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A boy’s first day of school is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. In the 20 steps from mommy’s and daddy’s car into the building, he will find himself within four walls where the rules, the surroundings, and the people are different from what he has known for his entire life.
Starting school opens your son to new aspects of life: development of critical thinking skills, flourishing of creative concepts, and learning how to rely on himself for things as simple as finding his sense of direction (or asking for directions—if you’ve ever set foot in PDS you’re familiar with its labyrinthine hallways). With guidance, the confidence that he finds in those first days will go a long way toward his development from a boy to a man. There is no underestimating how important these first days are to the rest of his educational development.
On the parents’ side, however, it can be more complicated. No matter how well parents are mentally prepared, separation anxiety is often still present, even the night before the first day. Pre-emptive measures go a long way toward helping parents prepare for their son’s adjustment to starting school for the first time. Here are some of our top tips to overcoming separation anxiety on your son’s first day of school.
As the summer winds down and the school supplies start filling the stores’ shelves, you may be asking yourself, “Is it already that time again?”
Back to school means new classrooms, new teachers, new friends, and new school supplies. It also means earlier wake-up times and homework. Try following these tips to make the transition back to school a smooth and seamless one.
1. Though Dr. J (Julius Erving) is best known as a Philadelphia 76ers all-time great, he once scored 63 points in a game as a member of the New York Nets.
2. He can still dunk at age 63 (he is 65 now)
Congratulations to PDS Alums from the PDS Class of 2013 for being inducted as Springfield Scholars at MUS. Eight of the 11 Springfield Scholars are graduates of PDS.
This award is given to eighth graders in the top 10% of the class based on a weighted numeric average as well as one’s demonstration of character that is consistent with the high standards of the school’s Honor Code and Community Creed.
Presbyterian Day School is excited to announce that the age eligibility for the new Young Knights class beginning in the Fall of 2015 has been expanded. This new pre-school class for boys is now accepting students turning three between June 1 and November 30, 2015.
As discussed in our last blog entry, at PDS, boys love reading.
“Boys may lag behind girls at certain ages for reading, but I would say it might be because they haven’t found books that are written with boys in mind or they just haven’t grown in their reading lives enough to dig into a book that would be of interest — possibly with enough action for them — until now,” says 5th-grade teacher Mary Wilkes Yonchak.
With that in mind, I asked PDS teachers for their recommendations for books for boys:
According to a number of studies and surveys, there is a gender gap between boys and girls when it comes to reading.
One such study, involving 75 nations and 1.5 million students, analyzed 10 years of data from the Program for International Student Assessment. Across the board, the study found, girls outperformed boys in reading.
Boys, the researchers say, generally lack interest in reading and they lag behind girls from the early grades through high school.
But somehow the boys at PDS have not gotten the “boys-don’t-read” message.
“Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.” — Paul “Bear” Bryant
Besides being a great way to stay physically fit, athletics are excellent for teaching boys to work together to accomplish objectives and fuel competitive spirit. Going further, athletics can build character and leadership skills that boys can take with them off the field, diamond, or court to other walks of life — not to mention friendships that can last a lifetime.