Valentines Day is right around the corner, why not make a new family tradition this year. Something that will include the whole family! With simple recipes, taking some time for decorating and making fun crafts with your kids, this tradition can be one that your family will always remember. So turn on some nice, quiet…

When both the kids and parents want to go back to Beaches Luxury Included Vacations year after year, they must be doing something very right! All the television ads say everything is included, but people still don’t believe it. Let’s start with what is included for the little ones: Kids Camps with trained counselors and…

by Robin Faucy It’s that time of the school year again– report card time.  While many students will come home with good grades, others would rather stuff their report cards deep into their backpacks than show them to their parents.  As parents, you want your child to do well in school, so what do you…

Elizabeth was out of control. Kicking and screaming. Fighting with her brother. It was dinner time and chaos. I told her she needed to calm down and that hitting her brother was unacceptable. She needed “Time Out.” Now! I had to practically drag her into her room, she was inconsolable. What do you think she…

Understanding and nurturing your child’s personal learning style will help your child learn in their own unique way.  The Harvard psychologist, Dr. Howard Gardner, expanded the thinking about learning styles in his prize-winning book, Frames of Mind. He identified seven different types of intelligences that are often the basis of preferred learning styles. In school,…

What is ADHD? ADHD is a condition of the brain that makes it difficult for children to control their behavior. It is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood. It affects 4% to 12% of school-aged children. About 3 times more boys than girls are diagnosed with ADHD. What are the symptoms of…

by Paula Murray Every parent wants his or her child do to well in school. Of course we do. We want to help, to be supportive, to be involved. We know the statistics after all, and we’ve read the studies that tell us that parental involvement is one of the best indicators of a child’s…

by Kathryn Kvols What are values and how do we teach them to our children? Webster defines values as “the social principles, goals or standard held or accepted by an individual that which is desirable or worth of esteem.” Your values determine how you and your family live. A value you may hold is honesty,…

Valentines Day is right around the corner, why not make a new family tradition this year. Something that will include the whole family! With simple recipes, taking some time for decorating and making fun crafts with your kids, this tradition can be one that your family will always remember. So turn on some nice, quiet…

In a world of rapid change and new discoveries, she will need to adapt to change and learn entirely new skills throughout her life. Today’s essential lesson is learning how to learn. The most important years of your child’s education are not high school and college, but her first twelve years of life. This is…

Brickhouse Academy is a small college preparatory school with a wealth of learning opportunities for students from 3rd through 12th grade. Our class sizes are small offering low student-to-teacher ratios.  In many cases it is only 1:3. This individualized approach helps the students excel and succeed in school. Our personalized lesson plans benefit a wide…

The Pinnacle Academy philosophy believes that the most effective education is one that incorporates a combination of proven methods and teaching strategies, deriving curriculum from the reinforcing conditions in the natural learning environment. We know that every moment is a teachable moment. The primary program supports the belief that early is essential and more is…

The Summit Program at the Pinnacle Academy continues to expand and boasts a national reputation for being innovative leaders in the education of students with exceptional learning needs. Our program strives to simulate a traditional, private learning environment while ensuring that the appropriate accommodations and modifications are in place to support each student’s growth and…

Founded in 1960, Bradenton Christian (BCS) is celebrating over 50 years of preparing the hearts and minds of God’s children! An independent and fully accredited school, BCS has been offering challenging academics rooted in God’s Word since its inception. BCS is an interdenominational school where spiritual development is considered as critical to a student’s development…

Classical education has had a resurgence across America, and Sarasota is finally getting a classical liberal arts school next fall! The Classical Academy of Sarasota will open its doors as a Pre-K to 9th grade campus, adding a grade every year, graduating the first senior class in 2017. Classical education is a balanced education that…

Since 2001, we have been providing a Catholic education to children with special learning needs, including: Specific Learning Disabilities, Speech and Language Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorders, high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger Syndrome, and many others. Our students learn in classrooms of 12 students or fewer and are taught by our Florida-certified teachers. Many students receive…

“Epiphany Cathedral Catholic School provides excellence in education which nurtures a loving relationship with God and builds a caring community that serves others.” Epiphany Cathedral Catholic School provides high quality education for children from preschool through grade eight. Its purpose is to ensure the development of the whole child so as to enhance each child’s…

Parents who choose Manatee Charter School, expect more. Many previously had their children attend other public schools, but believed their children were not treated like individuals. Instead, they were part of the bell curve – a statistic. From the moment you walk through the doors, you notice something different. It seems like a family of…

Sarasota Academy of the Arts is a Performing and Visual Arts Sarasota County Public Charter School serving kindergarten through 8th grade. SAA has not only strong academics, but also features music, Spanish and computer technology. The highly regarded visual arts program allows students to excel to their fullest potential as they enjoy interacting in a…

The Sea of Strengths Academy started with a very simple idea: students with learning differences can and should achieve. This belief in our students has made the Sea Of Strengths Academy a positive and secure environment for our students to grow. One of the key ingredients in our students’ success is individual attention. Through a…

SKY Academy, which stands for Strength and Knowledge at the YMCA, is a Sarasota County public charter middle school for students in sixth through eighth grades. SKY Academy is a place to learn and be healthy. The school’s curriculum looks at academics through the lens of total wellness and our model is based on research…

Developed in 1919, Waldorf Education is based on a profound understanding of human development that addresses the needs of the growing child. Waldorf teachers strive to transform education into an art that educates the whole child—the heart and the hands, as well as the head. Waldorf teachers are interested in the students as individuals.   They…

We thought the readers of Family Living Magazine would be interested in hearing directly from our families. So we asked the Opstal family, whose children have been here since they were 15 months old and whose oldest daughter will be graduating 8th grade next year,  “Why do you choose TBS Schools when you can send your children…

Sarasota Christian School is committed to providing an excellent academic Christ-centered environment to help students discover their full potential and ignite a lifelong passion for learning and service. The school offers Pre-K through 12th grade education on a 25-acre campus. Sarasota Christian School students enjoy small class sizes and individualized attention from accomplished Christian faculty. …