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Destination Imagination: 5 Cardboard Box Toys to Inspire Your Child’s Creativity

Destination Imagination: 5 Cardboard Box Toys to Inspire Your Child’s Creativity

These days it seems as if every toy has a battery or controller. Toys have gotten expensive and complicated, and while technology is amazing and there are some very educational games for children, it still seems important to ask, “Is it a bit much?” After all, we’ve all heard the story of someone’s little brother receiving an expensive Christmas gift, and then spending the rest of the week playing with the box it came in.

Playing with boxes allows children to develop their imaginations and encourages them to use creativity as they take ownership of their box. Research shows that imagining doing an action physically impacts the brain in the same way as actually doing that action. Imagination is so powerful that envisioning practicing a skill can be effective in learning that skill. So shouldn’t parents foster their children’s abilities to think imaginatively?

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The Role of Faith in the History of St. Patrick

The Role of Faith in the History of St. Patrick

The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the United States took place in 1737 in Boston, MA. At that time, St. Patrick’s Day was primarily a way for Irish-Americans to celebrate their pride in their culture. For many, St. Patrick’s Day has become associated with leprechauns, parades, four-leaf clovers, good luck, and green-themed parties.  In the midst of these celebrations, it is easy to forget the history of St. Patrick and the fact that he was a man who had crises of faith, who had to wait for God’s timing, and who experienced the grace of God over a lifetime of service.

 

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What Does God Say About Prayer? - Here are Five Answers from Scripture

What Does God Say About Prayer? - Here are Five Answers from Scripture

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:9-13, NIV).  

The Lord’s Prayer is a gift that Jesus gave his disciples, to teach them how to pray. Most Christians who attend church regularly have learned this prayer at some point, and for many it becomes a cornerstone in their prayer life. However, it is by far not the only answer to the question, “What does God say about prayer?” The Bible is rich in instructions on how to pray.

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5 Spring Art Projects that Teach Children about God’s Creation

5 Spring Art Projects that Teach Children about God’s Creation

“See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land” (Song of Solomon 2:11-12).

Last week I overheard a woman talking about the month of March with her friend. She said that March is full of hope, because it starts in winter, but it ends in spring. I believe that it is more than that. March is full of hope, because with the beginning of spring we get to witness the growth and renewal of God’s creation. For many of us it seems that winter has lasted for a long time. Finally there is an occasional warm breeze and spring is on its way, bringing with it the hope for new life and rebirth. Spring reminds us of the miracle of creation, and the resurrection that is possible through Christ.

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Preparing Students to Lead an Abundant Life

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Knowing what is best for your child can be a challenge. Thankfully, God has provided guidance for us, not just for our own relationship with God, but for teaching our children in the ways of the Lord. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” (Deuteronomy 5:5-7).

As Christian educators, we are partnering with parents to instill the truths of scripture through an education that begins with knowing our loving God. Enlightium Academy’s philosophy of Christian education rests on four pillars of education: (1) the first principles of education (i.e., the what and the why), (2) the teacher, (3) the student, and (4) the nature of the learner (i.e., the how). As we develop a holistic educational experience for students, we seek to offer more than an education in the skills students need to function in society and to make a living — we prepare students for pursuing an abundant life in service to Christ.

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Three Lessons Learned from Bible Verses about Mothers

Three Lessons Learned from Bible Verses about Mothers

Mothers hold an important place in the Bible, from Eve, the first mother, to Mary, the mother of Jesus. While in many instances the Bible focuses on the actions of men, the mothers are not forgotten. Even as genealogies trace the line from father to son, it is still clear how important mothers are, starting with the mention of the first mother in the Old Testament, “male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).

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Finding Comfort in Bible Verses Dealing with Death

Finding Comfort in Bible Verses Dealing with Death

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).

Loss comes in many forms and for many reasons. Certainly we experience loss when a person we love dies, but loss can also occur when a friendship or romantic relationship ends, when we lose a part of our life that defined us, or when a drastic change in lifestyle (positive or negative) causes us to change our previous environment and habits.

In this fallen world, loss is a daily part of life. I say “fallen world”, because loss was not a part of God’s original plan for the world. In Genesis 1 and 2 we see a picture of the completeness and wholeness that God intended. Loss entered the world with sin and has become part of the human experience ever since then. However,God has not left us to deal with loss alone; we can find comfort in Bible verses dealing with death and loss.

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7 Common Misconceptions about Pulling a Child Out of School to Homeschool

7 Common Misconceptions about Pulling a Child Out of School to Homeschool

Do you increasingly get the feeling that public school isn't right for your child? There are many reasons why students may not thrive in public school, but the truth is this: every child has a different learning style and traditional schooling tends not to recognize that.

Pulling a child out of school to homeschool is a tough decision, but it is one that can bring rich rewards in the quality of both your children's education and your family life. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions about homeschooling. 

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5 Ideas for Homemade Kids Valentines Day Cards

5 Ideas for Homemade Kids Valentines Day Cards

I have always had trouble investing in the idea of Valentine’s Day that is promoted by stores with pink confetti, chocolates, expensive bouquets, and fluffy teddy bears. On the other hand, I am a huge fan of expressing affection and appreciation for people close to me, whether they are friends or family. John 13:34-35 says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” One active step in following this commandment is to express your love to others with intentionality.

