Martin Luther King Day 2017|Celebrating Change

Martin Luther King Day 2017|Celebrating Change

When is Martin Luther King Day 2017?

Now that the holiday season is over, it may seem like there isn't much left to celebrate. Many of us are focused on getting back into the swing of things at school and making good on our New Year's resolutions. Regardless, January is full of holidays, from Russian Christmas to Chinese New Year and Fun at Work Day. Although you can find something to celebrate nearly every day of the month, one January holiday stands out from the rest. Martin Luther King Day is a very important holiday in the history of the US, is federally recognized as a national holiday, and falls on Monday, January 16th this year.

 

In this blog article, you will learn more about the important significance of this holiday, including:

  • The reason we celebrate Martin Luther King Day

  • Little-known Martin Luther King Jr. facts

  • Some of Dr. King’s famous quotes

  • The history of Martin Luther King Day as a holiday

  • A list of the public and private offices that are closed to observe Martin Luther King Day 

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6 Unexpected Benefits of Taking a French Class

6 Unexpected Benefits of Taking a French Class

Bon jour. Comment allez-vous? In case you were wondering, this means “Hello, how are you?” in French. It seems like forever since I took my first French class in high school, but one thing is for sure: I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I signed up for it. To be honest, I learned much more than how to say a few phrases in a foreign language. In fact, there were quite a few unexpected benefits I received from my French class that you stand to gain too, when you sign up for a French class.

 

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A Christian Twist on Traditional Christmas Poems

A Christian Twist on Traditional Christmas Poems

If you're anything like me, you start organizing details well in advance of Thanksgiving to ensure the month of December goes off without a hitch. I find myself making shopping lists, sending greeting cards, planning exquisite dinner menus, scheduling Christmas parties, and attending Christmas services. At the heart of many of my preparations is carrying out the traditions our family has handed down from one generation to the next. Having celebrated many Christmases, I've come to realize how easy it is to get distracted by all the hustle and bustle of our Yuletide celebrations.

Although some planning and preparations are necessary to make sure the family gets fed and transported from point A to point B, it is important to take some time and meditate on the reason for this season. JESUS. As part of our family tradition, we read the story of the nativity in the Bible, recite "The Night Before Christmas" and sing "Away in a Manger". I'm concerned that these traditions have become rote over time and we do them without actually experiencing the season in a way that touches our soul.

This year, I'm choosing to find new and intentional ways to reflect on Christ's birth, so I don't get stuck in the rut of complacency. This means that I may have to break tradition somewhat and find some new ways to celebrate this special time of year. Starting with the Bible, which is rich with beautiful poetry and has spoken to many hearts over the years, I decided to explore some non-traditional Christmas poems to help me stop and reflect on the gift of Jesus Christ. Perhaps you'd like to break tradition and share these Christmas poems with your family, too.

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Celebrating Hanukkah: 8 Things You Probably Don't Know

Celebrating Hanukkah: 8 Things You Probably Don't Know

If you're like me, you did not grow up in a Jewish household and really don't have much first-hand knowledge of celebrating Hanukkah. Aside from recognizing the shape of the Menorah and finding amusement in Adam Sandler's "Hanukkah Song," I have not had a lot of exposure to celebrating Hanukkah or any other Jewish traditions, for that matter. Like so many other holidays we grow up somewhat aware of, I had no idea of the rich history and culture behind this special time of the year.  

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6 Quick Tips for Homeschooling in Arkansas

6 Quick Tips for Homeschooling in Arkansas

Congratulations! You’ve made the choice to homeschool in Arkansas. Now is the time to gather important information, understand what resources are available, and choose a curriculum that's a good fit for you. Taking the time to understand what steps you need to take will pay off in the long run. This blog article is designed to provide a roadmap for successfully homeschooling in Arkansas. Please don't be afraid to share what you have learned along the way. We want you to forward this article to your friends or anyone who may also be interested in homeschooling in Arkansas.

 
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God’s Perfect Gift: An Aspie Mother’s Journey

God’s Perfect Gift: An Aspie Mother’s Journey

Eighteen years ago, I had never heard of Asperger’s Syndrome, otherwise known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Little did I know that when I brought home my sweet little bundle of joy, that this condition would leave a life-long impression on my family. I had no idea just how different my son would be. I’m convinced that God isn’t finished using my experiences with my Aspie and the people he comes into contact with, to teach me to rely on Him. 

