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Summer Learning Adventures: Tips to Keep Kids Engaged and Learning

Summer is a time for kids to relax, recharge, and enjoy a break from school. However, it’s important to keep their minds active and engaged during this time to prevent learning loss and promote continuous growth. In this blog, we’ll explore creative and enjoyable ways to keep kids learning and expanding their knowledge throughout the summer break. Let’s embark on a summer learning adventure together!

  1. Encourage Reading:

Reading is a gateway to imagination and knowledge. Create a reading challenge for your children, where they set a goal to read a certain number of books during the summer. Visit the local library together, join summer reading programs, or create a cozy reading nook at home. Encourage them to explore different genres and discuss their favorite books, fostering a love for reading and expanding their vocabulary.

  1. Engage in STEM Activities:

Stimulate your child’s curiosity and critical thinking skills through hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities. Build a volcano, conduct simple science experiments, or engage in coding games or puzzles. Explore STEM-related websites, apps, or local STEM camps to provide interactive and immersive learning experiences that combine education and fun.

  1. Explore Nature and the Outdoors:

Summer offers a wonderful opportunity to connect with nature. Plan family hikes, picnics, or trips to local parks and nature reserves. Encourage your children to observe plants, insects, and wildlife, fostering an appreciation for the natural world. Engage in outdoor activities like gardening, identifying constellations, or creating nature-inspired art projects. Nature is a limitless source of learning and exploration.

  1. Discover Cultural and Historical Sites:

Take advantage of the summer break to visit museums, historical sites, and cultural events in your area. Expose your children to different cultures, history, and art. Engage in discussions and encourage them to ask questions. Many museums and cultural institutions offer virtual tours or online exhibits, allowing for learning experiences from the comfort of your home as well.

  1. Foster Creativity and Artistic Expression:

Encourage your children to express their creativity through art, music, or dance. Provide them with art supplies, musical instruments, or enroll them in art classes or music lessons. Encourage them to create their own stories, poems, or even short plays. Engaging in artistic activities enhances problem-solving skills, self-expression, and promotes imaginative thinking.

  1. Cook and Bake Together:

Involve your children in meal planning and cooking activities. Encourage them to read and follow recipes, measure ingredients, and learn about different cuisines. Cooking fosters mathematical skills, reading comprehension, and enhances their understanding of nutrition. It’s a delicious way to combine learning and bonding as a family.

  1. Embrace Technology for Educational Purposes:

Harness the power of technology to provide educational opportunities for your children. Select educational apps, websites, or online courses that align with their interests and learning goals. Explore platforms that offer interactive lessons, virtual field trips, or educational videos. Set screen time limits and encourage a healthy balance between online and offline activities.

  1. Encourage Journaling:

Encourage your children to keep a summer journal. They can document their daily experiences, adventures, and reflections. Journaling improves writing skills, encourages self-reflection, and becomes a cherished keepsake of their summer memories. Provide colorful pens, stickers, or prompts to make journaling even more enjoyable.

  1. Support Community Involvement:

Engage your children in community service or volunteer activities. They can participate in local clean-up initiatives, charity drives, or contribute their time and skills to community organizations. Involvement in community projects fosters empathy, social awareness, and teaches important life lessons.

Summer is a valuable time for children to explore, learn, and grow outside the classroom. This Summer, encourage your children’s curiosity, embrace their interests, and celebrate their achievements. With the right balance of structure and fun, your kids will embark on an exciting summer learning adventure that will inspire and empower them for years to come.

Family-Friendly Tips for a Productive Summer Break

Summer is a special time when families come together to enjoy the sunshine, create lasting memories, and make the most of the break from school. However, juggling work responsibilities with kids at home can be a challenge. Don’t worry! In this blog, we’ll share family-friendly strategies and practical tips to help you stay productive while ensuring a fun-filled and memorable summer for everyone.

  1. Define Family Goals and Priorities:

Begin this productive summer by discussing and setting goals with the family. Whether it’s completing a home project, exploring hobbies, or enjoying quality time together, involving your children in the goal-setting process will create a sense of ownership and enthusiasm. Emphasize the importance of balancing work and play to establish a shared understanding.

  1. Create a Summer Bucket List:

Work together as a family to create a summer bucket list filled with exciting activities and adventures. Include both big and small experiences, such as picnics in the park, camping trips, visiting local attractions, or even exploring new recipes. Get your kid’s input on what they would like to get done this Summer. This list will keep everyone engaged and motivated throughout the summer.

