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Hands-On Learning

Joys of Learning

Having a Baby?

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Homework Help 6 tips for making homework more effective.



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5 benefits of hands on learning By Sandi Schwartz

Kids today are spending an exorbitant amount of time glued to their electronics. Nearly all children age 8 and under live in a home with some type of mobile device and spend an average of 2.25 hours a day on screens. This media time only increases with age—tweens use an average of 6 hours, not including time spent using media for school and homework, and teens are up to an average of 9 hours daily. Being tied to phones, tablets, and computers takes away from hands-on learning time, which is unfortunate since these types of experiences provide so many critical benefits to children as they grow and develop. As media becomes the go-to teaching

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tool in classrooms, it is imperative that we find fun and creative ways for kids to experience more hands-on, interactive learning opportunities at home. First, let’s dive into five key benefits of hands-on educational experiences. ENHANCES LEARNING When children are primarily learning by reading, listening, and watching, they miss out on a key component of the educational experience that can only happen by doing. Kids of all ages thrive when they are provided with interactive, engaging, meaningful educational experiences. According to Brookings Institution, students who are engaged in hands-on learning are much more likely to remember what they were taught. Interestingly, when children are physically engaged in an activity, they process the information differently and learn more effectively. Simply reading about a concept in a textbook or watching a demonstration in class is just not the same as physically experiencing what you are learning about. A research study from University of Chicago measured this concept using brain scans and found that students who engaged in a hands-on approach to learning scientific concepts were more activated in the sensory and motor-related parts of their brain. This also led to better quiz scores. STIMULATES CURIOSITY When children are part of something so fascinating that it fills them with awe, like a science experiment or art project, they get excited about it and want to learn more. Hands-on experiences like these can spur curiosity in children, which is so critical to their growth and success.

Even though their constant questions may be exhausting for us at times, their curiosity is exactly what we want to see from them so they continue to crave and seek out new knowledge. “One of our most important jobs as parents is to nurture kids’ innate curiosity. Not only is curiosity linked to academic achievement, it is tied to happiness in the long-term as well,” says Sandy Polu, Ph.D., founder of plumsparkkids. com, a creative learning subscription box for kids. “The key is to encourage curiosity in a way that is relevant and appropriate for the child.” IMPROVES SOCIAL INTERACTION Part of the problem with all of this technology is that kids are losing the ability to communicate and interact with others in person. When they hide behind their devices instead of talking face-to-face with their friends and family, they miss out on a major chance for emotional connection. According to Psychology Today, this kind of communication interferes with actual conversation and undermines our ability to connect with others. As children are constantly exposed to these quick impersonal ways of expressing themselves, they miss out on learning how to accurately convey their thoughts and feelings. When we engage our children in fun hands-on activities, it opens a whole new world to them in which they need to ask questions, explain directions, and talk to others about the project. These projects also provide a special bonding time for parents and children or siblings to take on a challenge and work together. Whether it’s baking in the kitchen, working on a garden, or

conducting a science experiment, kids will learn so many important social skills from the experience. These types of projects are also a great opportunity to invite over some neighbors or friends for a playdate so that the kids can work on a creative project together instead of staring at screens. EXPANDS CREATIVITY It’s one thing to observe art in a museum or watch a building being constructed in a video, but it’s another thing for kids to actually create masterpieces with their own hands. These types of activities allow children to tap into their own creativity and explore as they go. It gives them a direct sensory experience, which offers a more in-depth way of learning about a subject. It also provides a chance to stretch their imagination as much as possible. BOOSTS CONFIDENCE When a child has the opportunity to directly work on a project like a science experiment from start to finish, they can feel a sense of accomplishment when they see the results. They then become empowered, which leads to more confidence when they face the next challenge. They also learn from their mistakes and failures, which only makes them more resilient in the future. If the experiment does not come out as planned, they will learn to ask why and make adjustments the next time they work on it. >> continue pg. 31

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READING success It begins at home

By Christine Bradford, K-8 Principal at Sarasota Christian School

Effective readers are grown, not born... All parents hope their child develops into an enthusiastic reader with a love of literature. Studies show that from our earliest days, children are acquiring language skills and learning how to read. The more children know about language and literacy before they arrive at school, the better equipped they are to be successful readers. How can you help set your child up for reading success in school? The work begins at home. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends you start reading aloud to your child by at least 6 months of age, although many families start at birth. Below are six ways you can help your child develop early literacy and a lifelong love of reading. 8

TALK TO YOUR CHILD It may seem obvious, but oral language development precedes written language skills (The Joy and Power of Reading: A Summary of Expert Opinion, Dr. Lois Bridges). Talking to your children beginning at birth exposes them to language - and this is an important building block for early reading success. According to researchers Betty Hart and Todd Risley, there is a strong correlation between a child’s academic success and the number of words their parents spoke to them at age three (The Early Catastrophe: The 30 Million Word Gap by Age 3, Hart and Risley). Talk with your child about your day, share stories from work, and use interesting language. Name things that you see around you. These activities build vocabulary and an understanding of how language works - important early reading skills!

