Greetings Berks Christian School Community!
Helping our students with their work at home is a big challenge for all parents. At Berks, we want to challenge our students to work hard, bringing glory to God through their effort - and that means some homework for everyone. While I am not a big fan of busy work (work for work’s sake) we do know that carefully guided practice (especially in reading and writing) are a key ingredient to your student’s academic success. I ran across this little helpful thought this week:
“Did you do your homework?”
or “Do you have any homework?”
Parents need to ask more questions than this one, teachers advise. How much should you help with homework? Monitor homework but remember it’s your child’s homework, not yours. You can help by asking questions that help guide your child to his own solutions. Some examples:
Remember, it’s ok (and even beneficial) for your student to fail.
But it’s not OK for them not to try.
What are your thoughts on homework? Leave a comment below. See you all at Homecoming on October 8!
Grace and Peace, Mr. Warner
Both are short reads and amazingly insightful.
Greetings Berks Christian Family!
I hope you are all enjoying summer. We are busy here at the school getting ready for a new school year while still taking some time to relax. A few weeks ago I took my family to the beach, it was fun to watch my young children discover the joys of a new part of God’s creation.
Our major focus continues to be our ongoing work in curriculum and accreditation to ensure that the education provided here at BCS is excellent and constantly improving. I want to publically thank my teachers and our school board for the focused work they continue to invest in this project. We often talk about the phrase “educating the whole child.” This concept of ensuring our education reaches mind, body, and soul is a helpful paradigm for Christian education. Recently, one our staff members suggested that an even more helpful version of this concept might be “providing the child with a whole education.” This is the heart of Christian education and what drives us as a school. We strive to give our students a complete view of truth, understanding of God’s world and word, and their place in His story and His kingdom.
Let me also express an overdue thank you. This past spring, I celebrated the end of my tenth year at Berks Christian School. The school community provided a gracious gift, and the students a basket full of cards. I was surprised and honored. I can not express what a privilege it is to serve this community. Thank you for consistently demonstrating the love of Christ to me and to each other. It is by this the world will know and see the truth of Christ.
I often try and leave some recommendations for reading, and today I’ll leave you with two.
The first is a book, Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung. This is a short little book useful to any of you looking on a Christian perspective on business. Mr. DeYong’s approach to the topic is practical and pastoral, and you will leave the book challenged and with practical information. Highly self-reflective and worth the read.
The second is an online article. Providing Direction to Young Men: 5 steps to take. by Tim Elmore. I recommend this article to anyone who has a young man in their house or under their influence. Tim Elmore is a leading expert on engaging millennials in the workplace, in education, and in the home. If you like this article, I recommend subscribing to this blog - it is always worth the read.
As always, our team is here to support you. If you have any questions about the start of the new school year, please just give us a call or send an email.
Grace and Peace,
Philip S. Warner, administrator of Berks Christian School.