  1. Design a Flexible Routine:

While maintaining a routine is beneficial, summertime calls for flexibility. Craft a flexible schedule that incorporates designated work hours for parents and planned activities for kids. Divide the day into blocks, including family time, independent play, work periods, and creative activities. Flexibility ensures that everyone feels included and allows for spontaneous moments of fun and adventure.

  1. Engage in Collaborative Planning:

Involve your kids in the planning process to encourage their creativity and decision-making skills. Let them contribute ideas for family outings, movie nights, or even meal planning. By involving them, you not only foster a sense of responsibility but also ensure that their interests are considered, making the summer more enjoyable for all.

  1. Establish a Family Workspace:

Designate a shared workspace where everyone can work, learn, or pursue hobbies together. Set up a communal area with individual stations equipped with materials for various activities. This setup promotes a sense of togetherness and allows for interactions, collaboration, and support while each family member focuses on their tasks.

  1. Embrace the Power of Teamwork:

Encourage teamwork and delegate age-appropriate tasks to each family member. Kids can help with simple household chores, such as setting the table, watering plants, or tidying up communal areas. This not only lightens your load but also instills a sense of responsibility and unity within the family.

  1. Blend Work and Play:

Integrate work and play by finding creative ways to involve your children in your tasks. For example, if you’re working on a project, invite them to contribute ideas or offer assistance in age-appropriate ways. This not only keeps them engaged but also allows you to spend quality time together while accomplishing your work goals.

  1. Take Advantage of Technology:

Technology can be a valuable tool to enhance productivity and engage your children in constructive activities. Explore educational apps, online resources, and interactive games that promote learning and creativity. Screen time can be balanced by setting time limits and ensuring that it aligns with your family’s values.

Finding the right balance between productivity and family fun during the summer may seem challenging, but with proper planning and a family-oriented approach, it’s achievable. By setting goals together, involving everyone in the planning process, and embracing flexibility, you can create a productive and joyous summer where work and play harmoniously coexist. Remember, summer is about creating lasting memories and enjoying each other’s company, so make the most of this special time with your loved ones.

Happy New Year from Delphi Boston!

From Delphi Boston to you, Happy New Year! We are more than excited for all that 2023 holds for our school, our students, our staff and our parents! We know how important our community is and want to give thanks for the whole of 2022 and all we accomplished. As we head into the New Year it’s a good idea to celebrate with your class and set some goals for the coming school year!

Prompt your class with: “This year I will…”

Mankind as been making New Year’s resolutions for thousands of years. The ancient Babylonians are said to be the first to make them! Around 4,000 years ago, they would promise the gods to pay off their debts and return borrowed farm equipment.

Ask your students to write out one new thing they would like to try, one thing they would like to get better at, one habit they would like to break, and one way they could be kinder.

After students have completed this activity find out which resolution they think will be hardest to keep and why? What steps can they take to ensure they stick to their goals? Have them write that down.

We hope the New Year is wonderful, and filled with growth and happiness for you, your students and your family. Here’s to all which 2023 holds.

Fall Highlights: Delphi Boston 2022

To our wonderful community: Here at Delphi Boston the 2022 Fall Season is officially full swing. There are many Fall highlights to share and we can’t wait to talk about each of them.

From learning new and exciting subjects,

fall highlights

To creativity and exploration,

There’s always a new and exciting adventure awaiting our students and staff each day!

Plus a chance to see how team work gets things done!

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At Delphi Boston, we are currently building our pre-school waitlist for the 2023-2024 school year! Call in today to find out more, and schedule a tour of our campus! We look forward to welcoming you and your family next year.

P.S Keep up with us on Facebook and Instagram for more Fall highlights!

Family Activities in Boston Summer 2022

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If you’re heading to Boston with family, or live in the area, great fun is in store for everyone. There’s no limit to family activities in and around the Boston area. We’ve put together a few options for you and your kids to check-out this Summer as a family. From day-trips outside the city, to the many parks to explore, we’ve got you covered.

