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Tuesday November 4, 2014

There seems to be a misconception and even a slight stigma surrounding military schools. While television shows and movies may have perpetuated the idea that military academies are tough environments for unruly and troubled youth – this in fact is not reality. So here are a few common myths surrounding military schools:

1. It’s a military heavy curriculum.
While students may have some military education, the military theme is more about adopting a structured and discipline learning environment. In fact, most military academies emphasize the importance on academics with mandatory supervised study periods. As with other private schools, military academies offer a plethora of resources to enhance the opportunity for academic success. This includes remedial assistance, smaller class sizes, extra-curricular activities and greater teacher-student time.

2. Graduates of a military academy will always go into the military.
While some military academy graduates will go on to enter a military college and/or services, most do not. Because military schools provide education on a wide range of subjects, students are prepared for entry into both military and non-military post-secondary universities and colleges, or other careers.

3. Attending a military school is for children who are troubled and/or have learning or behaviour disabilities.
It’s true that a military academy or private boarding type schools can offer an almost ideal environment for youth with disabilities such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Development Coordination Disorder (DCD), and other learning disabilities (LD). Those who display symptoms or characteristics of these disorders and disabilities benefit from the structured routine, academic resources and balanced diet and fitness plans in place in most private military schools. However, these factors are also beneficial for those who do not display symptoms of the aforementioned disorders. The regulations and structures in place in military schools are versatile in that most, if not all, graduates will emerge with newfound skills, knowledge, strength and core values – regardless of behaviour and learning disabilities.

4. Graduates will emerge as tough and anti-social individuals.
Redefining and strengthening social skills is an important aspect of the military school experience and environment. Students are provided regulations and roles which help improve self-care, self-integrity and self-esteem. Military academies are also founded upon core values such as honour and respect, which are passed on to the students through the numerous courses and activities. Military school students also often participate in more extra-curricular activities, giving the opportunity to play and work as part of a team.

If you’re a parent considering a military school for your child, it’s important to put these inaccurate preconceptions aside. A military school offers many benefits that will help your child to become a very capable and competent adult. Call or visit a military school to find out for yourself.

This article is published by Robert Land Academy, a private military style boarding school for boys in grades 6 through 12 located in Ontario Canada. To learn more about the benefits of a Canadian military school experience for your son, contact Robert Land Academy today.

Wednesday October 22, 2014

It’s true that every parent wants the best for their child, including giving their child a proper education. When it comes to choosing schools, the most important thing to consider is how the school addresses the needs of your child. After all, it’s easy to get caught up in finding the top school, comparing qualification against qualification.

Rather than comparing countless schools it’s recommended to narrow your search by selecting the schools that best address your child’s difficulties. Military school is one type of private schooling that specifically caters to students with particular needs. Listed below are several reasons to consider enrolling your child in a Canadian military academy.

How is Your Child in a Traditional School Setting?
Does your child struggle in a traditional school setting? Are they falling behind in class? If so, perhaps it’s not because your child isn’t bright or capable, but it could be that they work best in structured environments or have trouble with self-discipline and focus. In this case a structured military school system may benefit your child by defining clear goals and giving them methods to achieve them.

Receiving Sufficient Support and Guidance
Public schools tend to have a higher ratio of students per teacher than private military schools. For example, in public schools it’s not uncommon to have one teacher per thirty or more students, making it difficult for students to receive any one-on-one time from their teacher.

In a Canadian military academy, you’ll never hear a child say that they wished for more attention from their teacher, as class sizes rarely exceed more than 20 students. It is for this reason that military schools are such a suitable option for parents of children who require extra support and guidance.

Does Your Child Enjoy Their Assignments?
Rarely will you hear a child say that they love doing homework. However, because homework is unavoidable it’s important that teachers be skilled in cultivating interest and enthusiasm from their students.  As you may know, a military academy tends to be gender segregated—either as an all-boys or an all-girls school. The advantage this brings is that teachers are able to tailor their curriculum and programing to their specific gender audience. As different genders tend to be interested in different things, teachers can adjust their topics accordingly. For example, books with an action theme can be selected to motivate boys to improve their writing and reading capabilities.

Do They Have a Learning Disability?
Children with learning disabilities have a completely different set of needs, which is a strong reason to consider enrolling your child in a Canadian military academy. There are over 30 military prep schools in the United States and one in Canada.  Many of these military prep schools have specialized programs to teach children with ADHD and other learning disabilities, so you can relax knowing that your child is receiving the best professional care and education.

Children with learning disabilities will find that pursuing any level or type of education challenging, but that said, education is an essential step in each child’s future. Considering how a military school meets the needs of your child could be the single most life-changing evaluation you make in your child’s life.

