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Age 3 through 8th grade

THE INDEPENDENCE SCHOOL BLOG

  • Lower School
  • Parenting
  • Teaching and Learning
The importance of play
Mrs. Lisa McMahon

I recently read this quote from Fred Rogers, and, as a parent and Early Childhood educator, it really encompasses how I feel about the world in which we live today and the decisions we face parenting and educating young children. In these fast-paced times, we often feel the need to accelerate every aspect of the development of our toddlers and preschoolers. We may be led to believe that they must be academically advanced, athletically superior, and artistically gifted as they enter the formal school years. We are inundated with options to help our children “get ahead."

  • communication
  • learning to learn
  • play
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  • Parenting
Volunteer! It's good for you...
Mrs. Sandy August

In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 23-29), I want to reflect on the impact that volunteering has, not only in our community but on the actual volunteers themselves. President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week in 1974 as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers and the collective power that they have to make a difference. This is a perfect time for those of us who work at schools (or have children in schools) to be grateful for volunteers. At Independence, the strong community of volunteers is at the very foundation of what makes our school an amazing place.

  • economy
  • health & wellness
  • volunteerism
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  • Lower School
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  • Parenting
A Simple Guide to Lyme Disease Prevention
Mrs. Denise Axe, R.N.

Warmer weather is finally here, and many of us will be taking more walks in the park, playing sports outside, or just enjoying nature. After recently attending the Blue Hen Nursing Symposium entitled “Lyme Disease 2017,” I want to share some important information regarding the disease and how we can all be proactive in protecting ourselves and our children from contracting Lyme.

  • disease prevention
  • lyme disease
  • nature
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  • Middle School
  • Parenting
Connecting with strangers in a digital world
Mr. Jonas Raab

As a technology instructor in an elementary and middle school setting, among the many topics I encounter when meeting with parents is social media and online safety.

“How much freedom should I give my child? How closely should I monitor my child’s social media account(s)?”

As with many other things, there is no “right answer” that applies to all children in all situations, particularly given the broad range of social and emotional readiness we see in students of these age groups.

  • digital citizenship
  • social media
  • technology
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  • Lower School
  • Teaching and Learning
What a difference 100 days can make!
Mrs. Christy Koense

Celebrating the first 100 days of school in some form is a tradition at many elementary schools. At Independence, a favorite tradition had been for first-grade students and teachers to dress as 100-year-old people. I think the sale of baby powder went up each February as we all worked to make our hair look a little greyer! Math, writing, and reading activities focused on the number 100 took over the classes as the students developed their number sense and other skills. It was a day to be remembered.

Fast forward to 2017, and it is still a magical time.

  • 100 Days of School
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