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The Need For The Humanities in The Digital Age

  We are all aware of how sped up our lives are in the digital age, but the effects our culture’s fast-answer, instant gratification culture is far-reaching, especially in one important area of study: the humanities. In some ways this makes sense, since truly studying literature, art and philosophy takes time. At the same time, … Read more

Managing College Applications

Now that the admissions season is in full swing here at Green Ivy, we thought it might be helpful to share some suggestions and strategies on managing what can easily become an overwhelming process. While most of what we offer here is aimed at students, there are some tips that parents might find helpful as … Read more

Reflection and Weekly Regroups: Crucial Components in Student Success

I was recently working with a student who adopted Green Ivy’s organizational and time-management techniques, and has been using them with an inspiring level of success in the new school year. Instead of feeling confident and elated, his new organizational prowess (and related increased productivity and free time) made him feel nervous, because he had … Read more

The Power of Writing by Hand in the Age of Keyboards

There’s a big underlying debate in education on the importance of handwriting. Some educators feel teaching handwriting, especially cursive, is passé, a skill only to be focused on in a student’s first years of elementary school and abandoned for keyboard learning in later years. Research suggests that would be a mistake, as there seems to be … Read more

Inspiring Empathy and Resilience in Children

There is no way to keep children from experiencing some of the hurt feelings, disappointment, frustration or failure that are a part of natural life. In fact, research has repeatedly shown that doing so can actually cause harm. At the same time, there are many ways of inspiring empathy and resilience in children by supporting … Read more

The Importance of Spending Time Outdoors No Matter the Season

 Studies have shown that spending time outdoors, even just a trip to the backyard or city park, provides a range of health and psychological benefits. Spending time is the natural antidote to everyday stress – and research shows our time in nature can reduce stress and aggression and increase creativity and empathy. A key component … Read more