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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!

Kids Learning That Kindness Counts

Our kids learning kindness through helping others

Kindness can get lost…

As kids grow up kindness can get lost. Especially with the increase in TV and movie watching and a heavy involvement in social media. The good news is that kindness can be learned; just like any other behavior it takes some repetition, understanding and learning through example.

We came across several wonderful quotes surrounding kindness. Along with these quotes for kids, teaching kids about these historical figures can change the way they view the world and how to treat others. This can truly add more mindfulness into a child’s daily life:

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift someone else up.” – Booker T. Washington

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop

You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force.” – Publilius Syrus

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” – Amelia Earhart

“Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up.” – Jesse Jackson

Beyond this there are so many ways to teach your children…

Kindness and treating others the way they want to be treated can be learned in many other ways. For example, you can send kind thoughts through words of encouragement or lunch box notes. Get them to be mindful and send kind thoughts to those they care about as well. This is a wonderful way to start learning about kindness. You can smile and tell jokes more often, practice random acts of kindness towards friends, family, your spouse and strangers in front of children.

Remember, you set an example for your kids in more ways than you think. Because of this, remind yourself and your children that being kind to others feels good. Making the world a better place can start with even the smallest acts of kindness. 

Write a Private School Admissions Essay That Will Stand Out

Busy admissions season for private and independent K–12 schools is upon us! Keeping track of every open house, campus tour, interview, and test requirement can end up feeling like a full-time job. 

Year after year, more families are considering a private education for their children. This means that competition is getting more fierce. Some private schools only admit 10% of their applicants! You might already be stressing out based on that data. So it is important to keep a level head and do what you can to give schools the complete picture.

This is where your admissions essay comes in: One of the biggest mistakes you can make with your child’s applications for admission is to treat the information you’re submitting as separate data points. Instead, you have to think about painting a complete picture of the student and what makes them a top candidate for the school. 

Below are our top tips for creating a private school admission essay that will get your child noticed.

  1. Know what it is you want to say about your child and your family.

    What are the key messages you want to convey? The essay portion of the application process is an opportunity for students to share a part of themselves that the application committee might not otherwise learn. So be unique and try to think outside of the box!
  2. Keep personality in mind, and make sure it is portrayed.

    Think about the way you and your family see your child. How would their friends describe them? What are they most passionate about and what are subjects or activities that excite them? How can you show that they are a full, well-rounded student?
  3. Take the original question of the admissions essay and tell a story with it.

    At Norwood School in Bethesda, which accepts students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, the essay is provided by each applicant’s parents. “We ask parents to write an essay about their child, and what we look for and what we truly value are stories about a child,” said Mimi Mulligan, Assistant Head of School and Director of Admission and Enrollment Management at Norwood. “It’s the stories that have the power to reveal the uniqueness of a child, his or her personality, interests, and even quirks. We encourage our applicant families to relax when thinking about the essay and just tell us a favorite story about their child. Stories are fun to read and truly serve to bring an application alive and distinguish it from others.”
  4. Maintain a proper essay structure, and don’t forget to proofread!

    Your essay isn’t just an exercise to get to know your child; it’s also an evaluation of their writing ability. Maintaining the proper essay structure with an introduction, body, and conclusion is essential. Admission officers read more essays than you can count!

    So really work on hooking them with the intro. Get your child to read feature magazines and news articles, as well as the opening paragraphs of books to see how authors engage their readers.
  5. Cut the clutter, and get feedback from others.

    Once your child’s essay is complete, ask someone else to read it. Point out areas to your kid where they might have an opportunity to strengthen an idea or fix a mistake. This is not about rewriting the essay in your own words: Your child’s perspective is what matters most!

Storytelling alone will not place your child over the top if they aren’t already a competitive candidate. Regardless, it goes hand-in-hand with solid test scores and GPAs. Let these schools know how unique your child and your family are. Show them how your child and family will contribute to the school and the student body. Good luck!

Autumn Bucket List – 10 must-do Fall activities

Autumn is approaching, so make sure you don’t let it slip by without trying out a few of our must-do Fall activities! These are activities that you can find no matter where you live. Whether it be the West, East or Mid-west, there’s something for every family.