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How to Positively Handle Negative Peer Pressure

How to Positively Handle Negative Peer Pressure

Everyone, young and old, has experienced peer pressure. It's not always negative, there is positive peer pressure, too. Peer pressure is when a person’s friend tries to get them to do something, and since some teens and adults want to fit in, they succumb to it. Sometimes it's because they don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings, but most times, it’s because they don’t know how to say “NO!”

According to the Kids Health Organization, these are some of the main topics that come from discussions about positive and negative peer pressure.

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Recess: An Important Part of A High School Schedule

Recess: An Important Part of A High School Schedule

High school students are under a lot of pressure. There's academic stress, extracurricular activities, homework, social life with friends and family life. All of these are happening while schools are holding their students to higher standards than in the past. Students tend to have to give something up and it’s usually their free time and sleep. Research is beginning to show that students need a break in their high school schedule. They need time at least once a day to clear their heads and to get some fresh air before tackling their other commitments. Recess in the high school schedule is somewhat unheard of, though.

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The Crazy Stressors of Eating in a School Cafeteria

The Crazy Stressors of Eating in a School Cafeteria

You know that you don’t want to go, but you have to. The bell that just rang is signaling that your lunch period has begun, but there are plenty of problems. For starters, it’s only 10:30 in the morning and you simply aren't hungry. After all, you just finished breakfast three hours ago! As you trudge down the staircase, the smells from the school cafeteria rise to meet you. What are you going to choose to eat today to have a healthy eating pattern?

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4 Things to Consider When Hiring a Home School Teacher

4 Things to Consider When Hiring a Home School Teacher

Families like yours choose to home school for many reasons: sometimes students struggle in mainstream classroom settings because the curriculum isn’t geared to their academic level; sometimes parents choose to home school because of bullying, violence, and moral deterioration in American schools—the potential reasons are as diverse as the students they represent.

Whatever your reason for making this decision for your family, you’re doing what’s best for your children by securing an excellent program for optimal learning, delivered by a teacher capable of prioritizing your family’s needs. You may be wondering, however, if that teacher is you. You may want to hire a home school teacher for your students. There are a few viable options for you to consider if you have this need.

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The Home School Student’s Guide to College Admissions

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As your home school high school career comes to a close, it is pivotal that you plan ahead to prepare and apply for college. Well-prepared home school students start the process early. The first step is deciding which type of college works for you.

There are two types of schools to choose from:

  1. Traditional College. Perhaps you’ve grown a lot on your own, but you’re ready to enter into the classroom and interact with your peers and professors.

  2. Distance Learning Higher Education Institutes. If you love working independently and want to continue—or maybe you don’t want to move and there aren’t programs that interest you locally—then distance learning might be a good option for your higher education, too. These institutes allow you to attend classes and complete assignments from your home.

No matter which you choose, it is crucial that you begin the process early, learning which schools you’re interested in and what they require of their applicants. Because you’re coming from home school, the requirements may vary greatly from school to school.

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7 Ways Homeschool Can Help You Through a Teen Pregnancy

7 Ways Homeschool Can Help You Through a Teen Pregnancy

We can all agree that teen pregnancy—no matter the circumstances—is not an ideal situation; it is the result of a broken world, and it presents a dilemma for all involved. There are suddenly many things to figure out, and your life is no longer your own. Let’s not forget that, however costly, ill-timed, and inconvenient, children are gifts from God and blessings to their communities. We pray that your community is ready to receive and love you and your child, especially in a time such as this.

While teen pregnancy will change your life, it does not have to derail it. The tools that you need to press into this new path in your life are readily available, easily accessible, and will allow you to proceed in a positive direction.

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7 Ways to Make Your Home a Summer Learning Fun Zone

7 Ways to Make Your Home a Summer Learning Fun Zone

Learning is not just something that happens in school—it happens throughout one’s whole life! The most successful people are constantly adding their knowledge. Childhood is a great time to develop healthy curiosity and learning habits that will last a lifetime. You can help your child step into this process by turning your home into a fun zone for summer learning and participating in the discovery process.

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5 Tips for Families of a Future NCAA Student Athlete

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The primary role of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is to ensure that an NCAA student athlete is equipped to handle experiences that occur on the field, in the classroom, and in life, and its categorization of the diverse schools that make up its membership—over 1,100 schools which play in 3 divisions—put the NCAA student athlete on a level playing field with other like-minded institutions.

