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6 Ways to Help Your Elementary Student Transition to a New School Year

Summer always seems to go by in a flash. Now that a new school year is on the horizon, you might be wondering what to expect from your elementary age child. Will they be nervous? Excited? Overwhelmed? For many young children, there are mixed emotions as summer break comes to a close.  As a...

5 Tips for Establishing a Morning Routine for Your Elementary Student

As the parent of an elementary student, you know how stressful it can be to get your child ready for school and out the door in the morning. You’re hurrying to pack their lunch, nagging them to finish last night’s homework, fixing a (somewhat) healthy breakfast, and tracking down their missing...

Resources for Families Following the Tragedy in Uvalde

May 26, 2022 Dear Columbia Academy Families, We are shocked and saddened by the horrific act of violence that unfolded Tuesday at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. These events weigh heavily on our hearts and minds. The trust you place in us each day for the safety and care of your...

Understanding the Unique Struggles of a Middle Schooler

November 19, 2021 Middle school is an exciting time filled with change, self-discovery, wild hormones, and ever-changing self-identities. With one foot in childhood and the other in adolescence, we know that children at this age begin to connect more with their peers and less with their...

Looking Back on our 30-Year History

September 3, 2021 September 3, 1991 was a momentous day. It was a pleasant 81° outside, the sun was shining, and the first classes of 3- and 4-year-olds and Kindergarteners joined us as Columbia Academy opened its doors for the first time. What started with only our preschool and...

Easing Back-to-School Stress

August 27, 2021 Teachers and students alike are returning to classrooms this fall after a whirlwind year and a half. Back-to-school preparations are in full swing, and now more than ever, our Columbia Academy teachers are preparing to nurture their community of students, build and cultivate...

What To Do When Your Child Doesn’t Want To Go To School

July 30, 2021 Anxiety varies widely among young children, and its symptoms can manifest in a variety of ways. Going to school can be worrisome to some children because they are leaving the comfort of their parents, sometimes for the first time. Their emotions may be so big that they have...

Differentiated vs. Individualized Instruction

July 14, 2021 Teaching is an art form that can be both complex and highly rewarding. While students differ in a myriad of ways from their strengths, backgrounds, needs, and interests, when teachers meet them at their skill level, it not only builds confidence but also invigorates...

Preschool Nutrition: Supporting Healthy Bodies and Minds

July 1, 2021 Is your preschooler in the habit of only wanting to eat certain foods? As parents, we worry whether our children are eating enough of the right foods to properly nourish their growing bodies and minds. We worry whether we are limiting enough of those not-so-healthy food choices....

Looking Ahead and Moving Forward

June 17, 2021 As we close the book on the 2020-21 school year, parents across the country are evaluating their child’s academic performance during the past year before deciding on the best path forward. Is their child flourishing? Are they hitting the appropriate academic milestones? There...

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