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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

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 a School Librarian Inspires Kids to Read

Posted by Cecilie Zwick Coker on January 11, 2019 at 12:00 PM

There’s no denying that reading is an essential skill for academic success, but the best part of my role as the librarian is showing students how much fun it is to immerse themselves in a good book. My strategies vary based on the age, reading level, and individual style of each student, but below are four of my favorite ways to get kids excited when they visit the library.

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Topics: Education, Academics, Parenting Tips, Sanford School

Taking the Fear Out of Private School Tuition

Posted by Jaime Morgan on November 30, 2018 at 12:00 PM

If you love the advantages a private school offers but you’re afraid of the high price tag, Sanford School can help allay your fear. During the past decade, there has been a national shift in the income ranges of families applying for help with tuition costs. At Sanford School, a preschool through grade 12 private school, more than 50% of students receive some form of tuition assistance. The two most common types are need-based financial assistance and merit scholarships.

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Topics: Financial Aid, Education, Affordability, Parenting Tips, Sanford School

How Open Studio Art Classes Unlock Creativity

Posted by Authored collaboratively by Betty O'Regan and Nina Silverman on November 2, 2018 at 2:45 PM

When students come to art they may think they’re going to learn to draw or paint, but by the end of each class they have done so much more than skill-building. While we certainly do teach children about the different tools and techniques that they can use to express themselves artistically, we also encourage risk-taking, develop problem-solving skills, and build their self-confidence.  And there is no better time to see students displaying all of these traits than during an Open Studio session.

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Topics: Education, Arts, Sanford School

Schools of the Future

Posted by Libbie Zimmer on December 1, 2015 at 3:00 PM

In a recent TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) talk, now-former National Association of Independent Schools' President Pat Bassett presented on “Schools of the Future.” Rather than evoking a Jetsons’ cartoon with robots and hover crafts, the School of the Future looks and feels very much like many in our area. Such schools, Bassett claims, make five institutional shifts.

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Topics: Education, Academics, Sanford School

Private School Can be Affordable

Posted by Jaime Morgan on October 19, 2015 at 11:00 AM

How Can You Afford a Private School Education?

The big question for many families considering private school is - how can we afford a private school education? There are two ways private schools typically offer tuition assistance. The most common is need-based financial aid where families complete a financial aid application that is separate from the application for admission. The school then evaluates the application to determine how much the family can afford to pay toward tuition. Financial aid awards are given as grants and do not have to be repaid. Often, financial aid awards are renewable until the student graduates from the school.

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Topics: Financial Aid, Education, Affordability, Parenting Tips, Sanford School

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