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What Makes Us Different?

There have always been debates arguing about which type of schooling is more beneficial – public or private. While each have their pros and cons, Delphi Academy of Boston strives to offer the most complete education to students. What makes us different? We use a unique Study Technology Program to close gaps in education, give students a competitive edge and work with students to help them to grow into young adults with integrity.

Whether students are with us for summer camp or year round, they start their curriculum with classes designed on teaching them effective study skills. These classes point out any barriers students might be facing when trying to master a subject. Using L. Ron Hubbard’s Study Technology program, students close gaps in their education and progress to harder curriculum with a solid foundation. Identifying barriers of learning is the first step in overcoming them.  

Delphi offers a rounded curriculum to students of all ages. Topics such as science, math and different humanities are presented – even to our youngest students. In addition to traditional academic subjects, students get training in practical areas such as communication, manners, computers, nutrition and organization. Ethics, logic and research, which are often considered advanced topics, are not only offered but are introduced early on.

Individualized programs are used to ensure that each student is getting the most out of their education. This allows students to work at their own pace and not get left behind like in a traditional class setting. Every student works with faculty to create a program that is based on their interests, strengths and weaknesses. This is assessed through diagnostic testing and interviews. Students who arrive from another school often discover “gaps” in their education, meaning they haven’t mastered a topic. Identifying and repairing these gaps is an initial task that creates a solid foundation and confidence moving forward.


The Importance of Writing

Being a competent writer is one of the most beneficial skills a student can have. Writing is the primary basis of communication, history and art. The Delphi Academy of Boston strives to offer students the necessary skills they need to become great writers. It is a form of self expression and is a platform to show one’s intelligence.

Writing combines many basics skills, like hand movement and cognitive processes to write alphabet letters precisely and fluidly. From first grade on children are required to write and are often graded on their ability to form grammatically correct sentences. To improve your writing skills it is important to practice multiple times a week until you get the hang of it. Set out time during the day to write and turn off all distractions. This helps you build longer sentences and grasp the art of good grammar. To make your writing more conversational ask questions, use expressive words and smooth transitions when changing topics.

Each person has a personalized style and voice in their writing. Punctuation lets you experiment with your voice and add rythme. Eliminate filler words to keep your writing to the point. This also lessens confusion from your readers. If you have a complex topic with loads of information create an outline to get your thoughts in order.

When you think your paper is good to go, read it outloud! This brings grammatical errors or odd phrasings to your attention.


Is your child struggling or excelling in school?

The majority of students who are falling struggle with learning difficulties or are not able to focus because of things they either don’t comprehend or because they unknowingly skipped a stepped somewhere back in the lesson. If your child is only struggling with one subject an after school tutor could be extremely helpful in this situation. Schools have programs already put in place for students who may need extra attention. However, make sure the tutor helps your child go back earlier in the materials before he or she ran into trouble to locate any areas of confusion or any previous steps that may have been skipped due to missing a day for illness or vacation.

Most teachers are well-meaning, but they have lesson plans and have to move the class forward regardless of whether or not your child is out for the day and/or not understanding part of a lesson. With class sizes being full and looming tests, teachers often aren’t able to give the individualized help to each child that they would like to. If your child has missed a day of school or isn’t getting something that’s being taught, he has little holes here and there scattered throughout his education. These gaps begin to build up over time and can lead to serious trouble later on.

Signs that your child is falling could include

  • Refusal to talk about school
  • Sudden disinterest
  • Major attitude change regarding school
  • Trouble sleeping or eating
  • Excessive amount of time spent on school work

On the flip side of this, if your child is learning at a quicker pace than the other students in their classroom, their interest in school can decrease because they are not being stimulated by their school work.

Delphi Academy of Boston recognizes that, while well-meaning, traditional school systems are not able to give all of their students the support or attention they need. Education standards drop as more and more students struggle in a system that’s not designed with an individualized approach. At Delphi Academy, effective study tools are used to help children succeed  and forms, instead of grades, are used to prevent gaps in education form occurring. This is a personalized study program that allows students to work at their own pace while still meeting (often exceeding) state requirements.

Delphi Academy of Boston can administer a learning assessment for your child to diagnose how he or she is doing in each subject and tailor an academic program just for them. Contact us today to find out more.


