How Important is Bedtime?

by Tamara Dicks

Bedtime could be the most important part of the day as it may determine how one functions during the day hours. Bedtime rituals have even been scientifically proven to affect cognitive development. Research done by the National Center for Biotechnology Information revealed “Children in families with optimal bedtime routines showed better performance in terms of executive function, specifically working memory, inhibition and attention, and cognitive flexibility. Also, children in households with optimal bedtime routines scored higher in their readiness for school and had better dental health.”

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Enjoying Christmas Break

by Jamie Bonnema

Christmas break is upon us and our houses are busier. We’re enjoying time with family, taking part in beautiful church services, and traveling. With any change in schedule, no matter how special, there are challenges. And, with our kids being off-schedule, we can have extra challenges. Here are a few tips to help your break go more smoothly so you can really enjoy the wonder of the season.

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Reflecting on our 2018 GCA Christmas Program

By Renee T. Doyle

“Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” Psalm 126:2–3

When you are an emerging school, each year brings the challenge of matching or exceeding the quality and excellence of an annual event. In this case, our 2018 GCA Christmas Concert was no exception.

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The Wonder of Christmas

by Jamie Bonnema

Christmas holiday schedules can be jam packed with one event after another. As we carefully plan our family schedule—where we will be, for how long, and when—I catch myself wondering if our family will miss the “wonder” of Christmas.

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The Yellow Telephone: Teaching Your Children to Pray

by Judy Ness

Nearly three years ago, our daughter, son-in-law and family made a cross-country move back to Minnesota. For several months they lived in a small apartment while they were looking to purchase a home. Mounted on one wall in the kitchen was an old, harvest gold, dial telephone. Having been raised in an era of smart phones, my grandchildren found this relic from the past to be utterly fascinating – and though the land line was disconnected, they spent hours “talking” on the phone to friends and relatives.

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Tips and Ideas for Positive Routines

by Jamie Bonnema

We all know the feeling of starting the day on the wrong foot. Most of the time, when our day is off, or consistently off, we can find that the trigger was a lack of a good routine. In my last blog, I wrote about the importance of routines and what they offer. If you didn’t read that article, you can go back (previous blog) and get some background on what I’m about to share. Routines are vital, and they set us up for success.

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Setting Your Family Up for Success with Routines

by Jamie Bonnema

Some people cringe when they hear the word “routines” while others find it almost as comforting as snuggling under their favorite soft blanket with a mug of hot cocoa. As adults, we tend to equate the word “routines” with a feeling, and either avoid them for fear of feeling restricted, or adhere to them for the feelings of comfort and safety. Early in life, however, routines can be survival. For a child, having a great daily routine leads to a more successful day, week, month, and year. The alternative can be a day, week, month, and year with more struggle, frustration, and uncertainty.

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An Attitude of Gratitude

by Judy Ness

Above All Things, O God, Grant Me a Grateful Heart.

This saying has been written on my heart for years – and I keep thinking that someday I will get around to ordering the word-art letters so I that I can put it over the patio door in our home. With Thanksgiving approaching, we may individually, or as a family, turn our thoughts to the many blessings we enjoy.

But how do we teach our children to have an “attitude of gratitude” all year long? We hardly get the chance to put the Thanksgiving leftovers away before the media begins to bombard us with the message of Black Friday, and the number of “shopping days left until Christmas”.

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The Double Rainbow: 2018 Matching Gift Challenge

November 5, 2018

Dear Friends of Genesis Classical Academy:

“And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” –Ecclesiastes 4:12 ESV

God is really into numbers. The number three (3) Biblically represents divine wholeness, completeness and perfection: 3 persons of the Trinity; Jonah, 3 days and nights in the belly of a fish; Satan’s 3-fold temptation; Peter denied Jesus 3 times, and most importantly – Jesus’ resurrection on the 3rd day.

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What’s For Dinner?

by Sarah Stensland

If your family is anything like mine, one of the first questions after our children come home from school is, “What’s for dinner?” I usually have very little time to think up and prepare a healthy home-cooked meal due to after-school activities and commitments. Therefore, I try to gather some ideas to have on hand that fit the time crunch.

A family favorite in our house is Chicken Fried Rice. It is a very quick “throw together” meal that is healthy and inexpensive–three wins in my book!

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