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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

school for your child

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

kids in boston

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.

How to help your child develop organization skills.

Organization skills for kids

Some kids are naturally organized, but for most it’s a skill that must be learned over time. Kids can develop an effective approach and, with some help and practice, gain organization skills. Developing good habits at a young age can help children prepare for – and succeed in – life during and beyond schooling. Here are a few ways that you, as a parent, can help your child be more organized:

1. Make checklists and to-do lists.

It’s important to establish what is expected of your kid on a regular basis. But it’s just as important to ensure it gets written down and remembered. Include regular homework, extracurricular activities and chores in the to-do list. Encourage your kids to keep the list in a place where it will be seen. This will help to keep your kids accountable and on track.

2. Establish household routines.

Create a schedule and follow it on a daily/weekly basis. Your kids will start to understand what is expected of them. One way to do this is to have your child make a “study hour” schedule and set up a comfortable workspace. This space might be in their room or at the kitchen table. Encourage your child to stick to the schedule even when they don’t have homework.

3. Teach calendar and time management skills.

Help your kids to write down important tasks on a calendar (digital or paper). Then help them estimate how much time each task will take. After they complete a task, ask whether the time estimate was accurate or not. Possibly suggest adjustments for next time. It may also help to have kids write the due date directly on school assignments.

4. Teach them how to use their free-time.

Oftentimes children have a lot of free-time on their hands. How to manage free-time is crucial to developing effective organization techniques. Time management consists of doing 3 things – planning, prioritizing and estimating the time required.

Help your child create and follow a schedule for studying, playing, doing chores, working on a hobby or a sport, and learning something new. After a week, review the results, ask questions and revise their schedule. After a few revisions, your child will have a better idea how they can best use their free time. This is one of the best tips on developing organization skills.

5. Help to set timelines.

Other tips on how to get your child more organized are: cultivating an interest in collecting items such as shells, pens or Pokemon cards; introducing idea organizers that help in making quick notes or ideas in a graphical way; creating fun memory aids to remember information; and keeping children in charge of adult functions such as filling forms, making appointments, talking to authoritative figures, etc.

It’s important to introduce organizational skills as soon as possible to our kids. This will cause it to become second nature as they grow up. Keep in mind that organizing can be a challenge, so reward and support them in the process by developing different routines and giving treats when they accomplish a job well done!

We hope you found our tips to teach your child organization skills helpful! Delphi Boston will help your child develop critical thinking and organization skills. Call and find out more today!

School Lunch Ideas. Easy (And Healthy).

School lunch that energizes

A school lunch can be more than just peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. We’ve created a list of recipes that are designed to perfectly blend good-for-you with kid-friendly. Your kid will stay energized with these healthy, quick and easy recipes. Also, nothing says ‘I love you’ like a homemade meal.

Our kids staying focused throughout the day is so important. Even though learning is fun, if a child is not well fed they will not have a good time in class. This means that eating food is an essential part of your child’s wellbeing and education.

Browse this list and be sure to save any school lunch idea that you think you child would enjoy:

Italian Pasta Salad

A simple Italian Pasta Salad with garden vegetables and cheese. This packs perfectly for a school lunch.

Chicken Pita Salad

All you need is 10 minutes to throw together the most delicious and versatile school lunch ever. With pre-cooked chicken, you’re close to a delicious chicken salad. Eat it over a bed of lettuce, over whole grain bread, or just off a spoon.

Pesto Chicken Wrap

A quick and easy meal. These pesto chicken wraps with sun-dried tomatoes are so tasty and easy to make!

Cucumber Cream Cheese Sandwich

Creamy and light, these sophisticated snacks are bursting with unique flavors and textures. Smooth and crunchy, they’re made with thick cream cheese, crisp cucumbers, and fresh dill. The magic of this meal lies in the ingredients. Make sure to purchase good quality bread, fresh herbs, and ripe cucumbers.

Avocado Chicken Wraps

These Avocado Chicken Wraps are a delicious and healthy 10-minute school lunch! They’re loaded with avocados, shredded chicken, grape tomatoes, cilantro, a spritz of lime, and a blend of Mexican spices and make a delicious cold lunch idea!

Apple, Quinoa, Almond and Kale Salad

For those kids who are a bit more adventurous with their healthy eating: This Quinoa Apple Kale Salad is filled with nutrients, fibers, and protein and is delicious when packed and eaten cold!

Air-Fried Crispy Chicken Caesar Wrap

Make ahead these easy air fryer chicken Caesar wraps and chill for school lunches.

Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich

You really can’t beat the classics… Eating a grilled ham and cheese sandwich is one of those things that make lunchtime perfect.