What are your New Year’s Resolutions? A History Lesson From Delphi Academy of Boston

 

As the new year arrives, millions of people choose a New Year’s Resolution to inspire a healthy change in their life. Where did this tradition come from? And why do we continue to have New Years resolutions even though most of us give up on them by the end of January? While resolutions are most common in the west, they are celebrated throughout the whole world

Around 4,000 years ago, the Babylonians were recorded as the first people to celebrate the arrival of the New Year along with the beginning of New Year’s Resolutions. A similar practice occured in ancient Rome as well. The year 46 b.c. is when Julius Caesar decided to make January 1st the beginning of the new year, before that the Babylonians celebrated the new year in the middle of March when they planted new crops. Both of these celebrations were about making promises to their Gods and offering sacrifices.

For early Christians the first day of the New Year was a time to reflect on the mistakes that occured in the last year. Resolutions were meant to prevent oneself from making the same mistakes. There was a service that was held New Years day that included reading from scriptures and hymn singing.

The night going into the new year calls for huge celebrations with family and friends. Resolutions today make promises to yourself, not to the Gods, and is more of a secular practice. Resolutions tend to focus on positive life changes – whether it is working out more regularly or simply practicing being more patient. Nearly half of the American population makes a new resolution each year and only 8% of these people are successful in achieving their goals.

 

What is your New Year’s Resolution?


Recognizing Delphi Bostons Finest

Over the 2017 fall term, we have had the chance to celebrate numerous students for their outstanding academic achievements. Over 20 students have been honored with the Dean’s list award or have been recognized at their colleges for academic excellence. We are very proud! To receive the Dean’s list award students have to have turned in all their work on time throughout the whole month and be ahead of their personalized study plan.

Delphi Academy of Boston strives to be an inclusive and engaging place to learn. We have effective study techniques that offer students a hands-on approach to learning. With independent study programs, each student learns at a pace that is best suited for them. Teachers ensure that each student has a firm understanding of the basics of each subject before they move onto new information, this prevents any gaps in the child’s education. Our students are very bright and continue to be at the top of their class when they transfer to higher education.

As our academy continues to grow each year, our teachers work harder to provide one-on-one attention to each student. This not only makes the child feel like their attendance and dedication to school matters but has also been proven to boost grades. Thank you to all of our Delphi Boston teachers!

2017 has been a terrific school year and all of us at Delphi Boston cannot wait to see what 2018 has instore. Our students continue to amaze us.


Holiday Crafts

Get kids excited for Christmas by counting down the days with fun holiday crafts. If you are interested in discovering new crafts to keep your kiddos occupied, look no further! Not only do kids love craft time, it is also a great chance for them to built their fine motor skills.

It’s no secret that Santa loves cookies and any craft store will have customizable plates. Buy a plain white plate along with paint or markers, then let the kids create their own designs! At the end of the day, serve Santa’s favorite dish on something that was homemade and full of fun memories.

If you want a treat that looks good and tastes good, try creating this Candy Christmas Tree Snowglobe! All you need is one mason jar, white chocolate peanut butter cups, any other treats you’d like to add and some ribbon. Assemble the candy tree using the largest peanut butter cup as the base layer. Add as many levels and goodes for decor as you like! When the tree is decorated, put a small dot of frosting on the lid to secure the tree then screw the lid onto the jar – and wahla!

Let your little chefs get creative this year. Let them help bake batches of cookies then provide them with multiple holiday animal cut outs and treats to decorate their cookies with. Kids have great imaginations so there will never be a dull moment! It is amazing to see your little chef hard at work with frosting and sprinkles.

One of the most famous holiday crafts has to be building a gingerbread house. This tradition has been around for decades! You can build a house from scratch or buy a box with all the needed supplies from the store. The crisp gingernut cookie is baked into shapes for perfect construction. The frosting holds all the pieces together and then it is ready to be filled with treats.

No matter what holiday craft idea you choose, the kids are guaranteed to have fun. Crafts make for a great weekend or afternoon activity that the whole family can enjoy!


Where Do Holiday Traditions Come From?

Christmas wreath for the holiday. The new year celebration. 

The students at Delphi Academy of Boston are history buffs. In researching various traditions of Christmas, we discovered this holiday has so many interesting origins. So, we just had to share! Many of the family holiday traditions that we see during the holiday season date back to the Victorian times. Gathering around the Christmas tree or discovering treats inside your stocking stretch back thousands of years, long before Christianity. New traditions, like Santa and elves show up during the holiday season as well, mixing multiple traditions together to arrive at their current state today.

