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Theme: Learning & Teaching

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

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

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. 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 […]

Explicit Teaching: Old-Fashioned or Essential?

Child Development, Learning & Teaching, Neuroscience | February 13, 2018

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

A Common Sense Kindergarten

Child Development, Learning & Teaching, Neuroscience | January 10, 2018

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 […]

It Starts Around Third Grade

Child Development, Learning & Teaching, Neuroscience | December 3, 2017

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