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14 x July 19 — August 1, 2018 x CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 and from school or to after-school extracurricular activities, your time with your family is precious. Quality family time is worth every second — take advantage of it. Look for those opportunities to talk with your children about their days at school, asking them about their “highs and lows.” Give them your undivided attention and ask the same of them. Never accept the one-word answers, but dig deeper. This will not only allow for you to know more about your child’s day, but it will give your child the opportunity to feel valued and heard. Remember that the time we have with our children is limited — make the best of those treasured moments by putting down the electronic devices and connecting with one another. • Homework Headaches? Let the Library Help! by Mira Tanna, Assistant Manager Technology and Education Center Orange County Library System 407-835-7323 • • Your local library offers a wide array of resources to help kids — and parents — tackle homework problems. Any parent who has encountered their second-grader’s question about a “10 frame” knows that the way math is being taught these days is different from the way we learned it growing up. Even the easiest math problems can stump parents, because they aren’t familiar with the strategies being used to teach math under Common Core. Luckily, there is help available at the nearest public library or with the click of a mouse. Many libraries offer access to databases that can help kids with science projects, art and music projects, language learning and more. Students working on science fair projects can find a wealth of ideas in Science Online, a resource available courtesy of the library. Each section — biology, chemistry, earth science, etc. — contains experiments that a student can conduct at home. Some libraries offer online homework help that can connect kids with resources from home. Library card holders can log onto the library website, enter their library card number, and connect to a certified live tutor. Students are often more receptive to help from an online tutor than from a parent, and parents can feel confident that the tutor is familiar with the current approach used in schools to teach the subject. The library is still a great place to do research. Kids will find nonfiction books at their reading level that they can use as reputable sources and public computers to access the internet. Online databases on a variety of subjects (such as biography, opposing viewpoints, research in context) are searchable by reading level and make it much easier than a general online search to locate pertinent articles. Citations for each article are formatted to be copied into a bibliography. As children become more independent from their parents, they can benefit from not only learning the skills taught in school but from learning how to acquire knowledge and skills on their own. Introducing them to the library can provide that foundation for lifelong learning that will benefit them long after they have graduated from high school. • The Benefits of a Private, Christian School Education by Joseph Cioffi, Director of Marketing & Communications Foundation Academy 407-656-3677 • 407-877-2744 A private, Christian school education is built upon high academic standards, positive learning environments, a sense of community, discipline and Christ-centered values.

A private school education stresses the importance of an education that sets high academic standards that will challenge the students throughout their academic pursuits. In addition, a private school has a tendency to foster smaller class sizes, which in turn cultivates an educational environment that has more one-on-one interaction with the teacher and enables the student to receive help for academic challenges, promotes increased class participation, and allows the teacher to really understand the students and identify their weaknesses, as well as their strengths. A private, Christian school also offers a diverse, yet intimate, community of students and families who share a common set of beliefs, interests and standards that foster a sense of belonging. This enriches the environment that promotes learning and growth that can be done both on an individual basis as well as together. There also is an emphasis on discipline that is structured around Christian values and is reflected in various traits, including thoughtfulness, kindness and understanding. These elements x July 19 — August 1, 2018 x 15 transcend into the environment, where students feel safe both physically and mentally and that allows students to be dedicated to the process of learning rather than uncertainty and worry. Lastly, values are perhaps one of the most important elements of a Christian education. A Christcentered approach to teaching and learning allows a private, Christian school to truly partner with families and the church to build a foundation for life that will serve its students well for the exciting life that lies ahead. • Makeup Tips for Tweens to Teens by Debbie Wisner, President, & Debby Tapia, Vice President Maile Image, Modeling, Acting 407-628-5989 Makeup is a way to express yourself. If your skin is healthy and glowing, then any makeup applied over it CONTINUED ON PAGE 16 Shine this Summer with a brand new smile A True Homeschool Partnership The Hybrid Program is designed for students (K-12th Grade) to receive instruction two days a week in a traditional classroom setting, while instruction is parent-led the other three days with content provided by The Classical School. We also offer the Traditional Program (K-8th grade) for families who wish to exclusively homeschool their child with support and quarterly portfolio reviews from The Classical School. Kindergarten _ Grade 12 Biblical Worldview Dynamic & Caring Teachers Superior Academics Championship Athletics RSVP for your private tour today! 407-206-8762 A K-12 Christ-Centered College Preparatory Homeschool Program 2667 Bruton Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32805 | The First Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin