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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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Bible Verses About Fathers that Transform a Dad’s Heart

Bible Verses About Fathers that Transform a Dad’s Heart

Since the birth of my son, Father’s Day has become a very special holiday in our family. My wife has a gift of celebrating other people, and she goes all out to make me feel special as a dad with a day full of my favorite activities and food, along with a gift. This year, she wants to buy me a new disc for disc golfing. Although receiving material gifts can be fun, there are a few other things that I would much rather receive from my son. These treasures are founded in a collection of Bible verses about fathers I’ve found inspirational as a dad.

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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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Why Play Inside? Live an Active Life Outdoors this Summer

Why Play Inside? Live an Active Life Outdoors this Summer

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.

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Strike a Pose: 8 Summer Fun Photo Ideas

Strike a Pose: 8 Summer Fun Photo Ideas

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.

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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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Kidz Bop Star’s Take on Why Music is Important

Music

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.

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Memorial Day 2016: A Day of Remembrance

Memorial Day 2016: A Day of Remembrance

If you are like most Americans, it’s hard to remember what day our country celebrates Memorial Day. Signifying the unofficial start of summer each year, it always falls on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day 2016 will take place on Monday, May 30th. But there is a lot more to the holiday than welcoming summer. Memorial Day has a rich history, and is a great opportunity to honor the men and women who have served the United States of America as soldiers.

 

To many Americans, youth in particular, Memorial Day is a day off of work and school, associated with afternoon barbecues and discount mattresses. It’s a day of rest and relaxation, but often becomes detached from its original purpose.

 

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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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Understanding Pentecost: The Fulfillment of God’s Promise

Understanding Pentecost: The Fulfillment of God’s Promise

“I will ask the Father, and he will send another Companion, who will be with you forever. This Companion is the Spirit of Truth”

(John 14:16-17).

 

In the early days of the Christian church certain days of the year were considered significant due to the events that had occurred on or near those days. Those days came to be days of celebration, of feasting and festivities. Today many of those days are still part of the church calendar, but are not celebrated by all denominations. One such day is Pentecost.

 

Understanding Pentecost and the importance attached to it can be difficult for Christians who did not grow up in a church that observes Pentecost celebrations. Yet, Pentecost commemorates an important event in the church: the day when God fulfilled a promise that Jesus made to his disciples. Understanding Pentecost increases our understanding of the God we serve, the God who exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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How to Help Your Child Develop Their God-Given Talents

How to Help Your Child Develop Their God-Given Talents

Are talents given from above or developed? Some may say they are God-given, others may say they are developed with time.

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Exploring Mexican Culture with Cinco de Mayo Coloring Pages

Exploring Mexican Culture with Cinco de Mayo Coloring Pages

On the 5th of May, Cinco de Mayo celebrations take place throughout the United States, and are attended both by people of Mexican heritage and people who are not. These celebrations are often beautiful, exciting, and contain vivid cultural elements like food, music, dancing and traditional clothing. Unfortunately, many people in the United States don’t understand the historical and cultural significance of the holiday.

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Nature’s Classroom: Make School Fun With Hiking

Nature’s Classroom: Make School Fun With Hiking

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands”

(Psalm 19:1).

Though Spring is tardy in some areas of the country, warmer weather is on its way. Are your children getting restless doing lessons inside? Why not take a nature day and make school fun again for your young naturalists? Spending the day outside on a hike is not just good exercise, it is also an invaluable opportunity for your children to discover the wonders of God’s creation and find a new perspective on their science classes.

A day trip into nature presents many occasions to teach children through actions. These moments start with preparation and continue beyond the day of the hike. Help your children get excited about nature and science by taking them on an expedition to collect samples in the field.

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8 Fun Earth Day Projects Every Parent Can Use to Teach Godly Stewardship

8 Fun Earth Day Projects Every Parent Can Use to Teach Godly Stewardship

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).

In the first verses of the first book of the Bible, we see how God lovingly created the earth and everything that lives on it, from plants to animals to people. After He was finished, God saw all that he had made, and it was very good” (Genesis 1:31).

It can be easy to take the incredible gift of God’s creation for granted. It is even easier to forget to be thankful and mindful. While Earth Day is a secular holiday, it is a perfect opportunity to take the time to appreciate God’s gift, to teach our children about creation, and to consider how we can be mindful of and live in a way that helps to conserve the beauty and wonder of creation.

