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Make a Difference! Earth Day is April 22nd

Each year, April 22nd marks Earth Day, the unofficial birth of the modern environmental movement. Begun in 1970, Earth Day gave a voice to an emerging consciousness, putting important environmental concerns on the front page.

The idea originated with then US Senator Gaylord Nelson as a way to infuse student energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution. And, on April 22,1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. By the end of that year, the first Earth Day had led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean AirClean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

Today, Earth Day is the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year. And, it is still a day of action that changes human behavior and encourages policy changes.

Learn more about our Earth: Local Delaware Earth Day events

Brandywine Zoo Earth Day Celebration: Party for the Planet

Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Brandywine Zoo, Wilmington

What can you do to help save species? Learn about what you can do to make every day Earth Day during this special Party for the Planet. Be sure to also check out the Wilmington State Parks’ Nature-on-the-Go cart as well. Free.

Earth Day Hike at Cape Henlopen State Park

Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m., Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes

Celebrate Earth Day with a hike searching for early spring plants and animals. Discover how they get a head start on other organisms and how they adapt to life in the park. Dress for the weather. For ages 7 and older with a paying adult. Limit 20. Pre-registration recommended by calling 302.645.6852.

Storybook Saturday Kickoff at the DuPont Nature Center

Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m. to Noon, DuPont Nature Center, Milford

Join the kick-off of Storybook Saturdays with a special Earth Day storybook and activity on the importance of food webs, featuring “Octopus Escapes Again!” by Laurie Ellen Angus. This is a family-friendly activity is open to visitors of all ages. Walk-in visitors are welcome, but please RSVP at 302.422.1329 or . Free.

Sunset Kayak Trip at Lums Pond State Park

Saturday, April 22, 6 p.m., Lums Pond State Park, Bear

Paddle into the sunset on a guided tour. Experience the change from day to night on the water. Suitable for beginner paddlers. Instruction is provided. Pre-registration required by calling 302.368.6989. Meet at the Boathouse in Area 2. $20 per person.

About Back to Basics K-12 Private School in Wilmington, Delaware

Back to Basics Private School in Wilmington, Delaware offers a unique school environment for students in grades K-12 and a focus unlike any other school in the state. With a cap of 15 students, Back to Basics Private School provides students with customized, 1-on-1 instruction and self-esteem building by experienced, degreed instructors.

At Back to Basics Private School, we create a personalized team to tailor an integrated curriculum to the specific needs and abilities of your child. The teaching staff is dedicated to the growth and development of your child academically, socially, mentally and emotionally.

To learn more about Delaware’s only Department of Education-approved 1-on-1 private school, call us at 302-594- 0685.

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Why do parents choose a private school? A low teacher to student ratio was the #1 answer!

The top reasons why parents chose a private school for their children are all related to school climate and classroom management, including better student discipline, better learning environment, improved student safety and more individual attention.

And, according to  the Council for American Private Education, a whopping “84.2 percent of parents identified the ‘ratio of students per teacher.'”

Back to Basics Private School offers a unique school environment for students in grades K-12 and a focus unlike any other school in the state. With a cap of 15 students, Back to Basics Private School provides students with customized, 1-on-1 instruction in all subjects.

Back to Basics Private School creates a personalized team to tailor an integrated curriculum to the specific needs and abilities of each child. The result is an environment where success is possible for all students

In fact, the school is so successful, that Back to Basics Private School is Delaware’s only Department of Education-approved private school! Read about some of our students at Success Stories. Or, click the video below to hear about one student’s journey.

To learn more about Back to Basics Private School or to arrange a tour, please contact us at 302-594-0685.

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Keeping kids safe on the Internet

As parents, we let go a little at a time… sometimes by inches. Crossing the street alone, attending a sleepover for the first time, or learning how to use the stove are all badges of honor for growing kids. These successes mark a child’s burgeoning independence and should be celebrated.

