Children are made readers on the laps of their parents- Emilie Buchwald

Guest post by Barbara Luster, Dallas Christian Librarian

I REMEMBER my mother reading books to me, like The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew – and how we both cried. And I remember subscribing to book clubs and receiving a new book every month – Follow My Leader, The Secret of the Samurai Sword, and Walt Disney: Secrets of Life, for example. Miss Hickory was one of my favorites.
As an adult, I read to my kids on trips – we went to Colorado to ski at Thanksgiving, and I would take a book that I thought might be intimidating to them, like Johnny Tremain (Esther Forbes) or The Homecoming (Cynthia Voigt). We all enjoyed them – even my husband, who wanted me to keep reading even if the kids had fallen asleep!

Then Read Aloud

If you want kids to want to read,
Then read aloud to them.
If you want kids to fall crazy in love with great books,
Then read great books aloud to them.
If you want kids to view books as a way to learn about themselves,
Then read aloud books that mirror the soul.
If you want kids to travel to new corners of their minds,
Then read aloud stories of adventure and exploration.
If you want kids to become civil and graceful human beings,
Then read aloud tales that teach respect and human kindness.
If you want kids never to stop growing as readers,
Then never stop reading aloud.

From “Simply Inspired Teaching” A blog by Kari Yates, January 25, 2015

 Do you realize that if you read 15 minutes a day, it adds up to 91 hours, and over One Million Words in a year? One million words to be exposed to – to learn how to pronounce, understand, and add to your vocabulary! Research shows that reading with your child is the number one thing you can do to help prepare your child for success in future reading and learning. Children who are read to consistently from an early age pass their peers in language development, brain development, and literacy skill building, and are more likely to have a love for reading.

Why is 15 Minutes a Magic Number in Reading?

So read to your child! You will enjoy it and your child will not forget those times you spent together as you visited other worlds, met different characters, had adventures, solved mysteries, and learned empathy, compassion, respect, and kindness along the way.

The Internet lists lots of suggestions for recommended books to read aloud. Here are a few:

Some other suggestions for Reading Encouragement:

Our DC library is well stocked, but occasionally the book your child wants to read is checked out to someone else. Often the public library will have a copy on the shelf.  So, get a library card and visit the public library often. It’s fun to explore and the librarian will be glad to help you find whatever you’re interested in.  Also available at the public library are Audiobooks.  They are a good way to help your child read. He can follow along in the book as he hears it, and listening skills, vocabulary, fluency, and imagination will increase as he enjoys hearing a good story or learning about an interesting subject.

Consider E-books. Some parents have reported a reluctant reader’s success in reading on a Kindle because he was not intimidated by the number of pages, since page numbers weren’t marked on the Kindle.

Let your child observe you reading – books, newspapers, magazines, etc. Seeing that reading is important and enjoyable to you makes him see the value of reading himself.  Read a book your child is reading and talk with him about it. Interesting discussions can take place, and you may have an opportunity to broach a subject that needs to be covered.

Visit the DC Library during our upcoming Scholastic book fair on March 25-29.



Dallas Christian School Announces First Responder & Active Military Tuition Assistance Program


The Dallas Christian School community aware that we are very blessed in our local city of Mesquite to receive tremendous attention and support from our first responders.  We feel much safer knowing that our local police force makes it a priority to always keep us abreast of activity that may occur in our area as well as unprecedented response times if we ever have any concerns.   The same can be said of our local fire and rescue teams.

We fully recognize the level of sacrifice by those who serve in this capacity, and we honor the men and women that put their lives on the line to protect us.  With that in mind, we are proud to announce our first ever First Responder and Active Military Tuition Assistance Program. If an individual works as a first responder as their primary occupation, they are eligible for a 20% tuition credit.  They are also eligible to complete our financial aid application for additional aid if they meet the financial criteria required. This is our way of saying “Thank You” to those that not only serve Dallas Christian School and our city but anyone who has answered the call of civil service.  This program also extends to anyone actively serving full time in the military. 


We are excited to share this program with our local families, more information can be found on our website or by contacting the school. --

To our first responders, “Thank you for taking care of our children.  Now let Dallas Christian take care of yours.”

About Dallas Christian

Dallas Christian is a private Christian School located at 1515 Republic Parkway, Mesquite, Texas.  DC has served the local community for over 60 years.  One hundred percent of our graduates are accepted to 4-year colleges and universities.  We serve grades Pre-K to 12th grade that is a college preparatory school committed to biblical values where students are prepared for Christ-centered lives of purpose, service, and leadership.




