Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Evaluation Checklist for Early Childhood Programs

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This comprehensive checklist should help you evaluate the quality of any preschool or childcare program that you are considering for your child. Some of these criteria will be obvious as you observe, and some of them you will need to ask the director or a teacher about. These are good guidelines to look for, but the most […]

An Education at ISTP is More Than Just Language


At the International School of the Peninsula, WE BELIEVE: * Careers are Global, Your Child’s Education Should Be Too. * Every Child Should Dream in Another Language. * Bilingual Learning is a Process of Inquiry, Exploration and Discovery. Come and see why an education at ISTP is more than just learning a language by attending a […]

Montessori School of Los Altos at Greenmeadow


MSLA is a Silicon Valley educational institution for over 40 years. We are located in a beautiful Eichler-designed building in Palo Alto’s Greenmeadow neighborhood. Our world-class Montessori preschool and Kindergarten programs will educate your child in academics, language (Mandarin and Spanish), art, music, movement, computers, grace & courtesy, geography, organic gardening, and much more.

Benefits of a Bilingual Education

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Bilingual Education has long been the norm in much of the world, but is only recently gaining more interest and publicity in the US. Despite some states’ politicizing of bilingual education, several types of immersion programs have a solid history in the US, and it is very exciting to see interest in them grow. More […]

Harker Preschool January Admission Events

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Harker Preschool combines child-centered learning and teacher-guided explorations in a community rich with music, art, movement and nature. Here, our littlest learners stretch their thinking, deepen their focus, and develop the social, emotional, physical and academic skills needed to thrive in kindergarten …and life. From its beginnings in Palo Alto 1893, Harker’s mission has remained […]

Choosing the Best Early Childhood Education Program

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The results are in: children who participate in quality preschool programs do better academically, professionally, and personally. A strong preschool program focuses on learning and development, teaching academics as well as critical social and emotional skills. The PAMP Preschool Fair on November 3rd will help you navigate through this important decision. 

Book Roundup: New Beginnings for Rosh Hashanah


Back-To-School is a time for new beginnings.  For the Jewish community, it is also a time to start fresh with a new year in the Hebrew calendar called Rosh Hashanah (this year starting the evening of September 4th).  On Rosh Hashanah, we celebrate the creation of the world while dipping apples in honey to represent […]

Addressing and Overcoming School Anxiety

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 It’s become a morning ritual, one you’d rather not keep.  You wake your child for school, and immediately he or she begins complaining of feeling sick.  As the time to leave gets closer, your child’s symptoms become more intense … finally, you agree that he or she should stay home today.  Within hours, your child […]

Getting Ready for School

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Summers always go by quickly, so it is not too early to begin planning for your children’s return to school. Here are some ideas. Getting on Schedule If possible, transition your kids slowly from their summer schedule to their school hours and routines. One week before school starts, have your kids go to bed and […]

Finding Our Way to Homeschooling

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When my children were younger, I invested a considerable amount of energy into finding the best elementary school I could for them. At times this endeavor felt like a full-time job. In addition to the usual concerns over private vs. public school, educational philosophies and tuition costs, I had a persistent, nagging sense that our […]

App Review: The Waking Prince


Requirements for this app: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Not available on other tablets or digital readers. “The Waking Prince” is a 75-page book with 35 elven couplets (or extra scenes) written and designed by The Story Elves.  Their first original fairy tale, “The Walking Prince” tells the story of a young prince […]

How to Inspire a Love of Reading in Your Child

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When I was growing up as one of five kids, there was no shortage of story times in my family. Those moments spent poring over great books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar were incredibly special to me. I learned important lessons about sharing, respecting others, and maybe even why green veggies are better for you […]

How to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten and Beyond

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Not too long ago, before I was a parent, I was a Palo Alto Unified School District kindergarten teacher. One day, I opened an email from a neighborhood parent that shaped my perspective in life both as a teacher and a parent. This mother emailed every kindergarten teacher in the district wanting to know, “How can […]

How to Choose a Summer Camp

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  There are a lot of good summer camps out there. But you want to send your kids to a great one. How can you rest assured you’ve found the “crème de la camp” without losing sleep over summer scheduling? Try this simple checklist to help you separate the great from the merely good.  

Best of the Forum: Preschool, Young Fives or Kinder?


Editor’s Note: Please keep in mind that kindergarten age requirements in California are in flux. This article highlights a PAMP forum discussion regarding kindergarten decisions for the current school year, when a child had to be age 5 by Nov. 1, 2012 to enroll. However, for the 2013–14 academic year, a child must be 5 […]