What to do this summer to prepare your Kindergartener for school

As we move into summer you may be wondering what kindergarten will be like for your child and how to prepare him or her. Looking at pictures from last fall makes me think back to when our kindergartners first started. Their parents, being

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Already Look at Elementary Schools for Your Toddler? You’re Not Alone.

Working with young families looking at independent schools, I can say without hesitation that I truly love my job. Here’s one thing that gets me excited: parents with babies and toddlers who call to ask when they should start the

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Not Your Parents’ Science Fair

What do you remember about your elementary school science fair project? Most adults respond to this question with one of three responses: utter loathing, a blank stare trying to recall ever completing a project, or much less frequently, absolute bliss.

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What Happens When You Let Elementary Students PLAY in the Art Room

A couple of years ago, I recognized a growing trend in my fourth graders.  We had spent all their Lower School years learning the basics of art, and now it was time for them to experiment and be true artists! 

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The surprising affordability of private school

Think you can’t afford private school? You’d be surprised. Financial aid puts tuition in reach for middle class families. It feels like almost every Baltimore family considers private education for their children at some point. But for too many, that

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Preparing Your Child for an Independent School Admissions Visit

The Visit: Applicants to Kindergarten, Pre-First and First grades visit prospective schools for a morning to meet new friends, play games, and generally give school a try.  These youngest applicants will also take a test, but before you conjure up

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What Kids Learn From Digging in the Dirt

When this teacher of twenty years, with a Masters in reading and a concentration in language arts was asked to transition from first grade homeroom teacher to special area science teacher, I’ll admit, I paused. How was I going to

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A Quick Guide for the First Day of Kindergarten

It’s August.  Congratulate yourself – the big decisions are over with and you’re almost there.  You spent a lot of time choosing a good school, and you’ve made the most of your summer by reading to, counting with, and enjoying

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The Lessons of Service

What is it about summer service learning trips that make them so special? What could encapsulate the richness of these experiences? Maybe it’s that moment when the headmaster of our school is helping a student grill burgers for former inmates

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