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Life's Investments and Priorities - Thoughts by Chuck

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Over the years, I have noticed that parents who place a high priority on investing in their son or daughter with educational help have made a great investment. Many of our former students have become leaders in their communities with high-paying jobs or professions. One 5th grade student came to us unable to even do 2nd grade work. He could not function at school. It was a very difficult case, but after nearly 3 years of receiving tutoring help with us, he accomplished great progress. When he return the the classroom, he found school easy. He became a high school honor student. Another student spent about 5 years with our program and progressed from 2nd grade level to college level by the time she reached 8th grade. Some student have gained 2 years in their grade levels in 3 months. The point I want to make is that the parents of these children and teens found it a wise investment to put off other activities and sports so the their kids would be well prepared for life after receiving a

Mother's Day 2022

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 Mother's Day Pictured Mothers in Stilwell, Gaboury, and Richards Family of 4 Generations (5 Generations when including Great-Great Grandson) Our family has always appreciated out mothers. We make it a bit family day. My father used to sing a song every Mother's Day, entitled "That Wonderful Mother of Mine."  Whooping Cough was killing my mother only days after being born. My grandma's love for her child was very great. She held the baby close to her own body, day and night for six weeks, watchful that she didn't choke to death or stop breathing. My mother lived to be almost 87. She was active up until about 3 days before she died. Because of my grandmother's sacrifice, she and my mother was very close all of their lives.  Mom always encouraged me and never ridiculed my ideas or dreams. She never complained about cooking for the car-loads of friends I brought home from college. She rarely had a negative thing to say about another person. Cheerful most of h

Owies Can Become Wowies - Thoughts from Chuck

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(GG Stock) Owies CAN Become Wowies Have you ever noticed how little children want to show you all of their "owies"? Then they usually want to tell you all about it. Somehow, they feel much better after you have kissed, blessed or prayed for the "owie". As an adult, we have almost lost the art of empathy when it comes to children. We want to push them on, get them moving, correct them and control them. I think one of the most important things we can do is to treat children as if they are a part of a well-cared for garden. I pull weeds in my garden and get rid of the caterpillars that are stripping the leaves and leaving devastation. But I carefully prune and cultivate and water the good plants. If I let them just grow like they wish, I create a jungle of competing vegetables. In time they crowd each other out or become stunted or cause stunting. So, the lesson in this is to look at each child as different and beautiful, with different fruit and gifting. Encourage and

Why Is Passover Important for Believers in Christ? -Thoughts from Chuck-

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Why Is Passover Important for Believers in Christ? Lori Meed, IFA Contributing Writer | April 14, 2022 Passover: Jesus entered Jerusalem on the 10th day of the month, now called the Triumphal Entry and celebrated as Palm Sunday (Jn 12:12-13). This was the day the Passover lamb was brought into the city and set apart for inspection until the 14th. The very words that the crowd shouted were from Psalm 118, a psalm that the priests were praying in the temple that very day. Everything Jesus did this week would correspond to God’s calendar, and the events which had been repeated for centuries to foreshadow Him. As the Passover lamb – the animal – was being inspected for those 4 days, THE Passover Lamb – Jesus – was as well. He was questioned, examined, and cross-examined by the religious leaders who were trying to find a flaw in Him (Mt 21:23-27), but they could find no blemish – He was the Spotless Lamb. “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you w

Encouragement and Persistence

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 Encouragement and Persistence "Be like a postage stamp. Stick to it until you get there.” Harvey Mackay This week two things reminded me of the importance of both encouragement and persistence. I was helping a 2nd grade girl with penmanship and sound-blending words. She had many learning difficulties and found writing and following instructions very difficult. As we do with all of our students, I kept encouraging her to form the letters correctly and make the sounds of the words without stopping her voice. After awhile she began to succeed. A glow came over her when she realized she had finally spelled the words correctly by sounding them out and writing them correctly. It was only her second day at Stilwell' Learning Center and she was already feeling more confident. Another time this week, while I was in the grocery store, a parent of a former student proudly told me her son was now taking pre-med courses at the university. This student had also needed much encouragement an

Hugs

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Hugs Harold (Harry) Hugginton at Stilwell's Learning Center SV location "A hug is two hearts wrapped in arms." - Unknown Author Even cows like hugs. When I (Chuck Stilwell) was a boy, we lived on a ranch.  My father would milk our cow, and we would have wonderful creamy  milk and butter. The cow and my dad didn't always get along. She  would often wait until the bucket was nearly full and then kick it over.  This would greatly anger my dad.  Then, to make matters worse,  Bessy, the cow, would get halfway through the gate to return to the  pasture and refuse to move until she received a hug from my father.  She would not be budged. Finally, my dad would cool off and  give her a hug and tell her she was a good cow and she would moo  and amble off to the pasture.  Sometimes as parents and grandparents  we can become frustrated or angry with  our children's immature actions.  Yet, a hug, a word of encouragement and the  reassuring words, "I love you"  can us

Spring Break and Vacations are GOOD

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Spring Break and Vacations are GOOD      Parents often ask me if they might continue to have their child come during a Spring Break or other one or two-week time when there is no school.       It sounds like a good idea, but I have found it counter-productive. One of the reasons for the break in the first place is to give students an opportunity to rest their brain and get ready for the next step in learning.      During the week off, it would still be good not to start bad habits of binging on TV or video games or just sleeping all day. Those habits are hard to break, even after only a week. Here are some suggestions:  If one parent is not working outside the home, you could plan each day to do something special you could not do during the school day.  Go to the river, hike in the mountains, visit some historical sites, have game competitions, ride bikes around the city or other places.  Take walks together and talk about all the interesting things you see.      If the parent works ou