Tag: Sadonna Prater

‘Tis A Gift To Be Simple

By Sedonna Prater, Director, Curriculum and Instruction for the Knoxville Diocese Catholic Schools

 

Untitled-9As we enter the holiday season, we enter into a period of expectancy, longing, and preparation. This season is a journey of faith and hope that asks for our patience, as we await the arrival of that which we so dearly long for: The Christ child, the arrival of the lamp oil, the purification of the temple, or just that one morning where family members, once scattered to the four corners can all be together, sharing in the warmth of their love for one another. Read more →

A Case For Cursive

By Sedonna Prater, Director, Curriculum and Instruction for the Knoxville Diocese Catholic Schools

 

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Imagine for a moment a visit to our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. As you and your children meander through the Rotunda of the National Archives Building, you follow the majority of the visitors to view the great Charters of Freedom: the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. When you reach them and your eyes are finally upon those glorious, patriotic documents with their elegant lines of artistic penmanship, you glance over to see your sixth grade student staring vacantly.  Read more →

Back To School Time

By Sedonna Prater, Director, Curriculum and Instruction for the Knoxville Diocese Catholic Schools

 

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Ahhh, the hot, leisurely, delightful days of summer! Every year, when the last dismissal bell of school is heard, parents, students and teachers alike settle into the fabulous wonder of summer. You know, those days of basking in the warm rays of summer sunshine or swimming in cool waters. Time seems to slow down, and work is put aside for glorious vacations to the beach or new and exotic places! Sometimes those ‘vacations’ are simply staying home to enjoy a few additional hours of sleep and rest in the comforts of home. Read more →

A Healthy Heart

What it means to be healthy in spirit

By Sedonna Prater, Director, Curriculum and Instruction for the Knoxville Diocese Catholic Schools

 

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Have you ever heard the familiar phrase ‘healthy in mind, body and spirit’? There is certainly quite a bit of research conducted and presented on the lifestyle practices and factors that contribute to a healthy body in the physical sense. A healthy mind is one typically defined as having the cognitive capacity to function within society without deviant behavior that would impede or prevent successful, productive functioning. But, what does it mean to be healthy in spirit? What are the attributes of a spiritually fit person? How do we cultivate spiritual health in our children? To answer these questions, we have to go straight to the ‘heart’ of the matter.  Read more →

Helping Your Student Avoid The 3rd Quarter Slump

Helping Your Student Avoid The 3rd Quarter Slump

By Sedonna Prater, Director, Curriculum and Instruction for the Knoxville Diocese Catholic Schools

 

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Typically after the holidays and the frenzied buying of frantic Christmas shoppers, retailers prepare for a decline in sales. The reasons for the commercial “winter slump” are fairly predictable: lack of new merchandise, shopper fatigue, and depletion in shopper discretionary resources (money). Students and educators can also go through a “slump” during the first part of the second semester. While many people approach the new year with bright new resolutions, within a few weeks, these resolutions are often forgotten or abandoned. Failed resolutions can cause a sense of sadness and if coupled with a touch of seasonal blues, depression. Similar to the pre- holiday euphoria is the post-holiday let-down. The stage is set for a slump. Read more →

Building On A Foundation Of Love

Catholic Schools—A Gift of Eternal Value

By Sedonna Prater, Director, Curriculum and Instruction for the Knoxville Diocese Catholic Schools

 

Untitled-9Who can resist an exquisitely wrapped gift box with glossy, iridescent ribbon taunting us to take a peak? As children, our imaginations go into overdrive as we wonder and dream about the hidden delights within those brightly covered boxes. I am sure all can recall those vivid childhood memories of the greatly desired toy that you just couldn’t wait for Santa to bring. Opening that long awaited gift and retreating into hours of pure joy with the new, delightful toy was a thrilling experience. I also recall the disappointment when too frequently the toy did not live up to the lofty expectations I had created in my mind or the even greater disappointment of losing the toy altogether because it was not made to last very long. Adults also have to admit there is a pleasurable rush whenever they are surprised with an unexpected gift. While adults may become jaded by their experiences, they also become wise and realize gifts of genuine value are those not necessarily found in brightly covered packages. Education is certainly one of these priceless gifts. How blessed are we to live in a country that values this precious gift and seeks to provide education for all! Read more →