How much screen time is too much for kids?

How much screen time is too much for kidsThe American Academy of Pediatrics recently met to discuss new children’s health recommendations for 2017. And, an estimated 10,000 pediatricians were particularly interested in one of the most crucial issues parents face — screen time for children. 

Screen time, including television, the Internet and mobile phones can be entertaining and educational. And, the information they provide can open up whole new worlds for kids, giving them a chance to travel the globe, learn about different cultures, and gain access to ideas they may never encounter in their own community.

But, screen time in excess can be damaging. 

So, what are the guidelines for parents? How much screen time is too much? Each child is different, but with summer in full swing and extra free time stretching far into August, parents should take precautions against overindulging kids.

Previously the Academy set a general screen time limit: no more than two hours in front of the TV for kids over the age of 2. Unfortunately, even that amount may be too much for some kids. Yet, the amount of screen time allowed by parents only appears to be growing!

According to Child Trends, “Television is available to nearly all children ages eight to 18 (99% in 2009), and most of these children have a television in their bedroom (71% in 2009). Conventional television viewing has decreased over the past twenty years. But, when one includes TV content displayed on computers, and handheld media devices, such as iPods or cell phones, viewing actually increased by 38 minutes per day from 1999 to 2009, according to a national study. The average amount of television 8- to 18-year-olds watch is four-and-a-half hours per day.”

If your child is typical, TV, the Internet and mobile devices play a very big role in his or her life. Following are some research findings to keep in mind as you decide what kind of role you want screen time to play within your family:

• Screen time is probably replacing activities in your child’s life that you would rather have them do such as things playing with friends, being physically active, getting fresh air, reading, playing imaginatively, doing homework and doing chores.
• Kids who spend more time watching TV or on the Internet spend less time interacting with family members.
• Excessive screen time can contribute to poor grades, sleep problems, behavior problems, and obesity.
• Advertisers target kids, and on average, children see tens of thousands of TV commercials and ads per year. This includes ads for unhealthy snacks and drinks.

How can parents limit the amount of time spent watching TV, on the Internet or on mobile devices?

• Make very specific rules about when children can and cannot watch television or use the Internet. For example, do not allow TV during meals, homework or when parents are not around.
• American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines recommend that parents limit their children’s scree time to one to two hours per day at most.
• If your child is doing poorly in school limit screen time to half an hour each day, or entirely eliminate it, except for limited time on the weekends.
• Make it a rule that children must finish homework and chores first.

About Back to Basics 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 whether Back to Basics K-12 Private School in Wilmington, Delaware is right for your student, call 302-594-0685.

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National Moon Day is July 20. Young space enthusiasts can explore the final frontier with Delaware AeroSpace Education Foundation!

Monn Day, space enthusiats DelawareNational Moon Day is observed annually on July 20 and commemorates the day man first walked on the moon in 1969 representing, according to NASA, “…the single greatest technological achievement of all time.”

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed the first humans, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on the moon.  Armstrong stepped first onto the lunar surface, six hours after landing and spent two and a half hours outside the spacecraft.  Aldrin spent slightly less time but together they collected 47.5 pounds of lunar material to bring back to Earth.  Michael Collins piloted Apollo 11 and remained alone in orbit until Armstrong and Aldrin returned.

Watched by millions, the event was broadcast on live TV to a world-wide audience and all witnessed as Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface and described the event as “one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Encouraging future astronauts… in Delaware!

Founded in 1989, the Delaware AeroSpace Education Foundation (DASEF), an independent non-profit education organization which implements successful programs to motivate, engage, educate and inspire people from diverse background and communities in Delaware. This innovative organization operates with a vision to link contemporary aeronautic, space, and engineering themes with traditional school subjects to increase interest in science and technology.

DASEF offers early childhood experiences that create an exceptional learning environment inspiring children and their families with a sense of appreciation for the earth and its place in the universe. The DASEF vision is driven by the belief that “Wisdom Begins with Wonder.”

For more information about DASEF’s many events and activities, please visit the DASEF calendar.

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Back to Basics Private School 2017-2018 Calendar is LIVE

The 2016-2017 Back to Basics Private School Calendar is now available by clicking this link.  School starts September 6, 2017.  Special event planning is still underway for some dates and will be posted live as they are finalized, so be sure to check back. 

We look forward to welcoming our teachers and students back for another great year at Back to Basics Private School!

About Back to Basics 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 whether Back to Basics K-12 Private School in Wilmington, Delaware is right for your student, call 302-594-0685.