We love welcoming visitors to Dallas Christian and often hear that the best way to understand what makes us different is to visit campus and see for yourself! We invite anyone interested in learning more about admission to DC or the school itself to visit us for a Welcome Wednesday OR contact the Admissions Office and schedule a tour.

Sign up for a Welcome Wednesday or a campus tour here:


About Dallas Christian:

Dallas Christian is one of the area's oldest private schools, founded in 1957, educating students from Pre-K3 through the 12th grade.  DC offers before and after school care to accommodate the needs of working parents.  Situated on a campus spanning more than 60 acres in a lovely setting of rolling hills, Dallas Christian School is based upon a foundation of academic rigor suitable to the individual students with 100% college acceptance rate.  Dallas Christian graduates leave high school prepared for college and prepared for life.


Dallas Christian School is excited to share the first episode of our new video series “Chargers in Cars Getting Coffee” with guest Steve Stroope, pastor of Lakepointe Church in Rockwall.   Our President, Dr. King will be chatting with DC parents, grandparents, teachers, students, and alumni while getting coffee and talking about cars, DC, spiritual formation, and programs at DC.   Let us know if you like an episode and stay tuned for more fun episodes with other familiar local residents.


Chargers in Cars Getting Coffee


Growing up, my dad was, and still is, the strong spiritual leader of our family.  Around the dinner table each night, he would conclude the prayer by asking God to GUIDE, GUARD and DIRECT each of us in our daily walks.  In Christian education, I believe our mission is to guide, guard and direct students daily.

We GUIDE students as Psalm 25:5 says, “Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior.”  As we guide our students, we are teaching them the truths about God so that we “train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) I do not believe there is a more powerful mission than to guide God’s children to know his truths for a lifetime of service to Him.

GUARD- My dad fully understood what the world would throw at my brother and I on a daily basis so praying for God to GUARD our hearts was intentional.  He wanted to us to live out “above all else, guard our hearts for everything we do flows from it” Proverbs 4:23.  At Dallas Christian, we directly teach our students how to guard their hearts through direct lessons, chapel presentations and by the examples of Christian faith that our staff walk daily.

In Genesis 18:19, the Bible tells us about a father that he entrusted future generations to his lineage.  Abraham was told that he was chosen so that he will DIRECT his children to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just.   Providing healthy boundaries is vital for one’s mental health and well-being so that as Christians we can do what is right and just.  Dallas Christian strives to provide these healthy boundaries by directing student decisions through a spiritual foundation.

As Abraham, many years ago, was given the task of directing his children to influence many generations and as my dad prayed for our family, our mission at Dallas Christian includes guiding, guarding and directing  God’s children as they live a life of service to Him.


by: Jennifer Webb, Dallas Christian School, Middle School Principal & Director of Learning Initiatives

Link to school blog:


Interested in learning more about Dallas Christian School?

Check out our website or contact us for more information.

1515 Republic Pkwy, Mesquite, TX 75150

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Is your high school student interested in pursuing a medical career?  Many colleges and universities are now requiring a CNA certification, Certified Nursing Assistant before a student can begin in the school's nursing program.  To obtain a CNA license in Texas students must complete academic coursework and clinical skills training.  Dallas Christian School in Mesquite is adding a new Health Sciences Program with CNA Certification in the Fall of 2019.  DC will be the only private school in Texas to offer a Certified Nurse's Assistant (CNA) program for their students.  This program will introduce our high school students to the medical field before college and will position our graduates to go into nursing or pre-med programs more prepared.    A grant was awarded to the school that will provide all of the needed equipment for the program including hospital beds, a lab, and a state of the art human patient simulator. The patient simulator is the same level of technology that is used at Baylor School of Nursing.  

Dallas Christian is excited to add Melissa Jedlicka, RN, to the staff as Director of Health Sciences to coordinate our CNA certification program as well as run the simulation lab.  She previously worked at Baylor Medical Center and is an adjunct professor at Trinity Valley Community College.  Mrs. Jedlicka will be working with students this year on prerequisite courses and preparing the coursework and clinical opportunities for the CNA program.  If your student is interested in a future in medicine, we are happy to provide more information on how a CNA certification could benefit them.






