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Why Doesn't My Student Care?

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One common characteristic plagues students today: apathy. The struggle of the parent, student, and teacher is to overcome apathy and motivate students toward genuine learning. What can you do?

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Twisted Scripture: Ask And It Will Be Given To You

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When we speak (be it words of comfort, or advice, or persuasion, etc.), sometimes we appeal to the words of someone whose authority on the subject can be agreed upon by both, the speaker and the listener. We do this knowingly or unknowingly, and examples range from as simple as, “my dad said it’s better if done this way…” to as complex as, “astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have discovered that the universe is expanding 5 percent to 9 percent faster than expected” (Ashley Morrow, NASA). 

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Twisted Scripture: God Works Together All Things For Good

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Because the Bible is God’s word, it is an incredibly powerful thing. God has communicated His very heart to us in written form; He has given us wisdom and a glimpse into the mysteries of His very being and has revealed His work in human history to us. If the Bible says something, it is incredibly significant - it is something that we should hold on to with our lives! If the Bible gives a promise, that is a promise we can be certain will come true. These promises can give us the most comfort we will ever receive. However, what happens if we get one of these promises wrong? If we misinterpret the Bible and make it say things that it does not, we can give ourselves and others false hope and, in so doing, bring much hurt.

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Twisted Scripture: The Mistreatment of Texts Concerning Jesus' Deity

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The Gospel is all about the person and work of Christ. If we do not understand the person and work of Christ, then we do not understand the Good News concerning our salvation. Christianity affirms that the one person of Christ is unconfusably, unchangeably, indivisibly, and inseparably fully God and fully man (Cf. the Council of Chalcedon 451). This is called the hypostatic union. Because the Gospel is God come in flesh to save fallen humanity, one must affirm that Jesus is God incarnate or God dwelling among us as true God and true man (John 1:1-14). This is Matthew’s declaration concerning Jesus: … and his name shall be called Immanuel. Immanuel is the Hebrew transliteration meaning God with us (Cf. Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 7:14). Jesus is God with us. While Scripture teaches this truth concerning Jesus, there are many who twist the Scripture and affirm otherwise.

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The Importance of Parental Involvement in a Child’s Life

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Throughout my educational experience, I have learned the importance of parental involvement in a child’s life. The involvement can take many forms: being a role model, instilling good habits, being consistent in discipline, and building good relationships. This can be done by taking the time to nurture a relationship with grace and love. Equipping children in such ways can help them overcome various life challenges. Since social interactions are vital for children’s development, let’s review how social interactions occur in the family. 

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Get Kids Involved in Meal Planning and Cooking

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What can get your kids practicing math, learning about chemical reactions, and following directions? How about working on a team, solving problems, and being creative? I humbly submit that planning and preparing food for the family is a great way for kids to practice all these skills and more. And while, yes, I am biased, I do believe that in a digital age, there is a lot of value in the hands-on, all-senses-engaged practice of cooking. There are many evenings when I get home from work after hours and hours of staring at a screen, and really start to reconnect with myself and my family over chopping vegetables, stirring soups, and sharing conversation. I think kids can have a role in planning meals and nourishing families, regardless of their age or abilities.

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Why Homeschooled Students Need Structure

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Structure originates from the Latin word structura which means "a fitting together or building." When students work on assignments in a homeschool environment, it is important to have a set of rules. Research suggests that a student’s learning abilities improve in a structured environment. If students follow the schedule and stay productive, they may accomplish more within a smaller window of time.

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Reasons You May Not be Receiving an Email

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There may be a few reasons why you are not receiving some or all emails from Enlightium Academy (Enlightium) even after enrolling:

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Worship Begins at Home

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According to a Barna Group survey conducted in 2016, nearly 60% of teens who grow up attending church walk away and become part of the unchurched population after graduating high school (roughly 45%). These numbers aren’t great; in fact, there are many that find them concerning and seek to offer solutions to the issues that are causing our youth to drop out of the church. Some of the studies that have been done on low church attendance among youth point to the need for revitalized programs and systems. If only the church would have a stronger youth ministry, or a greater focus on discipleship, or a more relatable sermon, or edgier worship music, or this, or that. While youth ministry is good and serves a good purpose, and while other programs and structures seek to serve the body in specific ways, the problem is not within these systems. The true issue is within misplaced responsibility. For too long, many have expected the church to do what is the God-ordained responsibility of the parents. Yes, the church makes disciples. Yes, we go to church to worship a God who is infinitely worthy of our praise. The primary disciple-makers of our youth, however, is not the church, it is the parents. Discipleship begins at home. Worship begins at home. 

