Welcome to another academic year at The Elevon. We had such a great summer with fun water activities, playing outside, going for walks, coloring with chalk on the sidewalks, and so much more. We are very excited to begin our 2019-2020 School Year with the expansion of our School Age program as well as the addition of two more Infant classrooms. Our School Age program now serves Quarterfield, Oakwood, Severn, and Van Bokkelen Elementary Schools.
It will come as no surprise to parents that child care can be expensive – and in some states and cities excessively so. There are multiple reasons for this high cost, such as regulations regarding ratios of teacher to students (these are certainly necessary), inexperienced management (since most centers are run by individuals/families), lack of intelligent software that could help make operations more efficient, and, perhaps the most important contributor, need for continuous and intense efforts relating to staff recruitment/retention and turnover.
Should you start teaching your child the basics (numbers, alphabets, words) at the age of 4? How about 3? 2 maybe? 1 perhaps? Well, the answer is yes!
It seems that homework has recently become controversial – is it good or not? In reality, the debate has been around for a very long time. In the late 19th century, and very early 20th century, homework was considered “bad” and California even went to the extent of passing a law in 1901 abolishing homework…
“Boring” tasks are important to teach persistence and discipline in a world where children are exposed to a lot of high-octane video games, immediate gratification of all basic needs (hungry? Just go to the refrigerator and eat something – they don’t have to wait for a parent to go stalk a deer, kill it, skin it, then cook it), and continuous colorful and interactive toys…
One can always find a study or experiment that supports one’s view. For example, even today there are societies dedicated to proving that the earth is flat (see References for link). Education, especially early education, is no exception. For example, there are some that say homework is bad for children and some that say homework is good for children…
Whereas there are many studies that are important, we will list just a few that will convey the importance of optimal early education.
Welcome to the New School Year
Well, here it is again…a new school year. We are very excited to start the second year of our much-acclaimed curriculum and teaching methods.
There are many new things that have happened. We have made significant improvements in our infrastructure (please see other articles in newsletter), our curriculum, and staffing patterns.