Talks from the Top Speaker Series – Dr. Richard Selznick, Ph.D.

Talks from the Top Speaker Series – Dr. Richard Selznick, Ph.D.

“A parent/teacher guide to executive function and the shut down learner.” Wednesday October 21st at 7:00 PM (click for directions) Register: dtesler@orchardfriends.org For more information call 856-786-1123 Dr. Richard Selznick is a psychologist, nationally certified school psychologist, graduate school professor, university professor of pediatrics and school consultant. He is the author of two books: “The Shutdown Learner: Helping your Academically Discouraged Child” and the recently published “School Struggles: A Guide to Your Shut Down Learner’s Success”. Dr Selznick has presented to parents and educators internationally, as far away as Dubai and Abu Dhabi and throughout the United States. Dr. Selznick is a down to earth presenter who discusses difficult and complex issues in easy to understand language and terminology. “Dr. Selznick helped us understand and manage expectations for our children and what type of learning works best for them.” ~ An OFS...
Summer Week 4

Summer Week 4

Cooking During this week students well take an in depth look into cooking and all that surrounds it. Students will learn to read and prepare recipes, what’s healthy vs. what’s not, farming and its importance. They will learn the measurement aspect of cooking and life skills such as how to order off a menu, how to make a shopping list, and many other things. Being able to cook encourages healthy eating and is a crucial skill for daily life. *Each day the students will make a kid friendly recipe that they can make themselves at home, eat it, and take the recipe home to share with their family and friends! *Students will learn about the importance of kitchen safety throughout the entire week. Monday: – In the classroom, students will learn about the measurement aspect of cooking (i.e. tablespoon, cups, etc.) and take a look at different measurement conversions – Throughout the week students will work on constructing their own recipes. Tuesday: The school will learn about health and nutrition and its importance to everyday life. Wednesday: – The students will take a look into farming and its importance. They will learn about how to cook with fresh foods from the OFS Garden. – Sandy Rea (or other) will come in to show the students how to make jellies/jam made out of items fresh from a garden. Thursday: – On Thursday, students will look at the life skills portion of food such as reading recipes, menus, ordering food, making a shopping list etc. Friday: Field...
Plans For Week 2 Of Our New Summer Program

Plans For Week 2 Of Our New Summer Program

Week 2 Summer Program   The second week of our summer program will focus on Outdoor Skills. On Monday, the  students will learn about water and water filters. They will build their own water filters and test them using water from different sources. Tuesday will focus on map reading skills and learning compass skills in preparation for a compass scavenger hunt on Wednesday. Thursday’s activities will include building shelters and camping. Our week is capped off by a hiking trip on Friday.  Students who wish to participate will be able to go on a real camping trip Thursday to Friday.  Currently, we are looking at French Creek State Park for this camping...
New Summer Program At OFS

New Summer Program At OFS

Plans are well under way for our 2015 summer program. We are compiling Summer Learning Goals for each student attending the program. Each student will have individual reading and math goals and depending on their individual needs may have writing, OT, and speech goals as well. The instruction will be goal centered and geared to the theme of the week. Progress toward goals will be reported each week. The morning will focus on academics with the weekly themes represented throughout reading, spelling, vocabulary, and math. The afternoons will be more experiential learning with labs and trips to explore the week’s theme. Horticulture is the first week’s theme. Topics will include growing seasons, irrigation, plant care, propagation, harvesting, and organic growing techniques. The remaining five weeks’ themes are: Week II (7/13-7/17) Outdoor Skills Week III (7/20-7/24) History and Economics of Riverton Week IV (7/27-7/31) Bodies in Motion Week V (8/3-8/7) Cooking and Chemistry Week VI (8/10-8-14) Propulsion and Rocketry Look for outlines of the afternoon plans for each theme to be posted on our site and summer page each week in May...
Ride and Run

Ride and Run

OFS Run & Ride * Saturday, April 25, 2015 Register Now Online Registration Price: Both events: $25 (online registration close on 4/23/15) Race Morning registration price is $35.00 Event Start times: 5K Run/Walk begins @ 9AM One water stop Fun ride begins @ 8AM Water, rest stops and sag support USTAF certified 5k run:  # NJ12006WB   (Course Map) Event t-shirts to the first 100 pre-registered entrants Please indicate S, M, L, XL, XXL Location of Event:             Orchard Friends School  405 Linden Avenue Riverton, NJ...