As they become pre-teens and teens, however, the stakes get higher and higher. And, letting go (even a little) often becomes more difficult for concerned parents. How much independence is enough? Too little? Too much?  And, keeping kids safe on the Internet gives many parents sleepless nights.

No, mom. You’re not overreacting. The dangers of the Internet are real.

Between cyberbullying, sexting, over sharing, and predator worries, it’s enough to make many parents swear to go “off the grid.” Here are some sobering numbers:

“Many parents begin questioning if they should actively monitor a child’s online activity,” says Hillary Smith in a recent article for Women’s Voices Magazine. “Unfortunately, this places parents in a precarious situation, because many people (especially teens) view these acts as an invasion of privacy.”

Setting the rules (and making sure they are followed)

A heart to heart talk is the first step. It’s important that kids they understand the very real dangers that may lurk behind a smiling (and potentially fake) profile picture.

It’s also vital that they understand that every search, web site visit, online posting and email is registered or recorded somewhere on the Internet. And, once something is out there — a racy photo, an impulsive cyber rant, or a traceable address — it’s virtually impossible to actually “delete.” It’s the ultimate example of “letting the genie out of the bottle.” 

For example, the popular Snapchat app is billed as an easy way to send a photo or video from your phone, determine how long the person on the other end can see the image, and then have it self-destruct. A lot of images from Snapchat, however, are regularly posted to revenge porn sites, called “snap porn.” 

“Users think their snaps will disappear and they are wrong. It’s actually pretty easy to recover a Snap, take a screenshot of it and share it with others,” explains Ann Brenoff of The Huffington Post in The 12 Apps That Every Parent Of A Teen Should Know About.

The best defense is a good offense. Know what your kids are doing. Here’s how:

Sometimes, even the best kids hide things from parents. And, today, there’s an app for that. Some of the top apps for hiding everything from photos and videos, to text messages include:

Audio Manager, Calculator% and Vaulty are all innocuous looking apps that are, in reality, ways to hide messages, photos, videos, and even other apps.

Snapchat and BurnNote offer “self destructing” abilities, which are easily circumvented. What was intended as a private photo, video or message can be made public all too easily.

Omegle is a chance to converse online with random strangers about… anything.

Tinder, Blendr and KiK Messenger are “hook up apps” where adults can easily find kids.

Final words of wisdom from the experts

The best advice? “If you wouldn’t do it face to face, don’t do it online,” says Shelagh McManus, an online safety advocate for security software Norton by Symantec. “For example, would you go up to a complete stranger and start a conversation? Would you be abusive to friends or strangers in a pub or bar?

Just because you feel protected by the apparent distance a screen gives between you and the person you’re talking to, you must remember that online is still the real world.”

For more tips and information, visit Internet Safety Tips at WebMD.

About Back to Basics K-12 Private School in Wilmington, Delaware

Back to Basics Private School in Wilmington, Delaware offers a unique school environment for students in grades K-12 and a focus unlike any other school in the state. With a cap of 15 students, Back to Basics Private School provides students with customized, 1-on-1 instruction and self-esteem building by experienced, degreed instructors.

At Back to Basics Private School, we create a personalized team to tailor an integrated curriculum to the specific needs and abilities of your child. The teaching staff is dedicated to the growth and development of your child academically, socially, mentally and emotionally.

To learn more about Delaware’s only Department of Education-approved 1-on-1 private school, call us at 302-594- 0685.

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Fun AND educational? Spring Break day trips the whole family will enjoy!

It’s not your imagination. Field trips in many schools really are on the decline.

There was a time, in the not so distant past, that the field trip was a staple for teachers of all grades, in all subjects. Unfortunately, the number has dwindled for a variety of reasons, from insurance requirements, to time constraints, to budgets.

According to authors Brian Kisida, Daniel H. Bowen and Jay P. Greene in The Educational Value of Field Trips, EducatioNEXT, “.. field trips are in decline. Museums across the country report a steep drop in school tours. For example, the Field Museum in Chicago at one time welcomed more than 300,000 students every year. Recently the number is below 200,000…. A survey by the American Association of School Administrators found that more than half of schools eliminated planned field trips in 2010–11.”

