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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

How to Get Boys to Read

The so-called “gender gap of reading” is partly a result of boys finding a limited selection of books geared to young males. Psychologists have noted that boys are much pickier when it comes to books, while girls read everything from Jane Austen to Orson Scott Card. And while the arguments on gender-specific and gender-neutral literature will continue, educators and parents ask: How can we choose books that will keep our boys reading? 

Friday, December 02, 2016

The Power of Reading Aloud

Now that my children are teenagers, I don’t get the opportunity to read aloud to them on a daily basis. Recently, I was going through some books at home and came across several of our favorite stories from their elementary school days. Just holding the books brought back great memories of reading before bedtime. The first chapter book I read to my daughter was E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. I read each page with excitement, and we both cried at the end. As soon as the tale was over, my daughter begged me to read it again.

The best private schools in the country strive to help students become successful in academics, athletics, and the arts. This “triple threat” student is often sought after by secondary schools and colleges. Most schools are successful in creating programs that give students opportunities in academics and athletics, yet the arts are often underresourced and treated as an afterthought. Add the dynamic of an all-boys school, and it is easy to lose sight of the importance of the arts.

Boys, from a young age, are encouraged to play sports. This is a natural response to their energy and enthusiasm. Who doesn’t know a three-year-old boy who is drawn to a ball? The ubiquitous appeal of sports draws even the youngest. An all-boys school will often capitalize on the “sporty” nature of kids by offering sports-based PE classes and organized team sports after school.

How do you get over 400 elementary school boys focused on learning when it’s 2 days until Fall Break?

How about a 2-day STEAM experience: PDS Golf and Games!

Boys built their own carnival games and a miniature golf course.

Special thanks to Golf and Games Family Park for partnering on this STEAM experience.

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Universal public education is a modern concept. The first law that required public schooling was passed in 1852, in Massachusetts. By 1917, every state in America required public schooling. However, private schools have been around as early as the 6th century. The King’s School in Canterbury is the oldest known private school in Europe. Historically, private schools came first. They were preparatory schools for higher education or the army, or religious charity schools for the poor. They were supported by religious or independent institutions. Private schools are considered more prestigious because of the “double selection” process: parents choose the schools, and the schools accept the children. However, more and more, parents are asking if there is any real difference between the two. The main question is, for them: “Is sending my child to a private school worth the expense?”

37 Questions to Ask When Choosing an Elementary or Pre-School e-BookSelecting a school is one of the most important decisions you will make for your children.

Websites and brochures will only give you a sense of the school environment and will only answer a few of your questions, so make sure that you visit all the schools on your list, if you can. A visit is the best way to determine whether a school is right for your child.

At a school visit, it’s important to ask the right questions to make sure the school is the best fit for your child.

To make the process easier, we have created this list of essential questions to help you to get all the information you need. Print a copy of these questions for each school you are visiting and answer each question.

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Selecting an independent school for your child is a big decision. Therefore, it can seem overwhelming and a bit daunting. Here are a few tips to help make the admission process to an independent school a little less stressful.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

PDS Named Apple Distinguished School

Presbyterian Day School (PDS) is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2014–2016.

Headmaster Steve Hancock will announce the honor at a special school assembly on Friday, January 21, 2015. Apple representative Jennifer Saunier will be on hand to make the official presentation.

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Can you answer these questions? Will you?

I asked this question to seven boys this morning:

If you could have one question answered about the journey ahead, what would it be?

 

Here are their questions:

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A Customized Approach to Math

Adapting to the Learner + Adjusting the Curriculum

A changing world creates design opportunities for the smart and flexible school like PDS. “Historically, learning is one size fits all, yet classrooms have very diverse learners. Some students master concepts and skills relatively quickly and are rarely challenged, while other students need extra direct instruction and practice time on various skills and concepts,” says PDS Headmaster Lee Burns. “Smart schools are designing learning environments that adapt or adjust the curriculum on a daily basis to the needs of each learner rather than the learner being expected to plow through a set curriculum at a set pace.”

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