"Trust in the Lord with your whole heart and lean not on your own understanding..." - Proverbs 3:5
There are a lot of unknowns when it comes to research on how technology is impacting children’s brains. You can hand an iPad to an infant and they are not only transfixed by the bright lights, but they seem to know instinctively how to use the touchscreen. There are pros and cons to our children having constant access to technology, and some of the effects may not become clear for decades to come.
The transition from staying at home with mom or dad, to spending the day in a kindergarten classroom is a huge adjustment for many children. In addition to leaving the comfort of home, children are confronted with a large group of new people, in a new scenario, with new rules, and new activities. That’s a lot for a young child to adjust to.
Is your young child nervous about leaving the comfort of home and starting school as a kindergartener? For many children, the initial transition into a classroom environment can be difficult. Children are attached to their parents and find comfort and safety within their home and family structure. Fear of starting school for the first time is normal and there are many factors which make a private school education a suitable transition for apprehensive kindergarteners.
There are many learning styles and finding the right environment for children is important to parents. For many parents, providing their students with the freedom and flexibility of a homeschool environment seems to make the most sense, but homeschooling isn't right for every family. Students grow, families morph and change and eventually, you may need to find a more traditional school approach for your previously homeschooled child. Is a private education the right next step for your family?
The beginning of a new year is a time when people all over the world sit back and reflect upon the past year and begin to set new goals for the coming year. Setting resolutions at the beginning of a new year is a great way for adults and children alike to envision what they want the coming months to hold.
As a parent of school aged children, is their education at the top of your mind all the time? In this busy world do you find yourself wondering how you can be more engaged in your child’s school? There are so many ways in which you can be involved.
Every child is gifted in his or her own way. Some children exhibit academic giftedness, others artistic, or even athletic giftedness. And just as there are endless different types of children there are also endless different educational needs that they have. While public education makes sense for a lot of families, private education offers more flexibility in meeting the needs of all of the differently gifted students in a single classroom.
We all know how naturally curious children are. That curiosity is an instinct that can and should be developed into a critical skill, despite how tiresome it can be as a parent.
Of the many parenting tips that make a difference to families, we love the idea of limiting gifts by using this little poem: “Something you want, something you need, something you wear, something you read.” This is the time of the year when all of the commercials on television seem to be geared toward children, convincing them they need each new toy and gadget on the market.
Recently, we took St. Barnabas’ 4th through 8th grade students on a field trip to see the movie, Wonder. Wonder is about a boy named Auggie who was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, a rare condition which causes facial deformities. Due to his condition, Auggie was homeschooled until the fifth grade at which point he and his family decided he would gain from the benefits of a traditional education. He and his classmates had to learn how to navigate being different. His classmates learned how to have compassion for those who have differences.
St. Barnabas Episcopal School is an accredited private school located in DeLand, Florida.