But, parents can easily pick up where schools leave off!

Want to make history come alive? Inspire a budding artist? Or, find out what really happened to the dinosaurs? Take a family field trip this Spring Break. Here are some of our favorites that won’t break the bank:

Schroeder: An Artist at Fort Miles

April 1, 2017, 12:15 PM

Join historic interpreters for an insightful analysis of some of Howard Schroeder’s popular wartime artwork. Schroeder captured many sights and scenes of military life at Fort Miles in WWII, including scenes of his own duties as a Coast Artillery Mine planter. For ages 13 and up with an adult. Limit of 12. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852 or 302-644-5007. $5 per person

Star Party at Trap Pond State Park

April 1, 2017, 6:00 PM

Meet the Delmarva Stargazers at Cypress Point for an outstanding view of the night sky. Learn how to set up a telescope and what to look for in the heavens. Call the Nature Center for up-to-date information and visibility forecasts. No preregistration needed. FREE

Family Fun Fishing Derby at Linvilla Orchards

Apr 8, 2017, 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM

Orchard Lake is stocked with trout! Fishers of all ages and levels of expertise try to get the biggest catch and win prizes.  No preregistration needed. FREE

Public Archaeology Day at Newlin Grist Mill

Apr 15, 2017, 10:00 AM until 03:00 PM

Volunteers of all ages assist professional archaeologists with site excavation, artifact screening and care. The event centers on the tailrace of the 1704 grist mill and the Archive, formerly a mid-18th-century general store. No preregistration needed. FREE

Aquatic Mammals Pontoon Boat Trip at Trap Pond State Park

April 16, 2017, 10:00 AM

Come out on a guided pontoon tour and try to spot some furry pond residents such as beavers, otters, muskrats and other mammals. Space is limited. Trips are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Meet at the Boathouse. $6 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under. For information, call 302-875-5163.

Country Spring Festival at Carousel Park Equestrian Center

Apr 29, 2017, 12:00 PM until 4:00 PM

Festivities includes country line dancing, rodeo games & activities, crafts, hayrides and meet-and-greets with baby animals. No preregistration needed. FREE

About Back to Basics K-12 Private School in Wilmington, Delaware

Back to Basics Private School in Wilmington, Delaware offers a unique school environment for students in grades K-12 and a focus unlike any other school in the state. With a cap of 15 students, Back to Basics Private School provides students with customized, 1-on-1 instruction and self-esteem building by experienced, degreed instructors.

At Back to Basics Private School, we create a personalized team to tailor an integrated curriculum to the specific needs and abilities of your child. The teaching staff is dedicated to the growth and development of your child academically, socially, mentally and emotionally… plus, we take plenty of field trips!

To learn more about Delaware’s only Department of Education-approved 1-on-1 private school, call us at 302-594- 0685.

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March is National Reading Awareness Month

Did you know that reading aloud every day is the single most important thing you can do to prepare your child to learn? And, unfortunately, many parents and caregivers aren’t aware just how crucial it is for young children.

Why third grade reading proficiency is essential

The importance of achieving reading proficiency by the end of third grade is well established among education professionals. And, many states have even passed legislation designed to improve third grade reading, while providing specific, targeted interventions for struggling students.

This goal — reading proficiency by the end of third grade — is by no means arbitrary. If “graduating” third graders don’t develop the necessary reading skills, they quickly fall behind not only in reading, but in other subject areas. Plus, research indicates that students who do not achieve proficiency by the end of third grade are four times less likely to graduate from high school on time.

Can reading scores be improved?

Unfortunately, reading scores have been notoriously difficult to improve. While math scores have improved substantially since the early 1990s, reading scores have remained flat or increased only by small margins.

One explanation is that children generally learn math at school. But, they learn most of their language skills at home – and much of that before they ever enter school!

