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Best Things to Do this Summer with the Whole Family

For families looking for a fun Summer getaway, Boston is brimming with some of the best things to do this summer with the whole family. There are many day-adventures within two hours from the city. You can head out and explore while still being able to get back home in time for bed. We’ve put together this budget-friendly list that we hope you’ll all enjoy!

  1. Gunstock Mountain Resort.
    While families may think to visit this New Hampshire ski mountain when the snow is falling, heading here in the summer months is also a must. The mountain offers chairlift rides, segway rides, ziplines, and even has outdoor mountain roller coasters. There is so much Summer fun to be had at this resort. 
  2. Boston Harbor Islands, MA.
    What feels like a world away is right in Boston Harbor. Take the ferry to Georges and Spectacle Islands. Hike, check out the beaches, and more in the awesome nature on each island.
  3. World’s End State Park.
    Hikers flock to World’s End State Park in Hingham, an array of wooded and seaside beauty. 
  4. Treetops Adventure Course.
    One of the best ropes courses in New England is about 30 minutes from Boston. Climb and zipline through Treetops Adventure Course until your arms are too sore, and then get a meal at the next-door Irish Cultural Center.
  5. Portland, ME.
    Just up the coast and less than two hours from Boston, the foodie city of Portland is a perfect place for a day-cation or weekend getaway. Here are some things to do while you’re there. 
  6. York’s Wild Kingdom.
    York’s Wild Kingdom is a must-visit for kids. This amusement park and zoo combo are filled with rides, wild animals, an interactive butterfly exhibit, and more! 
  7. Roger Williams Park.
    Plan out your day because Roger Williams Park is home to many wild adventures waiting for you!
  8. Battleship Cove.
    Head south to Fall River to explore a submarine, battleship, and destroyer at Battleship Cove. See the exhibits at the National PT Boat Museum or the National Destroyermen’s Museum. 
  9. Willows Park.
    Hop on a ferry and cruise 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!   
  10. Newburyport, MA.
    A quick 45 minutes on the commuter rail will bring you to this boating town. If you decide to drive to Newburyport, hop in the car after visiting town to drive over the bridge to nearby Plum Island. Here are a few things to check out while you’re visiting. 

We live in the perfect city to have an explorative Summertime with our families. 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!

Teacher-Approved Youtube Channels for Kids

YouTube is an amazing resource and educational YouTube channels for kids are becoming a very popular form of learning. If you’re looking for fun, interactive, and enriching material to enhance your children’s screen time, here are our picks for the 5 best educational YouTube channels for kids.

  1. Crash Course Kids. This kid-friendly series from the creators of the popular Crash Course (see below) covers science for elementary kids. The channel includes topics like earth science, biology, astronomy, and more.
  2. Crash Course. Best for teaching older kids history and biology, chemistry, literature, psychology, physics, media literacy, and more. The hosts are knowledgeable and engaging, explaining complex topics in simple terms but never talking down to their audience.
  3. Ted Ed. Does time exist? Why do cities need trees? Why isn’t the world covered in poop? TED-Ed answers these and many more burning questions that only a child can ask. The videos are well-produced, engaging, and beautifully animated, and you’ll find yourself sitting along with your child and absorbing the fascinating information.
  4. Finding Stuff Out. The best YouTube channels for kids are those that feature other kids! Finding Stuff Out explores everything from hair to sports to robots, with young hosts that speak to students on their level.
  5. National Geographic Kids. National Geographic Kids wants to help children explore the world through its fun, often wacky, videos. Whether your child wants to learn about venomous animals or try an experiment involving baking soda, you’ll find excellent, engaging material.

Do you and your kids have a favorite YouTube channel?  Stop by our FB page and share what you like to watch.

Creative Ways to Keep Your Kids Learning This Summer (Straight from Delphi Boston Teachers)

According to the National Summer Learning Association, if kids take a break from learning throughout the whole summer, they not only miss out on new information and skills, but they may lose up to three months’ worth of reading and math skills from the previous school year.

Although this is the case, it can be difficult to maintain a proper schedule in continuing with your kids’ education on a long break. So, what are the most enjoyable and successful ways to help your children learn while they’re having fun and enjoying their summer?

