"Trust in the Lord with your whole heart and lean not on your own understanding..." - Proverbs 3:5
Many children will tell you that they don’t enjoy reading, they might even say they hate it, and when you dig a little deeper they’ll often say it’s because they can’t find any books they like. Sometimes this is true, and sometimes this is used as a defense mechanism because reading is hard and it makes them uncomfortable. If you’ve heard this from your child it can be difficult to know how to help them become confident in their reading ability. Here are some things not to do if you want your student to be a successful reader.
After giving the public school system a try, some parents decide that a private school is a better fit for their child.
To help this transition go as smoothly as possible, here are a few things that you can expect to find when your child switches from a public to a private school:
1. Smaller classroom size.
One of the driving factors that motivates parents to choose a private education for their children is the smaller classroom size private schools typically offer.
Today's parents are feeling the pressure to enroll their children in as many extracurricular activities as possible in an effort to develop "the whole child." As a result, some parents actually end up over-scheduling their children, which can have adverse effects.
We frequently use our blog to share useful parenting tips for navigating today's world, and one of our most recent blog posts specifically addresses how to identify if your child is involved with too many extracurricular activities. We encourage you to read this article as it can help you to find a healthy balance for school, extracurricular activities, and downtime for your child.
If you're wanting to give your child a private education but are hesitant to do so given the stereotypical high costs, think again. We recently wrote a blog post about this very subject that explains how a private education can actually be the more cost-effective path for your family in the long run.
For most parents, cost does play a role in deciding which private school to send your child to. If you're currently considering your options for a private education in Central Florida, you've likely already made yourself familiar with the tuition and other costs associated with enrollment at these schools.
If you're a parent considering a private education for your child, you can find a plethora of information about schools simply by visiting their websites and reading through admissions materials. However, nothing can be more valuable during this process than physically visiting the school and the personal interactions that you have with the teachers, students, and parents of the school.
To help ensure that you are choosing the right school to give your child the best private education possible, we recommend walking through this checklist as you tour the school:
Have you noticed groups of kids gathered together looking at their phones? If so, there's a very good chance that they're playing Pokémon Go, which is the hottest new smartphone app game to hit the streets.
The game uses your phone's GPS to send you on a hunt for monsters and makes virtual Pokémon appear around you for capturing. As you walk around town, the goal is the capture as many Pokémon that you can so that you can train them and battle them against other Pokémon Go players.
This huge sensation has created a number of safety concerns for parents though. Could the game be too distracting for kids and cause them to not pay attention to where they're walking? Considering the game involves interacting with other players, will this cause kids to let their guard down too soon?
With that being said, should your kids be playing Pokémon Go? Since we frequently use our blog to offer parenting tips, we wanted to touch on this valid concern.
Generally speaking, children under the age of 14 are a greatly underutilized volunteer resource. There is so much that can be gained from youth taking an active role in helping our community, which is why our private school finds every opportunity to expose our students to volunteer opportunities.
Here are just a few of the ways that volunteering can positively impact our youth:
There's no question that there is a direct link between community service and academic gain for our youth. It provides students with the ideal opportunity to apply what they've learned in the classroom to real human needs. Working as a volunteer can also help students to develop better problem solving skills and gain a sense of self-accomplishment.
We've talked in great detail about the benefits that involvement in extracurricular activities can have on your child. Not only can they help to develop a more engaged student, but they also teach valuable life lessons such as teamwork and self-esteem.
However, if you over-schedule your child with too many extracurricular activities, the benefits can quickly diminish. Unfortunately, parents experience an enormous amount of pressure these days to get their children involved with everything under the sun.
Is your child involved with too many extracurricular activities? Here are some of the most common signs to confirm this:
Each year the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is mandated to release a report on the state of education in the United States. The latest report was just released on May 26th and offered several eye-catching findings in regards to the private education sector.
The Connection Between Private Schools and Academic Achievement
Another key takeaway from this annual report is the direct correlation between private education and academic achievement. According to the report, a higher percentage (85 percent) of private school students had taken more advanced mathematics classes such as Algebra II and Trigonometry than students enrolled in public schools. The same could be said for science classes as private school students were more likely to have taken at least one credit in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics than public school students.
With school officially out for the summer, some parents are feeling a little unsure about how they will keep their children entertained and engaged in learning over the next few months.
Here are 5 great parenting tips that will keep you proactively prepared and help your kids to have a fun-filled summer:
1. Ask for their input when making plans.
If you want your kids to cooperate, it can help to ask for their input when planning out their day. For example, if you need to make a trip to the grocery store and bring the kids along, ask if they would prefer to go to the pool before or after the trip to the grocery store. Also, consider giving them some of the responsibility of locating some of the items on your shopping list. Allowing your children to make contributions and decisions can help to empower them and minimize their urge to misbehave. Always reward good behavior with positive praise, and if possible, an occasional little treat like their favorite snack, ice cream or their choice of a movie.
St. Barnabas Episcopal School is an accredited private school located in DeLand, Florida.