Video of the Month

This one is all around amazing, happy video that showcases the power of music.

This video is a poignant example of how music can transform someone’s life. Social worker Dan Cohen creates personalized iPod playlists for the residents of a nursing home in an attempt to bring some joy to them. The reaction of an elderly inmate, Henry, was filmed as a part of the documentary, Alive Inside.

Bound to a wheelchair, Henry is unresponsive and depressed. But something magical happens when he is made to listen to music from his era. His eyes glisten with joy and he gently rocks his frail body as he enjoys the music. He even tries to sing along with the iPod!

People at the nursing home are amazed at the change that has taken over him! After just a few minutes of listening to his favorite songs, Henry is restored in some ways to the fun loving man he once was.

Cruise Night in Kissimmee

Love old cars? We sure do!

We have the perfect idea for a great family night!

The most well known classic car cruise in the world, the Saturday Nite Cruise®, hits the streets of Old Town every Saturday!

Celebrate a time when the automobile was more than just an appliance, a time when the automobile was the blend of the all-American ideals of individualism and freedom! Kissimmee’s Old Town captures this feeling every Saturday night as they invite all pre-1975 hot rods, street rods, and antiques to join a cruise down memory lane!

Come out to line the streets of Old Town to watch this grand parade of autos! The cars start arriving at 1 p.m. At 7 p.m., a live band takes the Main Stage. The famous Saturday Nite Cruise starts rolling down Old Town’s brick streets at 8:30 p.m.

Top 10 Family Fun Night Ideas

It’s no secret that spending time with your kids and making family time a priority is the way to secure your foundation in your children’s lives.  It makes them feel special that you are choosing to spend the time with them and it helps you to connect with them.

Here is some ideas we have found for a great Family Fun Night!

1. American Idol Night. Have two people in your family be the judges and the rest can be contestants.  If you have a smaller family (and you don’t mind embarrassing yourself) invite some neighbors over to join in the fun.  A karaoke machine is a fun way to spice this night up as well.

2. Home Video Night. All kids love to see themselves when they were younger.  Pop in a tape of their younger days or create a slideshow using pictures of them growing up.  Kids are also fascinated by their parents wedding tapes.  Just make sure to fast-forward if your video is 6 hours long.  The point is not to bore them to death.

3. Volunteer Night. Sign up to volunteer at a local place that needs help.  Specifying your volunteer work to something your child is interested in is a great way to start.  If your child loves animals, volunteer at the humane society.

4. Backyard Campout Night. Camping doesn’t have to take place in the forest.  Popping up the tent in the backyard is a great way to have a convenient vacation.  Remember to include all the things that you normally would at a campsite: s’mores, flashlights, sleeping bags, etc.

5. Family Website/Blog Night. We’ve all heard of family newsletters but join the age of technology and create a family website.  Have your kids help you pick out the layout, colors and design.  Gather together around the computer and decided what information to include on the site.  If you decide to do a blog gather around the computer on a specific night of the week and have the kids tell you what they think should be included.

6. Museum Night. You may be laughing right now when you think of your kids in a museum but hear us out!  Making a scavenger hunt within the museum is a great way for kids to interact with the exhibits.  Another activity in an art museum could include talking about each person’s favorite piece.  With some modern art your family could try to guess what the artist was thinking when they created their work.

7. Zoo Night. This night is pretty self explanatory however make sure to check out your zoo’s events calendar.  Often times zoo’s put on special exhibits or have new updates that your kids will love.  You could also take pictures of your kids doing their best imitation of certain animals.

8. Concert Night. Taking your kids to a concert exposes them to music/culture that they might not hear otherwise.  Outdoor concerts in the summer are great because they are more relaxed.  In the winter take your kids to a symphony.  Sometimes orchestras customize their concerts to put a twist on some songs that your kids might know!

9. Dessert Out Night. Surprise your kids by eating dinner at home and announcing that you’re taking them out for dessert!  If it’s warm, head to an outdoor ice cream parlor and if it’s colder, go out for warm apple pie.

10. $5 Dollar Shopping Night. Take your kids to a store like Target, Wal-Mart, or The Dollar Store and give them each $5.  Make it a contest to see who can buy the best item for the family just using that amount.  Let them know that they can buy numerous items and combing them to make their final purchase.  (Ex. buying letter stickers and spelling out your family’s name on a small scrapbook).


What Do You See?

I just wanted to take a moment to ask you, What do you see?

