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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.


Boston Activities for the Fall

Soak in the gorgeous October weather, enjoy gold and crimson fall colors, and join the seasonal celebrations and festivals happening in Boston this month! There are parades, football games and loads of Halloween events. All give you great excuses to get outside and enjoy the last of the sunny weather!

Discover Boston

Each year Boston has its annual Columbus Day Parade. On odd ending years, like 2017, it goes around the North-end of Boston and on even years you’ll catch it in East Boston. It’s 2 hours long and celebrates the city’s Italian heritage, the armed forces and their contributions to American freedom, and the voyages and explorations made by Christopher Columbus. It’s a great time to chat with friends while you watch the floats and performers slide by.

Watch the Head of Charles Regatta and you will see over 8,000 local and elite rowers in racing boats! They arrive in late October and create quite a spectacle! Crowds form along the river bank and look down from the bridge, giving you a perfect excuse to be outdoors and enjoying the golden fall colors.

If you are a Boston sports fan, October offers many exciting events! The Bruins, Celtics, and Patriots games are all in full swing. With TD Garden and Fenway Park right in the middle of the city, getting to a game couldn’t be easier. Gillette Stadium requires a little more time to reach, you can easily get there and back on the special “Patriot Train”departing from North Station, just budget more time into your schedule to ensure you aren’t late!

Boston is a large, inclusive city that has activities everyone will enjoy. Whether you want to stroll and soak in the beauty of Autumn, or cheer for your favorite team, Discover Boston has ideas for everyone!


PBS, School Inc., and Why “Study Tech” is Effective

School student generations steps, from preschooler to university concept, standing in classrom, in front of the board

In the new documentary, School, Inc., PBS dares to throw light on the fact that, even though the world has changed, innovated and evolved, the school system has not changed in over 200 years. It is failing our children, stifling creativity and contributing to the hidden illiteracy epidemic. Delphi Academy has been fighting the illiteracy epidemic in Boston since 1979, and we do that through the use of a Mastery-based curriculum and an innovative set of study tools called Study Technology.

 

The theory behind Study Technology (aka, Study Tech) is that there are three barriers that prevent students from learning and fulfilling their understanding. The barriers include; absence of mass, too steep a gradient and the misunderstood word. Study Tech, influenced by American writer and educator, L. Ron Hubbard, follows the thought that each barrier produces a physiological response within students – causing them to lose interest or become frustrated or give up studies. It is the reason behind illiteracy. Study Tech has become increasingly popular as the typical school education systems continues to decline.

 

Absence of Mass

The absence of mass creates a disconnect between students’ imaginations and the real physical object they are studying. Educating someone on something they can’t see or touch can be extremely difficult. Students who encounter this are often prone to headaches, their eyes will feel strained and overall they will not feel well. Many chalk this up to be from exhaustion, bad lighting or studying too late. But it comes from a lack of having the real thing (or a picture of the thing), which is why Study Tech utilizes clay, sketches or manipulatives to allow students to mold their ideas.

 

Too Steep a Gradient

When a student is given more complex work than they have previously been able to achieve means that they are moving forward with confusions – a too steep of a gradient. Gradients are steps. For example, you wouldn’t learn algebra before mastering multiplication. Study tech avoids this problem by ensuring that students fully master the basics and each step of a subject before moving on to the next level of work.

 

Misunderstood Word

The most important of the three: A misunderstood definition, not-comprehended definition or an undefined word can thoroughly block one’s understanding of a subject and can even cause one to abandon the subject entirely. Skipping over words that one doesn’t understand creates blanks in the overall understanding or aptitude of a subject. With Study Tech students are continuously encouraged to go back to words they skipped over and ensure they grasp a full understanding of its definition before moving forward.

 

Study Tech is being used in more than 760 groups and schools around the world and has become more popular as people stray away from the outdated school system. It allows student to be competitive in their knowledge once they enter the workforce and allows students to work at their own pace to ensure that they don’t move forward with any subject before they gain complete mastery.


