Reestablishing Routines After the Christmas Break Blog by Carmel New Church School

At the Carmel New Church School in Kitchener, we know that Christmas is a wonderful and important time not only for celebrating the birth of Jesus, but for spending time with family. However, after having two weeks off from school, it can be difficult for some students to re-establish school routines. Here are a few…

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Encouraging a Growth Mindset in You and Your Child Blog by Carmel New Church School

Our previous blog about the power of YET discussed two different mindsets, Fixed & Growth, and what impacts it can have on your child. This time, we go into a few ways that you, as a parent, can encourage a growth mindset in your child.   Before we get to that, here is a quick recap on…

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Growth Mindset and the Power of Yet Blog by Carmel New Church School

At our last Home & School meeting, our grade 1&2 teacher, Ms. Laura Hill, spoke about encouraging a growth mindset in kids, based on psychologist Carol Dweck’s work. A growth mindset starts with understanding that our brain is like a muscle and just like physical activity strengthens our bodies, we can challenge our brain to become…

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Carmel New Church School and Terry Fox Run Blog by Carmel New Church School

One of the highlights of the year at Carmel New Church School in Kitchener comes near the end of September when the students take part in the Terry Fox Run. For those who do not know, Terry Fox was a young man from B.C. who lost a leg to cancer.  In 1980 he set out to…

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Cost Effective and Educational March Break Ideas in Kitchener Blog by Carmel New Church School

Here are some suggestions for March Break activities for your family from the Carmel New Church School: At Home Organize scavenger hunts inside and out (add to the fun by having the children make up the list of items) Sort, order, sequence, and size with coins, Lego, stones, Playdough Measure, count, record with a stopwatch:…

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Helping Your Child Stay Focussed Until the End of the School Year Blog by Carmel New Church School

As the school year starts to wind down, it’s important to encourage children to stay focussed in order to complete academic tasks. With your support, your child will develop perseverance as well as a sense of accomplishment.  Here are some helpful tips: Make sure your child knows that it’s normal to have trouble staying focussed,…

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Learning About Discipline in the Context of Love Blog by Carmel New Church School

In case you missed it, earlier this month, we were fortunate enough to host Saul Fisher and Scott Daum as they discussed the developmental needs of children and the theological framework combined with several dos and don’ts to help parents engage and discipline their children mindfully. First off, what is the context of love? Dr.…

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Do's and Don'ts of Discipline Blog by Carmel New Church School

As parents and teachers, sometimes both, it is our responsibility to guide children and cultivate development and instill in our children a growth mindset and self-understanding and self-discipline. A previous blogged recalled the presentation given by Dr. Saul Fisher and Mr. Scott Daum regarding Discipline in the Context of Love. From there, we learned that…

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Continuing Play Based Learning into the Upper Grades Blog by Carmel New Church School

Bilingual schooling, STEM projects, coding, longer recess, shorter recess, more gym time, less gym time, increased academics, (starting students earlier, holding students back), more free play, less free play, outdoor free play, structured free play, etc… It can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate the best course of education to pursue for your child in…

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