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5 More Reasons Your Child Should Learn Magic

Posted by Bob Weiman, Associate Head of School on Dec 18, 2018 9:51:43 AM

Magic Enhances One’s Creativity and Problem Solving Ability

Learning and honing a magic trick or effect is a journey. You read the instructions and try it out with someone and then someone else and another person and you start to learn what works and what doesn’t work for both you and your audience. What are those touches that you can add that will make it more mysterious or amusing or entertaining? When I teach my 5th grade students a trick I am very clear about how I’d like it to be done. But sometimes the way I perform it won’t work for them so we brainstorm different approaches and methods. And once they perfect it I then tell them to do it entirely their own way, to personalize their “patter” or stories, to try something new with the same props. And they come up with so many great ideas that I will often borrow them and use them in my own performances!

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Topics: Teachers as experts, become ready, Recreational Activities

5 Reasons Your Child Should Learn Magic

Posted by Bob Weiman, Associate Head of School on Dec 17, 2018 2:28:30 PM

I have been teaching magic for over 25 years, and I have seen it be a transformative experience for so many kids of different ages, temperaments, interests, and backgrounds. I began learning magic when I was five years old, and I started delving deeply into it when I was in 5th grade. As I performed for friends, classmates, and family I loved the effect that it had on others. And I could tell that it was doing amazing things for me as well. Today, magic is an important part of my own life as I teach it to students at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes and perform it during school assemblies and while walking through our school buildings. I continue to hone my craft through online tutorials, magic conventions, and monthly gatherings of my local chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM). In the summer of 2017, I was sworn into the IBM’s Order of Merlin, becoming a true wizard! In this blog I plan to share how one can become a magician, but I wanted to begin by sharing the many ways that magic can help your child.

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Topics: Insider, Teachers as experts, become ready, Recreational Activities

Do Kids Really Need Another After-school Activity?

Posted by Marcia Mallett on Oct 3, 2018 12:41:58 PM

Tuesday is hip hop dance. Wednesday is yoga. Thursday is cross-training. Sunday is lacrosse. Basketball hasn't been scheduled yet. Exhausted much? That's my 10-year-old's activity schedule. Kids don’t have to think about developing their brains﹣but as parents, we are thinking about it on their behalf. Experts agree, brain development happens naturally as kids explore the world around them. So, it makes sense that the more parents add to and vary their children’s daily experiences, the more connections the brain is building. On top of that, we want them to be active and love learning new things. So of course after-school activities are good for kids but how frequently and which ones are the best?

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Topics: dare greatly, Teachers as experts, become ready, Looking at private schools, Recreational Activities

12 Fun Outdoor Learning Activities for Earth Day

Posted by Zoe Hillman on Apr 18, 2018 3:43:44 PM

In preparation of Earth Day, Sunday April 22, I scoured the internet to gather some fun and easy activities perfect for pre-school, kindergarten and elementary school-aged children. With any luck, Mother Nature will cooperate by bringing the beautiful spring weather we're anxiously awaiting. And really, these are amazing nature-inspired family outdoor activities to enjoy any day of the year.

 

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Topics: Teachers as experts, Kindergarten, PreK, Environmental Stewardship, Recreational Activities, jk

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