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The Many Benefits of Gardening with Your Children

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Delphi Boston uses a hands-on approach to teaching. Both at home and in school, learning can be fun and interactive! Looking for a way to teach your kids about science and the importance of caring for living things? Gardening will do just the trick!

 

To celebrate April being National Garden Month, here are the top research-proven reasons why gardening is great for your kids:

  1. It teaches children (and adults) about ecology, nutrition, and the interconnectedness of life on our planet, all the while demonstrating that good things come from hard work, patience, and persistence. Gardening provides a wonderful opportunity for learning and can increase the desire to learn.
  2. Gardening is a team effort, so children learn to work better with others toward a common goal. This can help with socialization, communication, and planning.
  3. It offers a chance to bond with our children. Doing activities together deepens the relationship between parent and child by creating  positive memories. Introducing our children to gardening early on can also instill an appreciation for nature and concern for our planet’s well-being.
  4. Gardening gets the kids outdoors. Technology consumes our daily lives, and it can be a challenge to get everyone outside. With a garden they plan, plant, and tend, a sense of ownership and pride can go a long way to encourage children to get active and away from the glowing screens that surround us.
  5. Children who garden are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables. Especially if grown themselves, eating food they cared for and cultivated is just more fun.

 

All these things contribute to happier humans, which is something money can’t buy. Community gardens, school gardens, or your own home garden are all great ways to introduce your tiny humans to the wonderful world of horticulture and will create a lifelong desire for environmental stewardship.

 

For more information on National Garden Month, visit the National Gardening Association’s website. Want to read the research on gardening and the positive impact it has on children for yourself? Check out the  Children and Nature Network’s Benefits of Gardening fact sheet here.

 

For more information about Delphi Boston’s curriculum, take a look at what it entails to give your child the best in education. Questions? Get in touch!


April Is National Volunteer Month

April is National Volunteer Month!

Here in the States, April is dedicated to honoring those in our community who volunteer by encouraging everyone else to do the same! Celebrate the month by working with one of the many organizations in desperate need of support.Many organizations are happy to have both you and your children volunteer, so look into opportunities to bring the kids with you! Here are a few things you can do this week in your town:

  1. Spend quality time with seniors in your community. Many of our elderly live in assisted living homes or independent communities, and they may not get many visitors. Stop by or call a home near you to see if they could use some music, games, or art workshops you and your kids could facilitate to bring joy into the lives of our seniors.
  2. Help seniors in your community with some yard work. For those seniors who don’t live in an assisted living home, yard work may be difficult. Connect with the community manager to see if you can help pull weeds or plant flowers. For older kids, mowing the lawn or pruning bushes are some other ways to help.  
  3. Become a hospice volunteer to help brighten someone’s day. For terminally ill patients, life can be gloomy. Many are living in homes or hospitals, and during this difficult time, your company can lift their spirits. Research hospice providers in your area to see if they need volunteers.
  4. Find a local food bank and help to sort, package, or deliver food. Hunger affects millions of Americans. With so many facing food insecurity, food banks and pantries can use your help! Many have websites where you can sign up to volunteer with many different shift options. Help put together food boxes, sort through food donations, or even deliver food.
  5. Deliver hot meals to homebound seniors. For our seniors who can no longer make their own meals or leave their homes, proper nutrition is hard to maintain. Volunteer just once (or weekly) to bring meals and companionship to seniors. Deliver “Meals on Wheels” in the Milton area with South Shore Elder Services.
  6. Organize a fundraiser! For example, you could hold a Swim for Multiple Sclerosis fundraiser to help MS patients and their families! Find more information and to register your swim event online at SwimForMS.org.

There are so many ways to lend a helping hand. With activities like these, we can teach our children to be more selfless and appreciative by helping them understand the importance of helping others. Volunteering early on will be something your children remember for the rest of their lives. It will make them more active, contributing members of society. Looking for other opportunities? Visit Volunteer Match for organizations looking for help in the Milton area.

A successful life requires integrity and knowing the difference between right and wrong. We have to teach our children these crucial lessons.  That’s why at Delphi Boston, our courses, activities, and projects are designed to strengthen honesty, accountability, and character. This is what we call “developing a backbone,” which is central to the success of The Delphi Program. Questions? Give us a call, or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!


Plan Your Spring Break Outings!

Spring Break is coming up soon! Here are a few free and educational things to do with your children in the Milton and Boston areas during the break:

Visit the Blue Hills State Reservation in Milton.