Christmas evolved around the Roman tradition of Saturnalia, which was a festival honoring their god of agriculture. Today it has become known as a time to celebrate joy and gift-giving. By the turn of the 4th century Christians recognized this already celebrated time of year as the birth of Christ. During both celebrations, the act of gift giving was involved. Today family members and friends celebrate and exchange thought-filled gifts to express their gratitude for one another.

It is commonly thought that Saint Nicholas began the stocking tradition we see during the holiday season. Both represent the idea of gift giving and savoring childhood. During this time, oranges were given out as luxurious and generous gifts since they were so expensive at the time. The practice of stocking-stuffing can be dated back to the 4th century. In modern day, Saint Nicholas has taken on the form of Santa Claus. Looking past Saint Nick, this practice can be seen in Scandinavian countries were candy and treats would be left for the children.

Wreaths were used as a symbol to represent power and strength. Roman and Greek rulers would wear laurel wreaths as crowns. It is though that the laurel wreath connected them to their sun god, Apollo, and his values. Harvest wreaths, which closely resemble the ones we see today, were used for rituals during harvest. These predate written history. The evergreen wreaths also symbolize strength and fortitude since the evergreen will survive even through the harshest of winters. Today, wreaths are common decor that offer a lovely scent for the holiday season!

Everyone wants the Christmas glow – especially during the short winter months. The numerous traditions we see today all relate back to different times of history. After thousands of years of different cultures mixing and sharing traditions, Christmas has become a holiday where everyone gathers together to celebrate one another.

 

Do you celebrate Christmas? If so, what traditions do you have for this historical holiday?


The History of Thanksgiving

 

Modern day Thanksgiving is celebrated with a large turkey meal surrounded by friends and family. It’s not about giving or receiving gifts, but about enjoying time with your loved ones. Pies and cakes were not traditionally on the menu but have become a hallmark statement.

 

Thanksgiving becomes an Official Holiday

November of 1621 has been declared the United States first unofficial Thanksgiving celebration. The Plymouth colonists, who survived the rough winter and trip away from London, and the Wampanoag Indians shared a harvest feast. For more than two centuries, colonies continued to celebrate Thanksgiving. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

The Pilgrims’ first corn harvest was proved successful so Governor William Bradford organized a feast to celebrate and invited their Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. While the exact menu for the celebration isn’t known, it’s said that lobster, seal and swan were a part of the meal! Old journal entries show that a large “fowling” mission was executed in preparation for the event and the Wampanoag guests brought 5 deer. The friendship with the Wampanoag tribe, which endured for more than 50 years, tragically remains one of the sole examples of harmony between European colonists and Native Americans.

The next year, 1623, the Pilgrims celebrated their second Thanksgiving harvest to mark the end of the drought that had threatened their last years harvest. It prompted Governor Bradford to mark it as a religious holiday. Days of fasting and thanksgiving on an annual or occasional basis became common practice in other New England settlements as well.

In 1863 at the height of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, spoke to all Americans to ask God to “commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” and to “heal the wounds of the nation.” He scheduled Thanksgiving for the final Thursday in November, and it was celebrated on that day every year until 1939, when Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday up a week in an attempt to spur retail sales during the Great Depression. Roosevelt’s plan, known derisively as Franksgiving, was met with passionate opposition, and in 1941 the president reluctantly signed a bill making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November.

 

Thanksgiving Controversies

It is debated whether or not  the Plymouth Thanksgiving was truly the first celebrated in the United States history. There have been other ceremonies recorded that focused on giving thanks for safe arrival or giving thanks to their almighty.

The sunny version of the Thanksgiving story is frequently discussed, especially around the holiday. Many believe that the story of the Pilgrims and Native American tribe feasting together misrepresent all the blood shedding that occurred as the Europeans moved further and further west, killing millions. Since 1970, protesters have gathered on the day designated as Thanksgiving at the top of Cole’s Hill, which overlooks Plymouth Rock, to commemorate a “National Day of Mourning.” Similar events are held in other parts of the country.


Manners Makeover

 

If you feel like you have put learning basic table manners and social edicate aside, don’t worry! At Delphi Academy of Boston, we are always building character and practicing excellent manners. Here are just a few tips from the pros over here. Kids are clever and with a little bit of constant encouragement  they will catch on to the importance of manners. Make learning about manners fun and talk with your child about why they think manners might be important and which ones make the most sense to them.

