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  • Middle School
  • Teaching and Learning
Afraid of reading Shakespeare?  Good!  Go see it instead.  
Mr. Kevin McDonald, Middle School English

“Oh, no!  We’re reading Shakespeare?”

I hear this sentiment every year from many middle school English students.  And I always tell them to have no fear, because no, we don’t read Shakespeare, and nobody should, in my opinion.  Don’t get me wrong, there is reading involved, but not before it’s been seen and heard.

This is one of the reasons I was thrilled to hear that Delaware Shakespeare was performing Henry V at Rockwood Park this summer from July 14 through the 30th.  The chance to see a Shakespeare play as it was meant to be seen, live on stage, is an opportunity not to be missed. 

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  • Lower School
  • Teaching and Learning
 Learning to read is as easy as A, B, C… or is it?
Mrs. Bernadette Gilmore

Most of us are familiar with the widely held belief that children should be “reading” by the end of first grade. Yet, we have all heard of children who enter preschool “already reading,” as well as those who need a bit more time and aren’t considered readers when they enter second grade. But what does it really take to be a successful reader? Is it being able to recognize familiar words or decode new words? What about comprehension? How can you tell if your child is reading at his or her full potential? 

  • blended learning
  • comprehension
  • foundational skills
  • literacy
  • reading
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  • Lower School
  • Middle School
  • Parenting
  • Teaching and Learning
Things Take Time
Mrs. Lynn Fabian

Things Take Time.

Repeating this short and honest sentence can deliver a reasonable mindset for task management to adults and children alike. As we hustle and bustle through the many responsibilities in life, we have a tendency to take shortcuts, multitask, or rush, resulting in shorting ourselves of important growth and reflection. As summer approaches, making a commitment to repeating ‘TTT: Things Take Time’ while integrating mindful habits could result in a more satisfying summer.

  • centering
  • habits
  • meditation
  • mindfulness
  • summer
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  • 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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