Warning Signs your Child is Struggling in School

Education Back to School Shopping. Blackboard. School supplies

All parents want their child to grow to be a smart, successful intellectual. Usually, the first step on this path is being successful in school. Although there are many different types of school that provide different learning styles, the signs that your child might be struggling is the same in all settings.

 

No longer discusses school

Kids often moan and groan about having to go to school but they still find enjoyment in seeing their friends, participating in school activities, and are eager to learn. When this changes and your child no longer wants to even talk about his school day or can’t reiterate anything they’ve learned. The answer “I don’t know,” to your question about what they learned is all too common. This might be a sign that your child is struggling in school and starting to fall behind.

American writer and educator L. Ron Hubbard recognized the struggles students have and identified basic barriers that prevent a student from understanding. The basic fact is that students fail to learn because no one ever taught them how to learn—that is, how to identify the barriers to learning and how to overcome those barriers. To overcome these barriers and ensure a student could truly put his or her education to use, he developed a precise and simple set of tools he called Study Technology. With them, a student learns to recognize the signs of study difficulty and, most importantly, what to do about them. The basic concepts of Study Technology have been incorporated throughout the Delphi curriculum.

 

Concern from teachers

Dismissing what teachers say about your child is very common. Education takes teamwork. When students, faculty and parents together decide on common goals and line up as a team, almost anything can be accomplished. Teachers spend a large part of the day with your child and can often provide different insight. At Delphi Academy, we invest in parents as team players by providing good coordination and making available important information about a student’s program, goals and progress. We expect to share strategies and insights on tackling difficult areas of academic progress or personal growth. And we always work to strengthen a student’s relationship with his or her parents.

 

Spending excessive amount of time on school work

People have different strengths and weaknesses, for example, math might click quicker for you than it does for your cousin. That does not mean that you aren’t capable of learning and understanding the material, same goes for your child. If your child is spending hours longer on a subject trying to master it than their classmates, it’s a sign that they might need a little bit more help on the subject.

 

These are three basic signs that your child might need more direction or more one-on-one time in school. At Delphi Academy of Boston, we do our best to work with each child individually and guide them to be successful with their classwork. If you feel your child is still struggling on any subject just let us know and we will ensure that they master all aspects of the subject before any new work is put in front of them.


The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Kindergarteners

Every parent wants to ensure that their child has a positive experience when they start kindergarten. Sometimes it’s even harder for a parent to adjust to this new stage in life for their children.  Here are seven simple, but important strategies to help you and your child prepare for kindergarten.

 

  1. A Healthy Kid is a Happy and Alert Kid. Diet, rest and exercise benefit everyone. Sometimes in summer we can veer off our regular good habits. A few weeks before school starts, get everyone back into good eating habits. Be sure to include brain foods like like salmon, tuna and sardines–all high in omega 3. Folic Acid is another great one that can be found in oats, lentils, almonds, walnuts and peanut butter. Dark leafy greens, like spinach and kale, are known super foods, and red meat (in moderation) is a great way to get iron into your diet.

 

Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep. This is also a great thing to ease back into a week or two before school if the schedule has been a bit lax in the summer. Also, before the start of kindergarten, make sure your child has had a recent physical exam.

 

  1. Develop A Schedule. Piggybacking on the above point, choose regular times for your child to eat, play and sleep each day. Routines will help your child know what to expect and what’s expected from him or her.

 

  1. The ABC’s and I, 2, 3’s. Encourage your child to practice the basics. Work with your child to help him or her recognize letters, numbers, colors and shapes. Have them practice writing their numbers 1-10 as well as their first and last name too.

 

  1. Make Reading a Daily Family Activity. Daily reading introduces your child to printed text, but it does so much more than that. When you read to your child, talk about the book. Discuss the characters, the setting, what the characters might be feeling, and what they might do next. This dialogue with your child is not only fun but will engage them in the story further. It also encourages critical thinking, problem solving, and is a natural way to develop communication skills as you examine feelings and explore the motives of the characters.

