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Theme: Engaging the Senses

A School with a Child Development Perspective

Child Development, Engaging the Senses, Neuroscience | October 7, 2019

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. Traditional schools will decide what they want […]

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

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

Animal Tracking as Literacy!

Engaging the Senses, Neuroscience, Self-Efficacy & Agency, Updates | November 7, 2017

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 […]

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

Child Development, Engaging the Senses, Learning & Teaching, Updates | October 22, 2017

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 delays. […]

Boy sawing wood at Caulbridge School

Real life, Practical Arts and Skills

Engaging the Senses, Self-Efficacy & Agency | January 6, 2016

We teach fire building at Caulbridge School, not because we expect our students will be stranded in the wilderness and need to survive; rather for the sense of accomplishment, confidence and mastery it provides.

Girls holding hands at Caulbridge School

Childhood is a Distinct Time

Child Development, Engaging the Senses, Featured, Neuroscience | September 17, 2014

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.