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6 Fun Ways to Teach Kids about Giving Back

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Nov 18, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Developing empathy in children is imperative to ensure we are promoting good, responsible citizenry. Studies show that children start to show genuine empathy - understanding how other people feel - around 2 years of age. To help foster values of charitable giving, families must find ways to teach kids about giving back and make it FUN.

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Topics: elementary school, community service, thanksgiving

5 Ways to Start the School Year Off Right

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Aug 20, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Parents get ready; it’s almost time for your child to go back-to-school! For many, this can be a stressful time. Transitions at any age are an adjustment and the earlier you can start preparing your child for the change in routine, environment, workload, friends, etc., the less stress there is for everyone.

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Topics: elementary school, parenting, separation anxiety, kindergarten ready

How to Talk to Your Child about Mental Health

Posted by Dr. Jennifer Butler-Sweeney, Ph.D. on Apr 22, 2019 11:00:00 AM

As parents and educators, we seek to put our teen’s behaviors, emotions and difficulties into mutually exclusive categories that we can readily understand and, by extension, start the processing of fixing. This assuages our own anxieties about being ineffective in our children’s lives and, replaces that inner parental angst with controllable variables in the form of actionable items and measurable gains. If your teen comes home expressing that nothing in math class is making sense, parents may act in the straightforward response of contacting the teacher or enlisting the help of a tutor, should one not already exist. This is an “easy one” as parenting goes, in that the direction is clear and there is a reasonable expectation that this intervention will fix or at least mitigate the problem.

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Topics: high school, elementary school, parenting, middle school, wellness, building confidence, mental health

5 Benefits of Small Class Sizes

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Apr 1, 2019 11:00:00 AM

There are proven benefits of small classroom sizes - from increased achievement to higher graduation rates. The way students learn and perform are significantly impacted by a small classroom environment - specifically those with fewer than 20 children. Students are more likely to receive individualized attention, which enhances learning opportunities, improves behavior, builds a community and produces overall better results, from test scores to grades.

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Topics: teaching, classroom, elementary school, tips, success skills

Why We're Hyped about #MysterySkype

Posted by Talia Nochumson on Feb 6, 2019 4:23:49 PM

Do you like challenges? More specifically, do you like geographic challenges?

Then I think you would be interested in learning about #MysterySkype. Why the hashtag? #MysterySkype is a Twitter hashtag that teachers have been using to set up connections between their classes. The challenge is for students to guess the location of the other class by asking yes or no geographic questions. There are also spin-offs to #MysterySkype such as #MysteryAnimal and #MysteryNumber. Anything can become a mystery — how about a #MysteryElement from the periodic table?
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Topics: technology, high school, elementary school, middle school

Tips for Applying to Private School

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Jan 11, 2019 10:44:00 AM

When searching for the right school for your child, there are so many options out there that the idea of undergoing the application process at more than one private school can become an overwhelming proposition. But it really doesn’t have to be that hard. Follow our tips for applying to private school to help you navigate the decision-making process with ease.

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Topics: elementary school, admissions, tips

Must Read Books for Winter 2018-19

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Dec 21, 2018 12:57:25 PM

Winter break is the perfect time to snuggle up with a good book for fun or continue reinforcing classroom concepts. The librarians at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child developed a list of top winter reads that are appropriate for students in grades K-12. Whether it’s snowing outside or you’re just trying to decompress, the list of our top winter reads are both fun and educational.

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Topics: education, high school, elementary school, reading, middle school

Tips for Making School Mornings Easier

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Sep 24, 2018 2:18:16 PM

Ohhhhhh school mornings are crazy. You've got to get them up, dressed, fed and out the door all before you've likely had your first cup of coffee. And, if that isn't enough, you also need to remember their backpack, snack, school project and your car keys. Are we missing anything? Shoes?

To help you navigate the tough mornings ahead and streamline your process, check out our biggest tips below:

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Topics: elementary school, back-to-school, parenting, wellness

Top 10 things Teachers Wish Parents Knew

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Sep 12, 2018 3:52:04 PM

Teachers spend quite a bit of time with students throughout the week. Many are with them before school, during and after school, depending on the activities and needs of each child. The job of a teacher is never easy, and it’s never truly done – even after high school. As we head into the first full week of school this year, we asked teachers of children in grades K-12 to weigh in on what they wished parents knew about the work they do and insight they bring. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Topics: high school, elementary school, parenting, middle school

How Departmentalized Schools Prepare Students for the Future

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Feb 8, 2018 12:18:23 PM

Departmentalizing — or platooning — in schools means students change classrooms and share teachers who specialize in just a few areas. Sound familiar? It’s the way most middle and high schools have been structured for years. For elementary schools that have dropped the self-contained model to carefully embrace and implement this progressive concept for students as young as age 6, the benefits include increased classroom engagement, communication skills, student development and more. Here, we review six essential ways departmentalized education in elementary schools enhances learning for students and prepares them for the future:

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Topics: elementary school

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