  1. Plan “Surprise” adventures. Take your kids on fun day trips to local museums, historical grounds, or educational classes where they can not only learn something new but get a fun experience with you.
  2. Teach with movies. Movies are an excellent way to study a time period, subject. It is also a great way to simply have a family debate on the film and why someone liked or disliked it.
  3. Grow a garden over the Summer. Growing a garden with your kid will give them an understanding of how to maintain a space and keep a living thing alive. Give them freedom with the planning of what plants to grow. You might even go a step further and give them a budget to handle purchasing plants and materials. There are many opportunities to learn here.
  4. Take on a Summer reading list. Head to your local library or bookstore with your kid and have them choose their own Summer reading list. When you return home find out why they chose each book and then target them out so they have a realistic idea of how much they should be reading each day in order to complete their books. Upon reading a book you might have a discussion about the story with them to find out their thoughts on it.
  5. Declare a weekly “Kids in the Kitchen” day. This is a super fun way to teach your kids about not just cooking, math and cleaning up after themselves. Get creative with your recipes and have fun!
  6. Encourage building for both boys and girls. We’re not just talking blocks, head to Home Depot or Lowes and get materials to build a fort, a race track, a doll house, etc. Lessons in safety, creativity and more are possible with this activity.
  7. Write a book and create its illustrations together. This is a perfect way to get creative and practice your kids writing and grammar skills.
  8. Get creative with art projects. This is a way to teach art history, new styles of painting and drawing, etc. You might study an artist together and attempt to replicate his/her style.
  9. Be an active member of your community. Whether in your neighborhood or in your town/city, find activities with your kids where they can actively be a part of starting and completing a helpful project.
  10. Fuel your kids’ passions this Summer. Find out more about the things your kids are passionate about pursuing in life and give them the opportunity to learn more about it this Summer.

There are countless ways to stay busy and keep learning with your kids during the Summer. Here at Delphi Boston, we can’t wait to see what you come up with and are excited to see the new skills our students learn when they come back to school next Fall. 

A Delphi Boston End of Year Update!

As the school year comes to an end, we’ve taken time to reflect on the 2020-2021 school year, and what a year it has been! From student accomplishments to alumni graduations, we can’t hardly describe how proud we are of the Delphi Boston community. 

Delphi Boston is incredibly grateful that we were able to remain open for in-person classes this last year, seeing our students and the goals they reach every day is why we do what we do!

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, we’ve put together a brief photo update to give you a lovely snapshot of the last school year. 

We can’t wait to see what our students accomplish through the Summer. We already miss them and are excited to welcome old and new students back for the 2021-2022 school year. 

What to Teach Your Child Before Kindergarten.

Children who begin kindergarten with a basic educational foundation will have a much easier time adjusting to life at school. Teachers don’t expect your child to know all there is to know about life at school, but helping your kids create a strong foundation for learning can make the first few weeks an easy transition. Here are a few basic things we’d suggest helping your child with before they enter kindergarten:

  1. Verbalize needs and wants with good manners. A student who has the ability to communicate well about how they are feeling, if they need help or if they are doing well and need more of a challenge will do well in the classroom. You can work on this with your kids by setting a good example through your own communication and encouraging them to do the same.
  2. Has the ability to handle a book. Your child doesn’t necessarily have to know how to read quite yet. They should however be able to hold the book properly, locate the cover, turn the pages and find the text. You can start teaching this skill to your child by reading with them every day and allowing them to hold the book and point out the different aspects of what makes a book, a book. Keep books around the house and in the car to make this skill easy to practice!
  3. Have basic Alphabet knowledge. As read on Today: Recognizing letters is the first step of reading readiness; understanding the sound each one makes is the next (often harder) leap. Mascott recommends fun learning games like Alphabet Hide-and-Seek. To play, make 26 simple flash cards, one for each letter. “Hide” them around the house, and have your child call out the letters as he finds them. As he does, talk with him about the sound that letter makes. Once the entire alphabet has been found, help him arrange the letters train-style in order on the floor.
  4. Write their own name. Your child should be capable of writing his/her name in a way that is legible to the teacher. Ideally, they should be able to write it properly with a capital letter to start and lowercase for the rest of their name. At the very minimum, they should be able write something recognizable!
  5. Can count to ten. Your child should be able to rote count (1, 2, 3, 4…) and have the ability to count objects too. Practice this by counting objects around the house and outdoors, having them collect a certain amount of an object and bring it to you, and playing counting games.
  6. Is independent in the bathroom. Kindergarten teachers are likely not going to be able to accompany their students to the bathroom. Your child should be able to handle his/her own pants (no overalls or onesies!), wipe themselves, and wash their own hands. This one’s very important!

