How to Build Reading into Everyday

Wouldn’t it be great if every child loved to curl up and get lost in a great book for hours every day? Unfortunately, that is not the reality that many parents face, especially given the technology and devices that vie for young children’s’ attention. Some parents face an uphill battle to get their children to read, so we have compiled some ideas that may help you get in extra reading throughout the day.

  • Travel Time – If you, like many families, find yourself in the car driving to and from school, activities, and sports, you know that “car time” can add up quickly from minutes to hours each week. Keep a book in the car for those trips, even if it is a joke book, graphic novel, or an adventure magazine. Each time in the car can be added minutes of reading every day.
  • Use Simple Reading Moments – Sneak in reading moments when your child doesn’t even realize it. For example, try reading recipes, street signs, comics, the closed captioning on the t.v., and even the back of cereal boxes.
  • Use Tech – Try using the technology that children love, including reading tablets, books on tape (or something equivalent), and reading apps that can easily be put on a phone or tablet.
  • Bedtime – This is one of our favorite times to read because it allows for relaxation and a connection between readers. Aim for at least 20 minutes every night.
  • Play Games – Who does love to play games, especially the more interactive ones that are out currently? Games almost always require reading of some sort from the directions to the game’s cards! Every little bit counts.
  • Produce a Play – Depending upon the age and interest of your children, you could produce a short skit or play by writing out the lines and then practicing them. Make a video of it to send to family members!

Reading should not be boring or a chore, and it doesn’t have to be if you make it interesting. Be sure to always choose books that match your child’s skill level and interests. Check back in future blogs about making reading a part of your daily routine.

NSCS Early Childhood Program – Hamilton, MA

North Shore Christian School will be expanding our mission to Hamilton operating on the campus of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Pilgrim Hall. Working in collaboration with the administration of GCTS, along with NSCS Board and administration, God has opened doors for an NSCS Early Childhood Program in Hamilton. This morning only program (8am to noon) is for children 2.9 to 5 years old and will operate Monday through Friday.

NSCS Lynn Campus Celebration of Learning

On the beautiful spring evening of May 4, 2018, we celebrated with our students the culmination of all their months of hard work and study. This annual “Celebration of Learning” included a live auction, classroom presentations by students, and an art show. The students proudly presented their work and took such ownership over their learning. They truly are growing spiritually and academically every day.

Our special evening kicked off in the multipurpose room where Mrs. Renee Southard was our auctioneer extraordinaire. Works of art planned and created by our very own students and teachers were the centerpieces of the auction. The artwork, made with love, included: a lacquered coffee table, hand-painted stoneware, planting pottery, canvas paintings, a stepping stone, a photo collage, wall hanging, a fleece blanket, and an “I Believe” book. The items will be cherished by our winning bidders. 

 

After the successful auction, parents, grandparents, and family members joined their students in their respective classrooms where they had the opportunity to explore what each grade has been studying. Each grade level offered a variety of events, from presentations, to theater, and even a Wax Museum! They worked so hard and had so much fun planning and preparing for these final projects. Here is a quick recap of some of the classrooms in case you couldn’t get to them all.

 

  • Rainforest Theme, complete with a living rainforest from the underbrush up through the canopy!
  • Reader’s Theater and Music Room Presentations
  • Meet the Authors and Readers Theater – The Cat in the Hat
  • Immigration Country Research Projects
  • Wax Museum Presentations
  • State Projects Presentations
  • Persuasive Presentations

 

Throughout the evening, students had the opportunity to showcase some amazing artwork that was displayed around the school, in classrooms, and adorning the walls of the hallways. Here is just a sampling of the types of work the students completed.

 

  • Landscape paintings that explored the tints and shades that can be used to create depth in a painting.
  • An analysis of the illustrations in publications such as Snowmen at Night by Mark Buehner.
  • An exploration of printmaking after studying the work of Albrecht Durer.
  • Simple pinch pots were designed and displayed proudly by our kindergarteners.
  • Traditional Korean masks used in theater productions were created by our first graders.
  • A study and compilation on traditional mosaics. The students created their own in the image of Mona Lisa.
  • Third graders “upcycled” and created weaved items out of recycled plastic.
  • Clay Fairy homes were created by our fourth graders. They incorporated interesting forms and textures.
  • Notan designs were created by fifth graders who studied the balance of light and dark in design.
  • Our middle school students curated their own show by choosing which pieces they were most proud of and displaying them with an artists statement.

Thank you so much to all the parents and family members who spent their time celebrating learning with your students. We are so proud of each and every one of them.

