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For parents with kids in the Upper School, this is a message about homework to get you through the rest of the year. For parents with kids in the Lower School, here are some ways to conceptualize homework time with your family in the future to start good habits early.

The first approach to conducting homework time is to make homework time a part of your evening routine, which is how Dr. Peg Dawson recommends you approach it. Dr. Dawson is one of the co-authors of Smart but Scattered, which is a book I often recommend to parents of children struggling with Attention-Deficit/...Read more

While visiting the Junior Kindergarten classroom last week, I observed the children making decisions about what to play with at their tables. Each child was engaged, working independently, side by side. I focused on one child who did not have enough magnetic shapes to complete his structure. I watched as he glanced at his neighbor’s magnetic pieces. I could tell he was pondering … Should I or shouldn’t I? But, I need those pieces. His hand slowly reached over to the other child’s shapes as he looked at her for a possible reaction, and then he quickly grabbed the pieces.

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Young children, like adults, can feel stressed. Can you recognize when your child is stressed? A consumer survey by WebMD showed that children often show stress by displaying negative behaviors. Increased arguing, whining, aggression or worry are just a few examples. Sometimes the stress is manifested by physical symptoms such as stomach pain, headaches, decreased concentration or difficulty sleeping. So, what can we, as parents, do to help our children with stress?

There are a few ways that parents can help reduce the stress in our children’s lives:

  1. Be a role model by
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I have a unique perspective this year from having my own child apply to college at the same time as my 25 Rossman kids apply to secondary school, and it’s amazing how similar the processes actually are! Both can be incredibly stressful times for students and parents alike.

Let’s Compare the Steps:

1.    Find the right fit – school research

We are blessed with so many great secondary school choices in St. Louis. For college, the landscape is even broader!

2.    Complete a lengthy...Read more

I remember when I had my first child, nothing went as planned. Not only was he born during Hurricane Sandy, but our magical idea of bringing him home to our cozy place for the first time after leaving the hospital was not even an option. Without power, and a northeaster looming in the forecast after the hurricane, we had no other choice but to stay with my parents for two weeks. They had power, were excited about the opportunity to provide us a place to stay, and I liked the idea of someone else cooking for us.

I remember my husband taking multiple trips to our house. His excursions...Read more

Junior Kindergarten is where the foundation for all learning at Rossman School begins. We help foster the creation of readers, writers, inventors, scientists, artists, mathematicians, engineers, and more. Creating a reader begins at home by exposing your child to words in print as you snuggle together to enjoy a book. Throughout our school day, we provide as many opportunities as possible to bring good literature to your child.

“In a book, anything can happen!” Just ask anyone in Junior Kindergarten! This is just one of the many things we often talk about as we read...Read more

Worldwide disasters have happened over the course of many years. However, in today’s world, devastating news repeatedly promulgates the television, technology, social media, and radio, perpetually shocking most people. Being surrounded by negative impacting news makes it more challenging to see all the good things going on in the world. It is hard for adults to absorb these events no less our children. What, when, and how we interact with our children about these crises becomes the question for all parents.

The ability for children to assimilate messages from news requires an...Read more

Toys are an important part of any child’s development as they are just one way children discover the world in which they live. Toys allow children to develop important cognitive, language, and physical skills. Through the use of toys children gain, develop and refine important areas such as imagination, concentration, confidence, independence, and coordination. Children, especially at a young age, learn through their senses and toys can provide them those opportunities. However, too many toys can become overwhelming to a child and actually make it difficult for them to choose what they...Read more

Back to school time is full of excitement, anticipation and fun! The kids are reunited and ready to share everything … including lice. Lice love the communal setting of elementary schools and claim 6-12 million heads a year in the United States alone!

Lice do not care how often you wash your hair. They enjoy clean and dirty heads alike. Good hygiene won’t get you a pass. However, a few easy tricks can help reduce the spreading of these tiny, wingless, blood-sucking, multiple egg laying, fast cycling pests.

It can take up to six weeks to notice symptoms. Some people are not...Read more

Intensely passionate about learning, Rossman teachers are constantly seeking to grow as both educators and parents. If you're looking for a book to dive into this summer, check out this list of teacher-recommended parenting books.

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