Learning Is For Everyone! As part of our partnership with parents, Portsmouth Christian Academy presents The LIFE Series. Dr. Connie Lawrence, PCA Academic Dean, hosts several parent sessions each year emphasizing important topics in education and child development. LIFE talks are open to all parents, both those families who have students that attend PCA and those who do not.

You are invited to register and attend one or all of the LIFE Series sessions. The sessions meet at PCA in the Lower School at 1:30pm and they finish in time to get your child at dismissal. We hope that you will join us.

Please register in the form below or by contacting Sue McKenney (ext. 112).


September 30, 2021 | Teach the Way They Learn or Learn the Way They Teach?

Being taught in one’s learning style is a great opportunity, everyone needs to learn how to learn, even when one’s learning style differs from that of the presenter. What strategies can help in this process?

November 4, 2021 | Curiosity

At age 3, children ask 100 “why, how” questions per day. At age 21, only 2% are still asking those questions and yet curiosity is the “fire” that sparks learning. What do we know about curiosity?

January 27, 2022 | Motivated Minds: Reaching Your Peak

What does science say about reaching peak performance? How can we help students develop the discipline, grit, self-regulation, and volition for learning that is needed to reach peak performance?

March 3, 2022 | How Do We Ease the Journey?

Stress and anxiety, with negative results, are plagues of our modern age. How can we help our students develop strong coping skills?

April 14, 2022 | The Power of Full Engagement

To be fully engaged, we must be physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused, and spiritually aligned with a purpose beyond our immediate self-interest. How can we help our children structure lives that allow for full engagement rather than merely meeting expectation?

May 26, 2022 | Growing in the Sunshine

How can we help our children open their minds to new learning, new challenges, and new selves?

Previous LIFE Series Topics

What Does It Take to Learn?

While some students are self-regulated, eager to accept challenge, and fully engaged in the learning process, others feel that school is something that must be “endured.” The difference is not just within the classroom or the teacher, while those are certainly contributing factors. There are also differences in the level of student intrinsic motivation and engagement. In the LIFE Series sessions, we will examine how to build intrinsic motivation and self-regulation that can support learning for a lifetime.

What Does It Take To Be A High Achiever? | Recorded Session
Identify characteristics of successful learners and debunk the myths of innate talent, lucky breaks, or charisma as roads to high achievement.

What Does It Take To Continue to Love Learning? | Recorded Session
Create a framework for motivation that will last a lifetime and avoid the pitfalls that demotivate.


What Does It Take To Prepare for More Learning? | Recorded Session
Create satisfying learning opportunities for the summer that will consolidate and build knowledge from year to year.