April 5, 2018

Imagine you walk into the kids’ section of the library, two-year-old in tow. You are surrounded by shelves packed with books. Books are standing displayed on top of the shelves. Where do you begin? You see parents thumbing through colorful texts, adding some to their s...

March 3, 2018

Babies and toddlers are such appealing creatures (much of the time). Think of all the serious, critical work their brains are doing while they are drooling, grinning, babbling, and being so irresistible in the process. The mental development is systematic and intricate...

December 13, 2017

You may be thinking, "What in the world can these two have in common?" 

Well, the answer may surprise you.  Kylo Ren is perhaps the most anticipated antagonist in film history, and one of the most recognizable characters from the new Star Wars series.  This character ha...

December 11, 2017

In keeping with our school mission, OVCA faculty and staff came up with a list of Christmas gift ideas that would aid your child's development spiritually, academically, socially, and physically.  Most of the suggestions are inexpensive, and some might remind you of gi...

November 14, 2017

One day, several years ago, I was contacted by one of our teachers who had her class lined up near our preschool playground.  She was very concerned when a preschooler standing near the fence greeted her class with a very bad word.  "What bad word?" you ask.  Let’s jus...

November 2, 2017

As we established in the last blog post, regular family meals can be vital to your child’s development, especially when we as parents have demanding schedules | Parenting, Education, Social and Emotional Growth, Family Bonds

November 2, 2017

Children absorb their family identity and carry that with them into every other context, including school. A strong identity nurtured at home can make a child more resilient when faced with challenges such as bullying and bombardment with negative cultural messages.