Leading with Love

In her article “Helping Young Children through Daily Transitions,” Tara Katz offers a number of ideas for transitions in the preschool classroom including this one: “Children expect us to tell them what comes next and what we expect of them. The difference between, “You may set the table for me” and “Can you set the table?”… Continue Reading Leading with Love

Approving of Ourselves and Others

I think the post below from Child Care Exchange aligns with the Sheryl Sandberg’s Ban Bossy Campaign: “When a little boy asserts himself, he’s called a “leader.” Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded “bossy.” Words like bossy send a message: don’t raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls… Continue Reading Approving of Ourselves and Others

Got Grit?

Two pieces came across my screen this morning – one a piece on NPR and one from Child Care Exchange. Both spoke to how we raise and educate children in school and at home. In the Child Care Exchange piece, “Dr. Eberhard says Sweden’s child-centric model has gone ‘too far’ and suggests the oversensitivity to children and reluctance… Continue Reading Got Grit?

The Meanest Word in Preschool

From a really interesting blog post – it has made me stop and think about the consequences of our actions – “We model friendships for our children. When we leave out a new mom at our child’s school because we haven’t taken the time to know her yet, we are modeling how to exclude someone. When we… Continue Reading The Meanest Word in Preschool

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