This article is published by Robert Land Academy, a private military style boarding school for boys in grades 6 through 12 located in Ontario Canada. To learn more about the benefits of a Canadian military school experience for your son, contact Robert Land Academy today.

Monday October 20, 2014

Did you know that approximately10% of Canada’s population has some sort of a learning disability? And even more substantial is the fact 7% of students in Canadian universities have a learning disability. What’s incredible is how these difficulties haven’t stopped people from pursuing their dreams. Their perseverance and determination could stem from an early supportive education.

Common Misconceptions
People often believe the learning disabled aren’t as smart as the average person. Which is simply incorrect. In fact, people with learning disabilities can have an above average IQ. Both Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell had dyslexia and ADHD, but were considered geniuses for their time. Their condition could have even contributed to their inventiveness.

Symptoms of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
So what’s the difficulty with ADHD and school? Generally, people with ADHD are easily distracted by external stimuli. Small things like a tapping noise can cause people with ADHD to lose complete focus. Because of this, symptoms of ADHD are fidgeting, short attention spans, and interrupting others.

Believe it or not, there’s also a positive side. People with ADHD are great brainstormers and are very creative. However, with the standard education system, having ADHD and being in a regular public school is overwhelming for many children.  

Difficulties of Learning Disabilities
Learning disabilities have five categories; these consist of visual problems, auditory problems, organizational problems, motor problems, and conceptual problems. While many learning disabilities aren’t visible to the naked eye, they become apparent in academic or social situations. For example, having poor visual memory makes it difficult to remember someone’s face or numbers.

It’s true that ADHD and learning disabilities make learning a challenge. However, ADHD and attending school don’t have to be incompatible.  

School for Learning Disabilities
A school specializing in students with learning disabilities can strengthen your child’s learning capacity. Apart from the fact programs are specialized to promote easier learning, the teaching professionals and environment contribute to academic success. Courses are highly structured for clear guidance, and teachers are well trained to effectively help children with learning disabilities.

More important than any academic merit though, is a school that cultivates high self-esteem and confidence. Your child will have other peers going through the same challenges, building a strong network of support. With smaller classrooms, the individual needs of a student are easily catered to. Suddenly having ADHD and school doesn’t seem so bad.

The Road Ahead
I’d like to mention that there are cases where students with learning disabilities return to public school after attending specialized schools. And guess what? Sometimes these students make the honour roll. A school for learning disabilities really isn’t about keeping students dependent, but transforming individuals to be independent. Children shouldn’t fear falling behind in school because of ADHD or other learning disabilities.

Pursuing an education for children with learning disabilities is a challenge, but not without its rewards. Education isn’t only a phase, but a life-long commitment. Starting with the right steps can inspire a lifetime of motivation and learning. 

This article is published by Robert Land Academy, a private military style boarding school for boys in grades 6 through 12 located in Ontario Canada. To learn more about how students with ADHD and other learning disabilities can benefit from our program, contact us today.

Wednesday April 9, 2014

Robert Land Academy (RLA) is thrilled to be able to offer an opportunity for its students to learn basic woodworking skills, while at the same time participating in a community volunteer program.  Working in cooperation with Land Care Niagara, the Academy has introduced a woodworking club as one of its many club options for students. 

A two hour club period is held weekly at Robert Land Academy, and students have an opportunity to select from a wide range of clubs including boxing, wrestling, weight training, outdoors, automotive restoration, hockey, climbing, and now...woodworking, to name a few.

Students in the woodworking club are learning basic word working skills, including the safe use of power hand tools and larger wood shop equipment.  Their first project was to construct a bird house for Eastern Blue Birds from start to finish.  Now that they have completed this phase of the program, they will begin producing bird house kits which will then be distributed through Land Care Niagara's Woodworking for Nature program. 

Land Care Niagara is a not-for-profit organization.  Through their Woodworking for Nature program, adult and older youth volunteers produce wildlife habitat structures (like bird houses) in kit form.  Younger youth then assemble the kits as part of a school or library program, cub / girl guide program, Earth Day activity, or other similar programs.  The habitat structures are then matched with landowners and other organizations that have suitable habitats for the specific structure.

Robert Land Academy has for many years worked in partnership with Land Care Niagara, providing a facility on site for their wood shop.  Land Care Niagara maintains the equipment and facility, uses the wood shop to further its programs and initiatives, and provides an opportunity for the cadets at Robert Land Academy to take part in this worthwhile community program.

Robert Land Academy is a private military-style boarding school for boys in grades 6 through 12, located in Wellandport Ontario.  For further information about Robert Land Academy visit www.rla.ca or for Land Care Niagara visit www.landcareniagara.com.

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