College bound teen? Enter to win the Sleep Health College Scholarship

College Scholarships 2018According to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, “Adolescents are notorious for not getting enough sleep. The average amount of sleep that teenagers get is between 7 and 7 ¼ hours. However, they need between 9 and 9 ½ hours.”

This chronic gap between the sleep needed by most teens and the amount they actually get affects teens in many ways. They may exhibit mood swings and crankiness or engage in risk taking behavior. Lack of sleep affects cognitive ability, memory, decision making, so academic performance also may suffer.

Helping teens get enough sleep

If your teen winces as the morning alarm rings or repeatedly …

Celebrate National Library Lovers Month: How to get a free Library Card in Delaware

How to get a free library card in Delaware: National Library Lovers MonthFebruary is a month to celebrate many things — from Groundhog Day, to Valentines Day, from Black History Month, to American Heart Month. But for educators, students and bibliophiles, February is also National Library Lovers Month!

According to there are 123,000 libraries throughout the USA. These include not only public libraries, but also, “School, Academic and Special Libraries. There are also Armed Forces libraries, Government libraries and multi-use or Joint-Use libraries, which combine library types in one service area or structure.

And today, public libraries provide so much more than just amazing books. They are often the heart of the …

At Back to Basics Private School, we believe in educating the whole child, mind AND body

Self defemse and martial arts at Back to Basics Private School in Wilmington, DelawareRecognizing that children have multiple types of intelligence, The Whole Child Initiative identifies five kinds of learning:

  • cognitive-intellectual activity, associated with the left brain,
  • creative-intuitive activity (the arts), associated with the right brain,
  • structured physical movement and unstructured, self-directed play,
  • handwork, making things that can be useful, and
  • engagement with nature and community.

At Back to Basics Private School, we embrace all types of activities that reinforce these five types of learning. Most recently, Back to Basics Private School students have been spending their days with martial arts and self defence instructor and former martial arts competitor John Dixon.

Mr. …

January is International Creativity Month (but at Back to Basics we celebrate creativity EVERY month)

International Creativity Month at Back to Basics Private School in Wilmington, Delaware.Fresh new year. Fresh new start! January is the perfect opportunity to take a fresh approach to problem-solving and renew confidence in creative capabilities. To mark this effort, International Creativity Month was founded by Randall Munson and is celebrated around the world annually each January.

At Back to Basics Private School, however, we celebrate creativity every month, from art and music, to innovative writing prompts, to unique math and science projects… plus so much more. Our unique 1-on-1 instruction allows each student to select electives that are of special interest and become the very best he or she can

Back to Basics Private School will be closed to students for MLK Day of Service on January 15, 2018

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2018 - Make it a day ON, not a day off!MLK Day of Service is a day dedicated to giving back to our communities. The 2018 National Day of Service will take place on Monday, January 15 and in observance, Back to Basics Private School will be closed to students (although the office will remain open).

This federal holiday is a perfect opportunity for students to honor Dr. King’s legacy! The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community!

Community Service for Students

Dr. King believed in a nation of freedom and …

Snow day? Grab one of these 13 award-winning children’s books, snuggle up, and read!

13 anow-inspired children's books perfect for snow day readingBrrrr!!! This winter is shaping up to be a cold one.  And, families in our area are spending plenty of time off from school with “snow days.” 

Of course, a day off from school means sledding, snowball fights, and the obligatory snowman (or two). But, once the novelty of the winter wonderland wears thin, smart parents will turn off the television, unplug the electronics and offer up a great book.

By age, here are a few great “snow-inspired” reads that are sure to please as temps continue to dip and the winter winds howl!


  • Snow by Cynthia Rylant. The

Why college-bound students should consider a gap year

How to make the most of a gap yearWhen many parents hear the phrase “gap year” they think about students “vegging out” in front of SpongeBob reruns, sleeping past noon, and having fun, fun, fun. They also worry that students will never go on, or return to, college.

A gap year, however, can be a much-needed respite from years of academic burnout resulting from piling on the Honors and AP classes, tutors, standardized test prep, community-service projects, varsity sports, and other extracurricular activities.

It can also stem from a desire for increased self-awareness and a more purposeful enrollment in college.

Taking a gap year just got a little

Helping kids unplug. Why parents should limit screen time.

Helping kids unplug. The perils of too much screentime for kids and teensWinter brings not only frigid temperatures and a halt to most outdoor activities, but also the tendency for kids to overdo screen time. According to Elements Behavioral Health, “The average child in the U.S. spends nearly 10 hours every day consuming media of all types. This includes using cell phones, accessing the Internet, using tablets, playing games, texting, and watching television, many doing more than one such activity at a time.”

Yet, pediatricians have set guidelines suggesting children and teens not exceed two hours of screen time per day.

Screen time, including television, the Internet and mobile phones can be entertaining …