The Impact of Television on Kids

Television can have a powerful affect on kids. It can be positive and it can be negative. The key for parents is to make smart choices to monitor the types of programs their children watch and how often their children watch TV. As parents and…

The Importance of Reading Fluency

Reading fluency is a prerequisite to reading comprehension. A student cannot learn to comprehend when reading unless they are able to ready fluently with prosody. Dr. Timothy Rasinski, Professor of Literacy Education, Kent State University, is one of the leading authorities in the world on…

What is a Global Citizen?

A global citizen celebrates different people of different cultures. A global citizen cares for others and respects differences. A global citizen protects the environment for future generations. A global citizen is socially responsible. A global citizen has perspective and empathy. Wikipedia defines Global Citizenship as…

Making Mathematics Meaningful at NYA

Over the past two decades, the profession of education has become much more research-based and data driven. That’s good news. The challenge is that change within any system or institution comes slowly. At New York Academy we embrace change. We honor research-based evidence and data…

Word Study Fun with the Little Ones

Word Study is the progressive approach to spelling. It is not just about memorizing how words are spelled, but hearing the sounds in words and learning the patterns and rules for spelling. For example, this week Mr. Brian went into the PK 4, Kindergarten, and…

Making Critical Thinking Visible

The fundamentals of Critical Thinking are a set of cognitive processes. You might ask, “What are cognitive processes?” Cognitive processes are the types of higher level thinking we do to make meaning. Often, we do them naturally without realizing or naming what we are doing!…

Social and Emotional Growth

Asking Questions and Active Listening A student’s social and emotional growth significantly impacts their academic achievement; each is equally important. When kids develop the ability to successful interact with peers and adults in their community it makes a difference. When kids gain a sense of ownership…

Core Values at New York Academy

I have written several times this year about the fact that social and emotional growth is as important as academic growth; and, how social and emotional growth is built upon the foundation of core values. At New York Academy, we place a great emphasis on…

School to Home Partnership

A child’s education begins in the mother’s womb. More and more mothers and fathers are reading to the child in the womb leading up to birth, and they continue to do so across the child’s school years. Research-evidence shows that cognitive development happens from the…

The Progressive Education at New York Academy

Progressive education engages students in learning through meaningful experiences. Learning is purposeful. Students engage in the authentic act of thinking and doing – reading, writing, presentation, conversation, mathematical problem solving, scientific inquiry, design thinking & maker learning, community service and civic engagement. Students learn to…

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