Living an Active Family Life

by Kelsey Hodges

As a mom of two young boys and dog owner of 2 yellow labs, I think staying active is inevitable. They seem to have endless energy, and I want to be able to keep up with them. I make time for my own workouts, but we also make it a point to get outside and stay active together as a family. I want to lead by example so that, by staying active, we are taking care of our bodies and can achieve all that God has planned for us.

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The Little Things

by Renee Doyle

January has been especially busy at our emerging K-12 classical school. It is the month when staff members use vacation time, might be out with a winter cold or attend conferences. With a limited employee pool, we all become versatile at covering for one another’s classes. Last week, I had the opportunity to teach art, P.E. and Latin. Such a diversified teaching schedule in both subject and time slots is challenging, but the reward from interacting with our students is priceless.

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Build Your Village

by Jamie Bonnema

We’re all familiar with the phrase “It takes a village to raise a child” and recognize the truth in it. We need reinforcement outside of our own abilities and availability. We desire for our kids to become good stewards of their talents, persevere in their endeavors, and be securely tethered to their identity in Christ. At any point, all of these things can be threatened, especially when our relationship with our child is strained or we’ve grown tired. We desperately need the strength of the village

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Time-Saving Tips in the Kitchen

by Sarah Stensland

Do you find yourself sprinting from one activity to the next? Are you out of energy at the end of a long day? Because of this, do you settle for convenience food or go out to eat more than you would like? Some days it feels like there isn’t another choice. However, with a little work in advance, you can have more home-cooked meals, which are often healthier and less expensive than the alternative! Here are eight tips to save you time in the kitchen.

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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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