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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

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

Interview With A Top Cedar Hill Prep Alumnus: Nima

Posted by Donald Seeley on Dec 5, 2016 9:48:42 AM

One of the best ways to measure the success of a school is through its alumni. Here at Cedar Hill Prep, we take tremendous pride in our alumni and what they have accomplished since leaving. We talked with Nima, a 2015 graduate, about his life so far after CHP.

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Topics: Competition, Prospective Parents, School Beliefs, Middle School

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

Preschool Options In Somerset, NJ & How To Choose The Best For Your Child

Posted by Nandini Menon on Sep 16, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Choosing the right preschool is a choice many parents have a hard time with because, for most, this is the first time they will have to dip their toes into making formal education choices. Thankfully, there are a lot of different options in Central New Jersey where the education system ranks second nationwide!

Since this is a hard decision for many to make, we thought we would put the best preschool options together for you — including some pros and cons for each choice.

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Topics: Prospective Parents, preschool

A Day In The Life Of A Cedar Hill Prep Preschooler

Posted by Ruth Sulitzer on Sep 13, 2016 7:55:00 AM

It is pickup time. You wait in line to retrieve your preschooler, anxious to see them again, to hug them, and to hear about their day. When you finally ask, "Honey, how was school?" and they say something like, "It was okay" or "Boring," you start to wonder: What are they doing all day? I mean, you send them to one of the best private schools in New Jersey — they must have something to say for their day. Right? 

Does that scenario sound familiar? 

While it is easier with older children to engage in a conversation about their school day, it can still be challenging. So, today, I want to shed some light on our classroom routine. This way, you can ask your child more targeted questions like, "What job did you have during morning meeting?" or "What center did you choose today?" and hear more about what your child is learning every single day instead of one-word answers. 

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Topics: Prospective Parents, preschool

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