Category Archives: Your Child’s Education

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An Open Letter to My Daughter’s Kindergarten Teacher

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

Dear Mrs. Kindergarten Teacher,

Today I will entrust you with my firstborn.   She is my joy.  She is my hopes and my dreams incarnate.  From the very beginning she has kept me on my toes, and I am sure you will be no different.  She is so ready to learn! I see so much potential for her life and her calling.

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Summer Reading List: From Pre-School to Middle School

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Summer Read Aloud

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

By: Jennifer Clark

As a teacher, I am often asked by parents what they can do to help their children in school. My answer is simple: read.

Read to your children.  Read with your children.  Read in front of your children. I am very lucky. I had a dad who read to me every night and took me to the library often. He instilled in me a deep love of reading that lasts to this day.

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With that in mind and in connection with our Summer Read Aloud Challenge, I have compiled a summer reading list for young children through middle school. Continue reading

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Read Aloud Tips: Ideas to help your children deepen their understanding of stories

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Summer Read Aloud

“The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction. Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it…” Prov. 16:21-22a

By: Dana Baran

In my last post, I talked about the power stories have and the vital role reading aloud with your children plays in their character development and spiritual formation.  Mosaic of Moms has partnered with Read Aloud 15 Minutes to help you stay accountable for reading with your child. But what power can reading aloud have if your child has trouble understanding the book? As a reading teacher, I spent a lot of time modeling and practicing comprehension strategies with my students. These are simple reading techniques that good readers do automatically, but that emerging readers need to see modeled. Who better to show them how to be a good reader than you?

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Summer Read Aloud Challenge

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Summer Read Aloud

“Hold on to instruction; don’t let go. Guard it, for it is your life.” Proverbs 4:13

By: Jennifer Mullen

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My daughter graduates from pre-k tomorrow!  ***sigh***  Aside from the bitter-sweetness of this milestone, I am realizing that the rest of the kindergarten prep is up to me now.  In three months she will step foot out of my car and enter the world of grammar school.  Every parent wonders if their child will be ready socially, emotionally, and academically.

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Creating a Masterpiece

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”   Ephesians 2:10 NLT

By: Jennifer Mullen

On my personal Facebook page, I post lots of “mommy school” pics.  These are snapshots of activities that I do with my kids.  I am often asked where I get my ideas, and if I follow a curriculum.  Well, I am a teacher by profession, so I unknowingly tap into my training.  Gretchen often reminds me that I take for granted that what comes naturally for me is a mystery for others.  So I plan on sharing on a regular basis activities that you can do with yours kids and various media resources to use to help support those activities. I hope that it helps you get your creative juices flowing.

This week we talked about the color wheel.  I started with this YouTube video.  (YouTube is a great resource for educational videos!)

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