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Our Early Childhood Program Prepares Children to Learn Fundamental Academic Skills

This article from Education Week last Spring highlights the importance of spatial skills, like the ones we foster in our Early Childhood program, for later learning.  

One highlight: "We start kids too early on math and reading when they don't have these foundational skills," he said. In the earliest grades, he said, "you can't just teach reading and math to get higher reading and math skills."

Posted by vlarson in parenting, success, cognition, neuroscience, self-confidence, pedagogy, self-esteem on Monday November 11, 2013 at 09:44AM
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Tonight! Two Important Talks (Plus a great article on play from the Alliance for Childhood)

Don't miss these two talks tonight at 7:30pm!

In the Arts Building Music Room, Early Childhood Educators Leslie Burchell-Fox, Andrea Gambardella, and Lisa Miccio discuss Child Development from Birth to Seven.  In preparation, take a look at this piece on Kindergarten and preschool education, by Joan Almon, co-founder of the Alliance for Childhood.

In the High School English Room, John Wulsin, longtime High School English and Drama Teacher, speaks on Navigating Adolescence.

These popular talks are not to be missed!

New Research on How Waldorf Students Learn

Take a look at this new study from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in Germany. A few highlights: "80% of Steiner [Waldorf] students find their learning fun (compared to 67%). 85% find the environment supportive (compared to 60%). The relationship with teachers is judged significantly better at 65% compared to 31%. [Study author Andreas] Schleicher praised the emphasis on personal responsibility and self-motivation, preparing children for the life that awaits them after graduation."

Alone Together

Sherry Turkle, author of Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other, has been on our radar for some time. A professor at MIT and one of the first academics to study the impact of emerging technology on adults' and children's behavior, her April 2012 TED talk was followed by this interview last week with Bill Moyers. Hers is an important perspective.

Here's a quote: “What concerns me as a developmental psychologist is watching children grow in this new world where being bored is something that never has to be tolerated for a moment,” Turkle tells Moyers. “Everyone is always having their attention divided between the world of people [they're] with and this ‘other’ reality.”

 

Fall Fair: A Go Green Success

From the Go Green Committee: Our Go Green efforts at the Fall Fair were spectacular! We kept hundreds of plastic water bottles out of the waste stream, and minimized our contribution to landfill, sending most of our waste to a compost pile at the Fellowship Community, where it will be transformed into black gold (compost) and used to enrich our farm fields.
 
Counting bags, the results were about as follows: 
73% compostables
12% recyclables
12% landfill
3% paper/cardboard
 
 
Posted by vlarson in success, collaboration, sustainability, eco-friendly, Fall Fair, environment on Thursday October 17, 2013
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Let's Work Hard to Protect Our Girls

All children have more pressure on them than ever before. This important article shows us some of what girls face, from as young as age 8 (and even earlier).

Posted by vlarson in parenting, success, self-expression, self-confidence on Wednesday October 16, 2013
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Is Music the Key to Success?

While we don't believe there's any ONE key to success, this article (from The New York Times yesterday) is certainly worth reading.

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