 

 

A note from the music room…

It has been a productive and fun autumn in the music room! At the beginning of the year I sat down with Mrs. Lowe to discuss classroom goals. One thing I wanted to improve on or expound upon was our students’ music listening skills. I believe that it is important to be able to understand and explain what we hear in music in accurate and intelligent terms. Every month, each class listens to one well-known and well-loved example of “Classical” music. I use the word “Classical” in the broad sense, because our listening examples have been taken from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern eras.

I was surprised by how much the students have enjoyed this new practice. It was a delight to watch the Kindergarten class discover the main subject of Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumble Bee” and to have the first grade class count every repeated theme in Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King.” One sixth grade listening lesson was particularly memorable. We listened to Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D minor.” The students were surprised that they already knew the song—they had heard it in movies, commercials, and television shows. The students described the organ piece as “terrifying” and “eerie” and associated it with Halloween programs and commercials. We read a little about the composer and when we discovered that Johann Sebastian Bach was primarily a church musician, one student suggested that “Toccata and Fugue” could actually be a musical representation of God’s power and wrath. Wow!

In the next few weeks, we will be listening to and creating some beautiful Christmas music and I encourage you to do the same! Music is a precious gift—take the time to enjoy it!

 

In Christ,

Mrs. Dickson

Third and Fourth Graders Have a Dream

During the month of February my class turned its attention to Black History
Month, as many around the nation also did. We spent time looking at one of the greatest
racial integration advocates of all times, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I anticipated that we
would watch Dr. King’s infamous I Have A Dream speech as a class and have a
conversation about it, but I was not prepared for what would come next. My students
were so enthralled and taken with Dr. King’s words that I set aside preplanned lessons to
engage my students in reality!
I encouraged my students to appreciate the fact that every American has been
afforded with a dream. We all have the license to dream. The difference between a
dream and the realization of that dream is grit. I wanted to encourage my students that
they all possess both – a dream and the grit. I asked them to write their own I have a
Dream speeches. I was absolutely floored by what I read, especially when you consider
that these students are only eight, nine, and ten years old. This generation recognizes the
struggles that our nation faces and the impact that they can make.
I hope you will take the time to read these speeches and in turn be inspired by this
next generation. I truly believe this next generation will be the one to change the world
with their love and service of others.
Click here to read some of the essays written.
                                                                                       
Liz MacDavitt has been part of the faculty on our Beverly Campus for over 5 years, currently teaching the 3rd & 4th grade class.

Young Alumni Service Award

          

The Young Alumni Service Award was presented during last Friday’s Chapel on the Beverly Campus to Isabelle Harper, class of 2014.

The Young Alumni Service Award is given to an alum in grade 7th through 12th, who has given evidence of having integrated their faith into their daily lives, making it a distinct part of their character, a guide in their decision-making and an influence in shaping their worldview.

The recipient of this award will also be a student who is involved in their local church, demonstrates well-roundness by their involvement and activities within their town or city, seeks to be civil-minded in word and deed, and maintains average or above average grades.

Isabelle started her school journey at NSCS when she was in Kindergarten and was a student here until June 2014. She currently attends Ipswich Middle School where she and her sister Victoria ran a successful Haiti Shoebox drive.

Isabelle Harper received this year’s Young Alumni Service Award for initiative in heading up an outreach at her public school. We are so proud of her!

Lynn 8th Grader Recognized

Rebecca Ibanez, grade 8, was recently interviewed by the Lynn Item. Her story appeared on the front page on Saturday April 1st. You can read about this remarkable and inspiring young lady and her desire to serve God and others by clicking here.

Rebecca was also recently honored by the Lynn Rotary through their Eighth Grade Recognition Program. You can see more about that here.

What a privilege to have students like Rebecca here at NSCS!

Science Fair at the Beverly Campus

      

This week our Beverly Campus students hosted an exciting evening of science!

Students in Kindergarten through grade 6 followed the scientific method and used the data collected to present their findings on many different topics.

Kindergartners researched the planets, while the first and second graders studied the human senses. Third and fourth graders explored the properties of water and its impact on human, animal and plant life. The fifth and 6th grade class researched the structure and layers of the earth, including volcanoes and earthquakes.

All of the students did an exceptional job preparing their exhibits and explaining their findings to family and friends who attended the Science Fair.

We are extremely proud of each and every one of them!

     

 

W-I-N-N-E-R!

 

Nicholas Granitsas, grade 5, is this year’s North Shore Christian School Spelling Bee winner!

Lynn Campus students in grades 2 through 8 have been working on their spelling skills for several months, all vying for the chance to represent NSCS at the city wide SCRIPPS Spelling Bee in March. Last night, two finalists from each class excitedly and anxiously participated in our annual school Spelling Bee.  Family and friends gathered to support all of the students as Mr. Richard Ladd led the event as the pronouncer.

After approximately an hour of spelling, Nicholas emerged as the champion! He will go on to represent NSCS at the Lynn Auditorium in March.

C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S Nicholas!