"Trust in the Lord with your whole heart and lean not on your own understanding..." - Proverbs 3:5
Your child is finally ready to go kindergarten. It’s an exciting time and a scary time all at once. There may be tears (yours and theirs) and that’s okay. Taking this big step of sending your child off to school for the first time isn’t something to scoff at. As you count down the coming year there are some important parenting tips that can help both of you prepare for them to start school.
No parent wants to watch their children struggle, especially not in school. And for some, the academic rigor of private school takes some getting used to. But regardless of why your child is struggling in private school, there are many ways that you can support them and encourage them toward success.
American families spend billions of dollars each year shopping for school supplies. From proper clothing and shoes to pens, pencils, and paper, there are a lot of items that your children need to be prepared for their next year of school. And after a summer of entertaining children at home, you may have some difficulty finding extra cash for back to school shopping.
Private education is a financial investment that some families aren’t sure about making. And while there is plenty of data to show the academic and future employment benefits of enrolling your children in private school, there are so many valuable benefits, the proof of which is often anecdotal. We talk a lot about the benefits of private education to the student, but we believe the benefits extend out to the entire family.
The transition from preschool to a traditional kindergarten classroom is significant for children and their families in many ways. The change of schedule and environment aside, kindergarten is the first real stage of your child’s education, and while the lessons learned in the classroom are significant to building a strong educational foundation, the lessons learned at home are equally as important.
Hopefully, by this point, every one of us has learned important lessons on how to effectively deal with interpersonal conflict. Those lessons we have learned allow us in turn to teach them to our children. Learning to navigate interpersonal conflict is critical, and children will develop the skills to do it in stages as they grow up and develop stronger language and social skills.
There is a lot of research on a phenomenon that researchers refer to as Summer Learning Loss. In 1996 a researcher named H. Cooper aggregated the results from 39 separate studies on the negative effects of summer vacation on students standardized test scores. The results were staggering. According to all of this research, students on average lose the equivalent of one month worth of learning during summer vacation. 2.6 months of math education and 2 months of reading education is lost each summer. And these numbers are even worse as poverty and other socioeconomic factors are added into the equation.
Parenting is hard. You have a lot to juggle between school, work, activities, family, and friends. And all of this while you’re working hard to raise smart, confident, and well-behaved children. While you learn to juggle this busy life, it’s easy to forget that some of the most influential forces in your children’s lives are the things they observe happening in your own life. Here are a few parenting tips regarding the ways in which children learn habits - good and bad - from their parents.
Parents these days are busy, between juggling full-time jobs and managing the busy lives of their children it’s become more and more difficult to tackle it all. But we know that you care very deeply about your children's education. So here are some tips on how busy parents can keep up with their busy children’s education.
We’ve seen this time and again, your student is in the 6th grade, she’s been going to school with the same kids since kindergarten, and suddenly things start going downhill socially or academically. But what is there to do? You know your current school isn’t giving her what she needs, but won’t moving her be too traumatic? Is it too late in the game to make this transition?
St. Barnabas Episcopal School is an accredited private school located in DeLand, Florida.