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Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

“We must never become too busy sawing to take time to sharpen the saw.” Dr. Stephen R. Covey We all use tools to help us throughout our day. The condition and quality of those tools are essential to how we perform: a sushi chef requires sharp knives for the perfect...

How Are Charter Schools Funded?

How Are Charter Schools Funded?

California charter schools are publicly funded schools, but HOW they are funded differs from traditional public schools. Money for charter schools comes from four levels: federal, state, local, and private donations. Let’s take a closer look at some of these key...

Nurturing Excellence: A Journey with Almond Acres Charter Academy

Nurturing Excellence: A Journey with Almond Acres Charter Academy

As a parent, navigating the educational landscape can be both exciting and daunting. However, our family's experience with Almond Acres Charter Academy (AACA) has been nothing short of exceptional. With two children who have been part of the AACA family, the impact on...

Gratitude

Gratitude

Did you know that one of the smartest things we can do is to be thankful? Neuroscientists have proven that an ounce of gratitude can lead to clearer thinking, better sleeping, less stress, and smarter decision making. The release of positive neurotransmitters in our brains, as a result of choosing to think gratefully, is remarkable. Like so many great things in life, choosing to be grateful is

3 Things to Know about Habits of Mind

3 Things to Know about Habits of Mind

By teaching kids how they're smart, we teach them to develop their thinking skills. We call them habits of mind. What are my habits?  What are the things I'm going to get good at because I'm going to practice? These personal and intellectual character traits are what...

How to Teach Kids Responsibility

How to Teach Kids Responsibility

Being dependable, honoring commitments, keeping promises, accepting your strengths and struggles, and accepting natural and logical consequences – these are the habits that make us responsible people. When we are able to use our abilities to respond to the challenges in life, we take control with confidence. I think that when we tell our children