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The Magic of Cooking: Engaging Your Child With Science Through Food Science

kelly-sikkema-212376-unsplashIn order for students to develop a lifetime love of learning, it is essential to capture their attention at a young age. One method for drawing students into science is through the use of food. Read on to discover how you can engage your child’s mind through their stomach.


Layers of the Earth

Make a batch of Rice Krispie treats with your child. Have them take a small amount of the mixture and roll it into a ball. This will represent the Earth’s inner core. Next, divide the remaining treats into three separate bowls. Add orange food coloring to the first bowl, red to the second, and blue to the third. When the rice krispies are properly colored, wrap the orange treats around the inner core to form the outer core. Follow that with the red treats, which represents the Earth’s mantle. Finish the Earth model with its most recognizable layer, a blue crust.

Jell-O Cell Model

Begin by following the Jell-O packet instructions to make the wiggly treat and then pour it into a round mold. The mold is acting as the cell’s membrane. Have your child add a plum to the center of the mold to represent the cell’s nucleus. Then begin by building the cell. Use gumdrops for centrosomes, Skittles as lysosomes, raisins as mitochondria, peanut M&Ms as vacuoles, sprinkles as ribosomes, and thin strips of licorice as the golgi bodies. Refrigerate until the Jell-O sets. Review the finished cell and enjoy.

Bubbling Lemonade

Show your child how exciting chemical reactions can be through a bubbling lemonade that you can actually drink! Cut a lemon up into slices and have your child squeeze the juice out of each one into a glass. Next, have them add 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to the lemon juice and watch what happens. The mixture will react by bubbling up! Once the fizz has died down, toss in a teaspoon of sugar for sweetness and drink up.

Sun Cooked S’mores

Teach your kids about the power of solar energy by cooking up a classic campfire treat using the sun instead of the traditional campfire. Start by simply lining the bottom of a cardboard box with tin foil. Assemble the S’mores by placing a graham cracker on the bottom, a piece of chocolate on top of the graham cracker, and a marshmallow on top of the chocolate. Cover the box with plastic wrap to keep any unwanted visitors out of the treats. Set the box out in the sun for an hour or two. When you come back, you’ll notice that the sun has melted the chocolate and softened up the marshmallow. Top with another graham cracker and enjoy!

For more tips on how you can get your kids interested in science, check out our Orlando private school blog.

Build Your Child’s Confidence

pexels-photo-764356Every parent dreams of raising strong, courageous children who believe in themselves and their abilities. Take a look at our tips for boosting your child’s confidence and unleashing their full potential.

1. Praise Your Child for Trying

When children put forth their best effort, they should always feel proud, regardless of the outcome. Always take the time to praise your little one for trying their best. Sometimes, it’s helpful to remind older kids about greats like Einstein, who didn’t succeed with their inventions at first, but kept at it until they found success.

2. Give Your Kids the Opportunity to Make Choices

While bathing and bedtimes may not be up for discussion, there are plenty of instances when it is appropriate to give your children choices. Allowing them to have a voice in making decisions is a great way to build confidence. You may present younger children with three different outfit options, or allow a tween to decide on a the movie for family night.

3. Nurture Interests and Set Appropriate Goals

Pay attention to the interests of your child and then help him or her set goals within that field. For example, your daughter may have a love of horses. You could sign her up for lessons and create goals such as learn to trot, complete a trail ride, and master putting the saddle on the horse. As she meets those goals, her confidence will begin to grow.

4. Encourage Problem Solving

It can be so easy to intervene and come to our children’s aid; however, it is often best to encourage kids to find a solution on their own. When they reach a successful answer, they’ll feel more confident that they can tackle future obstacles and enjoy a positive outcome.
Orlando Private School Lake Forrest Prep works alongside parents to help students reach their full potential. For additional advice, check out our blog or contact Lake Forrest Prep for more info.

Excuse Me, May I Interrupt?

dominoes-1902622_640Children are not exactly known for being patient, but unfortunately, it isn’t always possible for a parent to break away from an important chore or conversation. We have a few suggestions to teach your little one the best way to get your attention without interrupting.

