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The importance of outdoor learning and play

Posted by Mark Anderson on May 31, 2019 at 5:38 PM
 
Why do we care about outdoor spaces? Numerous studies have shown that recess and play time are important for academic learning. In a document titled, The Importance of Outdoor Play and Its Impact on Brain Development In Children, faculty members and nursing students at the University of Missouri shared that outdoor play allows school-aged children to improve their ability to learn. The authors also noted that outdoor play helps to:
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Topics: Education, Parenting Tips, Sanford School

Beyond Word Problems:  Making Sense of Math

Posted by Heather Taylor and Chris Mosberg on May 17, 2019 at 12:00 PM

The study of mathematics involves the balance of procedural skill, fluency, conceptual understanding, and application. Engaging students to make sense of math, rather than teaching them to memorize concepts, helps create mathematical thinkers. An important key to understanding mathematical concepts is a problem-solving approach in the classroom.

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Topics: Education, Academics, STEM

Libraries for 21st-Century Learning

Posted by Sandy Sutty on May 3, 2019 at 1:25 PM

The way students read, write, and access information has changed rapidly in our growing digital world. To meet the needs of 21st-Century learning, the role of the librarian is changing and libraries are transforming to better meet the needs of students. They are converting into flexible learning spaces to encourage the gathering and sharing of knowledge. Librarians continue to inspire a passion for learning and are also incorporating teaching strategies for students to navigate the digital world. Librarians encourage students’ learning in the following ways.

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Topics: Education, Academics

Building Creative Minds In The Woodworking Shop

Posted by Ensign Simmons and Maria Tate on April 19, 2019 at 12:30 PM

Did you know that swinging a hammer in a woodworking shop has a wide range of benefits for students? Woodworking provides the ability to identify a problem, brainstorm the possible solutions, and test your ideas. These skills lend themselves to all aspects of life, both inside the classroom and out. Woodworking classes have recently regained popularity because they build essential life lessons along with reinforcing math, science, and problem-solving skills. In fact, a study from Purdue University showed students benefited from participating in hands-on engineering projects.  A woodworking program benefits students in the following ways:

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Topics: Education, Academics, Arts, STEM

Choosing the Right Performing Arts Program For Your Child

Posted by Jenna Knaster on April 5, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Take a mental walk through a school music building. Listen to the stroke of a guitar, the rich harmonies from singing voices, and the dancing feet of preschoolers. Perhaps you can hear them all in succession as you walk down the hallway? A robust performing arts department welcomes a mixture of activities, a symphony of varying sounds, and a buzz of productive energy. Each and every student’s individual artistic journey can and should be supported by a performing arts program. As a music teacher in a department of which I am very proud, I hear students discussing their experiences in the performing arts, as well as prospective families trying to figure out the best place for their child. It is time to clarify some misconceptions and equip families with the right questions to ask.

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Topics: Education, Parenting Tips, Arts

Investing In Early Childhood Education Is Worthwhile

Posted by Libbie Zimmer on March 22, 2019 at 12:30 PM

When asked, "Should our family invest (i.e. pay tuition) in our children's early years of education or wait until "it counts" when they're in high school preparing to go to college?" Emphatically I say, "Invest in the early years." This is an incredibly difficult question for anyone to answer knowing that each and every learning stage is valuable; however, when posed with ranking when education "counts" most, it is absolutely and definitively during those first years of life, and here's why.

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Topics: Education, Academics, Parenting Tips, Preschool

Top Summer Enrichment Programs: Make It The Best Summer Ever!

Posted by Eric Peoples and Scott Swope on March 8, 2019 at 12:06 PM

Summer presents a whirlwind of choices for families including day camps, special interest camps, downtime, and family vacations. Students have the opportunity to pursue the interests they love, make social bonds at camps, and create family memories that will last a lifetime.

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Topics: Academics, Summer, Parenting Tips

4 Ways To Create An Inclusive Community

Posted by Abbi Smith on February 22, 2019 at 12:50 PM
The meaning of the word  diversity has been somewhat diluted by overuse and eclipsed by ambiguous interpretations. While some hear the word and think primarily about race or gender, the more expansive definition includes an array of identity markers. Sanford School’s Statement on Diversity utilizes that expansive interpretation:

Throughout the school’s history, Sanford has celebrated and respected the unique talents of our community members. We continue to create an inclusive, nurturing environment that instills a healthy respect for differences. Sanford values diversity at our core, including, but not limited to: culture, ethnicity, race, spirituality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, learning styles, socio-economic status, and interests.

It is widely accepted that there are significant benefits for all who are immersed in a diverse community, from learning how to appreciate and respect differences to acquiring lifelong skills like communication and listening for understanding. Achieving a diverse community, though, does not inherently lead to a community which values inclusivity and equity. Within any organization that values differences, there is work to be done to help each individual feel important, valued, known and respected. This requires high levels of empathy and a commitment to having difficult conversations. So, what are some ways to work towards this ideal? Where there exist challenges, there are also opportunities for education, self-reflection, and growth. Below are four suggestions to take advantage of the opportunity to being an active part of creating an inclusive community.

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Topics: Parenting Tips, Community, Sanford School

4 Ways To Help Your Child Navigate The College Search Process

Posted by Katie Trachtenberg '06 on February 8, 2019 at 12:22 PM

For many seniors, figuring out the college process is like aiming at a moving target. Students have to navigate a challenging dynamic that is both created by their own emotions and expectations and impacted by the results of their last three years of high school and the wishes of their families. As college counselors, we consider it our job to educate, guide, and gently remind our seniors (and their parents) about the various steps along the path to college, but ultimately we know our students will be well-prepared and successful no matter where they go.

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Topics: Education, College Guidance, Parenting Tips

Private Schools Build A Strong Sense Of Community

Posted by Janice Payne on January 25, 2019 at 1:07 PM

When searching for a private school, parents should consider more than just what the school has to offer their child. It is also important to look for a sense of community that includes both students and parents. Consider how parent involvement is encouraged and appreciated. While personal circumstances dictate the degree to which adults can share their time and talents, a recent study found numerous benefits to students when their parents had meaningful involvement in the school. These findings include the following:

  • When parents are involved, students achieve more, regardless of socioeconomic status, ethnic/racial background, or the parents' education level.
  • Schools that work well with families have better teacher morale and higher ratings of teachers by parents.
  • School programs that involve parents outperform identical programs without parent and family involvement.

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Topics: Parenting Tips, Community

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