Is your child four and ready for more? Why make them wait another whole year to start learning kindergarten skills? Delphi Boston offers early reading and phonics, tracing and writing, physical education, science, music and art for young children who are ready to start school. Learning and fun are combined here at Delphi Boston.

What are you waiting for? Start investing in your child’s future today by calling one of our wonderful admissions team members! We can’t wait to hear from you. 

Delphi Academy is having a Read-a-Thon!

Here at Delphi Academy one of our goals is to instill a love of learning in all of our students. This includes all subjects, encapsulating literature as well! Our faculty instill this by applying our unique curriculum and helping our students navigate their personal programs with as much fun as possible! 

Read-a-thons get students excited about reading and it gives family and friends the opportunity to encourage your child to read even more!

Our Read-a-thon runs April 12th – May 7th.

About one week before our Read-a-thon starts, we will send instructions on how to activate your child’s personal page. This is where you will be able to record and view their progress.

There are two ways for your child to sign up sponsors. They can do it online by sending the link to family and friends, or you can fill out the sponsor sheets that will be sent home and bring the cash/check donations to reception. We will take care of recording those on your child’s personal page.

Our goal this year is to raise $20,000! 

There will be prizes given out to the students on Fridays for every $30.00 in donations that they receive. If they raise $150 in donations they will earn this year’s brand new Delphi T-shirt.  The teachers have several other incentives in their classroom for all students participating. 

We have chosen a Read-a-thon because it requires minimal time on each family’s part, gives the children an incentive to read more, and helps in the development of stronger reading skills. For our youngest students, read-aloud counts!

We hope EVERYONE participates and we can’t wait to see what you end up reading!

Dawn Chiarenza
Dean of Students

A Delphi Boston Alumni Update!

Delphi Boston students study a wide variety of subjects and are introduced at a young age to the technology of studying. Through our courses they, quite literally, are learning how to learn. This gives them ability to study whatever interests them, while they are at Delphi Boston and once they graduate and move on to Highschool and their Higher Education.

Because of this, it is always fun for our faculty, parents and current students to stay updated on where our alumni are and what they are up to. So as an update to our entire Delphi Boston family, team and supporters, we’d like to showcase a few highlights from this last year on just a few of our incredible alumni.

Seven years ago this amazing young man completed Form 5 (8th grade) and headed off to high school.  This year he is in his junior year at Harvard University.  We forever will be proud of Orvin. 

This alumna is featured for her design work by her alma mater.  We are so happy for Michelle!

So happy this alumna found her path to success. Elena is now a Brooklyn based Architectural Designer with an interest in the social impact that responsible and sustainable architecture can have on local and global communities.

We are on a roll sharing alumni success.  This alumna just graduated with her Masters Degree in Public Health this winter from the University of Massachusetts Medical School at Amherst!  So happy and proud of you Anika.

It is our goal for every child in our care to carve out their own unique path. If you’d like to hear more alumni successes, make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. If you have questions about what makes Delphi Boston so unique, do not hesitate to email or call. We look forward to hearing from you! 

How to Make Learning at Home Fun For Your Kids.

As schools start to open across the country and the Boston area, in-person learning becomes an option for parents everywhere. For those families still learning from home, we understand just how important it is to keep your child’s learning environment as fun, educational, and engaging as possible. Whether you are a parent or teacher (or both), this can be easier said than done. The tips we’ve put together will help make it easier to create the kind of environment your kids will thrive in while learning from home. 

  1. Learn visually with demonstrations. Sometimes using unconventional materials can add that bit of fun missing from your at-home classroom. Grab the shaving cream and write out math problems, take random objects around the house and move them around to demonstrate geography or math, grab some toys and have your kids put on a historical play to show the life of a figure they are learning about. Sometimes it is the most fun moments that your kids will remember the most in their education.
  2. If your kids are learning about money, make up a store game with them to demonstrate the way that money works. Get them involved in the process of understanding different coins, their values, and who to properly allocate the money you have.
  3. Host an upside-down art class. Tape up papers on the underside of your dining room table and have your kids get to work on creating whatever scenes lie inside of their imagination! This is just a fun take on your average at-home art class that we couldn’t resist throwing into this blog!
  4. Enjoy music while your kids are learning. Some children are naturally musical. They understand and remember certain data through rhyming and lyrics. Find YouTube videos that teach your children about the subjects they are studying in school through song!
  5. Be artistic with your kids. Create diagrams to explore concepts further and give your kids the opportunity to do the same. For example, if your child is learning about the circulation system, trace their body on a large piece of butcher paper and have them draw it out.
  6. Get your kids up and moving throughout the day. Giving your kids time to play and get active encourages not only blood flow but learning on their feet!
  7. Give them freedom in the classroom. Sometimes kids love to be hands-on and try things out for themselves. Being at home can be the perfect opportunity for them to do just that. Give them room to explore their interests and projects they are excited about. Here at Delphi Boston, we try to do that every day, explore our program more here.

