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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 […]

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

Updates | April 21, 2019

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

The Cost of a Missed Childhood

Child Development, Self-Efficacy & Agency | March 17, 2019

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 […]

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

Child Development, Neuroscience, Self-Efficacy & Agency | February 9, 2019

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

Your Child’s Hierarchy of Needs for School Success.

Child Development, Engaging the Senses, Learning & Teaching, Updates | January 27, 2019

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

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

Child Development, Engaging the Senses, Neuroscience | January 6, 2019

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

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

Child Development, Learning & Teaching, Neuroscience, Updates | December 2, 2018

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

Why is My Child Struggling in School?

Child Development, Engaging the Senses, Learning & Teaching, Neuroscience | September 25, 2018

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

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

Child Development, Engaging the Senses, Self-Efficacy & Agency | August 29, 2018

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,

No Child Left Inside: Connecting Children, Nature and Learning

Child Development, Engaging the Senses, Learning & Teaching, Updates | May 7, 2018

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

Common Sense Education in Uncommon Times

Child Development, Learning & Teaching, Self-Efficacy & Agency, Updates | April 23, 2018

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

It’s Worth the Time to Find the Right Education for Your Child.

Child Development, Learning & Teaching, Updates | April 15, 2018

Do you find yourself relieved that the end of the school year is approaching? Are you thankful that summer will be a respite from struggles with your child who resists going to school every morning? Are you hoping your child will ‘mature’ over the summer and next year will be a fresh start? Are you […]

Building Your Child’s Internal Architecture

Child Development, Learning & Teaching, Self-Efficacy & Agency | March 28, 2018

Your child’s internal architecture refers to their integrity, ethical thinking, initiative, compassion and awareness. The foundation for this internal architecture begins at an early age and must be built upon an underlying sense of trust and