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5 Tips to Help Prepare Kids for a New Home

5 Tips to Help Prepare Kids for a New Home

Moving can be a real thrill, whether it is across town or across the country. While moving is exciting and momentous, it can be a bit overwhelming for children. Thinking ahead and taking several steps can ensure that it is an exciting time for your kids too. Involve your kids in the process No matter what their age, kids like to know what to expect. Try to keep them in the loop with age-appropriate information. Write big dates on a calendar, so they know when packing begins, when the movers are arriving, and when the actual closing date is.If you are looking at homes in a specific neighborhood, pull it up on line so that they can see the nearby parks and recreation areas. When you have picked out a specific home, let them come with you to do a walk through. A vacant home invites kids to run through and imagine themselves in it. Introduce them to their new neighborhood If you live in the same city or area, this part will be easy. Drive through the neighborhood, so they are familiar with it. Search out parks and coffee shops, places that will make them feel like they are at home. If your move is out of state, becoming familiar with the new neighborhood is still possible. Utilize the internet to introduce your kids to local places, like a neighborhood library or a nearby froyo shop. Make connections in school and with activities Stress for children often comes from not knowing what to expect. Taking away the unknowns can help them feel at home and transition to a...
After School Activities in Colorado Springs

After School Activities in Colorado Springs

We are fortunate to have great schools in Colorado Springs, especially in the northern part of the city where kids attend award-winning Academy School District 20 schools. But what happens when school lets out for the day? What can kids do for fun that’s also enriching and educational? With family Outdoor access and recreation is so convenient in Colorado Springs. Families have every opportunity to go walking, hiking or bicycling outdoors throughout the year. That’s especially true in master-planned communities like Cordera. The Chinook Trail Elementary School is connected via a vast network of trails to the community center and the cul-de-sac neighborhoods in Cordera. It’s easy for kids to enjoy the outdoors with their families after school or with their friends. Structured activities Arts Of course, if you’re looking for something more formal, the YMCA is a fantastic resource in Colorado Springs. The organization runs a number of enrichment programs that aren’t just focused around athletics. The YMCA, which runs the Cordera community center, works with Cordera staff to bring phenomenal enrichment opportunities to kids. To name just a few opportunities Cordera’s youngest residents had this fall: Kids learned to play the guitar through the Colorado Springs Conservatory, created beautiful artistic pieces with guidance from staff at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center and they enjoyed movie nights and a tween mixer event. Partnerships like these bring cultural opportunities to Cordera families without requiring any travel, and make Cordera a fantastic place for families. Staying active The YMCA also coordinates athletic gatherings for kids at Cordera during the school year, using the facilities at the community center and...
Downsizing Could Be An Upgrade In The Right Community

Downsizing Could Be An Upgrade In The Right Community

The kids are grown and the nest is empty. While you know you don’t need the space anymore, it’s hard to think of downsizing without feeling like you’ll be downgrading. That’s why you need to make a trip to visit Cordera. Seeing the amenities offered in our master-planned community and touring the gorgeous model homes, you’ll know that Cordera is a community where you can downsize and upgrade at the same time.   Lifestyle Downsizing isn’t just about building a smaller home. It’s important to choose a community where you can build friendships and cultivate a sense of connectedness. Modern neighborhoods often have activity centers and infrastructure that makes those connections easier to forge. Cordera’s Cul-de-sac streets, for example, make it easy to know your neighbors. A network of interconnected trails offer endless opportunities for outdoor recreation – biking, walking, running. A heated outdoor pool and complete fitness center make staying fit easy, convenient and fun. And the community center is a home base for countless neighborhood events. The home When you decide to downsize and you decide to build new, you’re opening yourself up to a world of luxury, convenience and beauty. There’s nothing to stop you from creating exactly the home you want. Granite counters and wood floors – of course. Big beautiful windows and breathtaking views – why not? Working with one of the best Colorado Springs home builders gives you the opportunity to design the perfect home. You’ll find that smaller spaces can be infinitely more useable than large areas were in your last home if they’re designed right. The term right-sizing is so accurate...
What Distinguishes Cordera From Other Master-Planned Communities

