5 Questions with Cristina Iribarne

Posted by James McEvoy on Nov 30, 2017 12:23:09 PM
The Educational Forum for Families with Intellectually Curious Students on Saturday, December 9, 2017 is a day of fun and learning for families with students in grades 4-12 and open to all on the campus of Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, New Jersey. Presentations for parents include sessions on technology in education, emotional intelligence, the relevance of learning history, gifted and talented advocacy, and much more. Interactive workshops for students include 3-D printing, public speaking, the magic of modern tinkering, creating a virtual world and more. Click here for more information and to register.
 
Ahead of the Forum, we are interviewing some of the presenters who will inspire our parent and student attendees.
 
Here, we caught up with Cristina Iribarne, Reading Specialist at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, who will lead an interactive student session at the Forum, called "Towards a Stronger You."
 
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Topics: education, elementary school, educational forum

9 Ways Kids Can Help on Thanksgiving

Posted by Kathleen Hoke on Nov 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it is all about family and being thankful for the wonderful things in our lives. An admirable priest once said, “Happy people are thankful people, and thankful people are happy people.” I truly believe in those words and try to live them every day.

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Topics: elementary school, thanksgiving

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

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

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

How to Choose the Right Elementary School for Your Child

Posted by Pat Barry on Mar 3, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Choosing the right school for your child(ren) can be one of the most important decisions you make as a parent. The school you select should – and will – play a pivotal role in the development of your child as they navigate through the most impressionable years of their lives.

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Topics: elementary, elementary school, admissions