In it for the long haul… the benefits of reading aloud to older kids

It’s no secret that reading aloud benefits young children, preschoolers, and even newborns. According to Catherine Pearson at The Huffington Post, “…researchers have hard evidence that reading aloud activates the parts of preschoolers’ brains that help with mental imagery and understanding narrative — both of which are key for the development of language and literacy.”

But, did you know that reading aloud shouldn’t stop when kids can read on their own?

Reading aloud to older children influences their attitudes and behaviors about reading books for fun. In the Kids and Family Reading Report, published by Scholastic earlier this year, the frequency with which parents read aloud drops significantly after age 5 — and drops even further after age 8.

Liza Baker, the executive editorial director at Scholastic, explains, “As they become independent readers, we tend to let them go, but even kids in older demographics love nothing more than that time with their parents. We’re blown away that kids time and again said the most special time they recall spending with a parent is reading together.”

How to make read aloud time fun for older kids

Let them choose. 89% of kids ages 6 to 17 surveyed for the Kids and Family Report agree that the favorite books “are the ones that I have picked out myself.”

Read UP! A child’s reading level typically doesn’t catch up to his listening level until eighth grade. By reading above the child’s reading level, you challenge their intellect and imagination, as well as provide motivation to read increasingly complex texts.

It’s storytime. Reading aloud allows older children to appreciate a great story without the chore of reading for meaning. What better way to keep kids hooked on reading?!

10 outstanding books to read aloud to older kids

Need some book suggestions to get started? Here are 10 of our personal faves:

  1. Danny the Champion of the Worldby Roald Dahl 
  2. The Mouse and the Motorcycleby Beverly Cleary 
  3. City of Emberby Jeanne DuPrau
  4. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyleby Avi
  5. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
  6. My Side of the Mountainby Jean Craighead George
  7. Peter and the Star Catchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
  8. Summer of the Monkeysby Wilson Rawls
  9. Wonderby R.J. Palacio
  10. My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier & Christopher Collier

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.

Back to Basics Private School Teacher of the Year: Christina DiMauro

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Back to Basics Private School 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year is Christina DiMauro, shown here accepting congratulations from Private School Coordinator Tammy Ford and Director Beverly Stewart, M.Ed.

Each year, the students of Back to Basics Private School vote on the Teacher of the Year. The race is always tight, because each of our teachers offers something special!

This year, our students singled out Christina DiMauro as the best of the best. Christina is a newcomer to Back to Basics, but already making a big impact in Math and Chemistry classes.

Congrats to Christina and to all of our teachers, who make Back to Basics such a special place!

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.

As the school year draws to a close…

2017 Closing Ceremonies and Graduation… It was a bittersweet night, because we will really miss the students who are leaving. But, we know that they all have such bright futures ahead of them. And, it has been an honor to be a part of their journey!

2017 Back to Basics Private School Closing Ceremonies and Graduation

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.

NBC 10 Philadelphia showcases Back to Basics Private School senior!

What a wonderful story by NBC 10 Philadelphia about one of our senior students! We are so proud of all that our students have accomplished here at Back to Basics Private School.

CLICK HERE TO SEE ROSS AND HIS STORY

 

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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.

 

Inspire your kids to shoot for the moon! Today is National Astronaut Day!

National Astronaut DayNational Astronaut Day celebrates astronauts as true heroes, with a mission to inspire ALL to “reach for the stars” by sharing amazing astronaut stories and experiences.

And, you can celebrate by watching a lot of space-related events on Facebook Live! A number of former NASA astronauts — including Leroy Chiao, Frank Culbertson, Clayton Anderson and Nicole Stott — will talk during a series of webcasts beginning at 9 a.m. EDT. You can watch them on the Facebook page of the Uniphi Space Agency, a talent agency for astronauts that’s organizing today’s events.

The history of National Astronaut Day

On May 5th, 1961, Astronaut Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. became the first American in space aboard the Freedom 7 Space capsule. The brief suborbital flight, which lasted 15 minutes and reached a height of 116 miles into the atmosphere, was a milestone achievement. This trailblazing example of heroic bravery and adventurous spirit is this essence of what National Astronaut Day is all about.

Inspiring young space enthusiasts in Delaware

Founded in 1989, the Delaware AeroSpace Education Foundation (DASEF), an independent non-profit education organization which implements successful programs to motivate, engage, educate and inspire people from diverse background and communities in Delaware. This innovative organization operates with a vision to link contemporary aeronautic, space, and engineering themes with traditional school subjects to increase interest in science and technology.

DASEF programs for young children in Delaware

DASEF offers early childhood experiences that create an exceptional learning environment that inspires children and their families with a sense of appreciation for the earth and its place in the universe. The DASEF vision is driven by the belief that “Wisdom Begins with Wonder.” To learn more, visit DASEF.

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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