For high schoolers hoping to become an NCAA student athlete, pursuing this path can be overwhelming. You are left with a lot to navigate without much direction. Beyond the normal factors of SAT scores, AP exams, and choosing a school and career path, you have to consider schools with the sports programs and coaches you will thrive under in the division (I, II, or III) that you want. For Christian athletes, the values and culture of the school are also important factors.

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The Academic Benefits of Home School Education

The Academic Benefits of Home School Education

If you are dissatisfied with the public school system, you may be considering a Christian home schooling solution. Perhaps you are wondering how students who are home schooled compare academically to students who receive a more traditional public school education.

Did you know that on average students with a home school education outperform public school students in all subjects? In fact, a study of over 5,000 home school students showed that they average 30–37 percentile points higher than their public school peers.

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Expelled from School—Getting Back on the Track

Expelled from School—Getting Back on the Track

Discovering the root cause and finding hope.

 

While having a child expelled from school can initially feel like life has flown off the tracks, eventually you will be able to look back and see God’s guiding hand shaping the situation for you and your child’s joy, hope, and restoration. Just like when God brought Israel back from exile, His promises remain: “Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy” (Isaiah 61:7).

This article is Part 3 of a three-part series on processing and responding to a child being expelled from school.

  • Part 1: How to deal with your own emotions about your child being expelled from school.
  • Part 2: How to help your child work through his or her emotions about being expelled.
  • Part 3: How to discover the source of the problem and get your child back on the tracks in his or her education.
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Expelled from School—It’s a Wild Ride

Expelled from School—It’s a Wild Ride

Dealing With Your Student’s Emotions

Being expelled from school can initiate a rollercoaster of emotions for both you and your child. Make sure you keep your lap belts on and your head against the headrest. You’ll get through this, and your own sense of calm can be a comfort to your child in this time. Over time, both of you will be able to look back at the situation and say, “Remember that one time when you were expelled from school?” and see all the ways God used it to help you learn and grow.

 

This article is Part 2 of a three-part series on processing and responding to a child being expelled from school.

 

Part 1: How to deal with your own emotions about your child being expelled.

Part 2: How to help your child work through their emotions about being expelled.

Part 3: How to discover the source of the problem and get your child back on track in his or her education.

 

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Expelled from School—Riding the Roller Coaster

Expelled from School—Riding the Roller Coaster

Part 1: Expelled from School—Riding the Roller Coaster

If your child has recently been expelled from school, this may be an uncertain time for your family. You have suddenly been forced to take a new direction in your child’s education. While the educational journey has taken a turn, you may also find yourself on a bit of an emotional roller coaster.

While you are riding the waves of emotion it can be comforting to find that you are not riding alone. Many parents have been—and are currently—in your place, researching what to do when their child is expelled from school. In fact, according to a 2006 study by the National Center for Education Statistics, over 100,000 public elementary and secondary school students are expelled each year. Remembering this can help you maintain perspective. And while you are realizing you are not alone, send up a prayer for those families, too.

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4 Ways Online Summer School Answers Life’s Questions

4 Ways Online Summer School Answers Life’s Questions

Deciding how to spend the summer is exciting for students in high school! During a time when teens are facing a lot of big decisions in their lives, summer can breeze by so quickly. It’s critical for teens to take the time to ask the big questions: What do I want to be when I grow up? Am I ready to get my life on track? Which university should I attend? What is my life’s purpose? How am I going to pay for college? Am I ready to grow up?

Summer camp, volunteering, vacationing, summer school, applying for colleges, working a part-time job and having fun in the sun with friends are all great ways to explore the answers to these questions. But with so many options, it’s hard to know which direction to take in the few short weeks summer break has to offer.

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High School Fashion Essentials - What Your Closet Says About You

High School Fashion Essentials - What Your Closet Says About You

As a teenager, you know that fashion is more than just the clothes you wear - it is a form of self-expression. Whether you prefer jeans, leather, floral print, neon, lace, spandex, or sweats, we can all agree that what you wear should be your choice, and not subject to an arbitrary set of rules. You choose your clothes carefully and you know when they are on point. The last thing you need is a teacher or administrator pulling you into the office to tell you the logo on your bag is distracting, your pants need a belt, your skirt doesn’t quite reach your knees, or your shirt needs sleeves. At some point it just gets ridiculous, or completely unfair.

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