Homework Battle - Three Tips for an Easier Homework Experience

Homework Battle - Three Tips for an Easier Homework Experience // Cornerstone Christian School

Ah, homework. The dreaded back-to-school battle that so many parents face. Students begin homework at an early age, Kindergarten for us at Cornerstone, and so often as parents we find ourselves reminding, asking, and nearly bribing our children to please just get it done.

We believe instilling a routine early on, that is repeated each year, helps students to know what to expect upon arriving at home, and in turn, will make the homework battle an easy one to win.

Here are three tried and true tips to make for an easier homework experience.


Having healthy snack options ready gives students a burst of energy, and if possible, have these snacks ready for them as they walk in the door. Some good options are: string cheese, a hard boiled egg, pretzels, fruit, veggies & Ranch, or a handful of almonds. Perhaps select with your student a special after school snack they don't get any other time, this will make it all the more exciting as they sit down to prepare for their work.


There isn't anything more overwhelming than searching for a ruler, markers, or even a sharpened pencil when it is homework time. Depending upon your child's grade, the homework supplies will vary. Kindergartners will need everything from a glue stick to crayons, while your middle schooler could use a calculator, or even a computer. Creating a homework station, or even small box of supplies on hand near your table, can make the process that much smoother.


Limiting distraction, especially when you have multiple students in your home of a variety of grade levels, you will find some finish quicker than others. Setting the ground work early on with some after school rules, will keep everyone distraction-free. Some examples would be:

- No TV until everyone is finished.

- Quiet voices in the house.

- Allow your sibling to finish their work before engaging in distracting conversation.

Do you have any tips that work for your family? Please share in the comments below!


Lunch Box Joke Cards

Because, who doesn't want to know what the grape said to the elephant?

Lunch Box Joke Cards // FREE download // Cornerstone Christian School

School lunches are once again in session, unless of course you use our awesome lunch vendors, Choice Lunch. For those of you who find yourselves in lunch-packing mode, we've created some adorable, downloadable, lunch box joke cards. Simply print, cut, and toss in your child's lunch box!




5 Tips for Amazing Back to School Photos

A brand new school year is upon us. For most that means school supplies, uniforms, and yes, lots of back to school photos. Today we're sharing five tried and true tips to taking the best back to school photos.

Back to School Photo Tips // Cornerstone Christian School

1. Light

It's no secret that light will make or break your photos. When you go to shoot your back to school portraits, whether before the big day, or that morning, think for a moment about the direction of light.

Even lighting makes for the most flattering images. When the sun is high and directly overhead, you end up with squinty eyes and dark shadows across those precious faces.

First look for indirect light, the shade of a tree, or beneath your porch. If you can't avoid harsh light, simply turn your subject so the light is behind them, this enables softer light across their face.

2. Kill the Flash

Which leads me to my next point, the flash is not your friend. Whether it be your iPhone or fancy camera, turn that baby off. Not only does it wash out skin tones, but leaves the eyes with a glare.

Natural light is always the best. You'd be surprised at how much light you can let inside by turning the blinds, pulling back the curtains, or positioning your child next to the sliding glass door. The simple trick of switch your flash off, takes a snapshot, to a portrait.

3. Crop + Zoom With Your Feet

Did you know the crop tool/ zoom can be a danger zone? When you crop your image after shooting it, especially if it is a significant amount, you're losing precious pixels. The same goes when you pinch your camera phone "lens" to zoom in. Have you ever wondered why an image went from fabulous to fuzzy? Likely you lost most of the resolution after you cropped it down/zoomed too far, to fill the frame with your little one.

Instead of cropping post-shooting, or even zooming in, move into your subject with your feet (ie: step closer to them and fill the frame with them while shooting).

4. Clear the Clutter

One of the simplest, and easiest ways to take a nice back to school portrait is to make sure your student is the star of the show. If you're shooting in your back yard say, be sure to move bikes and basketballs out of the frame. Instead, place your children against a fence, in a clear zone, or near the flower bed. The less clutter that's in your picture, the more your student will shine.

Taking a few moments before shooting to clear the clutter, will make a world of difference.

5. Details

Last but certainly not least are the details. The brand new shoes, this years lunch box, perhaps just the detail of them holding their backpack, or even a class ring for your upperclassman - these are the moments and details you'll soon forget, so be sure to include them in your back to school shooting!

Have you downloaded your free First Day of School signs? Click here to get your own! Simply print at home, or at your local office store! We hope you enjoy, and are looking forward to seeing your Back to School images this year!

FREE First Day of School Signs

How would you like a free Back to School download? What about fourteen of them? Simply print these PDFs at home, or at your local office store! Preschool to Senior Year, we've got you covered. We hope you enjoy, and look forward to seeing your Back to School images this year!


Back to School Books for Your Little Ones

Back to School Books // Cornerstone Christian School

Starting a new school often introduces new worries and fears. Moving from preschool to Kindergarten, and Kindergarten to First Grade can be a challenging and sometimes scary time for little ones.

Introducing the idea of a new class, with books, is a great way to gently encourage your child that only good things lie ahead!

We've compiled a few favorites to share with you!

Entering Preschool

How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? is an adorable and funny read by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague. This book brings humor along with sharing what behaviors are and aren't acceptable in school.




Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney is a darling book about a young llama who is hesitant to leave his mother on the first day of school. Soon, he has had such a fun day, he's forgotten all about his worrisome morning.


Entering Kindergarten

For decades, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, has been a timeless and well-loved story to encourage children on their first day of school. Mrs. Racoon shares her family secret, the Kissing Hand, to offer her young racoon the assurance in a time he is feeling worried and anxious.

Kindergarten Rocks! by Katie Davis shares the story of Dexter, who claims he isn't scared a bit of his new class. His stuffed dog, however, is. This story shares how sometimes children find comfort, and solutions to their problems, within the comfort of a favorite toy.


Entering First Grade

Junie B., First Grader (at last!) by Barbara Park continues to follow the hilarious Junie B. Jones as she enters First Grade. Everything is new and strange to her, made even more confusing when she considers the possibility that she may need glasses. This funny and enjoyable read is a great way to prepare your little one for big and exciting challenges ahead.

Natasha Wing's The Night Before First Grade is a funny twist on the classic story by Clement C. Moore. Penny is just fine preparing for school, but is taken off guard when she learns she and her best friend aren't in the same classroom. It has an adorable ending that will help to calm those first day nerves.