The most important thing to keep in mind is to not take this too seriously and to give your children the space they need to explore the world around them, even if that starts from home. 

5 Benefits of a Private Education.

As we enter 2021, parents throughout the Boston area and beyond have their kids’ education on their minds. Experiencing online school gave us all a peek into what classes are really like for our children. Parents are currently asking if the education their child is receiving is what they truthfully deserve. It might be time to change things up and look towards a Private School education for your child. There are so many benefits of choosing a Private Education, but what are they exactly? 

  1. Choice and Flexibility.
    One of the many benefits of choosing Private Education includes choice and flexibility, especially with regard to the way schools are changing due to the pandemic. Private Schools are generally better-equipped to offer families on-campus learning and/or remote learning experiences as well as the flexibility to transition between the two. Beyond COVID, you have many Private Schools to choose from according to your family’s needs and wants when it comes to education. 
  2. Small Class Sizes.
    Private Schools generally have a low student-to-teacher ratio. This ensures that each student gets the individualized attention that they deserve in the classroom. It allows the teacher room to work one-on-one and gives them a chance to see where the student is exceeding and where they might be having difficulty in their studies. Here at Delphi Boston our small class sizes allows us the opportunity to teach our unique curriculum while maintaining individualized programs.

3. Personal Relationship with Faculty.
Private Schools give both the students and parents the wonderful opportunity to build personal relationships with faculty members. This not only gives you access to communication from teachers, but keeps every parent feeling fully involved in their child’s education.

4. Instills a Love of Learning in your Children.
Everything that produces the fantastic educational environments found in Public Schools amounts to the ultimate goal: instilling a love of learning in your children. Private schools typically have the flexibility to teach how students learn best and deliver challenging academics in innovative ways. This “freedom within a framework” engages students, taps into their natural curiosity, and stokes their desire to learn, creating lifelong learners who thrive in school and beyond.

  1. Prepares Students for their Futures.
    Private schools prepare students for the future with an academically rigorous curriculum that also incorporates tough-to-teach skills like critical thinking, collaboration and understanding how to study. Private schools that combine a challenging curriculum with powerful and innovative experiences graduate students with 21st century skills who are purpose-driven leaders, prepared to shape the world for good.

It might be time for you to start thinking about a Private Education for your children. We are currently admitting students for the Fall of the 2021-2022 school year. If you’d like to continue this conversation with us and learn more about the benefits of a Private School Education, we invite you to get in touch with our Admission Office at 617-333-9610 or trista.marquez@delphiboston.org

Winter Activities for Families in Boston 2021

February is coming to an end, and I think we are all looking forward to Spring and slightly-warmer days in Boston. This may be the case. But we don’t want to miss out on all the good activities that come with the Wintertime in our lovely city! With this in mind, we’ve put together a bucket list of fun for you and your family to complete before the Winter ends:

  1. Check out a couple of outdoor ice skating rinks open in the area, or a free indoor ice skating rinks in Boston.
  2. Go Snow Tubing
  3. As Valentine’s day approaches, show some love with handmade cards and treats.
  4. Hit the slopes and teach your kids to ski or snowboard this year!
  5. Enjoy an explorative walk at The Arnold Arboretum. Grab a warm drink nearby before heading to the park!
  6. Speaking of warm drinks, try some gourmet hot chocolate with the kids!
  7. Pick up ingredients for a one-pot family dinner at Eataly or Boston Public Market!
  8. Check out some of our favorite bakeries around Boston!
  9. Take a walk through Commonwealth Avenue Mall. It’s beautiful year-round but is especially so during the winter months.
  10. Build an epic indoor fort without leaving the house!

From Delphi Academy of Boston, we hope you enjoy the final moments of Winter. If you end up completing all ten or just one of these activities, be sure to snap a photo and tag us on Facebook or Instagram. We look forward to seeing you this Spring!

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