From the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website, the “Blue Hills Reservation stretches over 7,000 acres from Quincy to Dedham, Milton to Randolph, providing a green oasis in an urban environment. Rising above the horizon, Great Blue Hill reaches a height of 635 feet, the highest of the 22 hills in the Blue Hills chain. From the rocky summit visitors can see over the entire metropolitan area. With its scenic views, varied terrain and 125 miles of trails, the Blue Hills Reservation offers year-round enjoyment for the outdoor enthusiast.” For further information, trail maps, and more, visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website.

Stroll down the Public Art Walks route.

What a great way to stay active and learn about art and culture!

“Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Art Commission welcome you to the City of Boston’s first edition of Public Art Walks, featuring both historic and contemporary art installations throughout the neighborhoods of Boston. This walk includes Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the Financial District, and the North End. In the future, we hope to create walks featuring the rest of the City. For now, you can explore artworks in every neighborhood using our

interactive map. Enjoy your walk!” Download the full version or the printable version of the map and guide for easy reference.

Visit the Museum of Fine Arts.

To continue learning about art and culture, try some indoor options. Many of the area’s museums offer free admission on certain days for all visitors, and many offer free admission for children every day. Daily admission for children is free after 3pm at the Museum of Fine Arts, and on Wednesdays after 4pm, admission is free (though a donation is suggested) for all visitors. For more information, visit the MFA website.

Visit the USS Constitution Museum & the USS Constitution.

“The USS Constitution Museum serves as the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution, by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the stories of “Old Ironsides” and the people associated with her. We seek to create a positive, memorable experience for both children and adults by inspiring within them a love for the freedom that Constitution symbolizes.” Walk through the museum and during open hours, take a tour of the USS Constitution! “Located inside Boston National Historical Park as part of the Charlestown Navy Yard in Charlestown, Massachusetts and part of Boston’s Freedom Trail, USS CONSTITUTION is open for public visitation, free of charge, throughout the year.” (USS Constitution.)

Admission for the museum is also free, though a donation to the museum is greatly appreciated. For more information on admission and hours, visit the USS Constitution’s website to plan your visit.

Explore Nature with the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

“Go on a Winter Wellness Walk with an Arboretum docent and stay healthy and connected to the Arboretum at a time when the landscape is pared down to its beautiful bones. All of our theme tours are free, but registration is requested, and numbers are limited.

Looking for ways to explore the winter landscape? Print out the self-guided ornamental bark tour and explore the amazing diversity of bark. Or, download our Tree of the Month and hunt for the five species of witch-hazel (Hamamelis) that are in the Arboretum landscape.” What a great way to get closer to nature! For more information on what the Arnold Arboretum has to offer, visit their website to plan your visit.

We want to give our children the best chance at success, both academically and socially. A great way to do that is to explore activities like those above to help them learn about culture, science, and history. In addition to that, a robust curriculum is a must! Learn more about Delphi Boston’s curriculum here to give your child the best in education. Questions about what we do? Get in touch!


Spring is coming! Try out these fun, educational activities with the kids.

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Keeping the kids entertained while learning can be a struggle, but we know it can be done! To keep the kiddos active and engaged, here are a few educational projects to try at home. With the somewhat better weather of Spring just around the corner, these activities are great for indoor or outdoor fun:

Try out this Backyard Spelling Game:

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Photograph by Joe Polillio

 

Spelling can be entertaining! This interactive spin on a classic game will provide a boost in basic literacy and critical thinking skills. Get outside with the kids, and get to spelling! Or, if the weather is uncooperative, clear some space in the living room.

If your kids are learning new words in class or want to learn a new set of words, incorporate them into the game and go over how to use them in a sentence. Make as many or as few letters as you want with this free “how-to” from FamilyFun and send us some pictures! You can post them to our Facebook page.

 

Make a Recycled Birdfeeder (or two):

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Photograph by Julie Bidwell

 

Isn’t it a little funny that we can identify all of the animals in a zoo, but we barely know the species we have right here at home? What better way to get to know some of them than with a little birdwatching! Some of the best birdwatching can be done right in your own backyards.

Many colorful birds are busy foraging around the neighborhood each and every day, and at times, food can be scarce. You and the kids can learn about our feathered friends (and possibly help them find an extra snack) by hanging a homemade feeder on a window for a front row seat! This easy project, also from FamilyFun, helps to build on their skills in nature science, classification, and observation.