What Distinguishes Cordera From Other Master-Planned Communities

There are about half a dozen master-planned communities in the Colorado Springs area. They’re all different, and they all offer something special. We just happen to like our version best. So, what distinguishes Cordera from other master-planned communities in Colorado Springs? LocationNo other master-planned community can compete with Cordera’s location in northeastern Colorado Springs. Near the intersection of Powers and Briargate boulevards, you’re rarely more than 20 minutes from anywhere. Our residents have easy access to all the military bases, the Interstate and downtown. It’s also close to several major employers and office parks, medical facilities and an ever-expanding offering of shopping choices. Other master-planned communities are far to the east of the city, far south or far north. Cordera is the most centrally located of all the new master-planned communities. A comfortable, relaxed atmosphere Some of the other master-planned communities in town have an ultra-luxury feel. While a little luxury is welcome, and Cordera certainly offers a taste of it, there’s no competition in Cordera. There’s no “keeping up with the Joneses” here. It’s a comfortable, friendly, welcoming place to live that also happens to be really nice. Good Value With the location and the amenities Cordera offers, you might expect most homes to be priced over $500,000. But there is a strong mix of houses in the community – ranging from the low $300s to $800s, with most homes in the high $300s and the low $400s. Those home prices combined with our low monthly HOA of $110, makes Cordera the best value master-planned community in Colorado Springs. Outdoor recreation Every master-planned community offers amenities. Most include...
How are the Schools in North Colorado Springs?

How are the Schools in North Colorado Springs?

Families living in the Cordera neighborhood can send their children to some of the best public schools in Colorado without having to get on any waiting lists or worrying about providing their own transportation. The neighborhood schools right here are among the best. While Colorado Springs has many high-quality schools, Academy School District 20, where Cordera is located, has a particularly good reputation among local families. Chinook Trail Elementary School Chinook Trail Elementary School is conveniently located at the center of the Cordera development. Your children in kindergarten through fifth grade can walk or ride their bikes to school using the neighborhood’s pedestrian underpass and interconnected trail system. GreatSchools.org, which judges schools based on their students’ results in state standardized tests, gave the elementary school nine stars out of 10. Challenger Middle School Just up the road from Cordera, Challenger Middle School is among the best in Colorado Springs. It’s an older and established school that has been updated over the years and currently uses cutting-edge technology. As District 20’s official School of Innovative Learning and Technology, it’s one of few middle schools in Colorado Springs that supplies every student with an iPad. GreatSchools.org, which judges schools based on their students’ results in state standardized tests, gave Challenger Middle School nine stars out of 10. Pine Creek High School Cordera students will have first preference to attend Pine Creek High School. It’s an excellent high school with a great reputation for academic excellence, athletics and extra-curricular opportunities. The school reports that a high number of students attend four-year universities after graduation and GreatSchools.org gave Pine Creek High School eight...
Moving to Colorado? Find the Right School (and District) for Your Kids

Moving to Colorado? Find the Right School (and District) for Your Kids

Relocating to a new city is no easy task. There are boxes to be packed, addresses to be changed, and a great many decisions to be made. Among the most important of those decisions – finding the right schools for your kids. If you are reading this article because you plan on moving to Colorado Springs, you will soon discover that there are a number of outstanding schools to choose from in both the public and private sectors. Having outstanding school districts and a number of high-performing schools to select from is a positive step in the right direction. But, every child is unique, and the real trick is finding the district and schools that best suit the particular needs of your kids. Here are some tips for finding the perfect match. Get the lay of the land – starting with the school districts. Children will move from school to school as they rise through the grades, so it is a good idea to look for a district that will best fit for your family’s needs and expectations over the long haul. Familiarize yourself with the school districts in your new location; review their accreditation policies, test scores, curriculum, parent and community engagement and other important details. Much of your initial research may be done online. For a great example, check out the website of our very own Academy School District 20 at www.asd20.org. Explore the schools themselves. When you have identified districts that best embody the qualities and philosophies you are looking for, take a deeper look into the schools themselves. Does your ideal school offer the programs...