12 - Preparing Your Child for Middle School (5th/6th Science Teacher and 6th Homeroom Teacher, Deb Woodworth)

February 8, 2019

What skills do our kids need in order to thrive in middle school? Today we welcome Central's 5th/6th science teacher, Deb Woodworth. Using the framework and goals of Central's Summit (5th/6th) program, Ms. Woodworth explains the importance of accountability, self-advocacy, and executive functioning and offers suggestions on how to foster these skills. In addition, she emphasizes the unique balance of leadership and service in preparing students to impact their generation.

11 - 5 Questions to Ask When Choosing A School (Director of Admissions & Communications, Christan Perona)

January 9, 2019

Choosing a school for your child can be daunting, yet all the emotional energy and planning are worth it. As you explore different schools for your child -- whether they're in preschool now or you're looking at high schools -- be sure to ask these 5 questions:
1. What is your school's or school district's mission?
2. What is the solidity of your academic program?
3. How does your school nurture students?
4. What do graduates of your school look like?
5. Can I see myself here?
Join us as the host of EmpowerCentral, our own Director of Admissions & Communications, unpacks these questions and gives you suggestions on how to get the answers you're looking for.

And for some ongoing perspective: Isaiah 49:15, 16

10 - The Incarnation | A Christmas Episode (5th/6th Bible Teacher, Pastor Vince Hall)

December 24, 2018

Word + Became + Flesh. What's the significance of God entering into history, entering into His own creation? What does pride have to do with Christmas? Listen in as Pastor Vince Hall, Central's Summit (5th/6th) Bible teacher, shares about the reality of "God with us" and explains how the incarnation shatters our theology of good works. The same God who breathed life into the void of pre-creation breathes life into your chaos and brokenness today.


John 1:14
Luke 2:7
Hebrews 2:17
John 1:1, Genesis 1, Deuteronomy 5:24, Psalm 107:20
New Testament Theology: Many Witnesses, One Gospel by I. Howard Marshall

9 - The Counter-Narrative | Part 2: Starting Conversations (Principal, Paya Sample)

December 19, 2018

How do we begin conversations with our children and students to explore the counter-narrative? How do we find places for the voices that are often not listened to? In Part 2 of The Counter-Narrative, Central Christian School's principal, Paya Sample, defines "counter-narrative" and explains the importance of it. By giving practical examples, she inspires listeners to consider a different path as you motivate children to think critically and empathetically while engaging with history and different people groups.

Dialogue further with Mrs. Sample by contacting her at info@centralschoolstl.org.

TEDTalk: "The Danger of a Single Story"
Project 562

Conversation Starters:
-- I wonder how we can find out more information about...
-- Who's voice is missing from the story or movie? Why do you think that voice is missing?
-- Do you think this is always the case?
-- What do you think it would be like to be on the other side of this story?

8 - The Counter-Narrative | Part 1: Culturally Responsive Books (Librarian, Nancy Gruneisen)

December 16, 2018

We want to talk with our kids and students about diversity and inclusion, about perspectives and having an others-centered orientation, but we often don't know where to start. Part 1 of our two-part series on The Counter-Narrative features Central's librarian, Nancy Gruneisen, who quite vulnerably opens up about her own journey toward cultural responsiveness and understanding. From personal experiences within her own family to her work within Central's library, Mrs. Gruneisen gives practical suggestions about choosing books that represent a broader view of humanity.

The Brown Shelf
We Need Diverse Books
Navigating these websites requires thoughtful discernment. Some books on these sites may may not suit your family or your beliefs. As a reminder, Nancy Gruneisen and Central Christian School recommends you check a book out of the library and read it prior to sharing it with your child. 

Book Titles
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
My Two Grannies by Floella Benjamin
Refugee by Alan Gratz
The Skin You Live In by David Lee Csicsko
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

7 - Intrinsic Motivation (Spanish Teacher/International Admissions Assistant, Marcela Casco-Lee)

December 7, 2018

How do we foster within our children a love of learning -- simply for the sake of learning rather than to gain rewards? Join us as we dialogue with Central's Spanish teacher, Marcela Casco-Lee. In Episode 7, she explores ways to cultivate natural curiosity and intrinsic motivation within kids, so they grow up to be healthy, independent adults. Hear her suggestions for growing critical thinkers and lifelong learners in today's world.

"A New Kind of Reward Increases Intrinsic Motivation", Psychology Today
Unconditional Parenting
by Alfie Khon
The Danish Way of Parenting
by Jessica Joelle Alexander
The Absorbent Mind
by Maria Montessori

To dialogue further about instrinsic motivation, email Marcela Casco-Lee at info@centralschoolstl.org.

6 - Fostering a Love of Fitness through Lifetime Sport (Athletic Director/PE Teacher, Coach Crystal Burklo)

November 20, 2018

We're raising kids in a different sports culture than we ourselves grew up in. How do we foster activities that will provide lifetime fitness well beyond their childhood? What could that look like in our families? And what role should organized sports play in our kids' lives? In Episode 6, our host Christan Perona dialogues with Coach Crystal Burklo, Central's Athletic Director and Physical Education Teacher. Listen in to learn suggestions to incorporate into your family's lifestyle that can benefit everyone -- mom and dad included.

Family Fitness, Active Play, and Exercise Adherence at verywellfamily.com
Lifetime Sports recommended by the AAP at healthychildren.org

To dialogue with Coach Burklo about lifetime sport -- in your home or at your school -- email info@centralschoolstl.org.

5 - Engaging Children for Transformation (Interim Head of School, Noah Brink)

November 1, 2018

Are we trying to create children in our homes and schools who don't need Jesus? Are we modeling conformity or transformation as the next generation watches? Interim Head of School, Noah Brink, challenges us to embrace a gospel of rescue -- for ourselves and for those we are teaching and mentoring. By promoting the modeling of confession and speaking out against self-righteousness, Mr. Brink gives a wake-up call to Christian parents and Christian educators.

Your Christian School: A Culture of Grace? by Paul David Tripp
Luke 15:11-32

To dialogue with Noah Brink about engaging children for transformation, email him at info@centralschoolstl.org.

4 - Anxiety and Children (School Counselor, Valerie Hubbard)

October 21, 2018

It's a topic on many of our minds as we talk with parents and educators -- anxiety. How do we equip the next generation to navigate tough situations rather than immeditately rescuing them from the struggle? Listen in as our host, Christan Perona, interviews Central's school counselor, Valerie Hubbard, on what to do - and NOT do - when we see anxious kids. Mrs. Hubbard offers a good dose of perspective that will inspire adult listeners to practice the same principals in their own lives.

Exodus 3:1-4:20
Philippians 4:6-7
"The Truth About Anxiety" by Valerie Hubbard, PLPC

To dialogue with Valerie Hubbard, School Counselor at Central Christian School, email info@centralschoolstl.org.

3 - The Social Benefits of STEM (Gifted Education Specialist, Vicky Hauser)

October 11, 2018

"The Social Benefits of STEM" features Gited Education Specialist, Vicky Hauser. Not only will you get project ideas for using the engineering design process at home, but you'll help empower your child to deal with conflict in relationships and learn problem-solving skils to engage their communities.

Engineering Design Process -- Flow Chart
Engineering Design Process -- Challenge Example
SciShow Kids
Crash Course Kids
BrainPOP Jr.
Common Sense Media (Engineering Games)

If you'd like to talk more about implementing STEM and the engineering design process in your classroom or at home, contact Vicky Hauser, the Gifted Specialist at Central Christian School, at info@centralschoolstl.org.