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10 Fun Facts About Thomas Jefferson

10 Fun Facts About Thomas Jefferson

At a conference last year I heard Eric Metaxas, author of the bestselling books Amazing Grace and 7 Men, speak about the fact that our country needs to remember and venerate its heroes. Heroes give young people someone to look up to and emulate. They teach students that they can have a positive impact on the world around them when they use their God-given talents. Finally, they teach us all that greatness in the pure unselfish sense is something worth striving for. This does not mean we should focus only on their greatest accomplishments. Instead, we should accepted that the whole life of a hero or heroine is part of their legacy.

 

One of our greatest national heroes is indisputably Thomas Jefferson, who will have his 273 birthday on April 13th. Jefferson’s face is familiar to most americans. After all, it was famously carved into Mt. Rushmore, and is, perhaps less famously, printed on the 2 dollar bill. Jefferson accomplished much in his life, both in his career as third President of the United States and beyond. Perhaps the most interesting fact about Jefferson is that he apparently did not consider his presidency as his greatest achievement.

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9 Tips to Teach Your Kids that Books Are Fun

Books-Fun

Teachers and researchers agree that reading is a highly beneficial habit for kids of all ages. Yet with today’s tidal wave of new technology infringing on traditional pastimes, the bookworm is becoming an endangered species. New products market their learning advantages, and the internet offers students more information than ever before. In this environment, encouraging reluctant children and teens to read can seem like a chore, and it can be tempting to ask “How important is it really for kids to read books?”

The answer is simple: It is very important for kids to read. According to Child Development journal, reading is an active factor in intelligence and cognitive development. In addition, a recent article in Neurology journal suggests that continued cognitive activity in older generations means slower cognitive decline. In other words, reading is important for children, and continues to be important throughout a lifespan. It is crucial for parents to encourage their children to build a habit of reading at any age.

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Albert Einstein on High School Credit Recovery

Albert Einstein on High School Credit Recovery

Life’s Bumps and Thumps

 

Life often throws bumps in your road to achievement. Up until high school, parents have helped smooth the bumps into manageable pebbles. During your high school years, however, the bumps have grown and now they threaten to affect your future. Reality sets in when major obstacles put your achieving a high school diploma in danger. To some degree, everyone is affected from the class Valedictorian to the student struggling to keep up.

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Celebrating Easter with Artisan Bread Recipes from Around the World

Celebrating Easter with Artisan Bread Recipes from Around the World

For Christians all over the world, the week leading up to Easter is one of preparation for this important holiday. Easter is the day when we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection and His victory over sin and death. Different cultures and families celebrate Easter in different ways, but for most of us food plays a central part in these celebrations. In fact, many cultures have specific traditional artisan bread recipes that are used to bake special sweet breads for Easter Sunday festivities.

Coming together with friends and family to share a meal and celebrate is a very Biblical practice. We can see this reflected in the story of the wedding at Cana, when Jesus took steps to make sure the celebration could continue, and even in the Last Supper, which was a time for fellowship and revelation for Jesus and His disciples. As you prepare to gather your family for an Easter breakfast or dinner, why not include one of these beautiful traditional artisan bread recipes in your plans?

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4 Fun Christian Easter Crafts to Share the Resurrection Story with Your Children

4 Fun Christian Easter Crafts to Share the Resurrection Story with Your Children

“He is not here; He has risen, just as He said.” (Matthew 28:6)

 

Explaining the story and meaning of Easter can be difficult for parents, especially those who have very young children. After all, the concepts of sin and death, especially the sort of death that Jesus suffered, are heavy thoughts for children to think about. To be honest, these are ideas that are difficult for many adult Christians to fully comprehend. How then can we explain to children not only that Jesus died a horrible death, but that our own actions made it necessary for Him to do so?

 

And yet, Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection form the very core of the Christian faith, and are the source of our joy and freedom in Christ. They are the reason that Christ came to earth, the reason for His life, and the ultimate demonstration of His love for us. Through Jesus’ death, we have a hope and new life in Him. Explaining the significance of Easter to our children is perhaps the most important thing Christian parents do.

 

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