 

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Principles that Allow for Growth in God’s Will

Principles that Allow for Growth in God’s Will

Part 3: Helping Your Children Reach Their Full Potential

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

 

God is in control, yet we are called to cooperate in His guiding will. According to Romans 8:28, “God works in all things for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” That does not mean we must fearfully search for a single path that we think He has planned out for us in order for us to be in and cooperate with His will. That is impossible; we cannot know the full depths of His wisdom. Rather, He knows our path as we experience growth in God’s will daily.

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Learn What STEM Is and Why It Matters for Your Child’s Education

Learn What STEM Is and Why It Matters for Your Child’s Education

What is STEM?

The term has grown in prominence in the news and in articles across the United States, but not everyone knows what STEM is, what the acronym stands for, or what its purpose is. As a teacher, I have tried to follow the development and implementation of STEM topics within the classroom. In this article, we will look at what STEM is and why it is important.

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Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for Kids

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for Kids

As we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this week, we have the opportunity to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy and to dwell on how his vision relates to our world today. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life serves as inspiration for many Christians.

Raised by a Baptist minister, Dr. King was inspired by the Bible to stand up in love and nonviolence to bring social reform. How can we teach our children Dr. King’s story and encourage them to make a difference? In this article, I will share a few resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for kids.

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5 Ways to Read the Bible In a Year

5 Ways to Read the Bible In a Year

What are some of your goals for the year 2016? Working out more? Eating better? These are excellent goals, but what about your spiritual diet? A survey from the American Bible Society showed that 60% of Americans want to read the Bible more. Just among teens, 62% say that they want to spend more time reading the Bible.

Where is a good place to start? I suggest making a plan to read the Bible in a year; this may sound daunting at first, but if you are able to set aside time each day, it is not difficult. Below, I will give overviews of five different plans to read the Bible in a year.

 

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Realizing You Are Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Realizing You Are Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Part 2: Helping Your Children Reach Their Full Potential

 

“So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27).

 

God works in mysterious ways, and everyone’s combined experiences affect them in ways that makes them unique. You are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). This truth is what is most important for us to instill in our children: every person is made in the image of God, the way that they are meant to be, for their own sake, for the sake of those around them, and ultimately, for the glory of God.

 

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Three New Year’s Resolutions for Parents to Create a Balanced Life

Three New Year’s Resolutions for Parents to Create a Balanced Life

The life of a parent is busy, and the beginning of a new year brings the addition of new plans and an ever-growing family schedule to keep track of.  Yet in the midst of it all, the beginning of a new year presents the opportunity to contemplate what is truly important.

 

In this new year, I recommend that parents make resolutions aimed towards finding and maintaining balance in the different areas of their lives. With this in mind, I suggest three simple New Year’s resolutions that are foundational to leading a balanced life.

 

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Writing a Simple New Year’s Resolution for Christian Youth

Writing a Simple New Year’s Resolution for Christian Youth

New beginnings present a chance for renewal and a reminder to make a fresh start. Still, New Year’s resolutions can be intimidating, especially for students, who often feel that their lives are already full of assignments and commitments. Some make the mistake of making resolutions so monumental or complicated that they give up before they even start. A New Year’s resolution for Christian youth needs to be simple enough to succeed, while maintaining a strong foundation in the Word of God.

We encourage students to use this opportunity for contemplation and to consider some simple resolutions that they can meet and that will benefit them throughout the year.

Here are 3 simple resolutions for Christian youth who want a fresh start in the New Year:

 

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Three Tips to Eliminate Holiday Stress

Three Tips to Eliminate Holiday Stress

If you’re anything like me, the holiday season brings a myriad of emotions. On the one hand, the holidays bring so much joy as we gather to celebrate with the ones dearest to us. On the other hand, the holidays can bring stress, with so much to accomplish and attend to in a limited amount of time.

 

In the hopes of helping you maximize enjoyment and eliminate holiday stress, here are three specific actions I have found help me to have a wonderful holiday season:

 

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Thoughts on Christmas and the Heart of Mary

Thoughts on Christmas and the Heart of Mary

I have often wondered what was different about Mary. How did God choose her to be the mother of Jesus? What was in the heart of Mary, the peasant girl from Nazareth, that made her worthy to give birth to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords?

Mary was a simple country girl, with no exceptional expectations and engaged to be married, when the angel of God came to her and told her that her life would never be the same again. The Bible says that Mary was initially “greatly troubled” (Luke 1:26), and the angel told her “don’t be afraid” (Luke 1:30). After asking about some details, Mary says simply, “I am the Lord’s servant” (Luke 1:38).

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Confronting Bullying at School with Courage and Integrity

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The bullying trend is on the rise among America’s top social problems. Although stopbullying.gov reports that 28% of children have been bullied, I believe 100% of children have been bullied, will be bullied, or have witnessed bullying at school. If this is true, each one of us has a role in stopping this trend. Although there are many types of bullying, I will be focusing on the two types: self-esteem/self-worth bullying and ringleader bullying.

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How to Choose Family Friendly Book Club Themes

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As an avid reader and lover of books I can testify to the fact that there are many benefits to reading. Not only does reading expand the brain’s capacity to think creatively and use language, but it also opens up a world of adventures and imagination.

After I finish a good book, I invariably want to discuss it, and when I find someone who also loved it, I discover new details about the book through our conversation. I have spent so much time discussing books with my friends that we might as well start a formal book club. For this reason I have put a lot of thought into book clubs and choosing book club themes.

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