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The Importance of Kindergarten in the era of Covid-19

As we head into an unprecedented start to the new school year, many parents are struggling with the best option for their school-aged children, especially parents of kindergarteners. How does one begin to make the best choice for a child who has never yet attended school? How do you know their learning style? How do …

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The Importance of Kindergarten in the era of Covid-19

As we head into an unprecedented start to the new school year, many parents are struggling with the best option for their school-aged children, especially parents of kindergarteners. How does one begin to make the best choice for a child who has never yet attended school? How do you know their learning style? How do …

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The Importance of Character-Building In Schools

“‘Integrity’ is doing the right thing when nobody is looking.”–C.S. Lewis Our character is what gives us the wisdom and moral compass to do the right thing.  It makes us unique and guides us through an upstanding life with purpose.  Character is developed as we grow and learn about the world around us, about the …

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Keeping Kids Active While They’re Being Educated At Home

The term “social distancing” defines the moment.  For most people, their role in fighting the pandemic is staying at home and to avoid other people.  Schools have shuttered their doors for months or for the rest of the school year as teachers and students alike learn a new way to conduct their classes:  in the …

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Why Art Matters

In education, it’s all about the 3 R’s―Readin’, wRitin’, and ‘Rithmatic.   But what about aRt?  As priority is given to Math and English, art is often left behind, to the detriment of students. Art in Limbo For decades, art has spent most of its time on deck for the chopping block.  As federal and state …

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Talking to Kids About Difficult Topics in the News

Global warming.  The opioid epidemic.  School shootings. Pandemics.  We want to keep our kids in a bubble and protect them from the harsh realities in the outside world but we can’t pretend that bad news is nothing big and that life is filled with puppies and rainbows.  The news is loaded with terrible and frightening …

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What Makes a Successful Charter School?

Despite the growing popularity of charter schools across the country, their success isn’t always certain.  Charter schools face challenges of their own, but schools that have achieved longevity and success have done so with dedication and a stern focus on their missions: offering their communities choices in education that go above and beyond test scores.  …

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How Parent Involvement Can Strengthen Charter Schools

Like public schools, charter schools rely on the parents of students to help fill gaps in funding and staff support but parent volunteers are more important than that; they enrich the school experience for students and teachers.  From donation of supplies to volunteering their time, when parents get involved with their children’s education, everybody wins. …

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What’s the Difference Between Charter Schools and Public Schools?

The number of charter schools in the U.S. has been on the rise and in the 2017-18 school year, more than 7,000 charter schools across the U.S. had 3.2 million students enrolled.  For many people, charter schools are considered “alternative” schools but what are they, really?  What’s the difference between charter schools and public schools? …

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Teaching Empathy in the Classroom

Today’s children are growing up in a world much different than their parents.  Even in elementary school, social media dominates communication and by moving much of their human interaction online, they aren’t learning and developing true empathy as they would by having one-on-one interactions with peers.  Social media makes it easy to bully others or …

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