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The History of Halloween

Three Fun DIY Halloween Projects

October 31st has arrived and the things that only haunt us in horror films have come to life. Zombies, witches, ghosts, and vampires walk among us asking for candy at our doors.

This eerie night and well known holiday originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain where people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.

In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints; soon, Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating sweet treats.

And so, with this haunted day approaching we hope you and the kids have scary costumes ready for a night of scaring off ghosts and trick or treating! Have a spooky Halloween!


What to do in Boston during the fall:

 

Experiencing Boston during the fall is different than any other season with the changing leaves, the crisp air, and the holiday spirit that is just beginning to surface. Because of this, there are many fun things to do in Boston during the fall. Here are a few:

 

  1. Take a kid-friendly walking tour of the historical sites in Boston. The historical atmosphere steeped with the feeling of fall will invoke feelings nostalgia mingled with warmth and happiness. Grab a cup of hot cocoa with the kids and take a deeper look at the origination of Boston from.
  2. Experience the awesome foggy Shakespeare performance at the Arnold Arboretum on October 21st.
  3. Take a trip to a real-deal pumpkin patch. Once you get home you can start on the family craft of carving pumpkins into jack o’lanterns to get ready for Halloween.
  4. Visit a Boston area museum such as The Boston’s Children Museum, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner, or Harvard Arts Museum in order to check out the season’s new exhibits.

Autumn is a time to get out and explore the city in all its beauty during this season. Be sure to include these items on your To Do list this fall.


Why is a proper bedtime is important for your kids?

Getting your kids to bed early has more benefits than you may think. Research is proving that sleep can reduce your child’s risk of obesity and catching a cold as well as increase success in school.

 

Parents can generally tell when their kids aren’t getting enough sleep by their disposition in the morning and through the day, but research shows that sleep is also essential to health. Sleep is just as important as nutrition and exercise. It’s when the body heals cells and repackages neurotransmitters, chemicals which help your brain communicate with the rest of your body. Experts have recently been able to validate that sleep gives brain cells the chance to flush out disease-causing toxins as well.

 

On top of all this, while sleeping your body secretes growth hormones and so kids primarily grow while they sleep. Research into children with a lacking of growth hormone has shown that they sleep less than average. There is research that shows that an inadequacy of sleep can lead to weight problems. Children, starting at infancy, can become overweight from a lack of sleep. You produce proteins that are essential to fighting off infection, illness and stress. Too little sleep impacts the body’s ability to fight off germs.

In light of this, make sure with the school year you get your kids that Vitamin ZZZ they need in order to make this year great!


Why you should have a dance party with your kids!

We all have those days where we are just in a “mood”. It can be hard to figure out how to get out of these bad spells, especially with the kiddos, but there is a solution. It’s a magical thing called a dance party! I know what you’re thinking, how can a dance party with your kids dispel a bad mood? Here is exactly how:

 

It is actually scientifically proven that dancing increases bonding, improves fitness and reduces stress. The endorphin kick from dancing increases pa

in tolerance and boosts the sense of connectedness with those you are dancing with. Mirroring your kids’ dance moves is also guaranteed to get that heart rate up! Plus, mirroring others helps foster stronger relationships. What’s more, as we move, our muscles relax to the music, which allows us to free ourselves of the tension built up during the day.

 

Physically, dancing improves the condition of your heart and lungs and increases muscle toning, strength and motor fitness. It also helps insure you and your kids will have stronger bones, better coordination and increased agility and flexibility for the years to come.

So not only does dancing make you happier, but it can help you create a stronger relationship with your kids as well as give them a healthier life. So get your dancing on!!


Books to read with the kids

Reading is a great way to connect with your kiddos! We have a list of books we’d strongly recommend for you to read to you kid!

  • Charlotte’s Web is a classic with a very compelling storyline all about understanding, love and friendship.

 

  • The Boxcar Children is another great classic filled with adventure.

 

  • A Wrinkle in Time just came out as a movie this year, and the book is just as fantastic! A story with mystery and adventure, impossible not to love it.
  • The BFG is one of Roald Dahl’s best work. A story about compassion, unlikely friendship and adventures.
  • James and the Giant Peach is another one of Roald Dahl’s imaginative and adventurous pieces! This read will keep you hooked and entertained the whole way through.
  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is a heartwarming and compelling story filled with all sorts of adventure, friendships, love and tear-jerking moments. You feel totally connected to the characters in this story and fall in love with each of them!

 

 

 

Check out these books, guaranteed to create an impact on both you and your kids.


The Best Foods for the Brain

 

 

The food we eat directly affects the way our brain functions, and so it’s important to know what we put in our bodies. Here are eight foods you should eat more of to strengthen your brain:

 

  1. Avocados are one of the healthiest fruits you can eat. They are packed with the “good” kind of fat, keeping blood sugar levels steady and your skin glowing. Avocados help to prevent blood clots in the brain as well as improve memory and concentration.
  2. Beets are some of the most nutritious vegetables you can eat. They reduce inflammation, are high in cancer-protecting antioxidants and help to increase blood flow to the brain.
  3. Because blueberries are one of the highest antioxidant-rich foods known to man they protect our brain from degeneration and stress.
  4. Broccoli is high in Vitamin K and Vitamin C which helps to keep your memory sharp.
  5. Coconut oil works as a natural anti-inflammatory, suppressing cells responsible for inflammation. It can help with memory loss as you age and destroy bad bacteria that hangs out in your gut.
  6. Dark Chocolate can actually be good for you, especially your brain! It can lower blood pressure and increase blood flow to both the heart and the brain.
  7. Salmon is packed full of omega-3 fatty acids which help to get rid of brain fog and improve memory.
  8. Turmeric is one of the most powerful (and natural) anti-inflammatory agents. Turmeric also helps boost antioxidant levels and keep your immune system healthy, while also improving your brain’s oxygen intake, keeping you alert and able to process information.

