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The comfort of traditions

November 24, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

The suggestion that we “do something different” this Thanksgiving was met by a long silence. “Why would we do something different?” asked our daughter, her tone incredulous. The start of college this past August has meant a time of significant adjustment for our oldest child. She and our two other children have only ever known […]

Thanksgiving is not just about Pilgrims

November 24, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Thanksgiving and Pilgrims usually go together. For most people, the holiday conjures up images of black and white garb with buckles on the hats and shoes*. At this time of year, we ponder a primitive feast 400 years in our past shared between a handful of English settlers and their Wampanoag neighbors. But, Thanksgiving isn’t […]

Roll up your sleeves for some science in the kitchen

November 24, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

The kitchen is a popular place during the holidays – and a perfect location to introduce your child to the “magic” of science. Children are naturally curious and more inclined to learn about something that interests them. Introducing them to science at a young age – and in a fun way – can be a […]

College application essays can introduce the real you

November 24, 2014 | Posted in: High School | with 0 Comments

Seniors deep into completing college applications are wrestling with one of the most personal parts of the process: the college essay. While grades matter and extracurricular activities count, many college counselors will tell you that a college essay is where you can truly set yourself apart from the rest of the pack. “Let your life […]

Gratitude takes time to nurture

November 12, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Research supports the idea that gratitude is good for us. It helps us form, sustain and strengthen supportive relationships, and contributes to the feeling that we’re connected to a caring community. This is true regardless of our age. According to researchers at The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, “Evidence from […]

Busy beavers are members of nature’s classroom

Busy beavers are members of nature’s classroom

November 12, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

They’ve been called master architects and engineers, but they’ve never spent a day in an actual classroom. Instead, they perfect their innate talent by watching and doing. They’re beavers, an animal we became curious about when we noticed several trees down alongside a small pond near our house. They leave in their wake a telltale […]

‘Stayin Alive’ with CPR in schools

November 12, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

If someone next to you were to suddenly fall to the ground and stop breathing, would you know what to do? Would your children or your neighbor’s children know what to do? Most Americans would answer no. Less than a third of Americans say they know how to perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) – a simple […]

Learning code introduces students to ‘new way of thinking’

November 12, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Students of all ages are acquiring a language that will serve them well in the future: They’re learning computer code. Educators say learning code exposes students to more than technical skills; they’re gaining critical thinking and problem solving skills that will serve them well in any future job. “Learning to program opens up a new […]