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Many parents may know of the beloved parenting book The Blessings of a Skinned Knee, by Dr. Wendy Mogel. Of the many lessons Dr. Mogel shares, the one which reverberates the most for me is the idea that it’s okay—and perhaps even beneficial—for children to sometimes fail. That seems to contradict so much about what we want for our children: success, accomplishment, and confidence. But, Mogel argues, the truth is paradoxically the reverse. When children have the freedom to take risks and make mistakes, they learn how to pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and try again....Read more

“Before we leave the gym, what is important for us to remember about walking in the hallway?” I overheard the aforementioned question after school one day, asked by a beloved Extended Day teacher whom students know as Mr. Jeff. Though the question posed to the class of first graders may seem simple, it is powerful and layered with intentionality.

As Rachel Dixon shared in an earlier blog entry, our faculty participated in...Read more

In the Extended Day program, our goal is to provide a safe, nurturing environment where your child is able to grow academically and socially.  After 8 hours of learning with their classroom teachers, the Extended Day teachers aim to provide balance in other ways. Students are able to play and participate in games with their classmates, play outside on the playground and field, and have unstructured free choice time. 

If you look in the different classrooms during Extended Day, there are a variety of activities happening!  From making slime to fort building to board games, we seek to...Read more

Fifth grade is currently diving into the world of research and expository writing in a cross-curricular assignment—selecting an American symbol and presenting the story of that symbol in a factual way. Students can select from a variety of examples of American symbols such as the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore and the Declaration of Independence. 

After thoroughly researching their symbol, students factually tell the story of how their American symbol was created, which helps students work on logical sequencing, thesis statements and transitions. However, since students at this...Read more

When the year starts in Senior Kindergarten we want the students to feel welcome, safe and known. It can be scary entering a new classroom, with new teachers, new friends and with lots of things you don’t know. Our goal is to make each student feel a sense of belonging; we want the students to feel happy when they walk into our classroom. Having a morning greeting is one way we instill this sense of recognition and love in our classroom. As simple as a greeting sounds, the positive impact it can have on a child can make all the difference on how they feel about themselves and how they...Read more


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