Conversation Starters for the Dinner Table

In this day and age, it can be very difficult to have consistent family times around the dinner table. Busy schedules, cell phones, and TV, provide distractions that threaten to steal from valuable family bonding during meal times, especially as children get older.

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Posted by Nathan Moe on 11/12/2018

When Should My Child Start Kindergarten?

We get this question all the time. Parents with children just reaching school-age want to know the potential benefits and/or drawbacks of the different options. We've operated an elementary school for over fifty years and have experience with pre-kindergarten programs - ours and others. And, because we are a school that serves children through twelfth grade, we also see the longer term affects of this decision. 

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Posted by David Hawes on 10/30/2018

Unraveling the Mystery of the College Application and Decision Process

In this article we will lay out the general timeline for the college application and decision process. Knowing these dates will help you and your student anticipate deadlines and reduce the stress that comes with rushing or procrastinating. We hope to help make your college preparation process to go more smoothly, effectively, and successfully.

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Posted by Nathan Moe on 10/23/2018

Tips for Working with your High School Senior in the College Decision Process

You as a parent know your student's strengths and weaknesses and can uniquely guide them accordingly, assisting them in their college decision process. Certainly, a parent should use wisdom and balance in this, as it could be easy for the student to feel that the decision is being made for them. At the same time, they will need your help and support. As is true in many other areas of parenting, the trick is to maintain a good balance between the extremes. Here are a few tips to assist in this process for you and your student:

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Posted by Nathan Moe on 10/16/2018

Is Your High School Senior Getting Stressed Out?

If you have a child who is currently a senior in high school, you know that the application process is heating up, deadlines are approaching, and the school-work required for seniors at academically challenging schools continues. In many ways, the transition to college for your child starts during the senior year with the assumption of responsibility in the college process and can bring with it an added measure of stress. 

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Posted by David Hawes on 10/12/2018

How to Make Mealtimes Work for Your Family

If I told you that spending mealtime together as a family is an important way to stay connected to your children and build family strength and unity, I feel like you’d give me the answer from the Geico commercial - “Everybody Knows That!!” But, not everybody knows how to make it happen - to actually be together during a meal. Here are a few thoughts that have helped my family and others to accomplish the goal.

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Posted by David Hawes on 9/11/2018

Introducing: The Christian School vs. Public School Ebook

You may have noticed in the past we have written several parts in a blog series about four questions Christian families should consider when deciding which school their children should attend. We decided it would be beneficial to wrap up all five of these parts, combining them into a single Ebook, for your convenience. Our wish is for it to make your decision a bit easier, in a process that can be somewhat challenging to navigate. Hopefully, it will give you new insight, or perhaps an alternate perspective on an important topic.

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Posted by Nathan Moe on 7/19/2017

7 Ways to Get Kids to Talk About Their School Day

No matter how solid the relationship is between a parent and a child, it can be tricky to get kids to talk about their day at school. But that kind of communication is vital as it can help you learn more about your child's interests, strengths and weaknesses. It may also alert you to any areas of concern that might arise, such difficulty in school, fights with friends, bullying on the playground, behavioral issues, or other important matters.

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Posted by Washington Christian Academy on 10/6/2015

A Balanced Approach to Athletics in Your Child’s Education: 3 Thoughts to Consider

Many boys and girls who grow up on athletic fields aspire to one day play sports in college and even professionally.  However, according to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), of the nearly eight million students currently participating in high school athletics in the United States, only 5.75% of them will compete at the college level.  And of that group, only a fraction will go on to compete as a professional athlete.

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Posted by Washington Christian Academy on 9/8/2015

5 Ways to Make the First Day of Kindergarten a Stellar Experience

For many children, the first day of kindergarten is a memorable experience. It is the first step on a long educational journey.  Parents can help their child get their school year off on the right foot by being prepared. Here are 5 ways parents can prepare for the first day of kindergarten so their children can enter the classroom with confidence:

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Posted by Washington Christian Academy on 8/11/2015