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Trusting in God's Word as Enough for All Things

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My favorite Bible verse that I have dwelled on throughout my life is “… with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 (NIV)

In life, as humans, we face unpredictable circumstances: earthquakes, hurricanes, accidents, illness, even death, or circumstances created by humans such as unstable political situations or war. In any life circumstances, God says that with him and through him, “all things are possible.”

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The Formative Years: Education and Family

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As far back as I can remember, I had a deep desire for education. I was the seventh of nine kids in my family. My dad valued education and spent evenings with all of us. I remember having a big round table in the living room where all my siblings would complete homework under my dad’s supervision. Sadly, he passed away when I was only eight years old.

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A Passion for Christian Education: Hearts and Minds

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In my article entitled “The Formative Years: Education and Family Years”, I briefly shared about my early dream of starting a school with Christian values. Growing up in Kyrgyzstan, former Soviet Union republic, I longed to be able to learn about God in school.

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Spokane is known for being a family-friendly city with many parks and lakes. The climate is very similar to Kyrgyzstan, where we lived before moving to the United States of America. Our family came to Spokane in August of 1991. Within ten years, more than 20,000 Slavic refugees immigrated from the former Soviet Union and made Spokane their home.

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Building Healthy Habits

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Friends, family, and even strangers ask me, “What is the best diet?” 

I think they expect me, as a person who studied nutrition for so long, to have The Answer. Is it low-fat? Low-carb? Paleo? Keto? Vegetarian? Mediterranean? And while it would be easier if there was The One Diet to Rule Them All, unfortunately, there isn’t one. What a bummer! We like easy answers, but life so rarely works out that way.

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What Do I Do If My Online Student Doesn’t Have Access to the Internet?

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For an online private school student, temporarily losing access to the Internet is comparable to an astronaut locking his keys in the shuttle while going for a space walk. Simply put, it is not an ideal situation.

So what options does a student have if he or she no longer has an Internet connection?

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The Impact on Student’s Academic Performance by Parental Involvement in Online Homeschool

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As education transforms with the rise of school choice options in the U.S. such as online homeschooling, there is a need to understand the arguments for and against school choice reforms from the angle of effects on a student’s academic performance, so parents can make more informed decisions as school choices will likely continue to expand.1 The purpose of this academic article is to explore the impact on a student’s academic performance based on parental involvement in choosing online homeschools. I propose that if parents are actively involved in choosing an online homeschool to fulfill their child’s academic needs, that in and of itself tends to improve the student’s academic performance primarily because of the increased parental involvement in their child’s education. Research suggests that the student's academic performance is likely the driving force behind the parents’ choice.2

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Healthy Meal Plans for Homeschoolers: Tips for Pre-Prepping Ingredients

Healthy Meal Plans for Homeschoolers: Tips for Pre-Prepping Ingredients

Welcome back to the next installment of our Healthy Meal Plan for Homeschoolers Series for Enlightium Academy. Be sure to check out previous posts on here. In case you haven't realized it yet, in general, I like to cook. I like finding new recipes and creating my own tasty meals to share with loved ones. I am one of those weirdos who even enjoys grocery shopping. But that does not mean I always feel like doing it! One strategy that helps me feed my family throughout the week is by preparing the ingredients I will need before cooking. 

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Healthy Meals for Homeschoolers: Establish and Work Within your Budget

Healthy Meals for Homeschoolers: Establish and Work Within your Budget

Welcome back to the next installment of Enlightium Academy’s Healthy Meals for Homeschoolers series. I am excited to share with you some of my ideas about family budget meals. As a recent college graduate (now repaying loans), I am familiar with the ‘B’ word - budget. When you think of family budget meals, what do you think of? Money? Spreadsheets? Penny-pinching?

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MEMORIAL DAY: A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

MEMORIAL DAY: 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 2018 will take place on Monday, May 28th. 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.

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5 WAYS TO TEACH YOUR CHILD WHY MEMORIAL DAY IS IMPORTANT

5 WAYS TO TEACH YOUR CHILD WHY MEMORIAL DAY IS IMPORTANT

Many children know what Memorial Day means – a day off from school! While getting a day to enjoy the beautiful May weather is a reason to celebrate, it is also important to remember why Memorial Day is important. This federal holiday is a great opportunity to teach your children about duty, honor, and patriotism.

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The Value of a Meal Plan for Homeschoolers

The Value of a Meal Plan for Homeschoolers

Welcome to Enlightium Academy’s new blog series, Healthy Meal Plans for Homeschoolers! As a public health nutritionist, I want it to be easier for families to be healthy at home and in their communities. Food and nutrition are important components of lifelong health. My goal in this series is to share the tools you need to plan and provide healthy meals for your homeschoolers.

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