Benefits of a School That Ends in 8th Grade

Posted by Laura Kang on Dec 11, 2017 1:47:32 PM

At East Woods, we believe very strongly in the benefits of a school that begins in Pre-Nursery and ends in Eighth Grade. Why?

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Small School Benefits: Is a Small School Really Better?

Posted by Amanda Laserson on Nov 14, 2017 2:52:37 PM

With many schools bursting at the seams with students, there are a lot of families who would rather see their child in a school with smaller class sizes. But is choosing a small school really the best decision?

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Teaching Kindness: Kind Teachers Create Kind Students

Posted by Laura Kang on Nov 1, 2017 4:53:16 PM

 There is a small, but growing body of research that is beginning to show that teachers are uniquely poised to help students develop prosocial (positive) behaviors. Teaching kindness in the classroom setting can redirect inappropriate and unkind behaviors.  Direct, unkind actions towards other children can be seen in children as young as three, including exclusionary behavior. Children may have seen these behaviors modeled in the home or in other settings, and they can bring them into the school experience. At three, these actions range from a child putting his hands over his ears to show, “I’m not listening to you” to pushing or hitting.

If students are not stopped and taught a prosocial behavior in the moment one of these actions occurs, a pattern of aggression can continue. This is why at East Woods we believe teaching prosocial behaviors begins with our youngest students and continues through Lower and Upper School. 

To put it plainly, we teach kindness because we model kindness.

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Topics: benefits of private school, social-emotional learning, teaching kindness, experts in early education

Does My Teacher Like Me? And, Why Does This Question Matter?

Posted by Laura Kang on Oct 26, 2017 11:27:49 AM

At East Woods School, we have just completed our first round of parent conferences for the academic year. Our teachers talked with parents about each student’s academic progress, of course, but in most cases, also discussed social-emotional learning and development.

Gone are the days of treating students as disembodied brains. All the recent brain research of the last fifteen years has underscored the importance of emotional and social connection in promoting learning.

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Topics: benefits of private school, parenting tips, social-emotional learning

Is Private School Worth It?

Posted by Amanda Laserson on Oct 10, 2017 12:12:34 PM

Why should you choose a private school, or...is private school worth it?

In a word: yes!  This article provides you with a detailed look at the benefits of sending your child to a private school.

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Small Class Size Benefits

Posted by Laura Kang on Oct 10, 2017 12:12:14 PM

At East Woods, we believe our small classes sizes are a plus for our students. Several research studies have uncovered a correlation between small class sizes, defined as under 20 students, with improved student outcomes. The benefits of small class size have been shown to have both an academic and social-emotional impact for students. While positive effects are especially clear for low-income students, improved learning and school satisfaction occurs across all socio-economic levels.

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How to Choose the Right School for Your Child

Posted by Amanda Laserson on Oct 10, 2017 12:11:54 PM

Congratulations! You have made the great decision to enroll your child in a private school. Now what? There are many options, especially on Long Island and the surrounding tri-state area, but how can you choose the right school for your child? 

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How to Help Your Child Cope with Scary Events

Posted by Laura Kang on Oct 10, 2017 12:11:29 PM

Have you been asking yourself, "How can I help my child cope with scary events?" In light of the recent enormous tragedy in Las Vegas, it's important to remind ourselves as parents that children are not equipped to handle the same kinds of images and information that adults are able to. They have not yet developed a context for frightening images and information. It is important not to expose children to frightening graphic images or upsetting details during or after such events. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that parents, teachers, child care providers, and others create a buffer zone between the child and the ubiquitous media and talk about the violent event. Adults should filter the information about the crisis in such a way that a child can cope with the information. Author Mary Pipher calls this creating and maintaining the "shelter of each other."

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Topics: parenting tips

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