 

Step 1. Teaching your kids how to set the table

Holidays mean big family meals – which means you and your kiddos will be sitting at a table.  Let your kids practice setting the table a few times. Fork on the left, knife and spoon on the right with cups on the top right. While this may seem silly, it’s often forgotten! Include kids in creating table decorations so they get to enjoy making arts-n-crafts. Run through the basics – washing up before dinner, placing napkin on lap before eating, waiting for everyone to be served before you start eating and saying “please” and “thank you”. Practice, practice, practice!

 

Step 2. Table Conversation

A complete meal is one that impresses the taste buds, looks beautiful and is full of quality conversation. Remind your children to talk to people on their left and right, along with whoever is seated across from them. Practice asking questions that are engaging and don’t have simple “yes” or “no” answers.Chewing with their mouths open is a definite “no-no”. If you’re struggling with your child thinking it’s something silly to do, show them yourself so they can see how it looks (yes it seems silly, but it really works!). 

 

Step 3. Consideration

Young kids often forget that parents and grandparents get enjoyment from spending time together, not just from material gifts. A great skill to learn is knowing how to be considerate, kind and helpful. You can create a list of “special gifts” they are interested in giving out to certain people. For example, a special gift could be helping grandma clear the table after dinner or asking mom if they can help set up decorations before guests arrive.

 

Step 4. Social Greetings

Kids might feel nervous being surrounded by a large group of people, whom they might not see frequently. Practice greeting people with a smile and “hello” to build their confidence. Social skills will benefit your child for their whole life so it is important to build a solid foundation while they are young. While they are not expected to shake everyone’s hand, teaching them how to be pleasant and speak clearly is a great start! Practicing with family is a great way to boost their social confidence.

 

Step 5. Gift giving and receiving

Gifts are a huge excitement to kids, and often one of their favorite parts of holidays! When giving gifts remind them to hand it directly to the person and say something along the lines of “I hope you like it!” or “I thought of you when I saw this!”. When receiving gifts, saying “thank you” and being grateful is a must. While some gifts may seem a little silly, a relative thought it would be something that brought joy into their lives.

Here are a few “tips” from Delphi students about how to have good manners during the holidays

“Give compliments when people show up.”

“Greet people with smiles.”

“Eat with utensils if necessary.”

“Be kind to friends and family.”

“Do not fight with each other.”

“When you are at the table eat with your mouth closed.”

“Be grateful for what you have.”

“Acknowledge people because it shows respect and can make people feel important.”

“Don’t eat with your eyes.”

“Share with others because then they will feel loved.”

Approach these steps with a positive and fun learning atmosphere to prepare you and your children for the upcoming holidays. They will know what is expected of them and you will be able to sit at ease while the kiddos show off their newly learned table manners. They will know what to expect from guests making them feel more at ease and confident. And remember, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. He or she will mimic and learn from you, so keep in mind they are always looking to your actions for how to act towards others.


Fall Arts and Crafts

Crafts are great, in or out of the classroom, for getting everyone into the autumn spirit! Simply designing pumpkins out of paper or sculpting clay can be a new, fun experience for kids. They will be so excited to get hands-on with crafts that they won’t even realize that they are educating themselves! Arts introduce new science concepts, color theory and boost motor skills along with hand-eye coordination. Here are a few crafty ideas to spice up this autumn season:

 

Negative Leaf Impressions

A must! Not only will your little ones be going outside for a stroll to collect the best leaves, but they will also be tuning in their fine motor skills. You’ll want to flatten out the recently picked leaves onto a cloth covered table, then mix water and liquid colors of your choice into a spray bottle. Put the leaves on top of paper and spray from above! Your paper will be left looking like a canvas. The leaf outline will be clearly visible and surrounded by bright autumn colors!

 

Fall Luminaries

Simple, safe and look great! All you need are leaves, colored paper bags and paint. Lay out your leaf design and mist the bag with the paint! Decorate the whole bag, let it dry for 20 minutes and you are left behind with a new lamp! Light up the inside with a battery operated candle and let your design glow.

 

Fall Handprint Trees

Something more traditional that always turn out amazing. Your kiddos love the experience and parents love the memory! It might get a little messy but the first step is finding some brown paint and coloring your kiddos palm and forearm to create a tree trunk. You’ll late on use cotton swabs to create red and orange leaves along the branches(or in this case fingers) and along the ground! This activity is great for boosting fine motor skills and color recognition.

 

Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year – embrace the changing colors and falling of the leaves! Arts and crafts are great activities for when the days get shorter and a fun way to let children express themselves. Not only are they building up their motor skills but they’re creating memories for both of you to remember for a lifetime.




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