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.

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 Make the Most of Your Summer While Physical Distancing

Posted by Sarah Satinsky on August 7, 2020 at 12:00 PM

This has been an unusual summer, but while COVID-19 may have caused you to cancel your plans, but there are still many ways you can make the most of your stay-at-home summer. It's understandable to dwell on and feel disappointed about missed opportunities, but if you have the bandwidth anddesire, you may find great joy in using thissummer as the time to do the things you are usually too busy to do. Rather than dwelling on thistime as the summer of missed opportunities, you can turn it into the summer of exploration by diving into the following areas:

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Topics: Summer, Health & Wellness, Parenting Tips

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

What Can Your School Counselor Do For Your Child?

As a parent, your idea of what a school counselor does may be very different from what your child experiences at school. Today, school counselors are knowledgeable professionals who focus on prevention and wellness. They design a counseling program that serves all students' academic, emotional, and social needs. Find out how counselors are an essential part of your child's education.

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Topics: Health & Wellness, Parenting Tips, School Counseling

50 Ways to Save the Environment

Posted by Beth Whipple on May 1, 2020 at 12:38 PM

We just celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day on April 22nd. Let’s continue to protect the environment every day to help the world to be a happier, healthier place to live. Check out the list below for ideas on how you can keep looking out for the Earth all year long.

 

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Topics: Health & Wellness, Parenting Tips, STEM

8 Tips for Student Success During Distance Learning

Distance learning is well underway in many schools across the country. Shifting to working at home takes time and patience for the whole family. Here are eight helpful hints to share with your children. We encourage you to download the form available to you at the bottom of this article and hope that some of these suggestions might be useful to you.

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Topics: Education, Health & Wellness, Distance Learning

4 Ways for Keeping Your Kids Safe In The Digital World

Posted by Authored Collaboratively by Sanford's Technology Team on March 6, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Kidsand adults!often turn to technology for both fun and learning. Whether kids are doing online research for a project, posting comments on social media, texting a friend, or watching a movie, it can sometimes be surprising just how much time they spend using screens. In fact, a report by Common Sense Media states that tweens (children aged 8-12 years old) consume about six hours of media time each day, and for teenagers (children aged 13-18) the daily average jumps up to nearly nine hours.

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Topics: Health & Wellness, Parenting Tips

4 Things You Need To Know About Childhood Anxiety

According to an article from the American Psychological Association (APA), nearly one-third of children have been diagnosed with anxiety and it is the most common mental health disorder in kids. Below are four facts that you should know as you explore the causes and effects of childhood anxiety.

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Topics: Health & Wellness, Parenting Tips, School Counseling

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, Health & Wellness, Parenting Tips

Move It!: A Beginner’s Guide to Physical Literacy

Posted by Shannon Helmecki on September 21, 2018 at 12:30 PM

When you hear the word “literacy” you probably think reading and writing, but did you know that there’s also physical literacy? Project Play gives this definition: "Physical literacy is the ability, confidence, and desire to be physically active for life.”

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