The Sandbox

A Sea of Strengths

Kids with dyslexia are often blessed with a sea of strengths Sand Hill School

Students usually come to Sand Hill having had a frustrating and discouraging experience with school already.  Generally, typical classrooms are set up to focus on academics–reading, writing and more. So the child with learning differences spends most of the day in a setting that focuses on all of their challenges and that ends up being a disheartening experience that robs them of self-esteem.

We want to change the school experience for our students. Read more »

A Letter of Gratitude on Sand Hill School’s Five-Year Anniversary

We are excited about what the future holds Sand Hill School

Dear Sand Hill Parents,

As we approach the 5 year anniversary of Sand Hill, I think it is important to reflect on where we started, take stock of where we are now, and continue to develop our vision for the future. Taking time to reflect allows us to see where we have been and inform where we are going–it is a strategic endeavor. Read more »

Wise Words from Winnie the Pooh

Lessons from Winnie the Pooh Which means the most to you? Sand Hill School

Happy New Year! Wow—I can’t believe it is already 2016.

I have always been a big fan of Winnie the Pooh—so much wisdom and inspiration from a stuffed bear.

Here are some lessons from that bear—which one means the most to you? Read more »

It’s the Gratitude Season

There is always something to be thankful for Sand Hill School

With Thanksgiving upon us, we are more mindful of being grateful.

What would happen if we made gratitude part of our daily habit instead of just a Thanksgiving practice that is here and gone? Read more »

Grow Your Intelligence by Changing the ‘Way’ You Think

Having a growth mindset can lead to things once thought impossible Sand Hill School

A couple of years ago, I took my first watercolor painting class. There were lots of thoughts going through my mind at the time—like:

Why would I ever think I could be good at this?

I’m sure that everyone else is better at this than I could ever be.

What if I mess up—will everyone look at me? How embarrassing.

What if I completely fail at this?

Of course, this mindset is completely the opposite of what we want to teach our children. Carol Dweck’s work on ‘growth mindset’ helped me to reframe my thinking. Read more »

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