Why the Early Childhood–Grade 8 Model Is Best for Every Child

Children need time, space and opportunities to grow. An age 2 to Grade 8 school provides much-needed stability and continuity throughout students’ childhood. This model fosters independence, responsibility and leadership in students who recognize their role in helping younger students. This environment works best for producing strong learners and ethical leaders alongside teachers who understand… Continue reading Why the Early Childhood–Grade 8 Model Is Best for Every Child

Ensuring Your Child Feels Known, Heard and Valued During Quarantine

As we approach the final weeks of the school year, the novelty of learning and working from home has likely diminished for everyone. After such an abrupt change and through this prolonged lack of social connections, many children may be feeling stressed, sad and lonely. “We are built for communal living, designed to experience our… Continue reading Ensuring Your Child Feels Known, Heard and Valued During Quarantine

Nurturing Your Child’s Growth During Adversity

Without question, the last few weeks have been extremely difficult for all of us, especially our children. They may be feeling confused, frustrated and stressed. But we also recognize the positives in a time like this. Families are closer than ever. Individuals are resetting their priorities. Personal connections have never been more cherished. And most… Continue reading Nurturing Your Child’s Growth During Adversity

How to Keep Your Children Engaged During Distance Learning

We know parents are juggling many concerns right now. We don’t think wondering about your child’s education should be one of them. As an educational leader in our community, Old Trail School wants to act as a resource for all families who may be looking for guidance, support or opportunities to enhance learning in the… Continue reading How to Keep Your Children Engaged During Distance Learning

Helping Children Manage Stress During Anxious Times

It can be challenging to provide children with reassurance as the coronavirus (COVID-19) has reached pandemic status. As parents, we feel obligated to stay informed of the developing situation, even as each update brings more uncertainty and/or reminds us of unpleasant and frightening possibilities.  To help parents manage their children's stress during anxious times, please… Continue reading Helping Children Manage Stress During Anxious Times

Developing 21st Century Skills Through STEM

As a part of our science and social studies curriculum, Grade 2 students have been studying the history of transportation by exploring the inventions that were created to make our lives easier.  To spark engagement, the children were introduced to the  WeDo 2.0 Lego Education robotics program.  This program brings to life 100 building elements… Continue reading Developing 21st Century Skills Through STEM

What Does Resilience in Children Look Like?

If you’ve happened to stumble into the child psychology or social science sections of your local bookstore recently, you’ve also probably noticed an increasing number of works focused on the resilience of children. Between Paul Tough’s “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character,” Angela Duckworth’s “Grit: The Power of Passion and… Continue reading What Does Resilience in Children Look Like?

Celebrating North American First Peoples’ Day

This past summer, I attended a teacher institute at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. While there, I learned the importance of teaching American Indian history and culture in ways that are accurate and culturally specific, as well as explaining to students that native people are part of our present, not… Continue reading Celebrating North American First Peoples’ Day

Four Tips to Help Children Ease the Back-to-School Transition

As the lazy, hazy days of summer melt away, family thoughts turn to the approach of the school year. While many parents eagerly anticipate the return to the structure of the academic year, children may be experiencing a wide array of feelings from excitement to dread. How can we best prepare children to resume the… Continue reading Four Tips to Help Children Ease the Back-to-School Transition