 

Learn Math with These Fun 3D Shapes

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Photograph by Alexandra Grablewski

 

Build on those geometry, spatial reasoning, and manual dexterity skills!

“Sometimes, the simplest projects can demonstrate the most profound ideas. Using humble materials to build a 3-D shape, kids can begin to understand how the things around them — from soccer balls to supermarkets — are made of forms mathematicians call polyhedra (Greek for ‘many faces’).”

(FamilyFun) After making these easy 3D shapes, you’ll be left with an interesting art piece. This simple activity brings learning, math, and art together!

 

Learn About Weather with this Homemade Barometer

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Photograph by Andrew Greto

 

Most days, we may look up or hear about the weather forecast, either online or during a news report. During the news, the forecaster often talks about how high- and low-pressure systems affect the daily forecast. Now, you and the kids can observe changes in air (or barometric) pressure with this homemade barometer. With this “tool”, you and the kids can make some weather predictions of your own! How cool is that?

This project helps to develop earth science and observation skills, and is just fun to watch each day! How closely can you and the kids predict the weather?

 

At Delphi Boston, we encourage learning and teach our students how to learn. For more information on our teaching philosophy, read about the Delphi Program here. Questions? Give us a call or send us an email. We’d love to hear from you!


A Parent’s Review of Delphi Academy of Boston

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The Learning Process

Here at Delphi Boston, our education program is personal. By understanding the fundamentals of the learning process itself, our students are equipped with the tools needed to see beyond challenges. They discover that any lack of success in learning can be traced back to causes they can control, and with that information, they can make informed decisions. They learn what actions need to be taken in order to resolve their difficulties and keep themselves on track. Our students and alumni are empowered and taught how to learn. This is the first part of the Delphi Program.

Relating to the Curriculum

The second part of the Delphi Program is learning how to relate to study material. The Delphi Program and teachers assist students in making connections by exploring and understanding purpose; that purpose being the reason for studying something, and what it means to the student personally. This helps students to clarify their own purpose for study and firm up their goals in life. Another large component of the Delphi Program is ethics and integrity, which orient every aspect of one’s activities and relationships. A successful life demands integrity, along with the use of logic and reason, to determine right and wrong.

What Our Parents Think

We love hearing from parents and students alike about their experience with us and how the Delphi Program has worked for them. We recently received a great online review from one of our parents:

“Delphi Academy in Milton is the best school in the area! Our son is thriving both academically and socially at Delphi. The teachers are amazing and the classroom size is quite small compared to other area schools. Their reading program is Outstanding and every child is taught how to learn. Our son is always excited about his homework and many other school activities/event such as the Geography Fair, Science Fair, Christmas Holiday Show, Parent’s Day, etc.

Delphi has an amazing reward program for students who complete their course of study and promotes friendly and exciting competition among their students, where classmates look up to one another. Children also get physical education and outdoor play time at least twice per day.

We cannot be happier with the education our son is receiving and we are confident that with the solid foundation he is building upon at Delphi he will grow up to be an wonderful young man and a valuable citizen for his community.”

Thank you so much for the review! We love reading these.

Want your child to thrive both academically and socially? As parents, we want to give our children the best chance at success. Learn more about our curriculum here and give your child an unrivaled education. Get in touch, and let’s get started.  


How to Help Your Family Reach Their Goals

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Remember those New Year resolutions? We talked about goals in our How to Help Your Child Write (And Accomplish) New Year’s Resolutions post, but we know keeping resolutions can be difficult! Here are a few steps to get you over that February slump:

  1. Sit down with the kids and revisit the goals you all set for the year.

    Haven’t done those yet? No problem! We put together a free downloadable goal worksheet. Go through the sheet together and set some goals that are realistic but still challenging. (If you set goals that are challenging, stick to them! More importantly, surround yourself with people that will help you reach your goals instead of telling you they’re “impossible”.)

    In the goal worksheet, we created a few sections to fill out:

    – In the main area, define their/your goals. Be specific here! Instead of “read more,” make a goal of “read 12 books this year.”

    – In the second box, write down why these goals are important to the goal setter. Why do you/they want to achieve these goals?

    – In the next box, write down some steps that need to be taken to achieve these goals. For example, if the goal is to read 12 books in 2017, start placing books by the bed, in the car, in the living room, etc. Put them in places you know will be frequented and start swapping out the electronics. If time is spent on the phone browsing Facebook after dinner, spend that on reading instead.


