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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Did you know? Back to Basics hosts international students from around the globe!

Back to Basics K-12 Private School is certified by the Federal Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to accept international students for high school. This provides our students with the ability to interact on a daily basis with students from many countries, with different backgrounds, cultures and experiences, enriching the school experience for all!

The certification process is mandatory for any school that wants to accept international students. To ensure that the international students receive an exceptional education experienced in the United States, the process examines every area of the school. Certification includes physical inspection of school properties and facilities, evaluation of qualified personnel, documentation of licensing, plus scrutinizing everything from grading policy, admission requirements, expulsion requirements to attendance policy.

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program provides international students with the unique opportunity to study in the US at certified schools. Graduating seniors from schools like Back to Basics K-12 Private School typically continue on to American colleges and universities.

If you’re an international student who would like to study in the US, please visit our Back to Basics Private School  website or call 302-594-0685.  You can also email Director Beverly Stewart at .

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.

 

10 Facts About Black History Month That You May Not Know!

1. The NAACP was founded on February 12, 1909, the centennial anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

2. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

3. President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, declaring “that all persons held as slaves” within the Confederate states “are, and henceforward shall be free.”

4. The earliest recorded protest against slavery was by the Quakers in 1688.

5. Originally established to educate freed slaves to read and write, the first of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities was Cheyney University in Pennsylvania, established in 1837.

6. Born in Atlanta, Texas in 1892, Bessie Coleman grew up to become the first licensed African American Female pilot.

7. Americans have recognized black history annually since 1926, first as “Negro History Week” and later as “Black History Month.”

8. On February 3, 1870 the 15th Amendment was passed, granting blacks the right to vote.

9. On November 4, 2008 Barack Obama, became the first African American to be elected President of the United States.

10. February was chosen as the month to observe Black History because it is the birth month of abolitionist and writer Frederick Douglass  (Feb. 14) and President Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12).

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.

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Our favorite cures for cabin fever!

The wind is howling. The skies are gray. And, the kids are spending far less time outdoors. That combination can lead to every mom’s worst nightmare… cabin fever.

Trapping your average, reasonably active child inside for too long is enough to make many moms run screaming for the door!

Luckily, there are some clever solutions to cabin fever that every mom can implement to keep the entire family happy — without resorting to Candy Crush on the iPad or the Disney Channel on TV.

For example, one of the most resourceful solutions I’ve ever seen for keeping three small children busy for an entire day was called “restaurant” (I kid you not). This “game” was created, somewhat in desperation, to keep the kids occupied for 8 long hours while mom prepared for a party that evening.

What did “restaurant” entail? The trio designed menus, order forms, coat check tickets, and signs, created centerpieces, came up with costumes, and helped in the preparation of some of the food items. When guests arrived, they took coats, handed out menus, took orders, and in general had the best time ever!

The entire day could have been a disaster. Three small children and one extremely harried mom? Instead, it turned into a memorable event for the family, as well as the guests.

The trick is to get kids using their imaginations. And, instead of feeling stuck inside, they’ll see the day as an incredible adventure. Here are a few more ideas:

Build a fort…

…a pirate ship, alien spacecraft, or a little house on the prairie! Never underestimate the power of a few sofa cushions, blankets, and the odd mop or broom to create a magic retreat for kids. Household items become crucial props (a paper towel tube spyglass, a colander space helmet, a beach bucket for feeding the cows). Watching mom or dad struggle to enter the new lair is sure to induce giggles!

Break out the dress-up box

Don’t have one, yet? Pull out those old prom and formal dresses, colorful scarves, and floppy sunhats. Don’t forget old costume jewelry (if it is over-the-top 1980’s styled, they are sure to love it).  For boys, grab some of dad’s worn suit jackets, vests, hats, and ties. Who will they become? A movie star? A cowboy? An accountant??? You’ll be amazed at the story lines that develop!

Host an air show (with paper airplanes)

The Internet is filled with templates for an astounding variety of different paper airplanes. Let the kids personalize them with artwork. Then, hold a contest to see which versions can go the furthest, curve best, or stay aloft longest. Learning which wing folds or weights work best for each task sneaks in a Physics lesson as a bonus!

And, when all else fails, send kids outside for jump rope, hopscotch or tag to get the blood pumping and, hopefully, wear them out for bedtime!

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.

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47% cite student safety as a reason to choose a private school

 

Student safety. It can be a scary topic for parents and students alike. And, “improved student safety” is one of the Top 5 Reasons Parents Choose a Private School, according to a recent study.

There is good cause for concern. Produced by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in the U.S. Department of Education, and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) in the U.S. Department of Justice, a federal report includes data on “the current state of school crime and safety across the nation.” The report covers topics such as:

  • victimization
  • teacher injury
  • bullying and cyber-bullying
  • fights
  • weapons
  • availability and student use of drugs and alcohol, and
  • students perception of personal safety at school.

The result? Private schools were found to be more than twice as safe as public schools. (“At school” is defined to include the school building itself, school grounds, and a school bus.)

How can parents protect their children and keep them safe at school?

The National Crime Prevention Council offers a comprehensive list of suggestions including safety issues in the classroom, while traveling, and on the school bus:

  1. In the Classroom
  • Talk to your children about their day. Look for warning signs, such as a sudden drop in grades, loss of friends, or torn clothing.
  • Teach children to resolve problems without fighting. Talk to them about other ways they can work out a problem, such as talking it out, walking away, sticking with friends, or telling a trusted adult.
  • Keep an eye on Internet use. Many elementary schools have computers with Internet access. Let them know they can talk to you if anything they see online makes them uncomfortable, whether it’s an explicit website or a classmate bullying them or someone else through email, chat, or websites.
  • Ask about the safety and emergency plans for your children’s school. What emergencies have been considered and planned for?
  1. Traveling to and from School
  • Map out with your children a safe way for them to walk to school or to the bus stop. Do a trial run with them to point out places they should avoid.
  • Teach children to follow traffic signals and rules when walking or biking.
  • Encourage children to walk to school or the bus stop with a sibling or friend, and to wait at bus stops with other children.
  • Teach children not to talk to strangers, go anywhere with them, or accept gifts from them without your permission.
  • Help children memorize their phone number and full address, including area code and zip code.
  1. On the bus
  • Have your children arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to pick them up.
  • Make sure children know to stand on the sidewalk or on the grass while waiting for the bus.
  • Teach children to make sure they can see the bus driver and the bus driver can see them before crossing in front of the bus.
  • Be aware that often bullying takes place on the school bus. Let them know that if they see someone being bullied, or are bullied themselves, they can talk to you, the bus driver, or another trusted adult.

For more suggestions on keeping kids safe at school, please visit National Crime Prevention Council.

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.

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