Bennett Day School News

Kids Co-designing for Kids: 7 Hands-On Explorations with Osmo Kaleidoscope

PreK-4th grade children at Bennett Day School worked together to design a new app for Osmo explorations. Co-designed with their Tinkering and Engineering Sciences (TES) Lab teacher, this collaboration resulted in the creation of Osmo Kaleidoscope...

Chicago Summer Series: Notable Treasures in Bronzeville

Summer has officially begun and we want to share some ideas for fun, hands-on learning that will keep your kids engaged all season long. Luckily, Chicago has some of the most enriching attractions in the world, allowing this city to become our...

Summer Academics: Guest Blog by Senior Kindergarten Co-Lead Teachers, Katie Gertler and Julia DaSilva

Now that it's summer, it's important to ensure that your child is still receiving some type of academic consistency while on break. By no means does it need to be intensive or the main focus of the summer, but it is necessary to prevent what...

6 Picture Books to Warm Up Your Winter Break

Aside from the sheer joy of imagination, children reading for pleasure outside of school is linked to higher levels of empathy, problem-solving, communication, and even performance in academic areas. As we get ready for Winter Break, what will...

The Power of "Quiet": Thoughts by Cameron Smith on Tomie dePaula's Latest Picture Book

Quiet by Tomie dePaolaSimon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

I recently heard the NPR Author Interview about Tomie dePaola’s latest book, Quiet.  I listened to the three-minute interview around 5:45 am on my way to the gym.  

And I turned off...

How to Incorporate Progressive Learning at Home

Progressive learning is not a traditional desk-and-chalkboard environment. In fact, it extends far beyond the classroom and encompasses the entire community, including the home. Which is why parents are essential participants in the progressive...

There's Music in Everything

Exposing your child to music at an early age is an integral part of sensory development. It encourages movement, creativity and social/emotional responsiveness. If you’re looking to support your little Mozart’s creativity, gather everyday household...