    – In the fourth box, write down the date you would like to complete your goals. For example, “Read one book a month for 12 months.” That gives you ~30 days each month to read a book. Track your progress and make a note of books you’ve read to showcase your accomplishments.

    – In the last box, think about your/their support team. Something that could be both a “how” and “who” that will help you reach your goals is to start a book club. If you all want to read different books, get together once a month with friends and share books you’ve read and keep each other accountable. Your kids could start a book club too! It will make reading more fun for everyone.


    Use multiple sheets if needed, and define one goal per sheet. Get specific, and use milestones and smaller goals to reach the ultimate goal.

  2. After goals have been set, display them somewhere everyone can see, like on the refrigerator. This is to inform everyone so that they can encourage and help one another reach their goals. Recognize and acknowledge their hard work when goals are met.

  3. Make it a family thing. If the whole family is working toward their goals, it creates a sense of comradery. This can make it easier for goals to be accomplished. Be each other’s cheerleaders!

Hopefully this worksheet is helpful to you and your family! For our students, the Delphi Program revolves around a basic concept: get students to use their education to challenge life’s problems and goals every day. We know that instilling this in them early on will help them to challenge their problems and goals for the rest of their lives. As a parent, you can get involved! When students, faculty, and parents decide together on common goals, almost anything can be accomplished.

For more information on the Delphi Program, visit our informative guide on the website here. Questions? Give us a call or send us an email! We’d love to hear from you.


Try out some of these STEM Valentine’s Day activities for kids

STEM Valentine’s Day activities for kids

It’s only January, we know, but February is just around the corner! If you’re looking for a few educational Valentine’s Day projects for the kids, look no further. With these Valentine’s Day activities, learning can be enjoyable!

These activities are great at any level and provide a hands-on experience with everything from electricity to slime. So set up your stations, gather your little scientists, and get ready for some Valentine’s Day STEM fun!

 

 

Light-Up Circuit Valentines

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These light-up circuit Valentines are so fun. They are sure to electrify any Valentine!Visit the Left Brain Craft Brain website for the full project details. There, you can also download a free print-out for the hearts. You’ll need a few supplies, which they have listed on the website, and you’ll be making connections in no time!
Valentine’s Day Slime

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Looking for something for some sensory play? Have some slime! This 5-ingredient “recipe” is easy to make and fun to play with. Visit the Best Toys 4 Toddlers website for more details.
Valentine Math Activity

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For younger kids just learning math and fine motor skills, try out this Valentine Math Activity. For older kids, try a few more complicated math problems. All you’ll need is some sprinkles (or other small candy for markers) and some cut-out hearts! Visit the Sugar Aunts website for more details.
Fizzy Heart Valentines

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You’re never too old (or young) for science! Using baking soda and vinegar, this Valentine’s Day science project is a great introduction to chemical reactions. Get ready to fizz! Visit the Frogs, Snails, and Puppy Dog Tails website for more information.

We’d love to see how you projects went! Send us a picture or a video of your Valentine’s Day fun. Post them to our Facebook and tag us on Instagram! Have a project that you love? Post those too!

At Delphi Boston, we believe that learning should be challenging and hands-on. With activities like these, children can observe and learn from their environment. Learn more about our curriculum here.


Thank You to All of Our Students, Families, and Faculty for a Wonderful 2016

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In the pajama drive image: First row (from left): Makenzie Harrison, Justin Phillips, Darius Katro-Gumbs.  Second row (from left): Caleb Marquez, Nailah Hazelwood, Morgan Phillips.  Third Row: Christian Phillips.

To wrap up an amazing year, we celebrated the holiday season this past December with our holiday show! All month long, we held our annual coat and pajama drive to collect these clothing items for people in need. The coats were collected for Anton’s Coats for Kids drive, and pajamas were collected for the Scholastic Reading Club’s “Great Bedtime Story” Pajama Drive.

Donated coats were cleaned free of charge by Anton’s Cleaners and then distributed through the Coats for Kids Distribution Partners network. Since the program began in 1995, nearly 800,000 coats have been collected and distributed.

 

Delphi Boston Students Collected Jackets for Anton's Coat Drive

Now in its 8th year, Scholastic Reading Club classrooms have collected and donated almost 500,000 pairs of pajamas to the Pajama Program through the “Great Bedtime Story” Pajama Drive over the past 7 years. We are proud to participate in these drives. Activities like these are one of the vital ways we teach students to have compassion for their fellow humans and to give back to their communities.