In fact, new advances in research show early experiences — like reading aloud — have a decisive impact on the architecture of a baby’s brain. And, when reading to babies and toddlers, cells in the children’s growing brains respond. Some brain cells are ‘turned on,’ triggered by this particular experience, existing connections among brain cells are strengthened, and new brain cells are formed.

Early intervention can make a difference

Early identification is crucial when it comes to helping children who are having trouble learning to read. According to author Joseph K. Torgesen in his recent article Catch Them Before They Fall: Identification and Assessment to Prevent Reading Failure in Young Children, “One of the most compelling findings from recent reading research is that children who get off to a poor start in reading rarely catch up. As several studies have now documented, the poor first-grade reader almost invariably continues to be a poor reader.”

So… get reading!

Since March is National Reading Month (and we LOVE to read!), we’ve listed some of our all-time favorite children’s books! What are yours?

  • Little Critter, I Was So Mad
  • Alexander and the terrible, horrible no good, very bad day
  • Hop on Pop
  • 5 Minutes Peace
  • The lady with the alligator purse
  • Cam Jansen
  • The Magic Tree House series
  • The Cricket in Times Square
  • The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe
  • Little House on the Praire
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Little Women

About Back to Basics K-12 Private School in Wilmington, Delaware

Back to Basics Private School in Wilmington, Delaware offers a unique school environment for students in grades K-12 and a focus unlike any other school in the state. With a cap of 15 students, Back to Basics Private School provides students with customized, 1-on-1 instruction and self-esteem building by experienced, degreed instructors.

At Back to Basics Private School, we create a personalized team to tailor an integrated curriculum to the specific needs and abilities of your child. The teaching staff is dedicated to the growth and development of your child academically, socially, mentally and emotionally.

To learn more about Delaware’s only Department of Education-approved 1-on-1 private school, call us at 302-594- 0685.

Photo by stockimages and FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Why do parents choose a private school? 39% cite “individualized attention”

Individualized attention and academic success are inextricably entwined.  So, it’s not surprising that  “individualized attenton” was cited as one of the Top 5 Reasons Parents Choose a Private School, according to a recent study. In fact a whopping 39% said individualized attention was a deciding factor when selecting a school.

And, research bears out this validity of this choice. According to a recent study conducted by the Center for Public Education, “From this review of the research, we can scientifically document several important findings about reduced class size, which local school districts may find useful:

  • Smaller classes in the early grades (K-3) can boost student academic achievement;
  • Minority and low-income students show even greater gains when placed in small classes in the primary grades;
  • Supports, such as professional development for teachers and a rigorous curriculum, enhance the effect of reduced class size on academic achievement.

At Back to Basics, we go a step further. Back to Basics Private School is Delaware’s ONLY DOE approved 1-on-1 Private School

For some students, the actions, interactions and perhaps even the tumult of a traditional classroom make learning difficult and even impossible. 1-on-1 learning distinguishes Back to Basics and may be the academic solution for your child.

Back to Basics Private School in Wilmington, Delaware offers a unique school environment for students in grades K-12 and a focus unlike any other school in the state. With a cap of 15 students, Back to Basics Private School provides students with customized, 1-on-1 instruction and self-esteem building by experienced, degreed instructors.

Students have the constant attention of the teacher so that they can listen and speak with much more comfort than in a group situation.  Each student’s strengths and non-strengths are addressed more consistently and fully without the distraction of other students or the teacher’s compensation for different levels in one classroom.  Each student can learn at his or her own pace and have the benefit of the tutor adapting to each individual learning style.

At Back to Basics Private School, we create a personalized team to tailor an integrated curriculum to the specific needs and abilities of your child. The teaching staff is dedicated to the growth and development of your child academically, socially, mentally and emotionally.

To learn more about Delaware’s only Department of Education-approved 1-on-1 private school, call us at 302-594- 0685.

 Photo by stockimages and FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

It’s March for The Arts in Delaware: How to inspire your child!