Have you ever noticed that when something is on your mind you tend to see it more with your eyes?

Not too long ago I was going to buy a new car. I visited a great car dealership I had not previously heard of but was glad I found. They had great deals and a great staff. I decided however, that I should wait a bit so I left and thanked them. That week, it seemed like everywhere I went I saw a car with their logo on it! Had they suddenly sold thousands of new cars that week? No, they did not. It was the fact that my mind was on them and my eyes started to see them everywhere I went.

The same is true for our lives. Paul said in Colossians 3:2 that we are to “think on things above”, meaning to think about God and things that are heavenly. When you think about God and his goodness your eyes will start to see it everywhere you go.

Think about that and then see what happens!

Where Is Your Treasure

It may sound like a question you would hear while riding The Pirates of the Caribbean ride, but in actuality, its a biblical question.

In Matthew 6:20-21 it says, “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

The treasure doesn’t follow our heart; but rather, our heart follows our treasure—whether it be a career, a family, or a large accumulation of wealth in the bank.

Some people strive their whole lives to collect and gather as much wealth as they can, never getting enough, always needing more.

The greatest things in life are not actually “things”.

We are called to more. We are called to bring love and light to world. Our treasures are the people we meet and help, the witness we give that allows others to see God through us, the opportunities to make a real difference.

The more we serve God and lay up treasures in Heaven (Matthew 6:20), the more our heart will be set upon the things above where Christ is seated on the Fathers right-hand (Colossians 3:1-6). Most people have invested their treasure in earthly interests, pursuits and wealth; but they couldn’t care less about the things which are Jesus Christs (Philippians 2:21).

Today I want to encourage you to look and see where your treasure is.

Homework Tips

Sometimes getting your kids to do their homework is a choir itself.
Here are ten things you can do to help!

  • Know the teachers — and what they’re looking for. Attend school events, such as parent-teacher conferences, to meet your child’s teachers. Ask about their homework policies and how you should be involved.
  • Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies — paper, pencils, glue, scissors — within reach.
  • Schedule a regular study time. Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner.
  • Help them make a plan. On heavy homework nights or when there’s an especially hefty assignment to tackle, encourage your child break up the work into manageable chunks. Create a work schedule for the night if necessary — and take time for a 15-minute break every hour, if possible.
  • Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls. (Occasionally, though, a phone call to a classmate about an assignment can be helpful.)
  • Make sure kids do their own work. They won’t learn if they don’t think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions. But it’s a kid’s job to do the learning.
  • Be a motivator and monitor. Ask about assignments, quizzes, and tests. Give encouragement, check completed homework, and make yourself available for questions and concerns.
  • Set a good example. Do your kids ever see you diligently balancing your budget or reading a book? Kids are more likely to follow their parents’ examples than their advice.
  • Praise their work and efforts. Post an aced test or art project on the refrigerator. Mention academic achievements to relatives.
  • If there are continuing problems with homework, get help. Talk about it with your child’s teacher. Some kids have trouble seeing the board and may need glasses; others might need an evaluation for a learning problem or attention disorder.

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Rising Up

One of the most important things you can do for your kids is to encourage them to rise up to their full potential.

This includes pouring into their gifts and talents.

We strongly adhere to this at both our campuses and encourage students individually to become all that God created them to be.

One of my favorite stories in the Bible comes from when Jesus healed a blind man. This man couldn’t see, therefor his life was limited. He was subject to his environment and you can believe nobody was pouring into him. He was discarded, left to be alone with the others that did not fit into the community. In walked Jesus. Full of mercy and love. He sees this man and is moved with compassion seeing in him all his potential. Jesus heals this man and tells him, “Become what you believe”. That is so powerful. Become what you believe. If you believe you are healed, you are healed. If you believe you are smart and able to get good grades, you are just that.  When Jesus told that blind man to become what he believed, he was telling all of us to do just that.

We choose to help our students see their potential and therefor become what they are.


Welcome To The Eagles Nest

“Celebrate your success and stand strong when adversity hits, for when the storm clouds come in, the eagles soar while the small birds take cover”

Welcome to our new website and to our new blog!

Here in the Eagles Nest we will discuss things that happen at the school, give bible verses and motivation, and also share stories that touch our hearts.

Here we will gather at the nest.

“Lone eagles, soaring in the clouds, fly with silent, peaceful poise,  While turkeys, in their earth-bound crowds, fill the atmosphere with noise.”