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

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

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

Family Dinner is Important

Here at the Cooperative School we work and play and learn together in a large extended family atmosphere. Teachers, parents, children together creating a place where children and families can learn to grow and learn together. One of the parts of the day we love most is snack time – who doesn’t? The teachers and… Continue Reading Family Dinner is Important