1. Define Interruption

Depending on your child’s age, it may be necessary to define what an interruption is. Be sure to give your child examples and even act them out so he or she fully understands when it’s okay to ask you a question and when it is appropriate to wait.

2. Introduce the Method

If you are otherwise engaged, a great way for kids to let you know they need you is to place their hand on the parent’s arm or shoulder. The child should then continue to wait patiently. The parent acknowledges them by placing their hand on top of theirs, which demonstrates that you are aware they are present, and you will assist them momentarily. Demonstrate this method a few times to help them remember what to do.

3. Reinforce Good Behavior

It won’t take long before your child gets a chance to put this new skill into practice. After your little one puts his hand on your shoulder and waits for you to finish what you’re doing, make sure you praise him. Say something like “Thomas, thank you for waiting until I was done. How can I help you?” This reinforces his good behavior so that he’ll want to continue not interrupting in the future.

4. Be Persistent

Although you may have completed a few practice exercises, your child is likely to forget what he just learned until it has become a habit. The important thing is that you remain consistent until he has the method down. When he interrupts you, take his hand and put it on your shoulder and do not respond using words. Wait until you are able to respond and then remind him of the rule before asking what he needs.

Check out more info from Orange County private school, Lake Forrest Prep, on our blog, where you’ll find more tips and tricks to help your child grow. Parents can also contact Lake Forrest Prep with any questions or to schedule a tour.

Why You Want Your House to be the Hangout House

friends-1941580_640Playdates may be a little rough when children are younger, but that all changes once they start to mature. Check out the many valuable benefits of prepping your home to be the hangout house for your kids and their friends.

1. Peace of Mind

When kids gather at your house to play video games, swim in the pool, or work on a homework assignment, you know exactly where they are. You’ll have peace of mind and won’t be left wondering if they’re getting into mischief elsewhere.

2. A Personal Level

As children age, their friends’ influence grows. Being the hangout house means you’ll have the luxury of getting to know each of those friends on a more personal level. As they become comfortable, many of them will view you as a second parent, which is a special, hard-earned term of endearment. Believe me – you want to be the second parent.

3. Fond Memories

A home full of laughter, jokes, and silly games is a happy one, and one that you’ll have the privilege to enjoy. Your kids are going to look back on their childhood as adults and recall these memories. Not only will they think of you and the way they were raised fondly, but they will most likely model that for their future children as well.

4. Quality Time

Teenagers naturally gravitate toward their friends and begin to separate from their parents. This is a normal stage of development that leads to independence, which is necessary in adulthood. Hosting the hangout house, however, gives you the opportunity to continue spending time with your kids, and you gain access to your child’s world in a very special way.

5. How Do You Become the Hangout House?

Host their friends joyfully; remember, your kids can tell if you’re faking it, and your hospitality means infinitely less if they see you don’t want to have their friends around. Encourage them to invite friends over. Sooner or later, your kids will grow up and leave and the house will be quiet, so enjoy it while it lasts. Buy tons of snacks, bake some cookies, and provide fun activities like a basketball hoop, gaming system, or pool. Make sure your children and their friends know the rules, but also make sure they know how happy you are to have them over.

The private elementary school, Lake Forrest Prep, is excited to offer additional tips on raising children and how to encourage an atmosphere of learning and growing. Contact Lake Forrest Prep if you’d like to learn more.

How to Set Healthy Boundaries With Your Kids

Sometimes, the word “boundaries” inspires a negative connotation. But they don’t exist to make your life worse – as a matter of fact, they make your life infinitely better.
It takes practice and determination to set boundaries with your children, but don’t give up. Setting boundaries benefits everyone involved. Establish them early on to set an important precedent for your parenting style, help prepare your children for real-world consequences, and show them they have the power to take care of themselves.

1. Model Boundaries for Your Kids

If you don’t model the boundaries you expect your kids to follow, there’s a good chance they won’t model them either. Demonstrate waiting to speak with someone until their phone call has ended, knock before entering a room, and ask to borrow an item before taking it. Clean up after yourself, especially when someone else will use a space after you.