READ TO YOUR CHILD Reading to your child is likely the single most important thing you can do as a parent to encourage your child’s reading readiness. Read to your child from their earliest days. Make a nightly routine of reading together, make sure your child has age-appropriate books available, and regularly visit libraries. According to Dr. Bridges,“early, frequent exposure to print has benefits that last a lifetime” (The Joy and Power of Reading: A Summary of Expert Opinion). In addition, she notes that children who are read to daily thrive at home and at school. TALK WITH YOUR CHILD ABOUT THE BOOKS YOU READ As soon as they are ready, talk with your child about the books you are reading at home. Encourage discussion by asking about a picture in the book, pointing out an interesting detail, or asking your child what might happen next in a story. Bridges notes


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that interactively reading aloud is an important early language experience for young children. While reading aloud offers great benefits to growing readers, reading and discussing text offers significantly more potent benefits. PLAY WITH LANGUAGE Singing songs, saying riddles, and making up rhyming pairs can be fun ways to help your child develop early language skills. The sing-song rhymes of books like those from Dr. Seuss build phonological awareness in young children. When children have frequent pleasant experiences with words and text, they build a love not just for reading, but for exploring, learning, and thinking deeply. TALK TO YOUR CHILD’S TEACHERS ABOUT BOOKS When it’s time to look for a school, be sure to find out if your child’s school is providing a linguistically rich learning environment filled with a large, varied selection of reading

materials. Do the children have regular opportunities to read, listen to good reading, talk about reading, and write about reading? Be sure to ask about the books they are reading at school so you can have discussions about them at home with your child. YOU READ, TOO! When you spend time reading whether it’s a novel, magazine, or business journal - you lead by example. Our children imitate what we do, so ensure that your child sees you reading, hears you talking about what you are reading, and sees you writing about what you are reading. Make a family trip to the local bookstore, choose books to order online, or visit the local library together. The time you have at home together allows you to invite your child to a lifetime of learning. The above suggestions can be integrated into the normal course of your days together. There is no need to plan or design classroom type work at home. Simply

build a linguistically rich environment filled with engaging books you enjoy together. With a foundation like this, your child is likely to thrive when he or she arrives at school. Don’t stop reading together when school begins; keep this up at home. Many children will allow family to read to them at bedtime even into their early teen years. ! Christine Bradford is the K-8 Principal at Sarasota Christian School. She holds B.S. degrees in Elementary Education and Bible, a Master’s degree in Science Education, and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership. Mrs. Bradford holds Florida professional certification in additional endorsements in Reading and in English for Speakers of Other Languages. Currently Mrs. Bradford is taking a graduate course from the Penn Literacy Network (PLN) in order to support strong literacy instruction in the classroom.





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HOMEWORK help 6 tips for making homework effective By Gregg Sledziewski, Executive Director, Brain Wave Center of Sarasota

If you ask any kid if they like homework, it’s pretty obvious that most would answer with a resounding – NO!


Although homework has been getting some negative attention since the turn of the century regarding its effectiveness; additional research has shown that the right type of assignment can enhance success in academics and on standardized tests. That all being said, there is still homework to be done. And most parents would agree that it is not that easy. But remember,

tell your child how important school is. The attitude you express about homework will be the attitude your child acquires. GET INTO A ROUTINE Allow some time to play and unwind after school, exercise, listen to some music, maybe even meditate, and have a healthy snack.


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ESTABLISH A SCHEDULE Set time each day for doing homework. Don‘t let your child leave homework until just before bedtime. Then get down to business. CHOOSE THE RIGHT LOCATION Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to do homework. Avoid having your child do homework with the television on or in places with other distractions, such as people coming and going. Also, be close enough to help when needed, notice for frustration and fatigue and just be available for positive reinforcement. FIND & ORGANIZE SUPPLIES Make sure the materials your child needs, such as paper, pencils and a dictionary, are available. Ask your child if special materials will be needed for some projects and get them in advance. Sounds simple enough, but we often leave this important task until the last minute.