  1. The New England Aquarium
    The New England Aquarium is a great place for families to visit, as it’s both fun and educational. What kid wouldn’t like looking at penguins, sea lions, jellyfish, sharks, and hundreds of other species of marine life?
  2. EcoTarium
    The EcoTarium combines a hands-on children’s museum, nature center, and hiking trails, all in one delightful package. Grab dinner after your big day of learning at a restaurant nearby!
  3. Old State House Museum
    The Old State House Museum is an excellent history museum containing authentic artifacts from the American Revolution and other important eras of Boston history. A number of hands-on exhibits are designed especially for children.
  4. Rent a Sailboat or Kayak
    Getting out on the water is a great way to see the city from a different angle, and getting on a boat is always fun for kids. Use Community Boating Boston to can rent a sailboat, kayak, or stand-up paddle-board and explore up and down the Charles River with your family.
  5. Davis Farmland
    Davis Farmland is a massive farm that is worthy of a day trip—the entire day! Hold baby goats, play with kittens, go for a pony ride, bounce on a giant pillow, and so much more. In the summer, the water turns on, and there’s a huge splash pad and foam play area.
  6. Day trip to Royalston, MA
    Visit the Commonwealth’s waterfall country! From Doane’s Falls to Royalston Falls, this region has plenty of big and trickling water to explore on short or long hikes. Hit Lee’s Hot Dog Stand for dinner and ice cream on the way home.
  7. King’s Chapel Burying Grounds
    Get taste of history at the King’s Chapel Burying Ground. Head just down Tremont Street, and you’ll find buried William Dawes, Mary Chilton, and John Winthrop.
  8. Head to Willows Park
    Hop on a ferry and cruise on over to the North Shore for a visit to this old school strip of waterfront arcades. While Salem is known for its Halloween festivities, this waterfront town has so much to do in the summer, too! 
  9. Walk about Boston Common
    Boston is often referred to as “America’s Walking City.” Boston is really a nice city to walk around. With a relatively flat layout and cute, district neighborhoods to explore, walking is a great way to get to know the city.
  10. Picnic in Public Garden
    Right beside the Boston Common you will find the stunning Boston Public Garden, the first public botanical garden in America, established in 1837. This gorgeous 24-acre park is meticulously curated and cared for with over 80 tree species, unique statues including the famous Make Way for Ducklings and George Washington displays. Head over to walk around and have a picnic sometime this Summer to enjoy its beauty!

There are so many awesome things to do with kids in Boston this Summer. Be sure to tag us if you end up trying anything we’ve suggested on Facebook or Instagram. We look forward to seeing them!

Delphi Boston: Alumni Highlight!

We wanted to hop on our blog to share just a few of the high school and college graduates who have graced our school. Our staff and faculty take pride in each graduate and know the future is brighter through our work. We couldn’t be more proud of the incredible young adults these students have become and we can’t wait to see what wonderful things their futures hold.

To find out more about Delphi Academy of Boston and how we prepare our students for a successful future, click here.

We still have spots available in our Preschool classroom for the fall of 2022. Schedule a tour today. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Student Successes at Delphi Boston

Student Successes

Here at Delphi Academy of Boston, student successes are celebrated. Whether they are big or small. We believe in acknowledging when a child has learned something new or had a win in their studies.

Also, once a student has completed a course or study program, they personally originate a success story. This gives our teachers and families a chance to hear what the student is learning about and how they are enjoying it. With that being said, here are a few wonderful success stories from this year so far:

I liked making place mats and I also liked setting the table for my friend Joshua. – Theresa, age 6

I like to do checksheets every day! – Levani, age 6

I liked measuring the lines. -Leyla, age 7

I love Delphi! I love school! There are so many things to do. -Sariyah, age 8

I liked the [course] because I had to learn about the dictionary. – Harper, age 8

I liked learning about states and using maps. – Imman, age 8

I learned that manners are really important. – Alexandro, age 9

I worked really hard on this [course] and it all was worth it. Now I am faster at my subtraction! – Ana, age 9

This [course] was very interesting to see what people did without navigation. – Dawn, age 10

I enjoyed this course because I learned a lot about energy and light bulbs. – Synai, age 10

This reading guide was very fun and I learned a lot of new words in each book. – Eddy, age 12

This writing seminar was very fun and I enjoyed it a lot. I can’t wait for more fun writing. – Eddy, age 12

I gained a much bigger vocabulary and I am able to read better. I also became a much better writer and gained better comprehension. – Cyrus, age 13

I need only one more course to finish my all of the math facts courses for my form! Math is amazing! – Nassar, age 13

Here at Delphi Academy of Boston we focus on early learning. There are still some spots left in our preschool for the 2022-2023 school year! Reach out today to schedule a tour and find out if Delphi Academy is the right fit for our child. Here are some questions to ask to get you started.

Questions for choosing the right school for your child

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The question of which school is right for your child can cause a dilemma in a parent’s mind. How will you know if the school of your choice is the perfect fit? How can you be sure they are getting the best possible education? How will you be confident that your child will be in a happy and nurturing environment at school?

