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Physically Distant, Virtually Connected with Barış Ersemiz

2020-06-10T14:19:39+03:00June 10th, 2020|Updates|

This week Keystone Toronto's guest Barış Ersemiz. While most of us have been stuck at home in the last few months, Baris has been stuck on the sea. He will join us this week to tell his story about how he chose the life at sea and his sailing journey during the pandemic. Join us to hear all about Barış’s experience as he sails around the coast of Spain. All parents are invited...

7 Tips for Choosing an International School in Istanbul

2020-06-09T17:13:57+03:00June 5th, 2020|Blog|

I came to Istanbul from the United States over 18 years ago and I was overwhelmed with the daunting task of choosing an international school for my twin daughters, even though I am an educator.  Today the task is even more difficult given the huge increase of international schools entering the Istanbul market.  There is now a wide variety of schools to choose from that can fit the needs of most expat families.  My overall recommendation for parents is to take your time and do your research when it comes to choosing the right school for your children.  When you take [...]

Physically Distant, Virtually Connected with Amanda Varano

2020-06-02T13:37:22+03:00June 2nd, 2020|Updates|

Amanda is an Aircraft Designer for Bombardier Aerospace for the past 5 years. She started her business degree but quickly realized that she couldn’t ignore her creativity and her heart in design. Amanda decided to leave her program to build a portfolio to apply to one of the competitive programs. She studied environmental design while also getting various certifications to refine her skills in project management, digital design,and graphics. After working in design and project management for luxury retail, she came across a very interesting opportunity to become an aircraft designer. Proof that when you put your mind to it, hard [...]

This Week Physically Distant Virtually Connected with Didem Kanca Ustay

2020-05-29T09:36:30+03:00May 26th, 2020|Updates|

This week, our guest is Didem Kanca Ustay who is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She got her master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition at New York University. She became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in the United States. Upon returning to Istanbul in 2004, she opened a health center called “SAYASA” - The Art of Healthy Living. She is an author, a speaker, and a regular guest to TV programs. She taught at Yeditepe University for seven years. She is specialized in pediatric nutrition and obesity. We will be discussing how to maintain a healthy diet on Wednesday at 19 pm. We look [...]

Perfection is our mission: Online Education at Keystone Schools

2020-05-26T19:12:27+03:00May 15th, 2020|Blog|

Schools across the world have closed to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Since then, teachers have been working vigorously around the clock by touching base, through the internet, with their preschoolers. In our school, we have children as young as two and a half enjoying online lessons with their teachers. How incredible is that? Children, that young, having Zoom video sessions? AWESOME... AMAZING... We started off not knowing much about online education, and now, we have become the best! The process has not been easy.  When we started, we were like fish out of water.  Right now, we have accomplished [...]

Storytellers

2020-05-29T09:55:13+03:00May 15th, 2020|Updates|

Dear Parents, As you know, reading at Keystone Schools is one of the most important skills. In order to reinforce our students & reading habits, encourage reading and set an example for them, we organize many activities such as guided reading activities, free reading, and the monthly Drop Everything And Read activity. While our students' reading habits are developing and in addition to mechanical reading, we use techniques such as rhythm reading, follow-up reading, focus on tone to express emotions and body language to express comprehension. We are organizing a project called "STORYTELLERS" in order to turn all of our [...]

This Week Physically Distant, Virtually Connected with Mr.Salgado

2020-05-11T18:07:57+03:00May 11th, 2020|Updates|

Teo Salgado is a founder and principal consultant at VerveSmith Independent Educational Consultants. He has more than 20 years of experience working in international student recruitment, admissions counseling and alumni relations at the University of Toronto and Western University. Teo’s commitment to education goes beyond his professional practice. He volunteers with the McGill and University of Toronto alumni associations, advises recipients of the Loran Scholarship, and was recently elected as a director of the Higher Education Consultants Association. This week, Teo will be joining us to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 for students around the world and how to manage it in [...]

A Good School Trip is…

2020-05-26T18:52:27+03:00May 3rd, 2020|Blog|

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” -Confucius According to Krepell and Diwall (1981), field trip as a trip arranged by the school and undertaken for educational purpose in which the students go to places where materials for instruction may be observed and studied directly in their functional setting. Kellington (2010) says, “teachers and students advocate — and studies indicate — that field trips are a key component of school instruction; they broaden the educational experience and make a subject more relevant. Students might be good at reciting and remembering things, but [...]

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