In the United States of America, we are about to inaugurate a new president into office. The word president means “the elected head of republican state,” and it is a word that ought to command the respect and honor of the people. “President” is a title that our country has bestowed upon 44, soon to be 45, leaders. For parents, it is particularly important that we teach our kids about the history of the inauguration, the importance of the peaceful transfer of leadership that it represents, the biblical principles that underlie our submission to the authorities placed above us, and the ways we can do God’s work in that submission.
Do you ever wonder why we call it Labor Day when it is one of the days on which we do not labor? I sure have. Labor Day is one of the only holidays we celebrate that is seemingly named for what doesn’t happen on that day. Labor Day wasn’t always a day of rest, though. In fact, the first Labor Day wasn’t a national holiday at all. It began in the streets of New York City on September 5, 1882, when thousands of American laborers took the day off to march on behalf of the rights of workers like themselves.
Although Labor Day 2016 has lost much of the original intent of the day—and you’re probably not going to spend your day off taking to the streets with your coworkers—I have some ideas for ways that we can honor the original intent of Labor Day while we enjoy our three day weekends (for those of us lucky enough to have weekends off).
Online homeschool is amazing because you will likely have people and resources available to help you figure out what your child needs to learn to be on track. Still, there are some things you can do to make sure you are prepared for the coming year.
Michael Andrew is a seventeen-year-old with a God-given gift for swimming. He has broken more National Age Group Records than any other US swimmer, including Michael Phelps. Although he missed qualifying for the Rio Olympic team by .64 seconds, he did set the World Junior Record in the 100 meter Breaststroke. “Now’s just not my time,” Michael Andrew told reporters with a smile on his face, just moments after his Olympic trials came to a close. What gives him this peace and steadfast determination?
Fall is nearly upon us, and right now you have an opportunity for a fresh start in organizing your homeschooling. An often overlooked aspect of this organization, though, is your children’s learning environments. Designing an environment in which your child can focus is one of the most important things you can do to promote his or her success.
Many students require different kinds of learning environments, though. There is no right way to learn. It’s important to figure out which learning environments work for each student’s learning style. As Cynthia Tobias explains in her book, The Way They Learn, allowing students to create different learning environments for themselves can also be a big step towards helping them to be motivated and focused.
If you are educated at home, you can learn in whatever way your parents will allow! The key is getting them on board in creating the learning environment that will help you truly thrive. This might mean having an animal by your side as you work: a school dog. While the benefits of a school dog may seem apparent to you, you may have to spell things out for your parents. A dog can improve your learning environment and help you become more complete physically, mentally, and spiritually. These are all things that your parents want for you. Below are 10 points that can help you make the case for getting a school dog.
Having fun away from home is awesome, but you can only plan so many vacations. Fortunately that doesn’t mean your family can’t get outside and have fun together right in your own backyard. We have some ideas to help you make family time in your backyard more engaging for you and your kids.
Take your child’s education outside this summer, and enjoy some science fun in God’s creation! Summer presents so many opportunities for types of science fun that cannot be enjoyed during other times of the year, and we have some ideas for how you can make the most of these opportunities.
Check out these projects packed with science fun for your kids! They are sure to keep them learning this summer! Some of these experiments can be a little messy, but they clean up readily on a surface that can be hosed off.
Going away to an adventure summer camp is a rite of passage, and a great opportunity for your son or daughter to grow in his or her independence and confidence. A good adventure can also help build self-esteem and dependence on God. If your child is not yet signed up for an adventure summer camp, it is not too late! Research camps in your area and check with local churches or Young Life to see what options are available.
Some of the great things about going away to adventure summer camp can be undermined if your child goes away to camp unprepared. Here are some tips to make sure your child shows up with everything he or she needs for a transformative and positive experience at an adventure summer camp:
Books are fun, amazing vehicles for transferring knowledge and adventure—and reading is great for a growing mind. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to convince your kids that books are fun. We have some suggestions for activities you can do with the books your kids are reading to help deepen their understanding and make the stories come to life.
Now that summer is in full swing, you may have many a backyard BBQ to attend or host. There are plenty of fattening foods associated with a backyard BBQ, but you can bring a lot more to the table this summer than chips and potato salad. We have some ideas for side dishes, desserts, and even drinks to help you out of that rut.
For many of us, Independence Day means flags, lake days, fireworks, and barbeques—maybe even a day off of school or work. All of that stuff is wonderful, but it can be enriched when we take the time to consider how Independence Day began, and what it means to us now. If you are looking for a fun activity to do with your kids to get them thinking about what Independence Day is, you can write an Independence Day poem with them! You can write one all together, or you can each write your own and have fun sharing them with one another.
Now, not all of us are comfortable thinking of ourselves as poets, but writing an Independence Day poem can be a golden opportunity to model artistic freedom for your family, just making something without fear of failure. Plus, we have some advice and some templates for you to use. Don’t be afraid to take an unexpected angle in your poem!
Now that summer is here, there are many things to get busy doing outside, but make sure to bring a book! There is no better way to stay academically in shape than by reading books. Studies show that students who participate in recommended reading programs over the summer actually gain knowledge rather than losing it.
With the sun out, you have a fantastic opportunity to get some much-needed vitamin D, as well as encourage some healthy habits for your children and learn a little about God in the process. While it can be hard to get momentum, an active life can be much more fun than resorting to the comforts of electronics and air-conditioning. Here are some things you can do to live a more active life.
Summer is nearly here, which for many Enlightium families means a lot of fun, special occasions, vacation time, and relaxing at the beach. The summer provides many great opportunities to capture family memories with a fun photo. You can even make an entire day out of getting some great shots of your family. Whether you hire a professional photographer or recruit a friend or take the photos yourself, here are eight fun photo ideas to memorialize your family’s summer.
Music is an essential element of culture that engages people for a variety of reasons. It often becomes a central point of connection, collaboration, and even identity.
Wanting to learn a bit more ourselves about why music is important, we at Enlightium Academy chatted with current student and Kidz Bop star Bredia Santoro, to discuss her perspective on why music is important and how it has enriched her life.