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Foundations School blog covers a range of topics relating to the care and education of young children, with special focus on development, brain research, and progressive education.

Summer Camps For Kids In Kennesaw, Georgia

It is that time of year again; the time of year to start looking for summer camp options for your kid. Your reasoning behind searching for summer activities for your child may vary. Some parents work full time and need options to fill the time that school once occupied. Other parents need to save their sanity from a summer of nothing but free time. Regardless, the vast majority of parents realize the importance of keeping their child’s mind active and stimulated during the summer break, and summer camps are a great way to achieve that. The Importance of Summer Activities For Kids The benefits of summer camps are well documented. Students lose an average of 30% of their school year progress in math, reading, and spelling over the summer, making academic based camps like STEM camps an excellent choice for avoiding the summer “brain drain.” Keeping your kids physically and mentally active through participation in summer activities further develops resilience, confidence, leaderships skills, independence, and the health and well-being in your child1.   Day camps such as a sport-specific camp

Summer Camp: Fun, Safe, AND Educational!

How do you find the best summer camp program for your child?  Foundations Summer Camp program, conveniently located in the Kennesaw/Marietta area, offer the perfect balance between fun, safety, and learning, for rising Pre-K students through rising 6th grade students.   Safety Children should have fun over the summer weeks, but many families feel like they have to sacrifice safety when choosing an unknown summer camp program.  Typical programs have 25 students to 1 teacher, and their ability to supervise and interact individually with students is very limited.  Summer camp programs that do multiple off-site field trips each week with these group sizes can be very difficult to manage, and potentially unsafe.  At Foundations, there is one teacher for every ten to thirteen children, and we bring the field trips to the students each week, with just two local off-site field trips during the summer.  Students love the personal experience of having the Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts and the Atlanta Zoo, just two of our in-house field trips, come to them!  And with such low teacher to child ratios,

Measles Vaccinations in Georgia Daycare Centers

As the country watches the number of measles cases slowly rise, concerns begin to surface about the safety of children in childcare centers in Georgia.  Georgia, unlike some states, does not make vaccination rates of daycare centers and schools available easily online.  The Georgia Department of Health publishes general information about measles on their website.  The Georgia Department of Health also requires daycare centers and schools to immediately report any cases of measles.  From 2005-2014, there were only five confirmed cases of measles in Georgia.   The Georgia Department of Health is in charge of regulating the requirements for daycare centers and schools, and they audit each childcare center and school each year to ensure compliance.  Georgia requires daycare centers and schools to provide one of two things for each enrolled student: 1) a GA Form 3231 immunization form that is not expired, or 2) a notarized exemption form, which is allowed for religious or medical reasons.   The LA Times news article published February 4th, 2015 titled “Many California Childcare Centers Have Low Vaccination Rates” cites: “Experts say a 92% vaccination

GA Public Kindergarten Eligibility Age Debate: The Private School Shortcut

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THIS BLOG UPDATED ON 4/24/18; ORIGINAL ARTICLE AND COMMENTS BELOW We have received many questions for clarification on the issue of the enrollment age restrictions in Georgia schools, and if there are any exceptions.  There is a way for a child to essentially skip a grade and enter school at a younger age than stated in the rules.  It is not a clearly stated rule, so please read carefully as I attempt to walk through the logic of how to make this happen. First, to clarify, in 2015 GA considered changing the age eligibility laws for school entrance, but it did not go through, so the cutoff date is the same as it has been for decades: “A child must be five years old on or before September 1 to enter a public Kindergarten. The child must be six years old on or before September 1 to enter first grade. School systems must verify age before enrollment.*” There is no exception to this rule in public schools.  However, please note the first of a few very important facts: the only

Shreiner Academy Closing: Invitation to Families and Teachers

The Shreiner Academy closing is an unexpected loss during this holiday season for the 150 families and teachers that called the Shreiner Academy their home away from home. Foundations School in Kennesaw would like to warmly welcome the Shreiner Academy families and teachers to come visit Foundations, a school with a very similar teaching philosophy and community of families. Families that chose Shreiner Academy chose it for many of the same reasons that families choose Foundations School: emphasis on experiential learning, project work preschool for infants, toddlers, and three year olds Pre-K through 6th grade, multi-age classes open during the school breaks for camp days extended open hours of 6:30am-6:30pm Advanc-Ed SACS-CASI and NAEYC national accreditations curriculum is not religious based natural outdoor areas on campus for exploration acreage located 12 miles from Shreiner, in Kennesaw, near Barrett Parkway and Cobb Parkway no desks–classrooms have a comfortable learning environment emphasis on movement and exploration inside and outside; Foundations has an indoor multi-sport gymnasium that includes gymnastics and rock climbing technology integration with iPads limited homework for students, with majority of

Don’t Fix Feelings–Coach Them

The authors of the book, Social Emotional Tools for Life, Michelle Forrester and Kay Albrecht, do a wonderful job of concisely summarizing the theory and reasons behind emotion coaching, which is the approach Foundations uses for helping children through their emotions. They advise: “When children are upset, it’s natural to want to comfort them by making their big feelings go away. Emotions don’t need fixing…. Instead, focus on helping children name the way they are feeling and manage their intense emotions. Recognize and validate that the emotions are present and real to the child. Then, connect intense emotions to appropriate behaviors (such as taking deep breaths or sitting in a cozy corner) and teach children to use problem-solving skills, like calling for help from an adult or making a plan to get what they want. This helps children manage how they feel without dismissing their feelings.” Click here to learn more about Foundations for the Future’s Philosophy & Vision. Enjoy a few photos of some social-emotional highlights from this morning, including our school-age students who obliged me by demonstrating a