On December 21, our students hosted the Lower School Holiday Show. Each of the lower school classes performed for parents and again for their fellow students. The students also participated in the annual cookie exchange and raffle to raise funds for the school. Celebrating the holiday season and supporting the community is something our students enjoy greatly and this past holiday season was no different. With support from all of the students and faculty, 50 coats and 30 pairs of pajamas were collected.

In giving back, students learn first-hand about community and civic engagement, as well as seeing what a difference kids can make. Courses, activities, and projects are interwoven throughout our curriculum to strengthen honesty, accountability, and character. We refer to it as “developing backbone” and it is central to the success of The Delphi Program.Thank you for helping to make 2016 an incredible year! Here’s to another great year.


How to Help Your Child Write (and Accomplish) New Year’s Resolutions

How to Help Your Child Write (and Accomplish) New Year’s ResolutionsMany people around the U.S. and the world make New Year’s resolutions. It’s a running joke among many that these resolutions are made to be broken. However, this doesn’t have to be the case — and your child can learn a lot by setting and reaching his or her own goals.

Now is the perfect time for you and your child to write your New Year’s resolutions, plan how to accomplish them, and put that plan into motion. Here’s a “how to” guide to help you and your child achieve your 2017 goals.

Make realistic goals

Many people swear off sugar or say they will diet for an entire year— goals set up to make them fail. Instead, encourage your child to create a goal they can realistically accomplish. Try creating one piece of art a month or reading one fun book a month.

Creating attainable goals can help your child learn the value of bigger, more important life choices like proper budgeting, saving for college, and other actions that will deeply impact your child’s life.

Create a plan

This is one place where many New Year’s resolutions fail. People set a goal, but don’t plan out how to get there. Ask your child how they will accomplish their goal. Perhaps they need canvas, a library card, or a savings account to set them up for success. By planning everything out, your child will be able to see the steps they must take along the way.

Set up deadlines

After a plan is created, help your child give himself targets and deadlines by which they must accomplish specific actions. You may want to buy your child a physical calendar on which they can mark important dates for achieving their stated goals.

Ask for help in your own resolutions

Talk to your child about keeping you accountable for achieving your resolutions — and vice versa. By being accountability partners, both of you should be able to help each other reach your yearly goals.

Delphi Academy of Boston students are motivated and work hard to achieve academic goals. Find out more about us and our curriculum here.


Four Winter DIY Activities That Are Fun for the Whole Family

Four Fun Winter DIY Activities That Are Fun for the Whole FamilyIt’s almost winter! The temperatures are getting lower, your children will be out of school for winter break, and outdoor activities can be more difficult to enjoy.

Here at Delphi Academy of Boston, we understand this time of year can make children a little more antsy. Not only are they often stuck indoors, but there is sugar galore available for them to enjoy. We have a few fun solutions the entire family can enjoy right now — and all throughout the winter season.

Create DIY decorations.

There are DIY projects that children of all ages can enjoy — many of which can be tackled throughout the winter season. We know the holidays only make up a small portion of winter, and once school starts your young one will still need some fun activities to keep him or her busy indoors. Here are several sites with great craft projects you and your children can enjoy, all winter long:

If crafting isn’t your style, you can always ask your child to create an original piece of artwork. This type of decoration will last all year long.

Build a fort.

You don’t need much prep to build a fun fort in your living room. Just get couch cushions, blankets, throw pillows, and a flashlight. If you don’t want your kids disassembling the couch, help them set up a blanket fort with sheets, blankets, clothesline, string lights, and clothespins.

Let your children get creative. Once the fort is built, the whole family can get in and tell stories, eat popcorn, play games, and more!

Start an interactive family fun night.

You may not have as much time off as your children, but you can spare one or two nights a week for fun interaction (meaning not parking the kids in front of the tv). Create a book club, start solving a big puzzle together, play board games, or put together a LEGO set. Doing fun, interactive activities together will help your children create wonderful memories they will treasure for years to come.

Take advantage of the cold weather and bake.

You probably purchase a number of staples that you and your child can bake at home. You can bake bread, bagels, English muffins, pita bread, and more. You can also show your child how to make dough for tortillas. Teaching children to cook can help them get a practical understanding of science, nutrition, and more.

If you are vegan, raw, or gluten free, your child can still learn to bake or use a dehydrator to create delicious and healthy foods.

Here at Delphi Academy of Boston, we encourage our students to gain practical knowledge and use the information they learn here at school in the real world. Activities like the above keep student’s minds sharp and allow them to continue to learn – even over the holidays!




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