  1. Go pick apples and make apple pie.
  2. Bundle up and stargaze.
  3. Try out new fall-themed desserts. 
  4. Visit a local farm to purchase seasonal veggies/fruits. 
  5. Host or attend a costume party. 
  6. DIY Halloween costumes this year!
  7. Take a nature hike/walk around a local park. 
  8. Visit a local museum and get a warm drink. 
  9. Take a day trip to a nearby town you have never been to. 
  10. Go to the last drive-in of the year!
  11. Make popcorn and watch a spooky movie. 
  12. Rake leaves and then play in them!
  13. Solve a puzzle as a family. 
  14. Go to a local corn maze. 
  15. Go to a pumpkin patch. 
  16. Carve jack o’lanterns. 
  17. Roast the pumpkin seeds. 
  18. Make pumpkin pie. 
  19. Decorate your house for Halloween!
  20. Host a bonfire night and roast s’mores. 

We hope you were able to collect some ideas for your very own Fall bucket list. We hope this Autumn treats you and your family well! Enjoy the cool nights and the approaching spooky season here in Boston! If you do end up exploring one of our many activities, we would love to see it. Make sure to tag us on Instagram or Facebook. Stay updated on what we are doing at Delphi Boston through any of our social media, our blog, or just through our 2021-2022 school-year calendar found on our website.

Download our bucket list below. Print it and hang it on your fridge so your kids never get bored on the weekends or after school. Happy Autumn!

How to Give Your Kids the Best First Day Back to School

This year there won’t be large group assemblies or hugs at the door, so it’s up to the parents to make the first day of school as special as possible. Whether your kids are creatures of habit or love big changes, the first day of school is a big deal and can lead to nervousness and anxiety. These first-day traditions can help make the day memorable and exciting despite the nerves. 

  1. Group trip to school.
    If within walking distance, organize a neighborhood trip to school so that the kids and parents can collectively head to school. If not within walking distance, and everyone is comfortable, suggest a carpool this year! Pop open the trunk and have coffee for parents and pastries for the kiddos before starting the day. This is a great way to get the kids chatting and excited about all the wonderful adventures ahead.
  2. Insta-worthy backdrop for photos.
    Get a backdrop set up by the front door or outside the garage and gather a few props for a mini photoshoot before school. This will get the kids excited about not only choosing an outfit but waking up in the morning. It’s also an excellent way for the first day to be remembered forever!
  3. Shop outside the lines.
    Give the kids a budget of their own to shop for items that they are excited about. Maybe a favorite pencil case, a colorful binder, magnets for their locker, or pins for their backpack. Whatever it is, if a child has something they feel is an expression of who they are with them every day at school, it makes them all the more comfortable.
  4. Throw a back-to-school party.
    Setting up a party a week in advance or the morning of is a great way to get kids excited about going back to school. This gives them a chance to mingle with their peers and discuss the year ahead. The party could be complex, or as simple as coffee and donuts the morning of school.
  5. Get your kids signed up for new activities at school that they are interested in.
    Sit down and discuss what kinds of things your kids have an interest in at this point in their life. Find out if their school offers extracurriculars in this area. Help them get signed up and prepared. Adding a subject your kids have originated wanting to learn about into their daily schedule is a great way to raise excitement about school.
  6. Special back-to-school breakfast.
    Wake up a bit early and arrange a yummy and nutritious breakfast for the first day of school. Get the whole family together. Discuss the day ahead and what everyone is most excited about before sending them off to school!

Try and enjoy every moment despite the stress. If you have any questions about transitioning to in-person learning, don’t hesitate to reach out to our admissions office. We are looking forward to seeing our students back this Fall! 

The 2021 Parent’s Guide to Back to School

Worried about the back-to-school prep? No worries, we’ve got you covered with this guide on transitioning, not just back to school, but back to in-person learning. If you need some extra help, here is a link to a back-to-school checklist for you and your child! 