It’s March, which means that the Delaware Division of the Arts and the Delaware Department of Education are celebrating March for The Arts!

Why is celebrating March for The Arts so important?

The Arts are an integral part of a lifelong education and contribute to the vitality of the state and its people. 

And, for young students, The Arts are even more important. Learning through The Arts reinforces critical academic skills including reading, language arts, and math. Plus, The Arts provide students with the skills to creatively solve problems of all kinds.

“Studies show that art-centered schools outscore non-art-centered schools in academic achievement scores,” says Lynda Resnick of the Huffington Post. “Art education can actually help the brain to rewire itself, to make stronger and more plentiful neural connections, and can help build memory skills. Self-discipline, intuition, reasoning, imagination, and dexterity are just a few of the other benefits of an art-filled education, especially for primary school students.”

Back to Basics K-12 Private School students show off some of their amazing artwork during March for the Arts month!

The history of March for The Arts

March for the Arts was founded in 2003, when Delaware Senator Dorinda A. Connor authored Senate Bill No. 116, designating the month of March as “March for Arts in Education Month.” Today, the month of March continues to recognize excellence in education for Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Art.

How you can celebrate March for The Arts

You can observe March for the Arts by participating in or attending arts-related activities.  Luckily, opportunities for self-expression through The Arts abound in the tri-state area!

If your child loves music, The Wilmington Children’s Chorus is a diverse children’s choir in Wilmington, Delaware committed to providing free and open access to all interested children, regardless of their financial, social or ethnic background. To learn a musical instrument and receive 1-on-1 instruction, from violin to guitar and so much more, try Back to Basics Learning Dynamics.

For children bitten by the drama bug, The Delaware Children’s Theatre (DCT) has been entertaining audiences of all ages for over forty seasons!

Children who are passionate about the visual arts will love a visit to the Delaware Art Museum for inspiration. And, children of all ages (and adults, too!) can receive 1-on-1 instruction in a wide variety of media at Back to Basics Learning Dynamics.

Whatever they choose, let the beauty and unique experience of The Arts enrich your child’s life this March… and all year long!

About Back to Basics K-12 Private School

Back to Basics Private School in Wilmington, Delaware offers a unique school environment for students in grades K-12 and a focus unlike any other school in the state. With a cap of 15 students, Back to Basics Private School provides students with customized, 1-on-1 instruction and self-esteem building by experienced, degreed instructors.

At Back to Basics Private School, we create a personalized team to tailor an integrated curriculum to the specific needs and abilities of your child. The teaching staff is dedicated to the growth and development of your child academically, socially, mentally and emotionally.

To learn more about Delaware’s only Department of Education-approved 1-on-1 private school, call us at 302-594- 0685.

Photo by stockimages and FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

March is National Women’s History Month

March is National Women’s History Month and the 2017 theme, “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business” acknowledges the many women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and the paid labor force.

Why Women’s History?

As recently as the 1970’s, women’s history was a virtually unknown topic in the K-12 curriculum or even in general public consciousness. In 1980, however, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th, 1980 as National Women’s History Week. Within a few short years, thousands of schools and communities were celebrating National Women’s History Week. And, in 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity.

Women’s History Month Resources for teachers, parents and students:

Want to learn even more? visit Women’s History Month. Or, explore a list of over 30 exceptional women of achievement here.

About Back to Basics K-12 Private School

Back to Basics Private School in Wilmington, Delaware offers a unique school environment for students in grades K-12 and a focus unlike any other school in the state. With a cap of 15 students, Back to Basics Private School provides students with customized, 1-on-1 instruction and self-esteem building by experienced, degreed instructors.

At Back to Basics Private School, we create a personalized team to tailor an integrated curriculum to the specific needs and abilities of your child. The teaching staff is dedicated to the growth and development of your child academically, socially, mentally and emotionally.

To learn more about Delaware’s only Department of Education-approved 1-on-1 private school, call us at 302-594- 0685.