By Chris King, Ph.D., President of Dallas Christian School

Prior to living in Texas, I always heard that everything in Texas is bigger.    This was certainly reinforced when we moved to Dallas and saw just how huge the high school football stadiums were in comparison to football stadiums in Georgia and even California.  Side note, a second observation was confirmed when we moved to Texas and that is Texas high school football is really really important as evidenced in the number of hundred million dollar high school stadiums.

But is everything that is bigger actually better?  Our culture tends to favor bigger over smaller.  A bigger volume of Dr. Pepper seems better than a smaller Dr. Pepper, a bigger portion of fries at fast food places seems better, bigger houses, bigger trucks, and bigger belt buckles all seem better or at least preferred.  I’ll reserve my right to keep my opinion to myself on all of the aforementioned items.  But, I do have an opinion when it comes to education on whether or not bigger is always better.

Dallas Christian School is obviously a much smaller school in student population compared to our surrounding public schools, but our academic course offerings, total number of potential college credits, and opportunities for spiritual growth is just as big, and even bigger, than the schools around us.   I understand the need for large capacity “factory” schools across our country.  The reality is that education in this country looks and feels eerily similar to what it was like in the 1900s.  The urbanization of our country promoted a national move away from rural farmlands to urban centers and factory work.  Populations started to boom in major cities because of the migration to big cities and immigration to this country.  This was also the time that technology made it possible to mass-produce goods.  For the first since the world-changing invention of the printing press in the 1500s, technology made it possible to manufacture on a large scale, and in quicker time, goods that helped catapult the United States economy to quickly become a global superpower.  It was during this time period, 1920s, that public education in this country underwent modernization.  The schoolhouse transitioned from being a one-room space full of students of all ages to massive “factory” like facilities where students were segregated by age.

Just a decade earlier, Henry Ford perfected the assembly line technology.  The assembly line made it possible to take a single cog that was needed for a bigger piece of machinery and uniformly insert that cog over and over again with very little variation and work stoppage.  As a result, Ford was one of the first industries to successfully mass-produce their vehicles.   The assembly line approach to mass-producing cars in the early 1900s was borrowed to shape the way education was conducted.  A student, similar to that cog in the wheel of machinery, was placed on the assembly line of a common curriculum, age segregation, and designated classroom time that measured learning in Carnegie Units.  They were pushed through a uniform experience with the idea of “stamping” out a common part needed for the machine of the American society and economy.   At the time, this was a genius way of managing a populace ages 6-18 while at the same time make sure kids were not running the streets causing societal angst, forced to work in unsafe factory conditions, and could be indoctrinated with the ideologies and values systems of what the government desired for her citizenry.

In 2018, The United States of America continues to be one of the few post-industrialized countries that attempt to educate every child ages 5-18.  As a result, our government still relies heavily on public education; and, therefore, funds heavily public education to accomplish many goals necessary to governing a populace.  And, the “factory” approach seems to continue to be the preferred method.  I should pause and disclose that I actually think the “factory” approach may be the only option available to our government.  I can’t think of a better architectural design and model to manage and govern several thousand individuals at once.  By the way, this same architectural design is also used by other industries in this country that also have to govern and manage several thousand individuals.

While Dallas Christian continues to organize our students by age, and we continue to track the earned Carnegie Unit of our students because that is what is required by higher education, we do not subscribe to the “factory” approach of housing and learning.  We have the luxury to be selective on managing our school size.  We do not have the desire to be a school that house thousands of students or even a thousand students.  We recognize that with “bigger” come “bigger” problems.  The notion that a student must navigate a hall full of several hundred kids many of which are not at school to actually learn, and then sit in a class with several dozen kids, again some of which are not interested in learning, and then desire to participate athletically or in other extracurricular activities only to be pushed aside because of the sheer numbers is not the type of school experience we desire for our students.

But beyond the aesthetics of enrollment numbers, our philosophy of education is fundamentally different than our local public school.  We recognize that to attempt to educate a student without also providing spiritual formation is to miss the most basic element of what it means to be human and made in the image of God.  If our public schools are prohibited from teaching kids at early ages how to self-identify as people infinitely valuable made in the image of God for an eternal purpose, then it is no surprise that culturally we have large segments of adults that fail to see and value their neighbor as a child of God infinitely valuable made in His image.  They may be very skilled academically, but they require tremendous spiritual remediation.

