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Hands-on Learning Projects Increase Student Engagement at Banner

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“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin   Educational research shows that children of all ages learn best by doing. While hands-on learning has always been a part of the curriculum for subjects such as Art, Science, and Music, it can be applied to almost any subject in any area. Incorporating hands-on learning can often be a challenge for public schools that operate under tight budgets and whose teachers may have less freedom in developing curriculum. Increasing pressure to meet Common Core standards and raise National test scores in…

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Banner kicks off a “super” year with the Annual Back-to-School Picnic

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We were elated to see all of our Banner families, new and returning, at the Back-to-School Picnic on Sunday, September 22. There were many highlights as we spent the afternoon celebrating our strong and vibrant school community with fun, food, friends, and fellowship. The enthusiasm for the upcoming school year soared when Head of School, Gail Dobay announced that the agreement to purchase the Banner campus as our permanent home has been finalized with settlement scheduled for next Fall. The 2019-2020 school year is truly going to be a super year for our community as we move forward with the…

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Banner students celebrate International Dot Day with S.T.E.A.M.

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This past week Banner students were full S.T.E.A.M. ahead in science class as they celebrated International Dot Day. On September 15, students around the globe participate in International Dot Day to celebrate creativity, courage, and collaboration in honor of Peter H Reynolds‘ classic book, The Dot, a fable about the creative spirit that lives in all of us. This year, over 16 million educators and students in 183 countries joined in the celebration. If you aren’t familiar with Peter H. Reynolds, he is not only the author and illustrator of numerous picture books, but is also responsible for the illustrations…

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3 STEAM Activities to Try with Your Child at Home

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Children have a natural interest in learning about how all the things in their world work. Science is all around us, providing a wonderful opportunity to encourage independent thinking and a love of learning while satisfying your child’s curiosity. Parents can guide and support their child’s learning at home by posing thoughtful questions and challenging their child to think outside the box.   Coming up with ideas for STEAM activities to enjoy with your child isn’t as difficult as you think. Just think back to your own childhood and the activities you enjoyed – carving pumpkins, building a fort out of…

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Benefits of STEAM in the Preschool Classroom

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In today’s ever-changing and advancing technological world, children need to be supported in developmentally appropriate ways at every age and grade level. Teachers who pose thoughtful questions challenge children to think outside of the box and solve their own problems. Children have a natural curiosity and interest in learning about how the things around them work which can be supported at school through a science-based curriculum.   A STEAM curriculum is a well-rounded approach to learning. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) integrates 21st Century Skills such as critical thinking, reasoning, analysis, flexibility, creativity, collaboration, information and technology literacy, and problem-solving. Science is…

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Kicking off the school year with a BAM! POW! WHAM!

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It’s going to be a “super” year! What an incredible first week of school it has been! On Tuesday, September 3, we welcomed all of our students, parents, faculty, and staff back to the Banner campus for what promises to be a “super,” amazing year. Our theme for this year is superheroes and will center around the idea that not all superheroes wear capes, and that everyone has a hero within him or her just waiting to be discovered.   Throughout the school year, the superhero theme will be woven into our curriculum at every grade level to teach our students about real-life heroes and help them to build the character traits that every superhero, both fictional and real-life, embodies. Here are some…

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