God's Rainbow has been given a great responsibility in developing our children into responsible, God fearing individuals. WE are devoted to raising children to be socially healthy so that they can successfully interact with people in every area of their lives.
Our testimonies from former and present students include positive changes in character traits including virtues, integrity, diligence, and teamwork which we've witnessed is more effectively taught through contact with nature. Understanding absolutes such as Creation, beauty, goodness and truth are seen through images in art, the sound of the piano or the guitar, as little finger become expert in the understanding of the musical scale.
By enjoying the simple selection of seeds to be planted, observing how they grow, and how it provides us oxygen and food, our students learn to appreciate and learn from the world around them . As the students participate in these activities, by default they are taught to embrace another aspect of their development, how to behave, not as the world expects them to but as the Bible teaches them to be.
Under the Science Program, the school owns organic fruit and vegetable gardens, two miniature ponies, Chassis and Whisper, and a Golden Retriever which our students benefit from as part of their educational dynamic while we assess their SKA: Skill/Knowledge/Ability. Having a pet is usually a rite of childhood. Whether it is a hermit crab or gold fish, a dog, cat or horse, children enjoy the companionship offered by animals. Animals are a source of warm, fuzzy entertainment, but they can also offer several developmental and educational benefits to children as well. A child's physical, social, emotional and cognitive development can all be encouraged by interaction with animals as follow:
"Pets provide an impetus for running and practicing motor skills," says Sheryl Dickstein, Ph.D., Director of Humane Education for the ASPCA. Walking an animal or running in the yard and throwing a ball are great ways to exercise the animal as well as for children to get away from sedentary indoor activities and move around. Small motor skills can be encouraged by allowing children to scoop food and pour water into dishes, and by helping to groom them. Depending on the child's age, parental supervision is recommended for both the child's and the pet's safety.Helping to take care of a pet gives a child a sense of pride and accomplishment, especially if the animal is able to return the affection. Shari Young Kuchenbecker, Ph.D., research psychologist at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, says, “The child who cares for a pet knows that what he does matters, and so he’ll want to do more of it. The more successfully he feeds, walks, or emotionally bonds with the pet, the more confident he’ll feel.” In fact, studies conducted by the Waltham Centre have shown that children with pets have higher levels of self-esteem than those without pets.
For children especially, pets can be wonderful social facilitators. Children are more prone to approach and interact with another child who is playing with a pet. In this way, a pet can be the bridge between a less socially outgoing child and other potential playmates.
Pets can facilitate various aspects of emotional development such as self-esteem and a sense of responsibility. As children age and take on more responsibility of the care for their pet, it helps to build self-confidence. The responsibility a child has for her pet needs to be age appropriate. Keeping pet-oriented tasks age-appropriate is not only necessary for the safety of the pet, but for the child as well -- both physically and emotionally.
As children grow, they may develop an interest in a specific type or breed of animal. Encouraging children to read about their favorite pet or to take part in obedience classes with a parent and the pet can all encourage a child's cognitive development as it sparks the desire for learning. Bringing the child along to a veterinarian appointment will give him a chance to ask questions about proper care and his pet's health. With proper supervision, allowing children to research information about their pet on the Internet is another way they can care and learn about the pet's special needs and unique characteristics as well as to correspond with other owners of the same type of pet. If your child's desired pet is a horse but you live in a second story apartment, encourage your child to research horses anyway. Even if they can't have the pet of their choice, the learning will be valuable to them anyway.
Pets as Therapy
Because of the special bond that often develops between pet and child, pets can sometimes fill the role of a comforter. Since the relationship is non-judgmental from the pet's perspective, a hurting child might be more willing to initially trust a pet than a person. Having five kids of my own and 12 grandchildren, I have seen the wonders that pets can work in the lives of these emotionally scarred children. I saw angry, sullen and sometimes downright vicious children - usually teens but sometimes younger - slowly become softer and milder in their behaviors. They began to trust more. They learned to confide their secrets to the animals and eventually that made it easier for them to begin to trust us enough to confide in us.
Children love nearly anything pertaining to the great outdoors. They love digging in the dirt, creating yummy treats, and playing in trees. Children are curious about nature, and there is no greater joy than that from a child who has cultivated plants from his or her own vegetable garden. Kids enjoy planting seeds, watching them sprout, and eventually harvesting what they have grown. Allowing children to become involved in the planning, caring, and harvesting of a garden not only gives parents a unique opportunity to spend time with their children, but it helps the child develop an understanding of that which they are curious about – nature. Children also develop a sense of responsibility and pride in themselves, which can ultimately improve their self-esteem. One of the best ways to encourage enthusiasm for gardening is appealing to a child’s senses by adding plants not only for the eyes, but those they can taste, smell and touch. Fruits and vegetables are always a good choice for young children. They not only germinate quickly but can be eaten once they have matured.
Our Art Program is taught by professionals and experienced artists whom have traveled the world and have worked with movie productions like Pixar and Disney, that will indulge students in drawing, painting, creating ceramics, movie animation with clay characters, different printmaking techniques, sculptures and much more!!
Our goal is to have the children comprehend that God's beautiful gift to us is all around us in different colors, shapes, sizes and smells and, therefore, should be appreciated and used as a palette for our own artistic creativity.
Psalm 139:14 I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous …
We teach our students beginner piano and guitar lessons, and how to read music. Our goal is to introduce a musical language that will create a deep appreciation for music.
This world is but a canvas to our imagination. Our field trips are a quest into discovering new adventures and problem solving, from becoming an investigator, to take-notes for further investigation, we visits museum, garden, wet lands, farms, plantations, and much more. We believe that Field Trips should be an integral opportunity to enhance what has been taught in the classroom allowing our students not only to be told but to experience themselves the wonders of our God.
Parent Partnership Program
Parents are encouraged to actively participate in the life and community of God’s Rainbow Christian Academy. By serving our school we are able to set an example for our students on what it looks like to love and serve others. In addition our students feel loved because we are pouring our time into something they are deeply invested in. We are inviting our parents to contribute at least five hours of service to the school. There are so many things that we can accomplish with the miniature ponies, the veggie garden, the natural playground and much more if we work together as a family.
After School Program and Activities
The after school program is from 3:30pm to 6:30pm. This program incorporates homework study time, arts and crafts, music, Spanish classes, Latin, soccer, football, etc. To learn more about the details and cost of each program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program incorporates homework study time, outside play, arts & crafts, games and other related activities.
Fall of 2014
Indoor music, art, Spanish
Summer Program 2015 8:30am to 3:30pm