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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.


How Weather Affects Us

Living in the Northeastern part of the country exposes us to many different types of weather. Over the past two months we experienced multiple snow storms but we also graced with warm sunny days in between. The weather affects our daily activities, but does it also affect how we learn or feel?

As the year progresses, we see four distinct seasons – summer, fall, winter and spring. Everybody has a favorite and they all bring a variety of weather. During the summer people tend to be more active since weather permits this, but the increase in Vitamin D that our bodies receive also make us more energetic. The sun rises earlier which cause our bodies and mind to naturally wake up earlier in the day.

During the winter people tend to slow down. The weather is chilly, it is often rainy and rather dark outside during the day. This naturally causes drowsiness, this is seen in animals as well. For example, bears hibernate during the winter since their food supplies are scarce and their environments often experience harsh winters.

The human species started out as harvesters a long, long time ago. A majority of the subconscious behavior we demonstrate today, like being tired during the winter and energetic during the summer, stems from our ancestors. Research completed by the University of Belgium shows that our brain activity matches what it would have been back then. During the winter, when would food would be more scarce our brains would show slower activity. This conserved energy for other functions – like building fires and preparing meals. During the spring brain activity would spike. It is time to freshen gardens and begin preparing crops and supplies for the next winter. The same thing would occur in the fall as well – it was the last harvest.

Thanks to our ancestors our productivity levels fluctuate during the year. Most people tend to thrive during the warm summer months. Thank the sun for energy!


38th Annual Bike-A-Thon

Delphi Academy of Boston is looking for sponsors for the 38th annual Bike-A-Thon. This is a fun opportunity for students to ride their bikes and fulfil an opportunity to give back to their school. Get your old bike out, oil up the chain and come out to support our students.

Our students would be delighted to have you sponsor their ride at Delphi Academy’s 38th annual bike-a-thon on May 12, 2018. Our goal is to raise $25,000 to make improvements that will benefit the students you sponsor. In the past your donations helped us to put in two playgrounds, build a sport court, upgrade our science lab and last year we added a computer/foreign language lab. 100% of your donation will support the students you sponsor.

Not only will your sponsorship help improve our school, it will also be a fun experience for the children. Being sponsored engages and encourages the students to push themselves to perform their best and feel like they are giving back to their school community.

 


5 Reasons Why STEM is Important in Elementary School

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – STEM is in every aspect of our lives and it is important to grasp a firm understanding of each topic at a young age. Science and mathematics are seen and used throughout our entire lives and technology is forever evolving. Engineering is used to build homes and bridges, even used in creating eco-friendly changes around our homes.

STEM classes at a young age are fun, hands-on and tailored to each students grade level. The topics are relevant and are designed to teach students how to solve and deal with real world situations that will arise in their lifetime. Delivering relevant and interesting topics at school help ensure that kids will stick with a STEM program throughout the remainder of their education. A ‘focus on fun’ approach is the best way to deliver all academics in the younger years, and STEM is no exception. Young students are naturally curious about the world and love to learn through classroom activities and in the outdoors. Activities such as experiments, building or collecting and discovering the outdoors are great ways to introduce these topics to young students.

Students who enroll in STEM courses tend to be more flexible, creative and can take advantage of ever changing technology. These courses also prepare students for the workforce, future jobs are expected to be more technology based. STEM jobs are growing each year by nearly 17%. STEM jobs have been male dominated in the past, but women are quickly filtering into the field.

We encourage all of our students to participate in STEM courses, not only does this help them later on down the road but it also makes learning more enjoyable.


How To Choose The Best Summer Camp For Your Child

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For years, summer has be thought of as a time of the year where there’s no school and no worries – if you are a student at least. While kids may be excited that they get nearly three months off of school, it can be detrimental to their education the following school year. They hit what we call “the summer slump.” All of Delphi Academy of Boston’s summer camps incorporate academics to ensure that kids stay on top of their school and may even get ahead.

For kids, the ideal summer is full of swimming and endless adventures, but this tends to come along with more time spend it front of the T.V. Watching T.V. uses virtually no brain power. When you add minimal reading and no critical thinking, making it no surprise that numerous researchers have found that summer loss equaled about one month of classroom learning, and students tended to regress the most in math. Reading skills can quickly fall away – some studies stated the by the time students reached the 6th grade that the summer slump could of cost them to fall 2 grades behind.

During summer there tends to be no natural schedule that incorporates academics in your child’s routine. There are some easy ways to resolve this. Simply having discussions with your child exposes them to a more advanced vocabulary and answering all the “why” questions gets them thinking critically.

Delphi Boston includes academics in their summer camps to make sure students don’t fall into the dangerous summer slump. Losing a month worth of school knowledge can be detrimental the following fall. Summer at Delphi is one of the only academic summer camps to give students instruction in and personal reference books about the subject of how to study. This is a huge benefit for students when they engage math, science and even grammar. It allows them to process and fully comprehend what they are reading, not just memorizing the content.

We do our best to ensure that kids stay ahead. Incorporating academics into fun summer activities get students excited to engage and learn. Remember, use it or lose it.


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?




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