What are some of your most memorable learning experiences growing up? A field trip to the zoo? Dissecting a frog? Getting messy during a big art project? My guess is most of the things that made an impact on you as a child, or teenager, did not involve sitting at your desk or in front of a computer.
It's time to get outside. Spring has sprung, the flowers have bloomed, the trees have their leaves, and the sounds of little league can be heard in every town across America. Whether you like to take a hike, go fishing, or work in your garden, take your kids along. It can be a great family event. Go out and have a catch with a frisbee, or a baseball, or go for a bike ride.
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.