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.
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!
When I greet my students in the hall and announce that today will be a clay day, they immediately begin to cheer. Clay, is hands down one of the most favorite media of every elementary student with whom I’ve worked.
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
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
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
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
As summer arrives, away melt the obligations of homework, strict regimentation of a school schedule and even packing lunches every day. Summer is about unstructured play with friends, swimming, going to camp, visiting the beach, and spending time with extended
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
When the fall weather comes, and the Admissions Season starts to gear up, I know I will get a few calls from parents who are not interested in the upcoming school year, but who want to move their child to