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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

5 Questions with Kim Connolly

Posted by James McEvoy on Dec 5, 2017 10:01:25 AM
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 Kim Connolly, Lower School Technology Integrator at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, who will lead an interactive student session at the Forum, called " The Magic of Modern Tinkering."
 
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Topics: technology, education, elementary school, educational forum

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

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