20 Questions

I just shared these 20 questions with the Coop educators. NAEYC recommends that educators consider these 20 questions every day. Compare this list with a list from other professions you might know about….it is amazing what educators keep track of and think about every day. Thank you to our amazing educators for doing all of this and… Continue Reading 20 Questions

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?

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

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

Digging in the Sand

The children love the sand, making us delicious dishes, ice cream treats and even baby soup (last summer’s specialty?!). We often see wonderful cooperative play with small and large groups of children working together to create a common vision.