5 Benefits of Extracurricular Activities

5 Benefits of Extracurricular Activities

Remember when extracurricular activities weren't "extra" and you got to learn about music, art, and get fresh air as part of your school day? In today's fast-paced world, the classic pursuits of art and getting fresh air can easily get left behind -- especially if you...

Chore Charts: Are They Helpful for Older Kids Too?

Chore Charts: Are They Helpful for Older Kids Too?

One of our most downloaded articles is one in which we explained how routines and chore charts provide structure in times of transition. But as your kids get older, you may be wondering if chore charts feel too babyish or are even helpful in setting expectations. For...

What is a growth mindset and why does it matter?

What is a growth mindset and why does it matter?

What is a growth mindset? The term “growth mindset” refers to the belief about yourself that you are able to develop your skills, talents, and abilities. On the other hand, a “fixed mindset” is when a student or person believes he or she has only a certain amount of...

12 Things to Do for Tweens on School Breaks

12 Things to Do for Tweens on School Breaks

It can be tough to come up with things to do for tweens -- typically ages 8 to 12 -- since they're at a stage where toys feel too babyish and they aren't ready to handle teenage opportunities. So what does a parent do? With a little planning and space, your tweens can...

7 Ideas for Children’s Lunches on Busy Days

7 Ideas for Children’s Lunches on Busy Days

About this time in the school year, our household starts to wane in our routines a little. The kids start to sleep a little too late, mornings are dark and chilly, and it's tough, even for Mom, to rise early for lunch-packing. If you too are struggling with ideas for...

Feeling unsure about the parent teacher conference?

Feeling unsure about the parent teacher conference?

Parent teacher conferences should come naturally to parents, right? Not exactly. If you have wondered what questions to ask, how to prepare, and what to expect, we can help. Sometimes, it’s overwhelming to think of a one-on-one meeting with your child’s teacher...

Planning for Homeschool: 5 Tips, Tricks, and Resources

Planning for Homeschool: 5 Tips, Tricks, and Resources

Remember way back in July or August, when you were planning for homeschool, and everything seemed so easy? But now that you are in the thick of it with your actual, real kids, you might have had a few roadblocks or have had to abandon the plan in some way. Maybe...

Brooke Turbyfill, Communications Director

Brooke Turbyfill, Communications Director

I’m a pretty easygoing person, except for two areas: written words and sleep. The sleep part I can’t do anything about, but the words? They matter, and in my book, there’s always room for editing. In addition to being a lover of words, I am passionate about building...

Charlene Perez, Lead Teacher

Charlene Perez, Lead Teacher

I am originally from eastern Iowa where I graduated from Kirkwood College and Clarke University with degrees in Business Administration and Marketing Management. I’ve had a long career in Christian publishing, working on staff with Christianity Today International and...