 

  1. Expose your child to learning experiences. Take time to read, rhyme, sing, and play with your child on a daily basis. Look for opportunities to broaden your child’s horizons, such as the zoo or local library events. Take your child to the museum or enroll him or her in community art or science programs, and take advantage of local summer camps that include hands-on learning activities. Opportunities for learning, exploring, and discovery are everywhere, even in your own backyard. Talk about the varieties of native birds that visit the bird feeder, or observe the way bees work a flowerbed.  When you are at the grocery store, ask questions like, “where do you think these apples come from?” and “who do you think makes these labels?”

 

  1. Encourage Socialization. There is a lot that you can do to assist your child’s social development. Talk to your child often. Encourage him to interact with others by signing him or her up for group activities like a dance class, or t-ball. Organize play-dates like meeting friends at the local library for story hour and going to play at the park afterwards. Encourage your child to share, express his or her feelings, practice taking turns, and follow simple directions.

 

  1. Talk About Kindergarten. Explain to your child what their days at kindergarten might be like, what their routine might be. Tell your child what you remember from kindergarten that might ease anxieties and build enthusiasm for entering school. Before school begins, take him or her to the school and, if possible, check out the classroom. Get your child involved in shopping for school supplies, and help organize their backpack and papers, so that your child is prepared and feels in control of their schoolwork, and ready for success in kindergarten!

 

Want to set your child up for a successful year in kindergarten? Delphi Academy of Boston offers Kindergarten through 8th grade programs. We’re still accepting applications for our Fall 2017-2018 program now.

 

For more information about program, please Contact our Admissions Director, Mary Parker, at 617-333-9610 or e-mail – info@delphiboston.org She will be happy to answer your questions and send you a copy of our catalog.


Keep Cool This Summer

When the sun comes out, the nearest watering holes become the place to be. In the Boston area, we are fortunate to have a few options to keep cool this summer! From wading pools to spray decks, MassParks shares the following information on places to cool down when it starts to get hot

  • In Brighton, visit the Artesani Playground Wading Pool and Spray Deck at 1255 Soldiers Field Rd., Brighton, MA 02135. They are open daily May 28th through September 5th from 9:30am – 7:00pm.
  • Also in Brighton, the Reilly Memorial Swimming Pool at 355 Chestnut Hill Ave., Brighton, MA 02135 (at Cleveland Circle) is open daily from 11am to 7pm, June 25th through August 21st. For more information, they can be reached at (617) 277-7822.
  • In Dorchester, visitors can stop by the unguarded Neponset Landing II Spray Deck at the corner of Hill Top St. and Granite Street. They are open daily May 28th through September 5th from 9:30am to 7:00pm.
  • In Hyde Park, there are three places to visit:
    • John T. Moynihan Spray Deck, which is unguarded. They are located at 920 Truman Parkway and are open daily May 28th through September 5th from 9:30am to 7:00pm.
    • Olsen Swimming Pool, located at 95 Turtle Pond Parkway. They are open daily June 25th through August 28th from 11:00am to 7:00pm.
    • Olsen Spray Deck, also unguarded and located at 95 Turtle Pond Parkway Hyde Park, MA 02136. They are also open May 28th through September 5th, and open daily from 9:30am to 7:00pm
  • In Jamaica Plain, stop by the unguarded Johnson Playground Spray Deck at the corner of Lamartine and Green Streets in the Southwest Corridor Park. They are open daily May 28th through September 5th from 9:30am to 7:00pm.
  • Also in Jamaica Plain is the unguarded Stony Brook Spray Deck at the corner of Lamartine and Boylston in the Southwest Corridor Park. They are also open daily May 28th through September 5th from 9:30am to 7:00pm.
  • In Mattapan is the Ryan Wading Pool at 350 River Street along the Neponset River Reservation. They are open daily June 18th through September 5th from 9:30am to 7:00pm.
  • In Roxbury is the Melnea A. Cass Memorial Swimming Pool at 120 Martin Luther King Boulevard on Washington Street. They are open daily June 25th through August 28 from 11:00am to 7:00pm.
  • Also in Roxbury is the unguarded Mission Hill Spray Deck, which can be found behind the Boston Police Headquarters at 1 Schroeder Plaza. They are open May 28th through September 5th and open daily from 9:30am to 7:00pm.
  • In West End is the Alfond Spray Deck at 280 Charles St., in the Charles River Esplanade near the corner of Monsignor O’Brien Highway and Storrow Drive. They are open May 28th through September 5th and open daily from 9:30am to 7:00pm.