2. Make Boundaries and Consequences Clear

Before you can expect obedience, ensure children understand what the boundaries and potential consequences will be. Ask younger children to repeat your expectations back to you, and ask older children for a written explanation. Leave a space for their signature to emphasize how important this is.

3. Plan Ahead

Don’t make decisions in the heat of the moment. Rather, prepare by anticipating where problems may arise – such as mealtime or preparing for bed – and know your limits.

4. Stay Confident
When your child ignores a boundary, confront them. Avoid weak language and modifiers such as “okay?” at the end of sentences; these make you appear uncertain. Don’t discount your own authority. Stay warm, firm, and confident. Stick to your decisions, even when your child is upset, and be consistent with rules and consequences.

5. Why Boundaries?

Understanding your personal limits and knowing the power of “no” is an essential component of any healthy lifestyle or relationship. By including these in your relationship with your children, you show them that you value yourself, while also preparing them to be an adult who values themselves, sets up their own boundaries, and respects others’ boundaries as well.

For more tips on communication, education, and fun activities for your whole family, check out our Orlando private school blog.

Helpful Tips From a Preschool Teacher

font-2111748_640If your child falls between the ages of two and five, they probably actively explore the world around them while learning to share, recognize numbers and letters, and discover their independence. We have put together a few tips that will help you and your child get ready for kindergarten and beyond.

1. Always Follow Through
Parents can learn to always follow through when they give their preschooler a command. If it’s time to turn the television off and go to bed, don’t give in when your toddler begs for just five more minutes.

2. Have High Expectations
It’s easy to do everything for preschoolers because they are so young, but this isn’t the best thing for them. Preschool teachers point out that when you have higher expectations for your children, they will often meet those expectations. There’s no reason your little one can’t put their shoes and bookbag away after school, or toss dirty clothing in the laundry basket at the end of the day.

3. Encourage Independence
Encouraging independence is the best way to prepare a child for the future and there’s no reason you can’t start during preschool years. Teachers suggest you allow children to pick out their own outfit, pour their own cereal, and select a chore to help out with each day.

4. Praise All Achievements
Young children react to attention, so look for every opportunity to praise your youngster and be mindful of giving any negative responses. Teachers stress that the way you say things is important. Never raise your voice and if you need to redirect your child’s attention, try breaking out in song to get them to laugh.

Discover additional tips and tricks at Lake Forrest Prep, a private school in Orlando that aspires to create an atmosphere where the school is an extension of the family: a school environment where teacher, parent, and student interactions involve solid connections, enriching lessons, and responsibility on the part of all three participants. We encourage parents to visit our campus blog for helpful tips or contact us for a tour of our campus!

2018 Top Book Trends

alone-1822474_640Not only does reading improve comprehension, it also introduces children to new vocabulary words. Our staff at Lake Forrest Prep suggests you take a look at the following books and add them to your must-read list for the new year.

1. Little Blue Truck’s Springtime
Designed for early readers, Little Blue Truck’s Springtime has flaps throughout that hold baby animals underneath. Kids will learn to identify new animals and there’s plenty of opportunities to practice counting as well.

2. Treasure Hunters: Quest for the City of Gold
Written by the #1 New York Times bestselling author James Patterson, Treasure Hunters: Quest for the City of Gold takes kids on a wild adventure through the Amazon. The book is designed for students in grades three through seven and is perfect for stimulating one’s imagination and satisfying a child’s thrill for excitement.

3. Dragon Masters: Chill of the Ice Dragon
Dragon Masters: Chill of the Ice Dragon is one of Scholastic’s chapter books for students in first through third grade. The text is easy to read and contains plenty of action to keep kids engaged. Children follow the main character, Mina, as she searches for a fire dragon to unfreeze her kingdom.

4. Time Jumpers (Five Kingdoms)
The final book in the Five Kingdoms series, Time Jumpers is a great choice for elementary students who have a love for sci-fi stories. If your child hasn’t read the first four books in this series, you may want to borrow them from the library before you jump into this one, which continues to follow the main character, Cole, and his faithful friends.

