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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!


Why We Focus on Practical Application in Schooling

Why We Focus on Practical Application in SchoolingThe Delphi Academy of Boston teaching philosophy includes helping children to develop their ability to evaluate information against how that information will be useful in the real world. We focus on practical application in our schooling for several reasons. These are:

Empowerment

Students who learn rote knowledge are not empowered to use that knowledge. By enabling our students to apply information on a practical basis, we can help them discover why the things they are learning are useful.

Here’s an example of how understanding the practicality of education can empower a student: Many people remember being told they were studying math because “they don’t want to get short changed.” However, this does not cover all of math. For example, why are geometry or learning percentages necessary? By showing students real-world examples of how they can apply math to the world around them, to science and even to art, they can see its value and become excited to learn more arithmetic.

Keeping Things Exciting

Education is one of the most exciting things any individual can do in their lives. However, many students around our nation are getting “burned out” or feel as if school doesn’t matter. That’s not what happens here at Delphi Academy of Boston. We work with each and every student to challenge them and keep them thinking about how the information they have learned can help them improve their lives. This keeps their education lively, engaging, and practical. It helps avoid the student apathy experienced in many other schools.

Gaining Competency

Our mission is to give your child a strong educational foundation to reach their full potential. One of the major contributors to achieving this goal is helping your child gain competence and confidence in their education. By providing practical ways they can use this education, our students learn how they can be competent in real life, not just at school. This is how great scientists like Marie Curie and Albert Einstein came to be — not through schoolwork but practical knowhow.

Find out more about our approach to education. Come to our upcoming open house on December 4th from 12-2 PM.


How to Improve Your Child’s Manners Before the Holidays

How to Improve Your Child’s Manners Before the HolidaysThe holiday season is nearing and your family and friends have more opportunities than usual to enjoy your child’s company. This beautiful season is not only an excellent time for your child to connect with family, but it’s a valuable teaching moment you can use.

Preparing your child for holiday meals can teach them an important lesson in being “grown up.” Here’s a quick “how to” in helping your child brush up on his or her manners before your family’s Thanksgiving meal:

Establish Ground Rules

Children often need to be gently reminded of your dinner table rules. This can be anything from “no eating food with your hands” to learning how to “pass” something without overreaching. Your younger children may need to be reminded that a plate is not a musical instrument or that chewing with his or her mouth open is unacceptable. Establishing these rules in advance will help make the meal that much smoother.

Practice Before the Big Day

Make a concerted effort to practice specific or new manners with your child before the holiday gathering. Try serving dinner a few nights in the same way and with the same cutlery, your family will use. You can even go all out and make a three-course meal and show your child how easy and fun it is to try new, more complicated dishes.

Encourage Questions

No one was born understanding which spoon is for soup and which is for ice cream. If your holiday dinners are usually more elaborate, be sure to prepare your youngster by setting the table in the holiday style and telling your children to ask questions. The sheer amount of food, activity, and place settings can overwhelm your child, so be gentle and help them out.

Practice Good Manners Yourself

Children learn by example. So, if you have dinner table rules, you and your significant other need to follow those rules yourselves.

Finally, Forgive Small Mistakes on the Big Day

Holidays are exciting with lots of activity, food, noise, and entertainment going on. If your child makes a small mistake by forgetting to put his napkin on his lap or failing to hug grandma, don’t sweat it. Your child is doing the best he or she can — just like everyone else.

Here at Delphi Academy of Boston, we treasure the many practical learning moments the holidays can bring. If you are seeking a school that follows a unique, proven learning approach, take a look at the Delphi Program. We are here to help your child learn and grow.


Three Fun DIY Halloween Projects

Three Fun DIY Halloween ProjectsHalloween is almost here! Most children have picked out their Halloween costume, started carving pumpkins and are ready for trick or treating. But this holiday isn’t only about candy and costumes. There are tons of fun crafts and projects that you and your child can connect through this spooky season. Here are three DIY Halloween projects to enjoy before or on Halloween:

Make a spooky garland

You will need:

  • Construction paper or cardstock in your favorite Halloween colors
  • A white pencil
  • Stencils of the desired object
  • Scissors
  • Waxed twine, glitter, glue and anything else desired for decorating shapes
  • Single hole punch
  • Twinkle lights

Step 1: Trace the desired shape onto your cardstock or construction paper. Suggested shapes are: cat face, pumpkin, or ghost.

Step 2: Cut out your desired number of stenciled shapes. Decorate the shapes as desired and use a hole punch to punch out the eye holes.

Step 3: String up your twinkle lights and poke bulbs through the eye holes of your creation. You now have a garland of flying ghosts, spooky pumpkins, or grinning cats!

