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

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

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

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