TRY & THEN REASSESS Don’t be discouraged when how you plan to set up homework doesn’t work at first. Move some items around, try a different spot, until a good compromise is found. This will be an ongoing and evolving process throughout your child’s life as a student. WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE INTERNET? If your school is like ours, much of the assignments include online access to resources: study guides, online assignments, practice tests, research etc. all found on the web. The temptation to morph into social media can be over-whelming. You could put an internet block on these sites. Or, have them earn screen time through good grades or even getting all homework done quickly (and accurately) well before bedtime. If there are continuing problems with homework, get help. Talk about it with your child’s teacher or counselor. Some kids have trouble seeing and may simply need glasses; others might need an evaluation for a learning problem or attention disorder. Altogether, be positive about their homework. ! Gregg Sledziewski has been researching and developing techniques for the advancement of Brain Health and more specifically, Brain Map guided neurofeedback since 2012. Brain Wave Center hosts a dedicated team of doctors, psychologists, psychotherapist, technicians and advisors offering nationally and internationally recognized innovations in brain health for a better you. Call to schedule your complementary consultation or brain map and take the first step to a better you! (941) 552-4500




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JOYS OF learning Understanding the benefits of the Montessori method

By Tim Seldin, Headmaster of NewGate Montessori School

Sarasota has some of the most interesting schools in America, from New College of Florida, the Ringling College of Art and Design, to our public, private, and charter schools. 12

Did you know that Sarasota is also one of the nation’s centers for Montessori education? Sarasota has several distinctly different Montessori schools in our community. NewGate School serves as the Lab School of the Montessori Foundation and has the only Montessori high school in the area. It attracts families from across America


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Sarasota is also home to the Montessori Foundation and International Montessori Council, which moved here from Washington, DC in 2002. The Foundation works with Montessori parents, educators, and schools worldwide. The International Montessori Council accredits Montessori schools, certifies Montessori teachers, and has more than a thousand members in more than 50 countries. In addition, there is Montessori Live, a Montessori teacher education program and Sarasota University, a new graduate school that uses Montessori principles to guide instruction. Montessori, known for preschool programs, the years when a child’s brain is most sensitive and open to stimulation, extends up through high school, with more than 25,000 schools in 115 countries.

and around the world. Other Montessori schools include Center Montessori in Bradenton (Toddlers-8th); Island Village Montessori Charter School (K-8th); Foundations Christian Montessori Academy (Toddlers-6th); and a number of emerging Montessori schools, such as Indigo Circle Montessori (PreK-3rd).

Montessori appeals to parents who never want their children to lose the joy of learning. They sense that education should be a partnership among students and teachers; a journey, not a race. Children do best when they feel safe, empowered, and heard. Montessori schools nurture students’ innate curiosity, creativity, intellect, and sense of engagement. Montessori students learn how to learn, have a deep global understanding, embrace an entrepreneurial spirit, hone executive function skills, and practice

21st-century leadership that leads to lifelong success. Parents who consider Montessori for older students have seen the light going out in their children’s eyes as they become bored or overwhelmed by the culture found in much larger conventional schools. They tend to be talented, mature college-bound young people, who think outside of the box and want to learn deeply not just about their academic subjects but also about who they are as human beings and who they might become as adults. Montessori students have an exceptionally high rate of college completion, without being stressed out. A graduate recently wrote: “I study electrical engineering at Georgia Tech. I spent 14 years in Montessori at NewGate and can confidently say that it works. It instilled a love of learning that will never go away.” To get a sense of it, you just need to talk to some Montessori students. For example, when asked “Is this your class?” a six-year-old told a visitor, “No, but I work here.” Another was asked if it is true that in Montessori, students can do what they want. She responded: “No. We have a plan. But we like what we do.” !

Tim Seldin is the President of the Montessori Foundation ( and serves as the Headmaster of its Lab School, NewGate School here in Sarasota, Florida ( This is an excerpt from one of his books “How To Raise An Amazing Child”

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Brickhouse Academy


3552 Webber Street | Sarasota, FL 34239 941.924.7681 •

Grades: 6th Grade - 12th Grade Enrollment: 40 Class Size: 1 :4 Year Established: 1992 Affiliation: Non - Denom.

NewGate School


5237 Ashton Road | Sarasota, FL 34233 941.922.4949 • • Lic.# 58-51-00077

Grades: 18 month - 6th Grade Enrollment: 101 Class Size: Toddler - 1:6, Primary 1:15 Year Established: 1984 Affiliation: A Montessori - IB World School

NewGate School


5481 Communications Pkwy | Sarasota, FL 34240 941.222.0763 • • Lic.# 58-51-00077

Grades: 7th Grade - 12th Grade Enrollment: 77 Class Size: Upper - 1:15 Year Established: 1984 Affiliation: A Montessori - IB World School



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Grades: PreK - 5th Grade Enrollment: 250 Class Size: 1: 16 Year Established: 1924 Affiliation: Non - Denom.



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Grades: 6th Grade - 12th Grade Enrollment: 500 Class Size: 1: 16 Year Established: 1924 Affiliation: Non - Denom.