Create ancient family photos

You will need:

  • Black and white printed portraits of family
  • Black craft glue and regular glue
  • Glue brush or sponge
  • Cardstock
  • Frames
  • Red LED Lights
  • Paper fangs, watercolors or anything else you’d like to use to decorate the portrait
  • Scissors
  • An Xacto knife

Step 1: Cut your printed portraits to fit your frame.

Step 2: Brush watered down black craft glue over the paper portraits and let it dry. This will create an aging effect. While your portrait is drying, cut out a piece of cardstock that is the same size as your portrait. When the portrait is dry, glue the cardstock to it.

Step 3: Depending on how spooky you want to make the portrait, you can simply place it in the frame as-is. Just take out the frame glass first. However, to add a haunted feel, cut out eye holes on all of the portraits and insert the LED lights. You can also glue on fangs or create a splash of unexpected red on your portraits.

Plug in the lights if you are using them and secure the frame’s backing with tape. You now have a spooky display!

Make mini displays with candles in a cup

(Note: this is a great project for children too young to handle knives or scissors)

You will need:

  • Multi colored plastic cups
  • LED Tea Lights
  • Black marker

Step 1: Draw fun and spooky faces or designs on the cups with the black marker. You may want to use a stencil – or go wild and freehand the drawings.

Step 2: Turn on the LED tea lights and place the cups over them! The cups will glow from within and you will have a spooky display!

Here at Delphi Academy of Boston, we focus on using information students learn in practical ways. That is why we think it’s great when children and parents participate in DIY crafts like those listed here. If you have other crafts you and your child are creating this year, be sure to direct message us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and share your crafting with us!


What The New Study on Sugar Means for Healthy Student Meals

What The New Study on Sugar Means for Healthy Student MealsWe all know that sugar is bad for our health. This is one of those “common knowledge” facts that leads to smaller desserts and limiting our children’s Halloween candy consumption. However, a new study came out that links sugar consumption to heart disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease causes 1 in 4 deaths in America. This study is enormously important for your family’s health. It, coupled with the new food labeling system that will show which foods have added sugars, should make it easier for you to keep your child healthy. Here are three additional ways you can use this new information to keep your and your youngster’s heart healthy:

  1. Make your own foods. Fast food and premade meals are a lot easier for a busy parent to deal with, but they often have added sugars. Try pre-making and freezing or refrigerating common staples like pasta sauce, soup, cut fruit and veggies, chili, and cooked meats. You can also pre-make whole meals and freeze them, so you and your family can eat healthy food all week long.
  1. Ask your child to help you pack his or her snacks. Not only is this a great opportunity to guide your child into healthy eating habits, and it will also give you an idea of what he or she actually likes to eat – so your youngster doesn’t trade away healthy snacks for something unhealthy at school. Simple and healthy snacks to stock up on may include: cheese and crackers, fruit slices, veggie sticks, celery and peanut butter, cottage cheese with fruit, pita and hummus, homemade trail mix, and olives.
  1. Replace refined sugar called for in recipes with sugar alternatives. There are many sweet and sugary replacements for refined white sugar. Experiment with date sugar, honey, maple syrup, agave, stevia, molasses, and more to see if they will work as a white sugar replacement in your favorite recipes.

We hope these ideas help you and your family stay healthy and sugar-free this fall!

If you would like more information about Delphi Academy of Boston, our stance on our student’s health and our policies, contact us today!


How to Boost Your Child’s Natural Creativity

Every parent knows that their child is naturally creative. He or she may enjoy building structures with blocks, drawing pictures, making shapes with Play-Doh and more. The last thing you want is for your child to lose his or her natural creativity. It can feel that daily structure is dulling your youngster’s edge. Instead of worrying about their creative juices drying up, try the following:

Stay unplugged

Screens surround us these days. We have phones, computers, TVs, iPads, GPS’s, Kindles and more constantly intruding upon daily life. Take time to unplug and help your child do so as well. Take him or her out into nature. Go out on an after-dinner walk with your youngster. Head to the park. Play hide and seek on rainy nights.

Give your child time daydream

The modern world makes many of us feel as if we have constant obligations and continue to cram our minds with information. Your youngster may feel this way if you whisk him or her from school to after-school activities to homework and then to bed. Give your child a few screen-free nights with nothing to do and nowhere to go. You may be surprised by the creativity they express from these moments of so-called “boredom.”

Keep up naptime

Many youngsters feel they are “too old” for naptime, but – as every adult knows – no one is too old for a nap. Allow your child a 20 minute nap before they do their homework to help them reset and stimulate right-brain activity.

Allow your child to be creative

Many kids doodle on the back of napkins, have impromptu karaoke sessions or break out into dance. Let your kid be a kid as much as possible. We understand that some behavior is not appropriate in particular situations – and it’s important to teach your child what is polite and what is not. But, when those situations are over, let him or her unleash their creative expression. Who knows, maybe you can join in the fun!
The Delphi Academy of Boston curriculum is set up for creative kids just like yours. Click here to see what we teach our students every year.




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