Turkey and Cheddar Lunch Roll-Ups

These fun bites are easy to make and are perfect for school lunch boxes. They’re pretty pinwheels, loaded with turkey, cheese, lettuce, and cream cheese, all wrapped in a soft tortilla. If you think you can get away with it, add some more veggies for extra nutrition. Tomatoes, avocado, or spinach leaves would work well.

Tuna Salad Sandwich

Fish is great for developing brains because of its fatty Omega-3, so feed your kids this tuna salad sandwich, and they might just ace all their classes!

Homemade Lunchables

Turn something processed and unhealthy, into a homemade treat that your kids will love. Not only is this a fun option, but it’s also easy and can be made ahead of time if you know you’ll be in a rush this week.

Come and stop by during lunch to take a tour of Delphi Academy! Be sure to ask the students and staff members you meet what they brought for lunch. As always, if you make one of these recipes for your little ones be sure to tag us on Facebook or Instagram. We’d love to see how you make them your own.

Science Experiments for Kids

Science experiments for kids

We’ve created a list of science experiments you can easily do at home, or at school with your students. Challenge the family to explore and experiment for the school Science Fair or purely for the spirit of learning!

As a tip from us: Make sure to begin each experiment by defining important words. This is essential to fully grasping what you are learning about.

Why do leaves change color?

Is your child curious about why the leaves change color in the Fall. This science experiment will help answer that question, as well as increase their general knowledge about biology and plant life.

Generate electricity and charge a lightbulb.

In this experiment you will learn all about how electricity is generated, and your child will get to see its magic at work as they charge up a lightbulb!

Science experiment studying egg cells.

Interested in microbiology? In this science experiment you’ll get to explore the inner world of an egg.

Paper airplane science experiment.

It’s time to understand the forces that cause paper airplanes to fly. If you child is a fan of planes, or has some interest in aerodynamics, this is the perfect experiment for them!

How do you turn milk into plastic?

Learn all about what a chemical reaction is and what kind of chemical reaction turns milk into plastic. There’s also a bit of history involved in this science experiment!

Science experiments are all about asking questions…

So Learn how to create your very own science experiment with your kids based on personal interests and curiosity here!

In honor of the Delphi Academy of Boston Science Fair fast approaching this Friday we’ve curated a list of challenging, curiosity-igniting science experiments that you can try any day! If you end up putting on your lab coats (figuratively or literally) with your kids, be sure to tag us on Facebook or Instagram. Here at Delphi Boston, we love to see children everywhere learning, and loving it!

Holiday Break Family Activities in Boston!

Holiday Break fun

During the Holiday Break when cold weather strikes in Boston, it’s easy to stay inside and hibernate. While it’s nice to kick back and relax, it’s also important to keep our kids engaged and active despite the long days and cold weather. Luckily we live in a city where exciting things happen every day. It’s just a matter of looking out for them!

This year, Delphi Academy of Boston has your back! We’ve put together a list of Holiday Break bucket-list activities for you and your family during this Holiday season. Make sure to tag us on Facebook or Instagram if you end up checking anything off!

See a children’s show at Coolidge Corner Theatre!

With a whole new line-up of Winter shows this Holiday Break, you’re bound to find something that you and your kids can enjoy! “Film, music, magic, puppets and more! For the young or simply young at heart, these shows are guaranteed to entertain.” – Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Zoo-lights at the Stone Zoo during your Holiday Break.

Boston is home to some awesome zoos as well as wonderful holiday light displays. Our local tradition combines the two: ZooLights! Make sure to get on their website and book tickets as soon as you can, they are selling out fast this year!

Stay in and hold a Holiday Break bake-off!

The Holiday Break is a perfect time to try out those recipes you’ve been dying to taste. Get your whole family on board! Have everyone choose one cozy winter-time recipe they want to try. Gather up the ingredients, light a fire, play some holiday tunes and sip on egg nog or hot chocolate while you bake as a family. Here’s a great place to get inspiration for recipes.

Go and see the Winterlights!

The gardens at the Bradley Estate, the Stevens-Coolidge House and Gardens, and Naumkeag are made even more magnificent at sundown with sparkly lights. Advance tickets are needed!

Take a Holiday Break day-trip!

There are many places to visit just near Boston. What are some spots you’ve been dying to see as a family? Finally take the time to go and visit!

From ours to yours, we hope this Holiday Break and season is the best one yet filled with love, light and happiness! Make sure to tag us on one of your many Winter adventures. We look forward to seeing you

Teaching Children to Express Gratitude

Teaching children

Teaching children how to express gratitude can start at any point in the year and their lives. As Thanksgiving approaches and the time of thankfulness and gratitude, we thought it appropriate to share some crafty ways you can get your kids to express gratitude.

