Mentoring Month

January is Mentoring Month. At Lakeside Christian School, we’re big believers in mentoring. We believe it allows older believers to share wisdom with younger people, which encourages them in their search for or relationship with God. Many of our teachers serve in either the church’s AWANA program or the Lakeside Community Chapel youth group. When students attend these, they have the opportunity for mentoring with one of our teachers. We interviewed our own Mrs. Thayer and the student she mentors- Heather. Read below about how their mentoring relationship has affected them!
Kayla: “I desired to mentor a student because I myself had a mentorship relationship when I was in high school.  However, the relationship with my mentor was nowhere near the depth and regularity that I have with Heather.  I wanted an opportunity to give godly advice to someone in this way because I’ve been in their shoes.  High school can have some real challenges and I felt God leading me this way as a form of ministry.  My relationship with Heather has grown tremendously and much of that comes from consistency and the Lord.  He has helped shape our relationship and has helped me use my own experiences to give sound, godly advice.”
“My desire to grow in my relationship with the Lord made me want a mentor. I wanted to have someone that I could meet with on a regular basis who could help keep me accountable. Her mentoring has helped me greatly to grow in my relationship with the Lord. The book we have been going through has been very helpful in learning how to become a more godly woman. Meeting with Kayla on a regular basis has allowed for her help keeping me accountable on things that I need to work on in my life. Her mentoring has also provided a wonderful relationship between us where I know I can go to her with anything and she would be more than willing to provide godly advice.”
At Lakeside Christian School, we believe that mentoring relationships such as these greatly enrich the lives of those involved and impact them for eternity, which is, after all, what we care about most. Please contact us today and set up a tour. Find out why Lakeside Christian School is so different!

Supporting Your Student

With your child back at school, you take on a different role than “summer parent.” It’s time to tune into your child’s strengths, weaknesses, and needs as they begin this new year. Your support for them may be just the thing they need to succeed. Every child is different, and you know yours best. But if you find yourself at a loss, or unsure of how to best support them, here are some ideas:

Ask them about their day:

Don’t just ask “How was your day,” and leave it at that. Ask specific questions. Ask about their friends, their teacher, what they struggled with today, what they did well today, etc. The more specific you are, the more information you’ll get. The more information you get, the better you’ll understand your child and their school experience. Three great places to do this are the car, the dinner table, and before bed.


When your child is talking to you (whether you initiated the conversation or not), really listen. That means put your phone down. PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN. That means turn the car radio down. That means ask follow-up questions. It’s especially important to listen because you may hear more than they’re saying.

Help with their homework (but don’t do it for them):

You’re busy. But giving your child a half-hour of your time to help them with their homework could make a huge difference in their education. You’ll learn what they’re struggling with and in which ways they excel. You’ll find out if you need to contact the teacher about any problem areas. You’ll know what questions to ask them later.

Push them to do well:

Not all kids are internally motivated all the time. Sometimes they need a gentle push to do their best, to follow through, and to work hard.

Praise them:

Even if they don’t get an A, but you know they did their best, praise their efforts. Don’t simply tell them they’re smart; praise their hard work, their determination, their tenacity. Tell them you are proud of them, and tell them how much you love them. Your voice is the voice your kids hear inside their heads when they face a challenge. Let there be a wealth of positive phrases they’ll hear!

Build a good parent-teacher relationship:

Know your child’s teacher and communicate with them well. This relationship is important and can break down any miscommunication that may arise.

Speak up:

Understand that your child isn’t perfect- but your child might face some struggles that require intervention (academically, socially, etc.). Speak up on their behalf and help them make the best of their education. You won’t be able to “fix” everything, but you can be their voice if they need one.

You may do these things already, but if not, start today! Your support will mean the world to your child.

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