Transitioning to Preschool

One of our new families asked for a few references, books, websites on transitioning to preschool. Here are some thoughts we have found work well. The sites they are culled from are listed below. There are also some titles and tricks we use in the first few days of school included to help smooth the… Continue Reading Transitioning to Preschool

Changing the Game and Making it Better

As we end one school year and start a new summer program and school year, my thoughts are on what worked and how we can continue to assess and improve to meet the needs of our newest and youngest students and families. This year the educators of the Cooperative School spent a lot of time… Continue Reading Changing the Game and Making it Better

Should Superheroes Check the Mail?

Should Superheroes Check the Mail? I was recently in a parking lot at a local super market and overheard a mother arguing with her little boy about taking off his Batman mask before going into the store. The boy was staunchly pro-mask. “But it gives me powers, mom! I can see better with it on!”… Continue Reading Should Superheroes Check the Mail?

Respecting Others

Several parents have asked me lately about how to help their children learn to respect them and other adults in their lives. It can be as simple as this: children learn respect from you and the other adults in their lives. We respect people when we admire, appreciate and hold them in high esteem. When… Continue Reading Respecting Others

How We Treat Others

How We Treat Others Treating others how we would like to be treated is something we are often reinforcing in our household. We find that it applies to any setting: public or private, home, school, play dates, the list goes on. When we ask how Ian would feel if someone hurt him, if his friend… Continue Reading How We Treat Others

Extraordinary Normal

Extraordinary Normal. We’re here again…the night before school starts.  Our soon to be third grader is a buzz with excitement. Outfit picked out, even made her own lunch (and her dad’s, too). She is confident and eager, poised and excited. “I just can’t wait to LEARN!” she answers when I ask what she is most… Continue Reading Extraordinary Normal

The First Week of School

The First Week of School             I guess that the first day of sending your kids to school is very nerve-racking; at least it was for my wife and me.  Aimee is going to school for the first time with a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule.  Since she speaks Chinese at home and doesn’t know too… Continue Reading The First Week of School

Marathon Mornings

Marathon Mornings Do you experience hectic mornings getting the little one(s) off to school?  When you drop off your progeny do you feel as though you have crossed a threshold of sorts, as you would if you were say… crossing a finishing line? That is because you have just completed the Morning Marathon. Treat your… Continue Reading Marathon Mornings

Teaching children respect

Respect: respect |riˈspekt| noun a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements: the director had a lot of respect for Douglas as an actor. Respect: respect |riˈspekt| verb admire (someone or something) deeply, as a result of their abilities, qualities, or achievements: she was respected by everyone… Continue Reading Teaching children respect

Play

I attended one of the Walden Forums in December entitled: “Freedom to Learn: The Roles of Free Play and Exploration in Children’s Education and Development. It was given by an expert on play, Peter Gray. Here are some thoughts I took away from the presentation: For children, play is crucial for developing emotional competence. Play, in… Continue Reading Play