tell a story that will help admissions officers to think of you as a student at their school, not another nameless, faceless page. In other words, follow the guidelines, but be creative. A compelling essay always stands out. 3. Get Guidance from Experts Writing for admissions officers is not the same as crafting an essay for your English teacher. To be sure that your essay has your target audience in mind, write your essay according to the advice given by a college admissions expert. Experts, like College Start Online, specialize in helping students get into their preferred college. You may even be able to look up tips from a college admissions expert at the specific college you are applying to if you contact a college admissions guidance service. Some colleges even post examples on their websites of the best essays that they have received, which allows you to get an idea of what admission officers are looking...

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Sticky Situations: Four Driving Experiences That Should Be Part Of Your Teenager’s Driving Lessons

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Driving lessons are something that every teenager (and parent) must endure before finally being rewarded with the greatest ticket to freedom. Yes, that means the driver’s license. Each state has different requirements for when driving lessons may begin and what should be taught. But, no matter what state you live in, there are some driving situations that all teenagers should experience before getting their license. 4 Important Driving Situations to Experience During Lessons Inclement Weather: Regardless of where you live, at some time your teen will drive in inclement weather. This may mean rainstorms, snow, strong winds, fog, or ice. Every teenager needs to tackle these hazardous driving conditions with an experienced adult the first time. Knowing about braking safely, driving defensively, and how to use the car’s controls properly are important before they tackle the same situation alone. Car Breakdown: It’s one thing to talk about what to do when a car has a breakdown or malfunction, and another to handle it well when it happens. To really give your teenager a test to see if they are prepared, play pretend. Don’t just teach your child to change a tire. Have them change one on the side of the road (safely with you there). Play a game of “what if”. What if it was nighttime, what would you do? What if your cell phone was dead, what then? What if another motorist offers a ride for help? The Unhappy Side: For teens, driving is fun and exciting. However, some situations they’ll experience when driving can cause emotional reactions that are distracting. In these instances, it’s easy to overlook basic skills and rules of the road. Try to have your child drive enough that they experience unpleasant, stressful, or difficult situations. Some of these experiences include giving the right-of-way to emergency vehicles and encountering a funeral procession or traffic accident. And, while you don’t want your child to have a firsthand encounter with law enforcement, you should prepare your teen for how to react appropriately in a traffic stop. Unfamiliar Areas: Before your teen gets their license, make sure they can navigate to a destination without much help. You won’t always be there to tell them what exit to take and which way is north, south, east or west. And, GPS is a wonderful technology but it isn’t foolproof. Take a few trips where you let your teen find their own way. At least this time you’ll be there to get them back on the right road safely if they get lost. Some of the best driving lessons aren’t about the driving itself, but the experience. Make sure your teenager’s lessons include experience in these important driving...

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Do You Provide Child Care? 6 Ways to Help Reduce the Spread of Germs

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you run a daycare, you know how important it is to keep germs under control, especially during cold and flu season. It’s impossible to remove all the germs from a play area but it is possible to reduce the spread of those sickness causing germs. Take a look at a few ways you can help prevent the spread of sickness in your daycare facility. Open Windows at Least Once a Day Closed spaces provide the perfect environment for germs to thrive. Try to open your windows at least once a day. This will allow fresh air to circulate through the facility, and will help get rid of the germs. Provide Separate Cubicles for Personal Items When children place all of their personal items together in one central location, germs can transfer from one surface to another. Provide each child with their own separate storage cubicle instead. Separate Cribs & Nap Mats Children that nap too close to each other can accidentally spread germs while they’re asleep. There should be enough space between cribs and mats to prevent children from coughing and sneezing on each other during nap time. Keep Hand Sanitizer & a Trashcan Near the Tissues During cold season, children go through a lot of tissues for their noses. If there isn’t a trashcan near the tissues, children will carry the tissues through the day care facility, spreading germs as they go. Keep hand sanitizer and a trashcan near the box of tissues. Teach the children that they should throw the tissue away and then use the hand sanitizer before leaving the area. Teach Children the Proper Way to Cover Their Mouth Most children do not know the proper way to cover their mouth when they sneeze or cough. Spend a few minutes teaching children how to sneeze or cough into their arm, rather than their hand. This will prevent the spread of germs through hand-to-hand contact. Disinfect Toys Each Night Children spend most of the day playing with the toys. Reduce the spread of germs by disinfecting the toys once the last child leaves for the night. Even if you can’t physically wipe down each individual toy, you can spray them with an aerosol disinfectant. This will kill the germs and give the disinfectant time to dry before the children arrive in the morning. Illness can spread quickly among children. You can reduce the spread of germs in your daycare facility by following these simple safety tips. Find out more tips through other institutions such as Imagination Childcare...

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