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Wisdom of The Willows Blog

Faculty, administrators & members of our unique community share their knowledge and reflect on topics that inspire and motivate them and influence education and learning in our world. Please explore and join the conversation.

7 Benefits of Having a Book Buddy

Book Buddy programs, where young students are paired with older students, to develop stronger literacy and social-emotional skills, offer a variety of benefits to all involved. The Willows takes pride in offering this program to our primary students, pairing each with an upper elementary student (DK with 8th Grade, Kindergarten with 5th Grade) to create multi-age learning opportunities for cross-disciplinary, in-depth learning and sharing.

Leaving the Comfort Zone: Service Learning Trip in Puerto Rico

We’ve previously discussed the importance of Field Trips & Overnight Trips as experiential learning to its fullest extent, immersing students in unique settings to expand their critical thinking skills. Recently, a group of 25 Willows 7th and 8th Graders took a 6-day service learning trip to Puerto Rico, learning about its culture, geography, and history, all while performing multiple acts of service to benefit its communities and environment. 

7th graders in Atlanta. Overnight Field Trip. The Willows

Have you ever tried to get information from your middle school child about school but received a limited response or even a blank stare? You’re not alone. Many parents with middle school students face this common issue. To help bridge the communication gap, here are the top 8 things you might not know about The Willows Middle School program.

Why The Willows Believes in a Balanced Progressive Education

Since our doors opened, The Willows Community School has rooted itself in a balanced progressive, innovative educational approach with strong academic roots, and an emphasis on instilling character and compassion, inspired intellectual fearlessness, and flexibility. Our commitment to offering an approach rooted in experiential learning and social values has been affirmed throughout the past 30 years.

More than an Argument: Debate

Forming strong and concise arguments is a fundamental skill that grows increasingly vital as students progress through their academic journey. At The Willows, we understand the significance of this skill and mindfully integrate its development into our curriculum as early as 3rd grade. By the time students reach Middle School, they have the opportunity to delve deeper into argumentation by joining our debate team.

Strength in Collaboration: The DK-4th Lunar New Year Dragon

As lower school art teachers at The Willows, Kristy Acero & Christian Isbell are no strangers to big ideas. It’s common for them to incorporate curricular lessons into ideas for thoughtful and detailed student art projects, transforming them into artistic prompts for a wide variety of classes. With these prompts. students often explore visual meaning through their own individual perspectives. However, more recently, Kristy & Christian shared an idea to celebrate Lunar New Year, not as individuals, but as a collective Willows community.

All in on Hands-On Learning: Intersession

For a single week each school year, The Willows pauses the day-to-day curriculum and delves into Intersession, an in-depth, cross-disciplinary study of a single theme conducted in multi-age groups. This year’s projects will examine the 2023-2024 school-wide theme, Strength. Intersession activities always promote collaboration, creativity, and problem-solving skills for every age group.

Empowering Students: Middle School

The transition from lower school to middle school marks a pivotal moment in a student's educational journey. New responsibilities and learning opportunities lead to a significant leap towards autonomy. At The Willows, we embrace this transition as a transformative period for our students, recognizing each child's unique gift—a curious mind, ready to explore and eager to learn. 

All Together Now: Family Ed Night at The Willows

Every year for Family Education Night at The Willows, we invite all students and their families onto our campus to experience firsthand experiential learning through hands-on activity. The theme this year is Mathematics. Throughout all grades, families will be able to go to their child’s classroom and work together on engaging math activities

The Willows 6th Grade Forensics & Civics Unit, private school Los Angeles

At the onset of each new school year, Willows 6th Graders embark on a multi-month unit focused on forensic sciences and their intersection with the U. S. judicial system. Simulations of forensic activities help demonstrate these essential processes. Starting with a mock crime scene in the science lab,

Cultivating School Garden, The Willows Independent School, Los Angeles private school

In a past blog discussing our school-wide theme Strength, we stated that we “encourage our community to resolve to make the difficult decisions when there are quicker and easier alternatives available.” This notion is demonstrated in the collective work done through our composting program, led by Willows Middle School teacher Liz Stocksdale.

First Day of School at The Willows, Independent School in Culver City, CA

When faced with the decision of where to send your child to school, there are a wide variety of factors to consider. Such an important choice deserves careful consideration to ensure that your child receives the best opportunities for success. From optimal teacher-to-student ratios to dedicated and innovative teachers...

First Grade Sign at Private School in Culver City, CA

Welcome Back Willows! We hope that you had an enjoyable summer full of rest and relaxation and are ready for the start of school next week! Before you know it, we’ll be fully immersed in academics, athletics, and the arts, so take a moment now to establish a plan for the upcoming year.

Sunflower in Garden at a private school in Los Angeles

The school-wide theme for the 2023/24 year is Strength. Throughout the school year, we will consider Strength in curriculum and community, investigating how each of us can adopt healthy mental, emotional, and physical ideas of strength.

Lower school teacher doing an art lesson at The Willows, los angeles private school

Few skills, if any, are more fundamental to early childhood education than reading. The American Academy of Pediatrics affirms this sharing that “reading regularly...

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