Developing a Child’s Initiative, Confidence and Ethical Behavior

Developing a Child’s Initiative, Confidence and Ethical Behavior

This is the first generation of children who are growing up able to push a button here, and something happens over there! We are witnessing the effects of this phenomenon in the increased desire for immediate gratification, decreased tolerance for complex relationships, and a reliance on technology for answers. At Caulbridge School, we teach fire […]

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Developing a Child’s Initiative, Confidence and Ethical Behavior

Developing a Child’s Initiative, Confidence and Ethical Behavior

This is the first generation of children who are growing up able to push a button here, and something happens over there! We are witnessing the effects of this phenomenon in the increased desire for immediate gratification, decreased tolerance for complex relationships, and a reliance on technology for answers. At Caulbridge School, we teach fire […]

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Middle School with a Child Development Perspective

Middle School with a Child Development Perspective

Early adolescence (the 11-14 year old) is characterized by rapid physiological and psychological changes. This is when children are increasingly able to form abstract concepts, to understand cause and effect, and have a strong desire to ‘take hold of’ and conquer the world around them. Peers become ever more influential at this age, so it’s […]

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Caulbridge expands to Middle School

Caulbridge expands to Middle School

Caulbridge School launches Middle School with a 6th Grade class for the 2020-21 school year; adding a grade each year to 8th grade. Caulbridge School Grades 1 – 8 facility is a 12,000 sq ft building with acres of nature play-yard. Our grades facility includes beautiful sunlit classrooms and project rooms, library, multi-purpose room, outdoor […]

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Your Child’s Social-Emotional Development – Why Emoticons are Not Enough

Your Child’s Social-Emotional Development – Why Emoticons are Not Enough

Schools often use social-emotional curriculum activities to help students name their emotions, in hopes they will be able to manage those emotions. A child’s ability to name feelings is not the same as emotional development, any more than our ability to identify healthy foods is the same as being healthy! As a school leader, my […]

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It Starts Around Third Grade

It Starts Around Third Grade

Academics tend to break down around third grade, when children go from learning-to-read to reading-to-learn, or from simple arithmetic to more complex math concepts. In the earlier grades it is more likely that learning differences will go unnoticed because children are quick to develop compensation strategies. As the learning becomes more complex, these strategies tend to fall apart.

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A School with a Child Development Perspective

A School with a Child Development Perspective

Children are not miniature adults – a second-grader is not a deficient twelfth-grader. Children are not miniature adults – a second-grader is not a deficient twelfth-grader. Children have a unique set of needs that must be met at each developmental stage to progress toward healthy growth and maturity.

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Raising Children, Not Test Scores

Raising Children, Not Test Scores

When my daughter was twelve years old, we bought a new house with a beautiful yard. The gardener, Mikel, had been mowing the grass and tending the flowers at this house for years, so when we moved in, he came by to see if we would be continuing with his services. As I declined, he […]

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Why Teaching Academics by Skill Level vs Grade Level is Better for Your Child.

Why Teaching Academics by Skill Level vs Grade Level is Better for Your Child.

Grouping students by skill level rather than grade level for math and language arts meets the needs of those students who are ready for

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The Cost of a Missed Childhood

The Cost of a Missed Childhood

Please enjoy this excerpt from my upcoming book, A Common Sense Education in Uncommon Times: Caulbridge. In writing the chapter, The Cost of a Missed Childhood, I reached out to Derek Rubinstein, Psy.D. who has a psychotherapy practice in San Francisco and San Rafael, working with adults, children and families. We are fortunate to have […]

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Your Child’s Self-Regulation is Not Just Self-Control

Your Child’s Self-Regulation is Not Just Self-Control

Self-regulation relates to your child’s ability to successfully participate in the classroom, take turns, understand social cues, make good decisions and be a good friend. Defined as the ability to manage one’s behavior, emotions, thoughts

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Your Child’s Hierarchy of Needs for School Success.

Your Child’s Hierarchy of Needs for School Success.

The chart below compares the basic needs for human development and a child’s school success. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs reminds us that only when the basic physiological and safety needs are met, can one

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What is Developmental Movement and Why Does My Child Need It?

What is Developmental Movement and Why Does My Child Need It?

Children first learn through the senses and movement of the body. A baby’s reflexes are small movements that help the brain learn; connecting experiences (sensing or touching) with

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Are We Giving Up on Our Children – Only to Accommodate the System?

Are We Giving Up on Our Children – Only to Accommodate the System?

Accommodations in school are generally offered in response to a student’s academic, social-emotional or physical discrepancies. With rare exception, a student’s academic struggles are

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Why is My Child Struggling in School?

Why is My Child Struggling in School?

If your child has difficulties with recalling previous lessons, is easily distracted or generally resists learning, there may be other factors at play. A child’s academic struggles may be indications of other sensory-motor, social-emotional or

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50% of Children Will Not Be Able to Cope. How to Make Sure Yours Will.

50% of Children Will Not Be Able to Cope. How to Make Sure Yours Will.