Discover additional tips and tricks at Lake Forrest Prep, an Orange County private school that aspires to create an atmosphere where the school is an extension of the family: a school environment where teacher, parent, and student interactions involve solid connections, enriching lessons, and responsibility on the part of all three participants. We encourage parents to visit our campus blog for helpful tips or contact us for a tour of our campus!

The Best Apps for Kids

pexels-photo-691188These days, children are drawn to electronic devices so why not use them as an educational tool? There are plenty of options that are both entertaining and educational. We’ve compiled a list of the top five apps that you can download to any phone or tablet.

1. PBS Kids Daniel Tiger’s Storybooks
The Daniel Tiger’s Storybooks app contains interactive stories that teach important life lessons. Once a story ends, kids get a chance to play a game that reinforces what they learned from the story. The stories come in English or Spanish.

2. The Magic School Bus Oceans
Encourage your child’s love of science with the award-winning The Magic School Bus Oceans app. It’s presented in a kid-friendly comic book format, and kids can play games that help them explore ocean life, as well as view 26 real photos and 11 videos of underwater animal and plant life.

Little ones that love music will appreciate the LOOPIMAL app. They can create their own song by moving around blocks of different notes. The blocks are actually animal characters that dance to the music, which makes the app even more appealing to younger users.

4. Motion Math: Hungry Guppy
Preschoolers and kindergarten students will find the Motion Math: Hungry Guppy app helps them master their numbers. Once the child can count, the app goes on to teach them how to add. The colorful, number-eating fish and the fun music throughout the activities really keeps their attention.

5. Stack the States
For history buffs, there’s the Stack the States app. Elementary students are taught to recognize all 50 states, their abbreviations, and their capitals. Each state is designed to look like a cartoon and kids have the option of putting the states on the map like a puzzle or completing a few matching activities.

Discover additional tips and tricks at Lake Forrest Prep, a private elementary school that aspires to create an atmosphere where the school is an extension of the family: a school environment where teacher, parent, and student interactions involve solid connections, enriching lessons, and responsibility on the part of all three participants. We encourage parents to visit our campus blog for helpful tips or contact us for a tour of our campus!

Goal Setting for Younger Kids

goal-976853_640Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at Dominican University in California, conducted a study revealing that 43 percent of people who regularly write down their goals are more likely to achieve them. The team at Lake Forrest Prep believes goal setting is an important skill for younger children, and we have a few tips for how to teach them:

Step 1. Clearly Define Goals for Your Kids
Younger children need to understand why goals are important before they can make their own. Use the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of “something that you are trying to do or achieve” as a starting point. Then, give the kids a few examples such as: learning how to tie a shoe, doing 10 jumping jacks each morning, or completing homework before its due date.

Step 2. Create a Goal Chart
Help your children create goal charts that contain both short-term and long-term goals. This is an excellent way for children to learn the significance of planning for the future. If your child isn’t old enough to write their own goals, allow him or her to draw pictures instead.

Step 3. Review the Chart Regularly
Every couple of days, review the chart and talk about any progress your child has made. When they successfully achieve one of their goals, place a checkmark next to it, or give them a sticker to put on the chart. Praising your child is an excellent way to reinforce good behavior and encourage them to develop healthy habits.

Step 4. Repeat the Cycle
After your little one has mastered their goal list, start over with a new goal sheet. This teaches them that there is always something they can do to grow. Hang up the completed goal chart so when they become discouraged, they can look to it for motivation. Let them know that reaching a goal can take hard work and dedication, but it’s always worth it in the end.

Discover additional tips and tricks at Lake Forrest Prep, an Orlando private school that aspires to create an atmosphere where school is an extension of the family: a school environment where teacher, parent, and student interactions involve solid connections, enriching lessons, and responsibility on the part of all three participants. We encourage parents to visit our campus blog for helpful tips or contact us for a tour of our campus!

LFPS Open House

Please join us Saturday, January 27th from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. for our Open House where you can check out the next grade level your child/children will be entering for the 2018-2019 school year.  This event is for current and prospective families!

You can meet the teachers, get information about the curriculum, and pick up your registration materials. Your child/children are welcome to come with you.

For those interested in kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year, there is a presentation from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Hope to see everyone on January 27th.


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