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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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Rossman strives to provide a traditional education with innovation. Woven throughout the school’s program are innovative projects such as the sixth grade symbolizing heroes through ceramic art pieces, the third grade building rotational symmetry with LEGOs in art, and the fifth grade experimenting in science with motorized Scribble Bot machines to name a few. Innovation occurs when teachers communicate and inspire each other with new ideas.

Summer is the perfect time to continue innovative projects for children. Passions can be captured, and there is time to “play”, create,...Read more

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This has been a busy year in the Rossman Library! We’ve had visiting authors, pirates, coding, research, and tons of reading going on. All families have barcodes and book check out is recommended. Parents frequently ask for book suggestions for their children when visiting the library, and I am more than happy to help. In addition to personal recommendations there are many good websites reviewing children’s books.

With our sophisticated, fast-paced culture, too many choices and too little time, we are unknowingly creating the perfect breeding ground for the development of mental health issues in our children. Society has entered a unique period in which parents no longer struggle to provide enough but are unable to resist the temptation of providing too much. Several months ago, after reading Simplicity Parenting by John Payne, the prevailing message from this book continued to resonate in my mind....Read more

This year I met a new friend who has challenged my thinking about my responsibility as a mother and educator in the most wonderful ways. He is the doorman at my favorite New York City hotel and his name is Laughter. Born in Africa, Laughter’s mother bestowed on her sweet baby boy a gift for life, his name. Naming a child is a critical rite of passage in his African culture as it is a parent’s declaration of the child’s uniqueness and a symbolic representation of the blessing and virtue wished upon his life. Laughter’s moniker is the perfect ontological expression of his temperament, spirit...Read more

Rossman’s Junior Kindergarten is proud of its play-based curriculum. Children learn so much from the opportunities presented in a fun, “playful” atmosphere. One activity that the children love is our “Puzzle Palooza.” A puzzle is the only activity each child can choose, and they can work alone, with a partner or in a small group. Many different puzzles are available, from simple wooden and board puzzles to more challenging freeform and one hundred piece puzzles. A child will typically choose a puzzle that appeals to their interest, as well as their ability. Why puzzles? There are so many...Read more

blog_finemotor-4.jpgIn the art room, children are getting creative, solving problems, and even exercising. This may be a surprise. Although we don’t often break a sweat, each day little hands are building up their fine motor muscles. In addition to all of the great educational benefits of the visual arts, the physical development that takes place in the classroom is also...Read more

In 1825, a young Abraham Lincoln borrowed a book from a neighbor and while in his possession, the book was ruined due to a roof leak. Lincoln worked for his neighbor to compensate for the book’s value, thus becoming the first book Lincoln would personally own. Through this brief glimpse into our 16th president’s life, there is much to admire and learn about Lincoln’s character, his respect for learning and the responsibility he exhibited to repay his neighbor. As parents and educators, Lincoln’s life stories present many opportunities to teach the intangible, yet enduring values Rossman...Read more

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