It’s a long and exhausting process, to say the least. With the goal of helping all parents with this, we’ve created a list of questions to help you on your journey in choosing the right education for your child.

Before you start looking for specific schools there a few things you should ask yourself/research about first:

1. Public or Private School?

2. What are my expectations of a school?

3. What do I believe learning looks like?

4. What do I believe is the purpose of an education?

5. Are extracurriculars an important aspect of school for your child?

Once you have a plan laid out, you might begin your search by asking family members, neighbors or coworkers to find out if they have recommendations. There are also many platforms for finding a school in your town/city such as this one.

As you begin to narrow down top choices for your child, you can begin a more specific questionnaire process:

1. What are the long-term goals I want to get out of this school that will help my child be more educated in the future?

2. Do I like the school environment?

3. Why do I see this school as a good fit for my child and what do they provide that gives them an advantage over other schools?

4. What is the student to teacher ratio?

5. What are the admission criteria?

After asking yourself theses important questions, it’s time to start booking a tours. What questions should you ask at this point? We’ve got you covered:

1. What does a typical day look like? How does a student spend their time each day?

2. What is your school’s philosophy and mission Follow-Up: How is it incorporated into a typical school day?

3. What are your teachers’ qualifications and what professional development opportunities do you offer them? Follow-Up: What are the top three skills or assets you look for when hiring faculty and staff?

4. What do you hope a child who attends your school leaves knowing or believing?

5. What is the role of a parent in your school? What are the best ways for me to build a relationship with the school?

These questions offer a foundation of knowledge you can build off of to discover if a school is the right fit for your child. There are many other questions you might find yourself wanting to ask, so go ahead and ask! It’s important to feel like you trust where your children are being educated and spending most of their time.

Delphi Academy would love the opportunity to meet with you and your child, give you a tour of our campus and answer any questions you may have. We understand the importance of choosing the right school for your child. We want you and your child to be confident in that choice!

Best things to do with kids in Boston this Spring

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Whether visiting the city or having a staycation this Spring, there are endless activities to do with your kids in Boston. With the new season there are new shows, activities and exhibits to explore. Boston is a fantastic city for kids of all ages. We can’t wait to see what you end up doing. Be sure to tag us in any of your discovers on Facebook or Instagram.

1. Take a Day Trip to The New England Aquarium

2. Attend Story Time at a Local Bookstore

3. Go on a Guided Bike Tour of Boston

4. Take a Trolley with your Kids in Boston

5. Take a Trip to the Beach

6. Go to the Museum of Science

7. Check out the Franklin Park Zoo

8. Visit the Arnold Arboretum

9. Reflect on Freedom and Loss at the Boston Holocaust Memorial

10. Visit the Boston Public Library

We can’t wait to see what your Spring looks like in Boston. As the flowers blossom around campus we will look out for the posts you tag us in following your adventures this Spring!

Gardening with Kids: How it Benefits them

Gardening with kids

Getting outside in the fresh air and sunlight this Spring is important for everyone. But did you know just how much gardening with kids can positively affect their brains and bodies? For parents struggling to find ways to encourage their kids to eat a healthy and balanced diet, gardening can be an important tool. You don’t need a lot of space to get started. Plus the food and flowers this activity reaps is just one of the many benefits:

Gardening with kids encourages healthy eating.

Healthy eating can be a struggle with kids. Planting a garden with them is an excellent step in the right direction. This activity can help teach the importance of responsibility as they care for their own fruit and veggies. Plus, there is no better feeling than eating home-grown food.

Develops cognitive skills and motor function.

The wonder of seeing a garden grow may spark your kids to ask many questions. Soon you will be talking about soil composition, photosynthesis and more! It is also an activity requires them to analyze situations and allow things to be carried out. Not only this but gardening will help in the development of motor skills through physical exercise.

Encourages more time outside.

Studies show that when children have contact with soil during activities like digging and planting, they have improved moods, better learning experiences and decreased anxiety. Plus they are getting fresh air, sunlight and time away from their devices.

Gardening with kids teaches patience.

The time it takes to grow a seed to harvesting your veggies takes weeks, if not months! Gardening is all about patience … and it’s always worth the wait!

There are countless ways to benefit your child’s health and happiness. Getting outside with an activity like gardening is just one of them. If you get outside and start a garden with your kids, we’d love to see it! Tag us in your photos on Facebook or Instagram.

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