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.

The Power of Self Advocacy

Posted by Skye Rashkind on November 19, 2021 at 12:05 PM

As a parent, it’s sometimes difficult to walk the line between raising your child to be a polite, respectful student who follows the rules, while also encouraging them to advocate for themselves when necessary. Though those ideas may seem to be competing, it’s sometimes more about style than substance when teaching our kids to speak their minds. An article in the Washington Post quotes Eileen Kennedy-Moore, author of “Kid Confidence: Help Your Child Make Friends, Build Resilience, and Develop Real Self-Esteem,” as saying:

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Topics: Parenting Tips

Empower your child by teaching them materials management skills

Posted by Brooke McLeod on November 5, 2021 at 11:54 AM

Children can learn to manage their own materials; a life skill that is important for future success.

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Topics: Parenting Tips

Learning beyond the classroom

Posted by Michelle Raffo on October 23, 2021 at 12:15 PM

 

Weekend trips to Ashland Nature Center, Coverdale Farm, The DE Children's Museum, and our local libraries have been some of my family's favorite local places to explore. But as a teacher and mom, I have found learning beyond school is often right under your own roof or in your backyard.

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Topics: Parenting Tips

How to Jump into a New School Community

Posted by Sanford's Home & School Association on September 17, 2021 at 12:00 PM

I looforward to watching our children grow together and know that I have made lifelong friends, just as my children have. We really have created a sense of community for our family.”

- A Lower School Parent

After reading this quote you may be thinking, "Yes, I definitely want to get involved in my child's school experience." Below are a few tips and suggestions on how to get involve
d in a school community.
 

When parents are involved, students achieve more

Did you know that...
  • 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

5 Tips To Tackle The High School Sports Preseason

Posted by Caitlin Brooks on August 13, 2021 at 12:00 PM

The air is heavy, the sun is beating down, and there is no reprieve from the heat. This can only mean one thing: preseason is upon us. Preseason is an exciting time in many athletes' lives. It is the time where the foundation of the season begins. You get to see your beloved teammates, coaches and compete at the thing you love most. For some, preseason may bring a bit of anxiety and fear. What are ways that you can enter this time with confidence and joy in your heart, you ask? Try the following tips listed below.

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Topics: Athletics, Parenting Tips

Ways to Sharpen 7th-12th Grade Student Math Skills in the Summer

Posted by Heather Taylor on July 30, 2021 at 12:00 PM
It's time to start thinking about the next school year. To avoid the summer slide and begin with a solid mathematical foundation for the school year, your child can spend time each week on mathematical thinking and reasoning skills to strengthen their previous skills and fill in any gaps of knowledge. By practicing, students can build their number sense, algebraic reasoning, and problem-solving abilities. Below are three activities and three online resources to sharpen your middle and high school students' math skills. To help your child, you can have them complete the activities below and go to the online resources to practice math skills this summer:
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Topics: Education, Summer, Parenting Tips, High School Experience, Middle School

5 Tips To Encourage Your Child To Complete Their Summer Reading

Posted by Sandy Sutty on July 16, 2021 at 12:00 PM

Now that it is summer, It is time to start thinking about your child’s summer reading. Some schools require your child to read. It can be as simple as reading a book of choice, picking from a selection of books, or specific books. Ensure you check with your child’s school to make sure you have all of the requirements for their summer reading. Once you find out, getting them to read may be challenging. Read these tips to encourage your child to start reading.

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Topics: Academics, Parenting Tips

3 Activities to Help Your Child Engage With Nature

Posted by Patrick Martin on July 2, 2021 at 8:51 PM

Summer is here, so it’s the perfect time to explore the great outdoors. This blog from Harvard Medical School describes six reasons why it's important for kids to spend time outside. If one (or more!) of those reasons resonates with you, then take advantage of one of our activities below that will help you and your child engage with nature.

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Topics: Summer, Parenting Tips, Community

6 Fun Ways To Promote Summer Learning

Posted by Kara Fontes on June 18, 2021 at 12:00 PM

The end of the school year is here, and while that might mean lazy days by the pool or family vacations, it’s also the perfect time to start preparing your child for the upcoming school year. Here are six fun ways to promote learning and to make sure your child makes the most of this SUMMER so that they can roll smoothly into the fall.

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

Keeping A Strong School Community During A Pandemic

Posted by Laura Gaylor on June 5, 2021 at 12:00 PM

How do you keep a school community strong in a school year caught between virtual, hybrid, and in-person learning? It starts with school leaders and parents who have a shared vision of success. Your support and participation make a difference. Whether you choose to engage on a personal, informal, or formal level, here are a few opportunities to stay engaged in your school community during the pandemic.

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Topics: Parenting Tips, Community, Sanford School