Supporting Your Child’s Education: A New Kind of Resolution

Maybe you made a few resolutions last month. Maybe you told yourself that you would stay off of social media more. Maybe you gave in to that portion control thing already and ate a whole pizza by yourself in one sitting. (It was pretty delicious, wasn’t it?) Maybe you got through one of the books on your list for the year, maybe not. Maybe you haven’t been able to keep a resolution for years. But maybe it’s not you. Maybe it’s the resolutions you’re trying to keep.

Not that lowering the standards is ever a good idea—but perhaps this year you should consider making a resolution that impacts someone else: your children. At Central Valley Christian Schools, we’re devoted to partnering with families and with churches to ensure that the education your child is receiving is not only top-notch, but also all-encompassing. We strive to create a learning space that invites and allows Christ into every corner.

“As a teacher, I constantly remind my students that they are loved regardless of their performance in school. Who they ARE is so much more important than how they DO on any given assignment or standardized test.”

Education doesn’t start and end on campus. We take field trips and do service projects. Our students take work home to continue learning and show their comprehension. The staff at CVC believes that parents are an integral part of the team effort required to help a child grow and learn. After all, parents are their child’s first teachers! There are a few things parents can do to positively support their child’s education–a few ways to partner with your child’s teacher. Read on!

  1. In communication with staff:
    -Always attempt to communicate with an open mind, kind soul, and tender heart. We are people too and want what’s best for every child of God.
    -keep it open and respectful, with the thought that both parent and teacher are working and praying to prepare our children.
  1. At home:
    -Don’t always believe everything your child tells you about what happens at school; always go to the teacher with an open mind. In response to that, we as the teachers won’t believe everything they tell us about what happens at home.
    -“Having your child read aloud….[with] an audience can be motivating and can give your student an opportunity to practice meaningful expression.” (Marie Rippel)
    – Always read with your students or have them read, every day (no matter what)!  Reading is so important toward the success of your student in all aspects of school.
  1. In communication with child(ren)
    -Always make sure you show your child what respect looks like through your actions, words and deeds so that they can follow that through the classroom, friends, and life.

And because a blog writer can’t get all of the intricacies right all the time, here’s a direct quote from one of CVC’s faculty members:

“As a teacher, I value the parents’ perspective. They know their child better than I do and I can learn from them. Parents should never hesitate to contact teachers with questions or concerns. On the flip side, parents should also be willing to listen to a teacher’s concerns, without becoming defensive. Honesty and respect should always prevail in our conversations with each other. That doesn’t mean that each conversation is easy or comfortable. However, if we always remember that the choices and decisions made are for the best interests of the child, we can continually be respectful of each other – and encourage each other.

It is important to realize that children often mirror the attitudes and beliefs of their parents. If parents value the educational process and communicate in positive ways about school and the learning experience, children likely will pick up on those attitudes. As a teacher, I constantly remind my students that they are loved regardless of their performance in school. Who they ARE is so much more important than how they DO on any given assignment or standardized test. I trust that parents echo that sentiment, but I know some children feel pressure from their parents to excel. I encourage parents to be careful of how much importance they place on grades and report cards. Obviously, we want these children to use the gifts and talents that God has entrusted to them to the very best of their ability. But even more importantly, we desire these children to know how much they are valued by the God who created them and sustains them every single moment. We want them to be kind, loving, Christ-followers who put the needs of others ahead of their own needs and desires. A grade on a report card simply cannot reflect this.”

So maybe this year, set your sights on helping your children recognize and develop their gifts and talents, and telling them how much you love them and how much more their Heavenly Father loves them, too. Yes, we are hard at work at valuing academic excellence, but we’re also aiming to cultivate responsible Christian adults, shape Christ-like character, and connect Biblical truths with everyday living. At CVC, we will be working alongside you in every part of that kind of resolution. And, if you need help finishing a whole pizza, we’re available.

Ready to make a change this year and find out what it means to partner with church and school? Inquire today! | 559-734-2684

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