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4 Facts Every New Jersey Parent Of Children With Dyslexia And Other Learning Disabilities Must Know

Posted by Nandini Menon on Mar 22, 2017 11:06:00 AM

 As a parent, it is sometimes hard to face the reality that your child has a learning disability. Maybe you have seen early signs (e.g., having a hard time recalling the names of shapes and colors), but simply chalked them up as the quirks of a developing pre-kindergartner.

However, once the child lags behind any of his kindergarten peers in learning his ABC's, and when first and second grades become a struggle, you wonder if your child has learning differences. You or other family members might recognize the signs because learning disabilities are hereditary, and often a relative has experienced the same or similar struggles when he or she was in first grade. However, what is a parent to do in this situation?

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Topics: Prospective Parents, School Beliefs, preschool, Elementary, Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia

Quiz: What Type Of Private School Fits Your Family?

Posted by Nandini Menon on Mar 13, 2017 5:03:22 PM

Every family and every child is different. In some families, both parents work long hours to be able to provide their family with a higher standard of living. Some parents have high academic hopes for their youngsters, while others are more easy-going and just hope that their child is happy and will become a well-adjusted adult when he or she grows up. Others have special needs, such as learning disabilities or life-threatening allergies, that must be taken into account when looking for the right type of school. 

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Topics: Prospective Parents, School Beliefs

[Scientific Research] The Return on Investment of Early Private School Education

Posted by Nandini Menon on Feb 28, 2017 8:34:00 AM

Education has always been considered a long-term investment by many people. Allocating resources for education (either for oneself or one's child)  has historically proven to pay large dividends in terms of financial security and social status in the long run and is generally accepted as a direct benefit of being educated.  

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Topics: Prospective Parents

The Importance Of The Right Peer Group In Your Child's School Environment

Posted by Nandini Menon on Feb 23, 2017 6:56:21 PM

Research has clearly shown that peer groups have a great influence on one's outlook and success in life.  As an adult, we are taught to network and surround ourselves with people who encourage us to put our best foot forward and help us succeed. 

But did you know that this social phenomenon is even more pronounced among elementary school children?

A multitude of studies have found that a child's peer group influences key behavioral success markers, and those markers can provide the foundation for making (or breaking) his or her transitions through life.

Here are some insights from these studies which highlight how positive peer influence is fostered within a private school environment.

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Topics: School Beliefs, Middle School, preschool, Elementary

A New Summer Camp Option In Somerset, New Jersey

Posted by Nandini Menon on Feb 14, 2017 2:41:51 PM

A lot of summer "camps" today are run out of multi-use buildings, some with only small grassy areas behind them, so they must rely on off-site field trips to fill up the day.

However, if you want to give your child the traditional camp experience with all modern amenities, there is a new option in Somerset on our beautiful 27-acre property — Cedar Brook  Day Camp! 

If you went to summer camp in the Northeast when you were a kid, chances are you were outdoors most of the day while at camp. And outdoors didn't just mean outside — it meant going through the woods, walking along streams, and canoeing in a lake on many acres of beautiful property.

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Topics: Summer Camp

Tips for Middle Schoolers on Preparing to Apply to College

Posted by Nandini Menon on Dec 20, 2016 10:36:42 AM

As the axiom goes: it's never too early to start developing a college plan. Your middle schooler has big dreams, and making them a reality will require hard work, diligence, and strategic planning. Why wait to begin walking the path to success? There are plenty of things you and your middle schooler can do right now to give them a leg up on their journey towards a college education.

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Fine Motor Skills Develop Slowly — Don't Rush It

Posted by Nandini Menon on Dec 9, 2016 9:19:00 AM

Your child has so many things to look forward to as he grows. Because we are excited to see him succeed, it can be tempting to become impatient with the process and want him to develop almost overnight all of the skills that we know are so necessary for his success.  As adults, we tend to forget about the little things, the fundamental building blocks that children need in order to support basic life skills. One very crucial building block is the development of fine motor skills.

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Topics: Prospective Parents, School Beliefs, preschool, Elementary

10 Historical Places In New Jersey To Take Your Kids To This Fall

Posted by Nandini Menon on Nov 16, 2016 9:48:00 AM

With the explosion of Pokémon GO, historic sites across the country and the world are seeing an uptick in visitors. However, a visit to a historic site should be more than just a Pokestop.

New Jersey is home to some amazing U.S. history. From battlegrounds to lighthouses and villages preserved in time, New Jersey has a wealth of places to visit that will keep kids engaged and interested in more than just trying to catch Pokémon.

Need some inspiration? No problem. Here are just 10 of some great places to visit in The Garden State.

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Topics: Prospective Parents, School Beliefs, Middle School, preschool, Elementary

Millennials Prefer Small Private Schools For Their Children

Posted by Nandini Menon on Nov 11, 2016 10:26:49 AM

As many of you know, my grown son went off to college last year.

The other day, he shared with me that he sees a large deficit in problem solving skills and critical thinking skills on campus. He has noticed a great lack of an insatiable love for learning among his classmates. He mentioned that while most kids are really smart, there is a very apparent gap between those who went to public school and those who went to small private schools. When he and his classmates discussed these observations, many agreed and went on to mention that they are planning to send their own future children to small private schools. 

Hearing this, I wasn't surprised. The CAPE, the Council for American Private Education, recently asked:

"If it were your decision and you could select any type of school, and financial costs and transportation were of no concern, what type of school would you select in order to obtain the best education for your child?"

  • 43% (2012: 38%) of Millennials said they would select a private school (including independent, parochial, and religious)
  • 28% (2012: 30%) would choose a regular public school
  • 13% (2012: 11%) would home school
  • 8% (2012: 9%) said they would choose a charter school
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Topics: Prospective Parents, School Beliefs, Middle School

Keeping Our Children Safe: Safety Rules at CHP

Posted by Nandini Menon on Oct 28, 2016 8:58:59 AM

Welcome back to school!

With the school year in full swing, it's a very good time to remind ourselves of the safety precautions we can all take to ensure that our children remain secure.

As many of you know, the security of your children and our staff is a top priority here at CHP, but it takes the dedication of everyone in the community to maintain the highest possible security standards. Students, parents, teachers, and administrators all play a part in keeping each other safe.

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Topics: Prospective Parents, School Beliefs

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