Fifty percent of our current population of children will be diagnosed with anxiety, depression or a mood disorder by the time they are 18. While all children will experience stress and anxiety,

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No Child Left Inside: Connecting Children, Nature and Learning

No Child Left Inside: Connecting Children, Nature and Learning

At the end of the school day, 7-year-old Tyler carries his muddied, wet clothes in a bag like a trophy, greeting his mom with a huge smile and shouts ‘I did it, I caught some tadpoles’. His mother sees

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Common Sense Education in Uncommon Times

Common Sense Education in Uncommon Times

In these unprecedented times of change and uncertainty, we cannot begin to know the world our children will inherit. How, then do we trust that we are effectively preparing them? Sometimes in an effort to accelerate

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Building Your Child’s Internal Architecture

Building Your Child’s Internal Architecture

Your child’s internal architecture refers to their integrity, ethical thinking, initiative, compassion and awareness. As I was speaking of the importance of these qualities, one parent remarked, “Oh, it’s like Jedi training! In the Star Wars world, the Jedi warriors’ code emphasizes self-improvement through knowledge and wisdom, and selfless service through acts of charity and […]

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Explicit Teaching: Old-Fashioned or Essential?

Explicit Teaching: Old-Fashioned or Essential?

Your child’s well-developed working memory contributes to effective learning, strong executive functioning skills and their social-emotional development. Children are bombarded with sensory inputs that are taxing

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A Common Sense Kindergarten

A Common Sense Kindergarten

Kindergarten can set the stage for a child’s school experience, laying the foundation for what kind of learner they become. Caulbridge School works to balance a child’s sensory-motor, social-emotional and academic development because to skip over any of these distinct areas will have consequences as your child moves through their school years. Sensory-motor skills are […]

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How to Choose a Private School: Ten Things to Consider and Questions to Ask

How to Choose a Private School: Ten Things to Consider and Questions to Ask

Ronnie’s Awesome List presents a guest article by Debra Lambrecht, Founder of Caulbridge Education. I’ll never forget the most meaningful advice given to me

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Animal Tracking as Literacy!

Animal Tracking as Literacy!

Observation skills are at the core of problem solving, in that one must first identify the problem and all its components before finding solutions that make the most sense. This skill transfers over to a student’s ability to read a situation, notice both the obvious and the more subtle signs, and then develop conclusions based […]

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Your Child’s Neuro Signature

Your Child’s Neuro Signature

When viewing these colored images of a brain, it may not be obvious if we’re looking at a child or an adult brain. The centers that control critical thinking, spatial movements, language or executive functioning are developed at birth. What are NOT developed are the neuropathways and connections between the centers. Neuropathways are developing at […]

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At Least One-in-Five Children in Every Classroom is Affected

At Least One-in-Five Children in Every Classroom is Affected

Is your child easily overwhelmed by the environment; sensitive to loud noises or scratchy surfaces? Is your child is having difficulty saying goodbye at school, or with small motor activities like holding a pencil? Does your child fall a lot or play too rough with other children? These varied behaviors may be indicators of sensory […]

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Kids are ALWAYS on Their Best Behavior

Kids are ALWAYS on Their Best Behavior

Surely a child yelling ‘I hate you’ or throwing shoes around the room is not their best behavior. At that moment, yes, it is. Infants will cry to let us know they are hungry or need our help to meet their needs.

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Caulbridge School teaches Oracy

Caulbridge School teaches Oracy

Oracy includes speaking and listening skills, rhetorical techniques, self-regulation and presence. Can a student look you in the eye, listen to another’s perspective and offer a reasoned point of view?

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Teaching, Learning and Measuring What Matters

Teaching, Learning and Measuring What Matters

Preparing children to be adaptive thinkers with strength of heart and character is essential in these unprecedented times of change and uncertainty in the world. Caulbridge School has committed to an in-depth assessment process that measures courageous learning and positive self-concept

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Childhood is a Distinct Time

Childhood is a Distinct Time

Children are not miniature adults; they have a unique set of needs for healthy development. Only when children are engaged with relevant and developmentally appropriate activities can developmental milestones be reached and real learning occur.

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Learning is Acting in New Ways

Learning is Acting in New Ways

Acting or behaving in new ways can support healthy brain development and influence learning. Children experience the world through the senses; then interpret those experiences through the intellectual and emotional body, which leads to action.

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Learning is Physiological, and Begins in the Body

Learning is Physiological, and Begins in the Body

Learning is physiological and begins in the body. Neural processes are not limited to the brain mass, but rather are distributed throughout the body in an extensive network of electrochemical activity.

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Self-Efficacy or Self-Esteem?

Self-Efficacy or Self-Esteem?

Self-efficacy is the belief that we can successfully impact our world. Unlike self-esteem, which is concerned with judgments of self-worth, self-efficacy is concerned with judgments of personal capability.

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New Education Paradigm

New Education Paradigm

Our country’s current school system remains locked into an education paradigm that is no longer relevant for our time. At the core of the problem is that learning has been about accumulating information, rote information, fragmented subject matter, and irrelevant testing methods often unrelated to a child’s developmental needs.

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Children who Fidget

Children who Fidget

Athletes know the importance of ‘warming up’ before any physical activity, both to prevent injury and to prepare for optimal performance. This warm up activity focuses the internal warmth and rising energy into the task at hand. The muscles, organs and brain become more alert, and working in sync with each other, are ready for learning.

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