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Continuing Revelations

A core principle in Quaker education is “continuing revelation,” the idea that the process of learning is continuous through seeking, experience, and reflection. Throughout our lives, we encounter new things to learn and new challenges to meet, especially as parents and guardians. We hope this blog provides interesting and useful information for those on the journey of raising school-aged children, in all educational settings––private school, public school, virtual learning, homeschool, charter, magnet, and more!

2022

  • How to Balance Mid-Terms in a Mindful Way

    Danielle Litterelle
    Meditation and breathing exercises can’t tackle your to do list, but they can help you calm down and center you to start again. Here are some wellness tips to help you slow down and do your best as you approach midterms.
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  • New Discoveries in Middle School!

    Jon Huxtable
    With an overload of parenting advice available in a world that seems to be ever-changing for adolescents, we are sharing our tips for you to help your child as they work their way through middle school.
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  • You Can Do It! How to Get Back Into Community Service

    Many of us are interested in volunteering, but with the demands on our time and attention these days, community service and engagement can easily be placed on the back burner. Now more than ever there is a whole range of needs out there, and it’s never been easier to get involved. It just takes a little bit of planning to make that first step, and here are a few tips that may help:
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  • From Summer to School: Top Tips for Transitioning Your Little Ones

    As school supply lists are distributed and classroom teachers announced, many parents are beginning to think about the new school year. Some may be a little nervous about how the transition from summer to school will go for their child, and we have a few simple tips that could help.
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  • Summer Math Fun

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    Summertime provides a great opportunity to positively impact your child’s math journey. It’s a time to brush up on skills and develop them further. It’s also a time to explore math fun in real world situations. Whether you are looking for creative ways to spend days at home or during travel, the following activities will surely bring math confidence and family fun! (These activities are best for children in elementary school.)
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  • What in the World is IB?

    Many of us are familiar with Advanced Placement or “AP” courses in high schools, and oftentimes we see “AP” grouped with “IB” in references to more challenging coursework. But what exactly does IB stand for, and what does it mean for a child’s education?
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  • The 4 Essential Outcomes of Quaker Education

    90% of the students who attend Wilmington Friends are non-Quakers. What brings families to Quaker education is often the appeal of an academic program with depth--one that truly asks students to think, to collaborate, to be creative, to take risks--within a caring community that balances focus on the individual with responsibility to the common good.

    This mission cultivates four major outcomes for students who attend Wilmington Friends School.
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  • Getting the Most Out of School Athletics Programs

    Whether as a participant or a fan, when we think of our experiences with athletics growing up, big moments come to mind, from the game-winning field goal that propelled our team to the state championship game to the final shot at the buzzer that sent us home. Moments like these become lifelong memories that help define our adolescent years.
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  • 3 Important Questions to Ask When Choosing a Middle School

    Deciding to invest in a private school education for your rising middle schooler can feel like an onerous process, and when assessing a school, it’s natural to want to look at college lists, standardized test scores, and advanced coursework offerings to help inform your decision. There is comfort in the concrete, and these things can be good data points. But how will you know if a school values development of the whole child and provides an environment that develops students to become their best selves?
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  • 8 Steps for a More Peaceful Home: Teaching Your Kids How to Resolve Conflict

    “It’s mine!” “No, it’s mine!” “No it’s not, it’s MINE!” Your blood pressure starts rising as you hear your kids yelling at each other in the other room. Again. For what seems like the fiftieth time today. How can you keep your cool and break what often feels like a never-ending cycle of conflict with your kids?
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  • Your Valuable Role in Your Child’s College Application Process

    Kathleen Martin, WFS Director of College Guidance
    If your child is pursuing higher education, at some point in their high school career you will likely feel compelled to step into, and perhaps even manage, their college application process. But when, how, and to what extent should parents and guardians be involved? What is the right balance to keep the integrity of the process belonging to the child and not the adults? Here are seven ways you can help your high schooler navigate this journey primarily on their own while lending valuable support.
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