Grateful kids are so much happier. They are compassionate and engaged in their life, your life, and those around them. Some simple habits and projects can lead them on the way to being able to express their gratitude in a thoughtful way.

Does your child express thankfulness?

Thankfulness and appreciativeness can alter your child’s perception of life in a positive way. One study found that 12-year-olds who expressed gratitude on a regular basis were more likely to be optimistic, feel satisfied with their lives and have positive experiences at school.

Keep in mind that gratitude is something we learn, and can be taught early and often. It should be kept light and fun so they know that showing thanks is one of the great aspects of life!

1. Teaching children about gratitude can start small: Teach them how to say “Thank You”.

Encourage your children to say “Thank You” on a regular basis. Offer reminders like, “Your sister let you chose first. What should you say to her?” or “What do you say to Dad for buckling you in?”

This will help kids to start recognizing when others give them something, whether tangible or not, and is the first step in realizing how to show gratitude.

2. Find something good about each day.

Teaching your kids how to find the extraordinary in the ordinary is a great activity at the end of each day. Tell them something you saw today that made you particularly grateful, compassionate or happy. Ask them to do the same, and how it made them feel.

3. Write notes of appreciation.

Ask your kids to write a handwritten note to someone they’re thankful for; if kids are too young to write, have them a draw picture instead. Ask them to think of who makes their lives better or brighter.

When kids start to reflect, it gets them to become more thoughtful of who is in their life and what they are grateful for.

4. Establish a gratitude ritual.

Make it a habit in your family to express gratitude. This might be every day, every other day or just once a week. Establishing this as part of your routine as a family is a wonderful way to make it second nature.

It could be that at dinner everyone takes turns sharing something they were grateful for that day. Maybe you write letters of appreciation to friends and family every week. Possibly during your car rides you can each express three things you are thankful for.

The sky is the limit on when you can establish gratitude into your daily/weekly ritual.

5. Finally, in teaching children, model gratitude yourself.

This is one of the most basic ways to get your children to pick up on thankfulness and expressing gratitude. When you show thanks in all ways, and maintain wonderful manners yourself, your kids will pick up on this.

Say “Thank You”, discuss gratitude, and express gratitude. Tell your kids what you are thankful for each day!

At Delphi Academy we are thankful each day for our outstanding staff, student body and parents. We try to show it any many ways each day. If you’d like to learn more about our school and how we show thanks, click here.

Busy Schedules in School and 3 Ways to Handle Them

Busy Schedules

Busy schedules are inevitable during the school year.

It will only get busier after graduating and moving on to high-school, college and beyond. This is why it is so important to develop organizational skills now to help you handle your schedule and manage your time so you can fine-tune them by the time you graduate.

There are beyond just basic obligations of deadlines for school work, projects and other assignments. Many students also juggle sports, extracurriculars, etc. It takes learning planning and organizing to know how to effectively manage your time. 

So how does one go about this seemingly impossible task? Here are a few tips for you to start:

Utilize a planner!

Using a physical planner, Google Calendar or Google Tasks is the beginning of organizing your time for optimal productivity. 

To try and remember everything you need to do in your head can lead to forgetfulness and higher stress levels. Write out everything you need to get done, day to day, week to week, etc., makes your To Do List easier to confront. 

If you’re just getting started organizing your schedule, check out this amazing resource on how to begin. 

Try not to procrastinate. 

It’s easy to fall into procrastination. Especially if you’re not fully integrated into your routine. Specifically if you’ve gotten home after a long day from school and want to go on your phone.

It’s important to explore and find study and motivation habits that will help you to quit procrastinating and replace it with productivity. It could be that the hardest part is just getting started. Once you start developing a routine and know how to motivate yourself to get working, it starts to get much easier to continue.  

Leverage downtime productively. 

If you notice there are moments in your day when its the perfect opportunity to hop on your phone and start scrolling, figure out how to leverage this time to do something productive. Whether that be updating your To Do List, looking up something you might have missed in class, or starting on a project. Get ahead of the deadlines you have when there is dead time. You’ll be grateful for this later due to your busy schedules.

Work ahead of your schedule and prep ahead of time.

Many students like to review the material before the class to understand it more completely. You should try to do something similar with your schedule.

If you know that the following day, you have limited time in the morning or a very busy day, try to pack your bag the night before and prepare some snacks so you can fuel your day! 

Start building off of these important habits now. Your busy schedules will only get busier. Once you get to high school and beyond you will have a reliable system for organizing and motivating yourself that you can rely on!

Being a school based on independent learning, Delphi Boston naturally leads students down the path to understanding organizational skills. The school helps to teach them how to personally motivate themselves in and out of the classroom. This allows them to keep learning, and develop a passion for learning. Learn more about Delphi Boston today!

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