SHADY OAK BEST PRACTICES: LEARNING THROUGH PLAY

SHADY OAK BEST PRACTICES: LEARNING THROUGH PLAY This week we begin a new monthly series, “Shady Oak Best Practices,” which shares details on our favorite approaches to education and why they work. If friends ask why you send your kids to Shady Oak instead of a “regular” school, refer them to this series—and the science backing us up—for starters.    The educational world often hears … [Read more...] about SHADY OAK BEST PRACTICES: LEARNING THROUGH PLAY

COLLABORATIVE LEARNING

COLLABORATIVE LEARNING This week we begin a new monthly series, “Shady Oak Best Practices,” which shares details on our favorite approaches to education and why they work. If friends ask why you send your kids to Shady Oak instead of a “regular” school, refer them to this series—and the science backing us up—for starters.    Collaborative learning might also be called “small-group … [Read more...] about COLLABORATIVE LEARNING

HOW TO BE A “GOOD PARENT”

HOW TO BE A “GOOD PARENT” Fears of being tried and found wanting are rampant these days, perhaps nowhere so much as in parenting. The idea that we are solely responsible for our children’s choices has many parents trapped in anxiety or false guilt. I’ll tell you how to give your own kids the best chance of growing up happy, resilient, hardworking, and generous-hearted—if you promise not to … [Read more...] about HOW TO BE A “GOOD PARENT”

KNOWING WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE

KNOWING WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE It’s said that when you’re in trouble you find out who your real friends are—but you don’t necessarily have to wait that long. In fact, a good sense for who your friends are may keep you out of trouble. Most abusive relationships start with someone’s seeming too good to be true, then slowly grow more critical and negative—while, like the legendary frog sitting … [Read more...] about KNOWING WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE

THANKFULNESS by Tony Fata

THANKFULNESS by Tony Fata I stepped outside. The wind blew.  People’s homes were flooded, and all our hearts grew.    I turned on the news, and what did I see?  But reporters in water up to their knees!    I rushed as fast as I could to the front door.  When I saw that hard rain, I wanted to know more!    For the rest of the day, we all lived in fear,  especially the animals to us so … [Read more...] about THANKFULNESS by Tony Fata