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    Adventures in Parenting At School & Home

    Category: Education

    Studies conclude that in most cases, pre-school age children benefit most by receiving educational instruction from their parents

    (outside of preschool programs). Do you agree or disagree?






    24 September 2014, 14:08

    Adventures in Parenting Reading Tips For Parents

    Category: Parenting


    Reading Comprehension Strategies You Can Use At Home


    Parents are their child’s first and most important teacher. It’s almost impossible to overestimate the tremendous impact parents have on their child’s reading success. Throughout the first years of school, teachers are helping your child develop reading skills that will enable him or her to become a proficient reader. But make no mistake, learning to read takes practice, practice and more practice–much more than a child can get during a school day.

    You can provide reading opportunities and extra guidance at home by simply implementing the simple activities and tips you find on this page. They are sure to help your child with reading comprehension regardless of what skill level they are currently at. Equally important, they will help foster a love for reading.

    The good news is that teaching reading comprehension strategies are really second nature to parents. For example, when a mother says something like, “Jenny, tell your dad what we did at the zoo today,” that builds a foundation for understanding how narratives work. While it would be great if all instructional techniques where this intuitive, most parents need a little nudge in the right direction. Here are four strategies and tips straight from the classroom that you can use at home.

    09 September 2014, 15:09

    It Happened at Raven's Science, Technology, Engineering & Math: Education For Global Leadership

    Category: In The Classroom

    "... Leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today—especially in science, technology, engineering and math."  — President Barack Obama, September 16, 2010

    The United States has become a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers and innovators. Yet today, that position is threatened as comparatively few American students pursue expertise in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)—and by an inadequate pipeline of teachers skilled in those subjects. President Obama has set a priority of increasing the number of students and teachers who are proficient in these vital fields. 

    We. Are.Ready 



    29 August 2014, 14:38

    Education News What Is Pre-K?

    Category: Education



    Pre-kindergarten programs (also known as pre-K or PK) prepare preschoolers for success in kindergarten and primary school. All pre-K programs follow high standards, serve three- to four-year-olds and focus on school readiness.

    70% of state-funded pre-K programs are delivered by public school systems. Other pre-K programs are headed up by community agencies like Head Start or private providers.

    Some states have universal pre-K programs that provide a free preschool education to all kids. These states include Georgia, Florida, Maine, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

    Research shows that children who attend pre-K programs perform better in school. A study on Oklahoma's universal pre-K program showed that children who attended the program had stronger math, reading and writing skills than children who enrolled in Head Start or did not attend a public preschool program.




    21 August 2014, 20:00

    Education News 58 Million Children Remain Out Of School

    Category: Education
    • Enrollment in primary education in developing regions reached 90 per cent in 2010, up from 82 per cent in 1999, which means more kids than ever are attending primary school.

    • In 2011, 57 million children of primary school age were out of school.

    • Even as countries with the toughest challenges have made large strides, progress on primary school enrolment has slowed. One in ten children of primary school age was still out of school in 2012.

    • Gender gaps in youth literacy rates are also narrowing. Globally, 781 million adults and 126 million youth (aged 15 to 24) worldwide lack basic reading and writing skills, and more than 60 per cent of them are women.


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    19 August 2014, 20:40

    It Happened at Raven's Life Skills Every Child Should Learn.

    Category: In The Classroom


    Home Economics is an essential part of a child’s education. It involves the study of nutrition, cooking, interior decoration, textiles, gardening, money management and other useful aspects of home management.

    Raven’s School has incorporated Home Economics as an additional enrichment program in our curriculum. Home Economics is fun, hands on and stimulates the creativity of our students. Every class is a new adventure. Students incorporate many academic skills during classes. They practice such skills as observation, measurement, comparing and contrasting, sequencing and following directions. These skills are necessary for gaining proficiency in all academic areas. As our children participate they can make connections with what is done in the classroom with the real world.

    So far our students have learned to create menus, follow recipes to create nutritious snacks and organic juices, money management skills, and the importance of good nutrition in their daily lives. The highlight of their class is partaking of their creations.

    As the school year progresses, they will continue to learn many more life skills they can put into practice at home. These early life skills lay the foundation that will help our students to develop into competent and successful adults in years to come.


    Nursery Class

    Preschool Class


    Pre- Kindergarten Class

    Kindergarten Class



    05 November 2013, 14:42

    It Happened at Raven's Yoga for Kids at Raven's School

    Category: In The Classroom

    Our children live in a hurry-up world of busy parents, school pressures, incessant lessons, video games, malls, and competitive sports. We usually don't think of these influences as stressful for our kids, but often they are. The bustling pace of our children's lives can have a profound effect on their innate joy—and usually not for the better.

    Yoga can help counter these pressures. When children learn techniques for self-health, relaxation, and inner fulfillment, they can navigate life's challenges with a little more ease. Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that's noncompetitive. Fostering cooperation and compassion—instead of opposition—is a great gift to give our children.

    Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves. Doing yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. Yoga brings that marvelous inner light that all children have to the surface

    Here at Raven's School, our children experience the full benefits of Yoga weekly. It is wonderful to see the aftermath in our students once the Yoga session is complete. They are radiant, energetic, focused and ready to learn.

    They love it! For years to come as they continue to practice their poses, they will all say…

    It all happened at Raven’s!


    17 October 2013, 11:45

    It Happened at Raven's A July update!

    Category: Current Events

    What's been happening at Raven's? 

    We visited melody lanes for bowling, and had a pre fourth of July BBQ . Raven's students enjoy weekly themes! Our 2nd week was 'Movers & Shakers' with a focus on health and fitness. Our 3rd week was filled with excitement at Adventure! Last week was 'Wet & Wild' week with, school BBQ, our NYC 'Foot Tour' to the Museum of Natural History then ended our week at Lake Compounce in Connecticut . 

    Tell us about your summer:)



    22 July 2013, 15:16

    Adventures in Parenting Raven's Street Fair

    Category: Parenting


    Saturday, June 15th, 2013 is almost here! 

    Raven's Annual Street Fair & Open House will be filled with rides, treats and more! 

    Join us for our open house and tour the Elementary & Nursery School. 

    All are welcomed to join us on this festive day while the children play and enjoy the end of the school year. 



    05 June 2013, 14:06

    Education News Raven's Summer Camp

    Category: Education

    A good camp has the potential to offer a child many positive and rewarding experiences. Camp can be fun, healthy and relaxing. Our programs provide an opportunity to develop activity oriented and interpersonal skills while offering children a chance to become more responsible & independent. Raven's offers a great academic summer program. Because a camp experience can have a significant impact on a child's life, it is important for parents to learn how to make an informed decision when choosing a camp. 

    Space is limited. If a camp session is full, you may sign up for our waiting list. A spot will only open up for your child if someone else cancels their camp registration and you are next on the list. 


    05 June 2013, 12:02