EDUCATION MATTERS—SANFORD SCHOOL'S PRIVATE SCHOOL BLOG

Learn more about current school issues and trends from Sanford School’s educational experts.  Sanford’s blog is sure to help you navigate your child’s educational journey.

How to Get the Most from a Virtual Parent-Teacher Conference

Posted by Jan Ross on November 11, 2020 at 6:00 PM

The relationship between home and school is pivotal to the success of your child. As parent-teacher conferences are announced, the way you approach this relationship can help shape important outcomes for your child. It is important to bring patience, understanding, and compassion to the conversation, especially now during the pandemic. Although conferences will be virtual, the content of the meeting is just as meaningful and essential. Use this unique one-on-one time to explore how you can support the “formal” learning process and get a fresh perspective on your child’s development. Planning ahead can help you establish a solid partnership with your child’s teacher.

Here are a few tips to make your parent-teacher conference more productive:

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Topics: Academics, Health & Wellness, Parenting Tips

The Value of Electives and Clubs

Posted by Staci Krape on October 23, 2020 at 12:00 PM

When you’re pursuing a college preparatory education, the academic courses of math, science, English, history, and a modern language are pretty much set in stone. You may have some flexibility around what novel you’ll read for a classroom book club or what project you’ll do for the science fair, but if you really want to stretch your wings in terms of making choices, you can turn to electives and clubs. Find out why electives are an important part of your child's education.

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Topics: Education, Academics, Health & Wellness, Parenting Tips

Choosing A Private School During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted by Justin McLellan'16 on October 9, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Private school admissions can be tricky, and in 2020 the process is all the more confusing. Yet while the world may be on pause, your child’s education shouldn’t wait. Admission offices are finding new ways to connect with families and prospective students this year, providing myriad opportunities for parents to learn about and engage with their schools.

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Topics: Academics, Parenting Tips, Admission, Community

How To Find a Welcoming School for Your Child

Posted by Christine DiUbaldo on October 2, 2020 at 12:00 PM

When searching for a school, academic rigor and extracurricular activities are important, but something equally critical that can be harder to assess is the culture of the community. You’ll gain information and an overall feeling of a school as you visit different times, such as going on a personal tour. Building a complete picture of each school you visit will take time, but one thing you should pay attention to from your initial interaction with the school is whether the environment feels like a welcoming one to you and your family. Specifically, on your first visit to the school, you should pay attention to three groups: students, teachers, and administrators.

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Topics: Education, Academics, Parenting Tips, Community

Sanford's Campus: Learning Without limits

Posted by Justin McLellan on August 21, 2020 at 12:00 PM

If you know Sanford School, you know the natural beauty and roaming hills of the campus that lent the school its original namesake—Sunny Hills. While it is the work of Sanford faculty that provides the quality education Sanford aims to deliver, it is often what lies outside of the campus’s academic buildings that comes to mind when one thinks of what makes Sanford unique. Teachers have always found ways to incorporate the larger campus into students’ learning experiences, but now, for the first time in Sanford’s ninety-year history will its outdoor spaces be used as a safer alternative to the traditional classroom setting.

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Topics: Education, Academics, Health & Wellness, Sanford School

How to Help Your Elementary Student Avoid The Summer Slide

Educators have been aware of summer slide or a regression in academic progress over the summer months since a comprehensive study was published almost twenty-five years ago (Charlton, K, Cooper, H, Greathouse, S, Lindsay, J, Nye, B, 1996). Especially during a period of uncertainty when many families may be spending more time at home, Sanford School teachers are here to share ideas that will encourage continued academic growth and stability throughout the summer months. Setting up a consistent schedule in the summer filled with educational activities will help continue your child's learning throughout elementary school.

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Topics: Education, Academics, Summer, Health & Wellness, Parenting Tips, Preschool, Elementary Education

How to Help Your Middle School Student Avoid the Summer Slide

Posted by Sandy Sutty on July 10, 2020 at 1:00 PM

Once summer rolls along, it is often hard to resist the temptation to retire completely from the academic pursuits that had kept one so active during the school year. As tempting as this may be, what students often forget is how easy it is to incorporate these lessons into their summer schedules in a way that suits their interests. Here are just a few tips on how to keep the learning going so as to expand your interests and ease the transition into a new school year.

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Topics: Education, Academics, Summer, Middle School

5 Tips to Help Your Child Transition to Middle School

Posted by Courtney Gregor on May 30, 2020 at 1:46 PM

Going to middle school is a big change, and even though your child may be excited, there’s also probably some anxiety about moving up to the next level. This Scholastic article notes that some of the common fears that kids have about starting middle school. Parents can support their children by taking kids’ concerns seriously and, as much as possible, being proactive before the school year begins so that the transition is a smooth one. Read the following five tips that you can use to help prepare you and your child to make the move to middle school.

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Topics: Education, College Guidance, Academics, Parenting Tips, Middle School

Teaching History Through Multiple Perspectives

Posted by Authored Collaboratively by Teachers in History & Global Studies on February 7, 2020 at 12:00 PM

The National Council for History Education describes twelve practices that make up what they term History’s Habits of Mind, which are the skills that students develop when they are deeply engaged in rigorous history learning. While all of the skills are valuable, there is one that seems especially relevant during Black History Month: Utilizing multiple perspectives for comprehensive explanations. Incorporate this skill in the classroom by:

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Topics: Education, Academics, Diversity

Patience, Focus, and Fulfillment: Why We Work with Our Hands

Posted by Troby Roosevelt on December 27, 2019 at 12:15 PM

Lab sheets, calculations, essays, debates; so much of what students accomplish during their school day exists on the mental plane. All of these exercises, and their affiliate subjects, are crucial in molding a child’s critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills. These are undeniably valuable when considering the scope of one’s academic career, but how often are students able to appreciate all that they are accomplishing? For developing students, the constant mental focus used to excel can be draining. Pair that with the fact that more and more students are trading in their free time for screen time, and suddenly you have an environment where mental fatigue and burnout thrive.

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Topics: Education, Academics, Arts, STEM