 

We know kids love to swim! Summer Camp at Delphi Boston features a lot of time at the pool to keep kids active and smiling. In 2017, our 4- to 7-week Summer Camp will run from June 26th to August 11th. We may still have a few spots left, so be sure to check in with our admissions office soon! You can find more information on our Summer Camp admissions process here or email our office directly at info@delphiboston.org.


3 Fun, DIY Things to Make For Dad this Father’s Day

3 fun DIY things make dad Father's Day

Getting to know Dad

We just celebrated Mother’s Day, and now it’s time to celebrate dads on Father’s Day! We scrounged the Internet and found some fun, easy DIY crafts to make dad’s day the best ever. Before you and the kids get started, though, be sure to sit down and ask dad about his favorites with this questionnaire we put together: Getting to Know Dad

 

After you’ve figured out his favorites, can put together some Father’s Day gifts that are made just for him! Here are a few ideas:

 

  1. A personalized picture frame. What’s great about this gift is that it can house any picture you’d like! What’s even better is that you can adorn a plain frame from a second-hand store or a craft store to your liking. Using your trusty glue gun, you can use rocks, twigs, puzzle pieces, buttons, etc. Take some of your new-found knowledge from the questionnaire to decorate your frame with some of dad’s favorite things. You can really use your imagination, paint, found objects, and more to create a one-of-a-kind frame for dad. Then, get a print of your favorite picture to place inside and get ready for a smile.
  2. A customized mug. For the coffee and tea lovers, you can decorate a mug!  Children can use paint, Mod Podge, or Sharpie to decorate, or even mold clay to create a custom mug just for dad. For the coffee drinkers, you can dip a few spoons or peppermint sticks in chocolate to give dad a tasty coffee stirrer. While the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle with chocolate chunks, caramel bits, sugar, or cinnamon for extra goodness.
  3. An adventure kit. For whatever dad likes to do best, put together a kit for the best outing ever. For dads who like to just hang out and watch movies, put together a movie basket/box that has all of his favorite drinks and snacks (all of which you should now know, thanks to the questionnaire!). For dads who like to get outside and hike, put together a bag full of snacks, drinks, and sunscreen. Use your imagination!

 

To accompany the hand-made gift, consider some breakfast in bed! Moms usually get breakfast in bed, but we’re sure dads would like it too! Before dad gets up, make his favorite breakfast and bring it to him in bed.

 

Dads play a special role in our lives, so we hope this Father’s Day, every dad feels loved and appreciated. How are you celebrating dad this Father’s Day? Share on our Facebook!


Summer Reading List 2017

Summer reading list for kids Delphi Boston

It’s tough to plan for the next school year right after the previous one ends. The summer tempts us to let our kids relax, get off schedule and play to their heart’s content, but having such a long break without, bare minimum, a summer reading list can make the transition back to school all the harder for your kids. Not to say they can’t relax, but just be sure they engage in mentally stimulating activities during the season. Otherwise, all the progress they made throughout the previous school year may get lost in the summer languish.

One of the best ways to keep your kids sharp and ready for the school year ahead is to make sure they’re reading at least weekly. That’s why at Delphi Academy, our students have a required reading list to complete before they return to school. The following is a comprehensive list of our summer reading program by grade.

