Do you remember being a child and sitting on your parent’s lap or maybe
snuggling in bed with your mom or dad as you listened to a great book? I have wonderful memories of snuggling with my mom as she read books to my sister and me during our childhood. The Pokey Puppy published by Little Golden Books and so many of the I Can Read books, such as Danny and the Dinosaur or Little Bear, were a few of my top favorites. And I’ll never forget the annual reading of The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore. I still have my original copies of all these books, and during reading group time I have even shown my first graders my copy of Danny and the Dinosaur. It has my name handwritten in crayon on the inside cover. Snuggling up with my mom and a good book helped me learn to enjoy reading and all the adventures that books can take you on in your lifetime. Being read to as a child may very well be the reason why I’ve always loved reading aloud to my students and also my own children.
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Growing up we are all told that if you want to become the President of the United States that you can. Being the President of the United States was not something that I ever thought about, nor was it something that I thought I would be well suited for. However, out of nowhere, my chance to be the President of the United States happened (well, sort of).
Resilience, leadership skills, respect for others, self-esteem, patience and appreciation for differences in others - these are just a few things that we all hope to see develop in young children. While many of these skills can be developed in school and at home, a child’s participation in team sports can greatly enhance all of these areas - all while the child is playing and having fun! Being on a soccer team, playing tee-ball, basketball, lacrosse and a multitude of other sports can have long lasting benefits for your child, outside of the physical aspects of sports.
Teachers love to learn, and opportunities for faculty professional development are widely available. For schools, an investment in faculty development pays great dividends because teachers bring their experiences into the classroom on a daily basis. Conferences, online courses, and ongoing training will all deepen a teacher's practice. These opportunities will also affect students by modeling lifelong learning, curiosity, and minds open to challenge. In addition to these options, my school has implemented a very successful program that awards a faculty travel grant each year. Giving a teacher grant money specifically for designated for travel is an excellent way to enhance a teacher's professional development, and to broaden student learning in the classroom.
In the era of Marvel superheroes it is very easy to think superpowers are a necessity to make a positive impact. Our students are faced with so many pressures in today’s society and are constantly being told by mainstream media how to dress and act, and what to believe. This constant cloud of negativity hinders their ability to tap into their own extraordinary talents. The solution to this dilemma is character education. Character education teaches students that they don’t need the speed of The Flash or the strength of The Hulk to be an influential and successful human being. All they have to do is to tap into their own superpower, which is embracing the person they are and the person they want to become.
One of the most common questions that I am asked, as a school nurse, is how can sports related injuries, concussions in particular, be prevented? With every generation it seems that level of play and competition has increased, resulting in more injuries. Are
these injuries and concussions happening more frequently or have we become more adept at diagnosing them? With about 46.5 million children participating in sports in the United States, it is estimated that there are approximately 3.8 million concussions that occur every year; however only 1 out of 6 will be formally diagnosed and treated, so we clearly still have a long way to go.
It is common knowledge that frequent injuries and concussions occur in high risk sports, such as soccer and football, but they can occur anywhere and you may be surprised at how gentle of a hit to the head can result in a concussion and injury. You add to that the increase in our young athletes' level of play and skill set, growth spurts causing muscles and ligaments to stretch to the point of injury, and it makes sense why we seem to have an increase in sports related injuries and concussions. It may surprise you to know that approximately 60% of all injuries occur during practice and the most common injuries are muscle sprains and tears, growth plate fractures and heat related illness. Here are some things that can be done to prevent these injuries and concussions.
How many average steps do you think you take throughout the day? How often have you given yourself the excuse that "I just don’t have time to workout!” If you’re like most Americans, finding time in our busy schedules to workout while taking care of kids, running errands, and holding down a job can be frustrating at best.
The good news is that you are not alone. In fact, finding 30-45 minutes a day to be active is a challenge all on its own. According the CDC 1 in 5 (21%) adults meet the recommended physical activity guidelines. That means for most of us, we are not standing up from our desks and moving during the day. Fortunately for both children and adults, workout time doesn’t have to happen all at once. Studies suggest that if you break physical activity into “bite-sized” chunks, they are easier to manage.
Books make meaningful gifts. If you’ve ever made a reading recommendation that mattered to someone else, or received a book at just the right moment in your own life, you know how impactful giving and receiving books can be. Luckily, there are many resources to help you find the perfect gift to give this holiday season. For instance, goodreads.com features lists and reviews from fellow book lovers. You can join the site and contribute your own reviews, or just browse for books by genre. If you are looking for a recommendation for your child, you may want to check the reviews on commonsensemedia.org. Books are reviewed by age, content, and even the protagonist's character traits.
As the Director of Admission and Financial Aid at Montgomery School, I spend much of my day educating families about the benefits, not only of a Montgomery School education, but of independent schools in general. The area in which we are located boasts some very strong public schools, and most families I meet with are just beginning to learn how independent schools differentiate themselves not only from from public schools, but from parochial, charter, and for-profit private schools as well.
Thanksgiving is a time when many of us gather together with our families and friends. If we are fortunate, it is a day that revolves around cooking and eating much food with our family and friends, and probably watching several football games - perhaps even playing in a game of family football after dinner. It is a special time in part because we gather together, but also because we pause to give thanks. Of course if makes more sense to show gratitude on a regular basis, throughout the year, rather than concentrating it all on Thanksgiving.