Oak Knoll School Blog

Why the Arts in Education Is So Important for Kids

Posted by Brenda McCulley on Oct 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

All arts teachers want to develop and nurture their students as they help them learn to express their own passion, creativity and individual perspective of the world around them. By encouraging children to participate in the arts in education — be it the play and creativity of drama, dance, art or music — we establish an atmosphere of passion, creativity and wonder.

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Topics: education, elementary school, performing arts, private school, the arts, fine arts

Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Posted by Pat Barry on Oct 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The question that parents ask me most often is, “Is my child ready for kindergarten?” Every child is unique, and what may work for one child’s development may completely be inappropriate for another. As an admissions administrator, this is a difficult question to answer without having an in-depth knowledge of your child, as well as your family dynamic. It is so very important for each parent to look at their child’s development in areas of social/emotional, physical and educational experience. It may be difficult for a parent to objectively look at their child, so rely on a strong communication with your child’s pre-K teacher to help guide you in this decision.

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Topics: elementary school, kindergarten ready

Top Things to Do with Children in Summit, NJ this Fall

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Oct 5, 2017 4:20:23 PM

Fall is in the air and Pumpkin Spice Cheerios are on the shelves in a supermarket near you. With apple picking, Halloween candy and blowup decorations on your neighbor’s lawn in mind, we wanted to provide you with a list of our favorite events in the Summit, New Jersey area this fall. This list will be updated as we hear of more events throughout the fall! Have an event you think should be included in our list? Email the details to [email protected] for consideration.


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Topics: Summit NJ, fall fun

What I Learned Playing Private High School Sports

Posted by Elizabeth Brodbeck Mercogliano ’94 on Sep 29, 2017 9:21:32 AM

When asked what I learned playing private high school sports, I immediately started to smile. My mind was flooded with a lot of amazing memories, great friends and coaches, different games, winning highs and losing lows, all of which shaped me to be the person I am today. I can’t write about all the things I learned playing private high school sports, so I broke it down into four main categories to reflect a few of the lessons learned, including to be respectful and a team player on (and off) the field, how to lose graciously, own up to my mistakes, and to put things into perspective. 

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Topics: high school, athletics

10 Book Recommendations for Kindergarteners this Fall

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Sep 21, 2017 4:25:45 PM

Kindergarten is an exciting year. At this point, we know your child can identify letters of the alphabet at random, write and recognize their own name and even listen to a story without distraction or interruption. This is the year to expand on those concepts, and we have put together a list of the 10 suitable book recommendations for kindergarteners this fall:

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Topics: reading

Why We're Excited About Makerspaces

Posted by James McEvoy on Sep 14, 2017 2:10:57 PM

Last year, we unveiled our I.D.E.A.S. lab, the inaugural makerspace in Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child’s coed elementary school, which underwent a thorough and complete transformation this summer to further allow our students to focus on innovation, design, engineering, art and science.

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Topics: technology, STEM, elementary school

5 exciting things happening in K-6 tech at Oak Knoll School this fall

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Sep 8, 2017 1:50:27 PM

At Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, we pride ourselve on staying at the forefront of technology to prepare our students for the future. Below, read about the five most exciting things happening in K-6 elementary school technology this fall at Oak Knoll: 

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Topics: technology, elementary school

6 Ways to Ease Kids Into the Back-to-School Mindset

Posted by James McEvoy on Aug 28, 2017 12:00:00 AM

It’s that time of year - summer’s winding down, and the days are slowly but surely getting shorter and cooler. The question inevitably arises – whether your child is a kindergartener heading to school for the first time or transitioning to middle or high school – how can I, as a parent, do everything I can to ease that back-to-school transition?

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Topics: back-to-school, parenting

7 Elementary School Separation Anxiety Tips for Parents

Posted by Pat Barry on Aug 21, 2017 12:00:00 AM

The first few weeks of a new school year are always a time of adjustment and many students (and parents) feel a sense of separation anxiety, which is perfectly normal. Separation anxiety in children is often caused by fear of the unknown when it comes to a new situation or it can relate to something that is happening at home or to something that the child has just experienced before arriving at school. No matter what the cause, it is heart-wrenching to everyone involved. As teachers, we need to be able to nurture the child who is upset, provide support to the parents who feel like they are abandoning their child and also, help the other children feel at ease as they may start feeling anxious with seeing one of their classmates so distressed. As a parent of three, I have experienced my own share of back-to-school jitters and it is extremely challenging. It is one of the hardest things to deal with as a parent, and can be very stressful as a teacher as well. Below are a number of strategies I have developed to help parents along the way. Remember, elementary school separation anxiety is a phase; it is perfectly natural and it will pass.

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Topics: education, elementary school, lower school, back-to-school, parenting, separation anxiety

Why Boys and Girls Learn Better Together In Coed Elementary School

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Aug 9, 2017 2:53:51 PM

It's no secret — boys and girls learn and develop differently. They have different behaviors and respond to different learning styles. But that doesn't mean they should learn separately in their most impressionable years.

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Topics: elementary, elementary school, coeducation, lower school, learners, coed, project-based learning

15 Ways to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten: Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child