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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

Sewickley Academy: Resource Blog for Parents

Why We Celebrate Black History Month

As a child growing up black in an all white academic environment, I realized everyone didn’t look the same or have the same experiences that I was having. I was curious to learn about the differences, but more importantly, I was first taught at home, and it was later reinforced in my school and at my church, to look for commonalities. I learned to value people for who they are and, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously stated, to not judge people “by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." I learned to honor and respect people, while being able to disagree without disparaging, or disliking, them.

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Topics: Education

10 Ways to Make Reading and Writing Fun

"If you don't like reading, you just haven't found the right book,"  J. K. Rowling stated. Dr. Seuss said, "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."

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Topics: Education

Classroom Corner: Flexible Seating in Grade 1

There is a new philosophy circulating around educational circles that promotes best practices to support learning styles of students, especially first graders. It encourages the freedom for students to sit, learn, and work in a manner that is most comfortable and successful for them. This new philosophy is called Flexible Seating.

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Topics: Education

Spring is Here! Get Out and Experience the World

The cold weather is finally breaking, and that means it is time to get back out into the world and explore with your kids this spring. One of the most interesting ways to explore your community is to use local libraries, businesses, and experiences to learn about the wider world around you. After all, learning about all of the fascinating cultures in the world is very important. 

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Topics: Food, Education

The Power of One Campus: SA Technology Students Bridge the Gap Between the Lower and Senior Schools


A conversation between Lower School Technology Coordinator Ms. Julia Tebbets and Senior School Technology Coordinator Mrs. Cristy McCloskey sparked a collaboration which benefited students in two of the Academy’s divisions.

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Topics: Education

Nelson Mandela Quote about Education

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

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Topics: Education

The Many Wonderful Options for Educating Your Child

Today parents have numerous choices for educating their children. Whether private, public, magnet, charter, or homeschool, the options for parents are readily available. However, one problem that many parents confront is knowing the difference between each type of school. Providing an education for your child is a privilege and a responsibility. As parents gain information about the differences between the schools, they make better choices for their child’s education.

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Topics: Parenting, Education

Hot Holiday Gift Ideas for Every Kid on Your Nice List (Pst! They're Educational, Too!)

Thanksgiving has come and gone, Black Friday is over, and Cyber Monday is now a thing of the past. With only a few short weeks until Christmas Day, you have probably already invested in those must-have gifts that they cannot live without this year. Now is the time to invest in the gifts that they don’t even know exist yet, gifts that can help them not only have fun in unexpected places, but also learn a lot in the process. From the future programmer on your nice list to the "Paper Towns" fanatic who always has his or her nose in a good book, here are some of our favorite holiday gift ideas for every kid on your list.

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Topics: Parenting, Education, Gift Ideas, Holidays

Celebrating Veterans Day with Kids

Though Veterans Day is likely not the holiday your children look forward to each year, it is definitely one that should be celebrated. Because this national holiday is the one day a year we have set aside to celebrate and honor our country's veterans, it is important that we make it count.

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Topics: Parenting, Education

Rainy Day? Get Them Off Their Devices By "Catching" Adventurous Reads

Rainy days can make finding activities difficult and they can also send your kids retreating into the comfort of their devices. Pokémon Go is making rainy days a 24-hour marathon of snagging the next desert monster and, let's face it, sunny days too. Rounding up so many virtual adventures can be quite the distraction, but you can get them off their devices and back into a great read with these five adventure-worthy, action-packed novels that make even catching that elusive water species seem just a little less thrilling in comparison.

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Topics: Parenting, Education