Why do we care about this? Because brain power equals learning power!


Summer Activities in Boston

It’s always a bit of a challenge to figure out what to do with your kids during the summertime and just how to fight that terrible thing called boredom. Below are 10 activities you can do in Boston to conquer boredom this summer:

 

  1. Go to the beach, make sure to bring sunscreen and a kite! Some great beaches to visit are Lovells Island, Pleasure Bay, Savin Hill Beach and Malibu Beach.
  2. Take a walk on the wild side at Franklin Park Zoo! See lions, tigers, and elephants while enjoying the sun.
  3. Hike at Middlesex Fells Reservation or Blue Hills Reservation and enjoy some beautiful views, lakes, and waterfalls! Perfect for summer photos.
  4. Visit the Boston’s Children Museum for an educational experience or the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for the beautiful views.
  5. Enjoy a picnic in the Boston Public Library’s garden.
  6. For older kids, go to Six Flags and enjoy the crazy rides!
  7. Go for a family bike ride along the Charles River Esplanade.
  8. Check out the Year of the Dog installation in Chinatown! While you are there, take your kids to get a taste of the culture through yummy food!
  9. Check out Boston’s downtown providence farmer markets!
  10. Sign up for Summer Camp at Delphi Boston and your kids will experience some of the fun activities above and much more! http://delphiboston.org/summer/

 

UPDATE ON EVENTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

 

Fall will is starting to approach faster than we know it! At Delphi Academy of Boston, there are still spaces available for enrollment! We also have openings available for five-year-old children in September! Call now to see if we have a space available for your child!

 

We will be having our Open House on October 13th 12 to 2.  All are welcome to attend to visit the campus and learn about our program.

 

This year we had 12 graduates which were our highest ever.  Combined these graduates received about $500,000 in scholarships to high school for their four years!


A Summer Without “I’m Bored”

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Summer activities and trips that are both fun and educational for your kids are essential to creating a summer that lacks the complaint of boredom. Bike riding down sunlit neighborhood streets, laughing, stopping for a fresh sip of lemonade. Running down beaches blown by the cool breeze, kite in hand, giggles, and screams as the cold water reaches little toes. Treasure hunts through the deep forest that is the backyard; pirates in the making. Little hands getting dirty, mixing paint and sketching across the hot ground with chalk. Making connections with new friends. These all add up to lasting experiences that our kids will remember when reaching adulthood. It’s important that as parents we help to create this type of summer for our kids! But how do you even start on creating a summer like this?

Delphi Boston’s summer program will help ensure your children have that unforgettable summer you’re looking for. Filled with educational and fun activities they won’t forget. From the beach to the classroom, we know how to mix fun with learning in a way that creates the summer of your child’s dreams! http://delphiboston.org/summer/


Does Musical Talent Affect Math Skills?

This is a tricky equation – reading musical notes is about seeing and understanding patterns, much like solving mathematical equations. Science has been trying to discover the correlation between these two for quite a long time! Does music help with math, or does math help with music?

While there hasn’t been any conclusive evidence that a person’s’ musical talent directly effects an increase performance in math, there has been much evidence that points to an increase in cognitive abilities.

Nadine Gaab, the principal investigator of Cognitive Neuroscience at Boston Children’s Hospital states “If you play a musical instrument, your brain shows changes,  Auditory, because you’re using your ears a lot … and then motor because you’re doing a lot of practice with your fingers and arms”. Playing instruments requires a lot of unique movements with your hands that trains your brain to change.

Music can be expressed mathematically. Musicians understand intervals and various types of measurements but that does not necessarily mean they are automatically good at math. Those with musical training have heightened skills in an area called Executive Functioning. This involves mental processes that allows the brain to plan, focus, remember directions and successfully multitask. Musicians are excellent at switching tasks and rules quickly, but this could just be a correlation.

While the scientific data isn’t conclusive, there have been strong correlations between a person’s musical talent linking them to higher cognitive abilities that ultimately make grasping the rules of math easier.


Finish the School Year Strong!

School is the perfect place for kids to grow socially and mentally, but it can be hard to stay focused when we know summer if just around the corner. Teachers and students alike get excited about the upcoming summer break. A few months to enjoy outdoor activities and focus on spending more time with friends and family rather than school work sounds like a lot more fun. Our summer camp mixes curriculum and activities, making it a great choice for students have a great summer break but also allows them to avoid the summer slump. Studying hard during the last week of school helps retain the information you’ve learned, creating a solid foundation to build upon.

Here at Delphi Academy of Boston, we do our best to create an inclusive environment where our students enjoy coming to class and feel comfortable with their peers. While our students have a great time learning together and feel a great sense of comradery, there is always a buzz in the classroom when summer is just around the corner. We encourage our students to stay focused so that their hard work throughout the school year pays off!

Over summer break it is common for students to disengage from learning activities and lose much of the information they have absorbed throughout the school year. This is why we encourage our students to finish off the school year strong – and to get involved in summer camps to keep their brains active. At Delphi Academy of Boston, we use a learning technique that doesn’t test kids ability to memorize and repeat information on tests, but a technique that instills lifelong knowledge that our students can build upon.

Stay focused and study hard! It is more beneficial than you might think.




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