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Every Child is a Star

Every Child is a Star

Parents and Teachers Matter “What did you learn in school today?” This is a question many parents ask their children when they return home from school. Then there are daily lessons to look at, parent-teacher conferences and regular report cards – all showing what they’ve learned. Yet book learning is only a small part of what helps a person succeed in life. When I asked a kindergarten teacher, Miss Sailor, why she wanted to teach children that were so young, her answer surprised me. She said “I didn’t at first. I wanted to teach high school or college.” As our discussion progressed she told me that teaching kindergarten was her first full-time teaching position. She said “kindergarteners are like sponges”: They absorb everything that comes in their direction, both good and bad.  She realized she wanted to teach children at this age, so she could encourage them to have a ...
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Back to School

5 Tips To Make Back-to-School Time a Breeze!

It’s always hard to say goodbye to summer, but going back to school can also be a great experience if everyone is well-prepared. Here are some tips to help your child get back into the school routine: About a week before school starts, begin getting back to regular bedtime and wake-up time. You can start slowly, by adjusting in ½ hour increments. If you wait until the night before school starts, the quick change can make for a rough morning. Have the kids help make a schedule. Let them help decide what time they will need to go to bed to get enough rest, and what time they will need to get up to get ready in time. These are time management skills that will serve them well as working adults. Create a place to organize school supplies and to do homework. Most likely over the summer any place that ...
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Parents Matter

Parents Matter – Marijuana Campaign 2015

Rainier Community Cares' current “Parents Matter” campaign is about marijuana.  Where recreational use of marijuana has been legalized for people over 21, it is still illegal for minors to possess or use it. Early use of marijuana can have serious impact on adolescents, because of the many developmental changes that occur during that time: physical, intellectual and social.  Not only does it affect movement and balance while intoxicated, over the long haul it affects the ability to make sound decisions, think clearly or have the ability to focus and concentrate. Because neural pathways are still developing, long-term use of marijuana before the age of 16 can have a serious, adverse effect on adolescent brain development, causing a permanent drop in IQ*.  This causes poorer educational outcomes, resulting in lower income and a poorer overall future. Those who use marijuana are at a social disadvantage. It can lead to problematic friendships, ...
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Parents Matter

How to have “the Talk” about Marijuana

When do I start talking about marijuana?  What do I say to my kids about using it? These are really tough questions. The answers vary depending on the age and maturity of your child. It’s usually best to answer your child at their level. A parent with a 10 year old won't handle this situation in the same way a parent of a 16 year old will. This guide from Seattle Children's Hospital is a strong, helpful resource on finding a good way to talk to your child. Dangers of Marijuana for Youth: Marijuana is addictive. It is the number one reason that teens enter substance abuse treatment programs in Washington. Because adolescent brains are still developing, teens under the age of 14 are four times more likely to become addicted, causing them to experience difficulty memorizing things. It can result in academic failure and dropping out of school. Because ...
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Eagle View Christian School

Tips for Interacting with Kids

Our family resides in Rainier and, we love our town!  When I'm out-of-state, people ask me if I live on Mt. Rainier!  I tell them that I don't; however, our community is so small that we don't even have a stop light!  Most city folks are pretty surprised by that!  Although I take pleasure in being a homemaker and raising calves, I am also the Principal of Eagle View Christian School in Yelm.  I have worked full-time with the students and the staff for over 15 years.  I thoroughly enjoy my job more every year! After raising four children of my own and working with children for almost forty years, my best advice to parents is to love your children, and to slow your life down for them, too!  Don't always be giving advice and correcting them, but rather ask them interesting questions and be eager to listen.  The best ...
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