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Grades: PreK - 12th Grade Enrollment: 440 Class Size: 14:1 Year Established: 1958 Affiliation: Christian (Mennonite)


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Grades: P3 - 8th Grade Enrollment: 434 Class Size: Varies Year Established: 1950 Affiliation: Catholic Diocese of Venice, St. Martha Catholic Church

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NEWGATE School Cultivate a lifelong love of learning. learning.


ewGate serves as the Lab School of the Montessori Foundation. As such, their goal is to embody the principles of best practice in Montessori education that the Foundation teaches to Montessori school leaders around the world.

As many of you know, the Montessori Foundation literately ‘wrote the book’ on how to integrate Montessori principles into all aspects of school life, from an authentic Montessori program and curriculum at each age level, to building a partnership-based community, student leadership, and family-friendly policies. Montessori classrooms tend to fascinate both children and their parents. There are interest centers filled with intriguing learning materials, fascinating mathematical models, maps, charts, fossils, historical artifacts, computers, scientific apparatus and perhaps a small natural-science display. Classrooms are carefully prepared to stimulate children’s independence and intellectual development. You will not find rows of desks, even at the Upper School level; instead, the room will be set up to facilitate discussions and stimulate collaborative learning.

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At the Early Childhood and Elementary levels, students will typically be found scattered around the classrooms, working alone or with one or two others. They tend to become so involved in their work that visitors are immediately struck by the peaceful atmosphere. At the Upper School, many classes will involve seminar discussions, individual research, thoughtful writing, and field experience. Teachers focus on each student as an individual, not on a daily lesson plan for the entire class. The ultimate objective is to help students to learn how to learn things deeply and independently, holding on to the curiosity, creativity, and intelligence with which they were born. Teachers don’t simply present lessons; they are facilitators, mentors, coaches, and guides. l

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In addition to the regular school day, they offer a complete high school curriculum in their afternoon program based on trimesters. Students can earn regular or honors credits in as little as 8-10 weeks. In addition, grade replacement courses are available.

The middle school is a safe place where students grow both academically and socially, in an individualized small classroom setting. Methods develop selfesteem, responsible decision-making, social conscience, time management skills and solid academics.

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OUT-OF-DOOR ACADEMY Respect, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Responsibility!


he Out-of-Door Academy is an independent, college preparatory school educating 750+ students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 at two campuses in Sarasota. At ODA, we understand that happy, healthy kids are successful kids. Founded by two nurses in 1924, health and wellness have always been at the core of our educational philosophy. A dedicated team of faculty, staff, and counselors works collaboratively to support the physical, social, and emotional growth of every student. Our teaching philosophy is defined by the pursuit of excellence and a commitment to build character through a balanced program of academics, the arts, and athletics. Each year, 100% of our graduates are accepted to four-year colleges and universities across the country. ODA provides learning opportunities that transcend the walls of the traditional classroom to better prepare today’s students to live, learn, lead, and


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SARASOTA Christian School Igniting Minds. Infusing Faith.


or more than 60 years, Sarasota Christian School (SCS) has offered an exceptional, Christ-centered education for students in Pre-K through 12th grade. Biblical truths and values of character, integrity, self-discipline, honor and kindness are seamlessly integrated into classrooms, extracurricular activities and athletics. SCS provides an accredited, faith-based education focused on academic achievement and spiritual development. Students build critical thinking and communication skills and collaborate with others through varied learning opportunities. Community service and the development of leadership skills are integral components of an SCS education. At the heart of the SCS experience, you’ll find a team of caring, highly qualified, passionate faculty and staff. Committed to Christ and dedicated


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ST. MARTHA Catholic School Serving God and our community.


t. Martha Catholic School offers challenging academics to students in Pre-K through 8 th Grade. In an effort to serve God and our community, students, staff and families of St. Martha Catholic School work together to maintain high academic standards, develop Christ-centered relationships, and provide stewardship to Sarasota and the surrounding areas. St. Martha Catholic School students have consistently performed in the top 20% across the nation year after year. All teachers are certified in their subject areas with all early childhood classes having a full or part time aide.

St. Martha Catholic School follows STREAM, an interdisciplinary, standardsbased curriculum model that integrates Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, The Arts, and Mathematics. From Pre-K through 8th Grade, the teachers at St. Martha Catholic School design units of study that challenge and empower students, creating an environment that encourages problem-solving,

collaboration, student-led inquiry and hands-on projects. St. Martha Catholic School is a leader in the integration of technology. Our classrooms are equipped with mobile ViewSonic panels and all students have a Chromebook to utilize 1:1 technology. In addition to Chromebooks, students have access to a mobile lab of iPads. Classes in grades 2-8 integrate digital, collaborative workspaces through the use of Google Classroom. In addition, students have access to a STREAM lab with access to Ozobots, Dot & Dash robots, CUE robots, Virtual Reality, 3-D Computer Printing, Codapillar, Tiggly, Ozmo, SmartGurlz, and many other tech tools to learn coding and apply their learning creatively through digital design. l

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