Why learning to embrace diversity is essential for children of all ages

Why learning the value of diversity is essential for children of all agesIn today’s global society, our world is ever more diverse. As a result, our children are increasingly exposed to many people from different backgrounds and cultures. And as parents, it’s important to teach children the great value there is in diversity, as well as to show how much we can learn from other cultures, traditions, and beliefs.

“Children are not born prejudiced. They have to learn hate and intolerance, and some of the most powerful lessons they receive come from the adults in their lives.” says Education World author Dr. Jane Bluestein in Appreciating Diversity: What Kids Are Really Learning.

Top 5 Tips: Teach Your Child How to Get (and STAY!) Organized

Top 5 Tips: Teach Your Child How to Get (and STAY!) OrganizedWith the new school year mere weeks away, many parents vow that this is the year that their children will get organized. If you are among them, it’s important to note that time management and organization, two closely related skills, are not intuitive to kids. So, what seems like common sense to adult with a lifetime of experience, can feel alien to a fourth grader.

For those parents whose students regularly lose completed homework in the depths of a chaotic locker, repeatedly forget upcoming assignments, or miss crucial dates and deadlines, getting organized can appear overwhelming.

But, we’ve identified five …

Award-winning children’s book suggestions for the last days of summer

Summer reading: Award winning children's books for 2018The last days of summer are here. And, the time for relaxing in the hammock with a glass of sweet tea and a great book are, sadly, drawing to a close. But, there’s still a bit of time left! And, if you have a road trip, a beach day, or just a lazy Saurday planned this August, we have some exceptional, award-winning book suggestions for kids of all ages.

Here are the top picks from the American Library Association for 2018:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:
“Hello, Universe” written by Erin Entrada Kelly, is …

What are the most important standardized tests for your student?

Standardized test definitions (and why they are so important)While there is, naturally, opposition to the overuse and misuse of standardized testing, tests are still an important assessment for student success. But, the bewildering array of acronyms, and changing state requirements can baffle even the most informed parent.

To help, we’ve put together a list of the most crucial standardized testing definitions YOU need to know. Here’s our easy “cheat sheet” for a little guidance on what each test does and why it’s important:

ACT is a college readiness assessment standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions in the United States produced by ACT, Inc. It was first administered …

2018-2019 Back to Basics Private School Calendar is now live

Back to Basics Private School Calendar, DelawareThe 2018-2019 Back to Basics Private School Calendar is now available on our website. CLICK HERE to access dates for all school holidays, parent-teachers conferences, and more.

The first day of school and parent orientation begin on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.  Special event planning is still underway for some dates and will be posted live as they are finalized, so please 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!

Want to learn more about Back to Basics Private School in Wilmington, Delaware?

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How do volunteerism and community service factor into college admissions?

Volunteerism and community service. Colleges are looking for socially responsible students. Do you fit the bill?According to a recent New York Times article entitled, What Colleges Want in An Applicant (Everything), “Generally, nothing carries more weight in admissions than grades (plus strength of the high school curriculum) and ACT/SAT scores.”

And, while that is true, college admissions officers are also busy reading through thousands of applications that all appear virtually identical. The combination of near perfect SAT or ACT scores, large numbers of AP classes, and leadership positions in sports and extra-curricular activities is no longer enough to satisfy the demands of the nation’s most selective colleges.

So, college admissions officers are increasingly attracted …

Why should kids learn a foreign language?

Why should kids learn a foreign languageAccording to Parenting magazine, “A new study reveals that children who can speak more than one language have a learning advantage, with superior problem-solving skills and creative thinking than kids who only know one… the mental agility needed to switch between languages may develop skills that boost other types of thinking.”

In addition, learning a second language:

  1. Improves multitasking. The bilingual brain is able to quickly edit out information that’s irrelevant and hone in on what’s important.
  2. Boosts grey matter in the brain regions responsible for attention, inhibition, and short-term memory, according to recent research from the Georgetown University

Teen Service Clubs: Join one or start your OWN. Here’s how!

Teen service clubs. Join one or start your own. Here's how!Is your teen interested in community service, but not sure where to start? generationOn Teen Service Clubs give middle and high school youth the tools and resources to start and lead their own service clubs, supported by an adult advisor.

What is generationOn?

generationOn is the youth division of Points of Light, which inspires, equips and mobilizes millions of people to take action, changing the world. The group envisions a world in which everyone has discovered their power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant, participatory societies.

There are currently over 300 active generationOn Service Clubs across the …