  1. Breaking the pandemic bubble and transitioning back to being with others. Your kid might be experiencing some anxiety at the thought of leaving home and starting to interact in person with friends and teachers. Start by acknowledging how normal this feeling is. That it can be quite hard to interact with unfamiliar people simply because they are out of practice. You might even let them know that you have had this feeling before too! From here you can start taking small steps before school starts. Set up a few playdates with schoolmates so your kid can start getting comfortable socializing. This will help make the transition much easier for them!
  2. It’s time to start getting back into routines. This includes and is not limited to your kids’ sleep schedules, re-establishing screen limits, and getting used to regular eating times. We would suggest getting back into a solid routine a few days or a week before school. This will help your kids become acclimated. Find out what their school schedule will look like. Sit down to discuss this with your kids so they are fully prepared beforehand.
  3. Focus on the positives of returning to school. Back to school shopping. Seeing friends. Getting to see their favorite teachers again. All the fun activities they get to do and new things they will learn. Maybe there’s an extracurricular activity your kid wants to explore this year. For college or for fun. Get them signed up ahead of time so they have a new activity to look forward to in the coming weeks. Find out if your kids have any goals they want to achieve in the coming year. Create a vision board with them on Pinterest or physically so they can hang it up in their room!
  4. Build safety into the daily routine. Understand and explain your schools’ safety requirements for in-person learning this year. Sit down and discuss this with your kids. Find out if they have any questions or concerns regarding these policies and make sure they are comfortable and ready for it!
  1. Designate a clear place to do homework. We might even suggest making separate workspaces for your kids: An area in your home where they feel inspired to get work done; a space that feels like their own.
  2. Create a family calendar. Creating a monthly paper calendar to hang on the fridge, and an electrical calendar to share with your older kids or spouse can keep all tasks and activities organized. This maintains clarity and leaves less room for confusion and stress in the lives of everyone in the family!

School is approaching us rapidly and it’s important that we are all prepared, not just our kids but the whole family. Lives will get busier, the cold weather will be upon us and before we know it it’ll be Winter Break! So try and enjoy every moment despite the stress and show your kids how to as well. If you have any questions about transitioning to in-person learning, don’t hesitate to reach out to our admissions office. We are looking forward to seeing our students back this Fall! 

What to Do at the Beach with Your Kids this Summer

A day at the beach should be stress-free and fun for you and your family. Here are a few budget-friendly activities for you and your kids to do during a fun beach day in Boston this Summer. 

  1. Seaside Scrapbook. Have your kids collect objects they find on the beach
  2. Soccer, Volleyball, or Football! You can never go wrong with bringing sports to the beach. This is always a fun activity that rarely ever gets boring!
  3. The Classic Sandcastle. You can never go wrong with building sandcastles with your kids. It’s an excellent way for your kids to stay busy while at the beach, while also being able to get creative and use their imagination. If they’ve brought toys to the beach, they can play a game with them after the sandcastle is complete! This is one of our favorite, and classic, beach activities.
  4. Beach Relay. Ready, set, go! For this beach relay race, have your kids fill cups with water, then empty them into bigger buckets placed several feet away. The first one to fill their bucket to the top wins the race! Get creative and add other fun activities to the relays as well.
  5. Picnic on the Beach. Not only is this a great beach activity, but a pre-beach day activity as well. Have your kids plan out the beach-day meals. Go grocery shopping, maybe even try out a new Summertime recipe and then go enjoy it on the beach!
  6. Exploration Walk. Head down the beach with the whole family to explore all there is to see. Collect seashells and rocks, or find a tidepool to check out!
  7. Clean-up Beach Day. This is an excellent way to get your kids involved in taking ownership of your local beaches. It’s also a very rewarding process to go through with your whole family!
  8. Beach Read. Choose a few books to either read-aloud with your kids or have them read themself. This is a great way to pass the time while soaking up some Vitamin D!
  9. Disposable Photoshoot. Bring a waterproof disposable camera to the beach for your kids to take photos with. This is a great way for them to explore a new activity and get creative with a photoshoot. It’s also very exciting taking film to get developed and printed at your local Walgreens for photo books, your fridge or your kids bedroom decor!

Enjoy our list and tag us on Facebook if you end up taking one of these many day-trips around the Boston area. Here at Delphi Academy of Boston, we hope you are having a lovely Summer Break, and we can’t wait to see you back this Fall!

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