Preschool, Prekindergarten and Kindergarten

For our preschoolers, pre-kindergarteners and kindergarteners, we require that they finish the following eight books: (1) And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano, (2) Waiting by Kevin Henkes, (3) The Lion and the Mouse by Aesop, (4) Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems by Paul B. Janeczko and Melissa Sweet, (5) A Grand Old Tree by Mary Newell DePalma, (6) Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr., (7) Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney and (8) The Mitten by Jan Brett.

First and Second Grades

For our first and second graders, we require that they finish the following six books: (1) Quest by Aaron Becker, (2) Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by K. A. Applegate, (3) Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman, (4)  Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, (5) Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Lee Stone and (6) Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows.

Third and Fourth Grades

For our third and fourth graders, we require that they finish the following two books: (1) Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo and (2) The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.

Fifth Grade

For our third and fourth graders, we require that they finish the following two books: (1) The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern and (2) The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt.

Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grades

For our sixth, seventh and eighth graders, we require that they finish the following two books: (1) The Crossover by Kwame Alexander and (2) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

Ninth and Tenth Grades

For our ninth and tenth graders, we require that they finish The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger.

Eleventh and Twelfth Grades

For our eleventh and twelfth graders, we require that they finish The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Keeping your kids stimulated is the best way to foster intellectual growth. Don’t think of this summer reading as all work and no play for your kids, though. Our hand-picked selection of books is equal parts entertaining and stimulating. For more information about Delphi Boston’s summer reading program, give us a call at 617-333-9610!


3 Reasons to Send Your Kids to Summer Camp

Camp counselor and camper swimming at Delphi Summer Camp

Among many other things, May is National Bike Month, National Asian-American Heritage Month, and National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. It also means summer will be here before you know it! What do you have planned for the kids? If you heard crickets, that’s not a good sign! Have you thought about summer camp? On the fence? Here are some of the main reasons summer camp is beneficial for your kids:

  1. It gets them outdoors. Summer is a time for fun in the sun! It’s a time to turn off the technology and get active in the pool, on the playground, and around town. Summer camp provides the opportunity for outings and field trips.
  2. It fosters learning. At Delphi Academy, students learn more of life’s necessary skills. To ensure that education is continued over the summer months, summer camp is a great way for students to avoid the loss of knowledge that often occurs over summer break.
  3. It provides them (and you!) some time to relax. We know you love your children, and they love you. But sometimes you need a break from each other (and that’s okay!). When school is out, boredom can take root. At camp, there is time to play and have fun, giving parents some time at home to relax.

All throughout the year, students at Delphi Academy learn to problem solve. They work with their hands, learn at their own pace, and make friends. Summer camp is just a continuation of those lessons, and a great way for kids to grow into even more capable adults.

Have you thought about the summer camp here at Delphi Academy of Boston? Here’s what a parent said about their children’s summer camp experience with us:

“This year has been our second summer with Delphi Academy Summer Camp, and it won’t be our last. We enrolled our oldest son last year and absolutely loved it, and couldn’t wait for our second son to be a part of the program this summer. The teachers are loving and caring. The kids are challenged academically: the Delphi Academy’s reading program is one of the best we have seen; and the students learn so much about the world and their surroundings in a classroom environment that is safe and fun. In essence, they are taught how to love to learn. Our sons would come home each day excited to share with us what they had learned that day, such as the planets in the solar system or the animals of the sea. We highly recommend the program to all parents who want their kids to enjoy the summer while retaining the school year’s learning in an environment that is loving, caring and absolutely fun!” – Delphi Boston’s GreatSchools page

Summer camp activities and projects are a wonderful way for your kids to continue learning throughout the summer, socialize with other children, enjoy the outdoors, and have fun!  If you’re interested in Delphi Academy’s summer camp program, give us a call or send us an email.


The Many Benefits of Gardening with Your Children

benefits of gardening with your children

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!




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