Admittedly, Dallas Christian School is not for every family.  We recognize that not every family values our same commitment to the Bible and spiritual matters.  We recognize that not every family values our college preparatory academic culture.  And, we recognize that not every student is able to keep their discipline in check to meet our behavioral standards.

But for the families that do align with our mission and purpose, we want to meet you and share the amazing opportunities we have for your student.  We want to share that a high school student can earn up to 49 hours of college credit before they graduate from Dallas Christian.  36 of those hours are dual-credit classes offered on our campus and guaranteed to transfer to any state college or university in Texas.  We want to share with them that our graduates get accepted and attend some of the best colleges and universities in Texas and in our country.  We want to share that every student gets to attend Bible classes daily to learn more about God’s word the Bible and how to discern God’s will for them.  We want them to experience a classroom environment where the teacher has the luxury to teach and not spend all their time on classroom discipline.   We want your family and student to experience what it is like to do life in a community that seeks to honor Christ.


Would you like to find out more about Dallas Christian? Contact our admissions team, who would be happy to give you a tour.


Don't let your kids sit around all summer!  Keep them active by signing them up for sports camps.  

Each summer, Dallas Christian School in Mesquite offers a variety of sports camps for children entering Kindergarten through 12th grade.  The camps start June 4th and go through the end of July.  Each week offers training and practice for a different sport led by a high school coach.  The main focus of our camps is to provide a variety of opportunities for kids to maintain healthy and active lifestyles during the summer in a positive environment.  Camp activities will utilize the facilities on the Dallas Christian School campus.  Our primary goal for these camps is to have fun, be active and learn new skills!  You can sign up with the linked form and return it to Dallas Christian, 1515 Republic Pkwy., Mesquite, TX 75150.  If you have any questions, please contact

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The Squire yearbook featured in 2018 Jostens Look Book

Dallas Christian School’s yearbook, The Squire, has been recognized for excellence and featured in the 2018 Jostens Look Book, celebrating the best-of-the-best in yearbook design and coverage. The Jostens Look Book is a collection of spreads and photos from outstanding yearbooks and their creative themes, cool covers, dazzling designs, relevant coverage, storytelling copy and action-packed photography. Along with design excellence, the annually published Look Book honors the important role well-crafted yearbooks play in helping schools chronicle the experiences, stories, and achievements most relevant to students and that academic year.

 The Squire was created by the 2017 yearbook staff, under the direction of Martha Leeson, Dallas Christian’s yearbook adviser.  “I am so proud of every yearbook staff I have had but, it is a big deal to make the Josten’s Look Book”, said Ms. Leeson.

The Dallas Christian Squire was one of only 413 yearbooks selected from approximately 2,000 entries. The 2018 panel of judges, comprised of nationally recognized scholastic journalism professionals and award-winning yearbook advisers, selected the best examples of yearbook spreads and covers to make up the 304-page 2018 Look Book.

“The Jostens Look Book showcases the hard work and dedication of students who tell the story of the school year through photos and words. It is their collaboration and communication, as well as creative thinking in challenging situations, that results in the fine designs shown in this book,” said Sara Sausker, Senior Manager of Customer Experience. “We are very proud to celebrate the ability of this country’s future leaders and communicators by showcasing their sophisticated designs and photography.”

Ms. Leeson and her yearbook staff received a copy of the 2018 Jostens Look Book and plaque from Jostens to recognize their outstanding achievement. 


About The Squire

Dallas Christian is a private Christian School in Mesquite, Texas that has served the local community for 60 years.  Our yearbook has been in publication since 1957.  The Squire has been recognized multiple times as the best in the state of Texas as well as one of the top in the country.  The book being recognized by Jostens was also awarded first place in the United States by the American Scholastic Press Association.  The editor-in-chief of this book was Adam Beasley.  Beasley is currently completing his second year at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey.  Beasley's love for graphic design has continued at Princeton where he has designed artwork for several campus organizations.  

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The Dallas Christian School Theatre Department presents THE SOUND OF MUSIC, a timeless story of faith, family and unexpected love.  This spirited and romantic musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family, with its award-winning Best Score by Rodgers & Hammerstein, will bring joy and laughter to audiences young and old.  You can get your tickets here.

Show dates: 
April 12 and 13, 2018 @7:30 pm
All tickets - $15
All seats are RESERVED. No general seating.
Doors open at 7:00pm

Granville Arts Center
Brownlee Auditorium
300 North Fifth Street
Garland, TX 75040