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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!

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.


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:


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):


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


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


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

The Delphi Program:Delphi-Boston-Alum-with-Parents

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


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


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


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


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


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.

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