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Junior Kindergarten is a fun place to learn and grow. Foundations are established for a successful eight years at Rossman School. “Approaches to learning” are behaviors, tendencies or typical patterns that children use in learning situations. They include curiosity, persistence and flexibility in solving problems. 

In her book “Enthusiastic and Engaged Learners: Approaches to Learning in the Early Childhood Classroom,” Marilou Hyson tells us about two valuable teaching tools:

  • connections — personal warmth, sensitivity and involvement with individual
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Intensely passionate about learning, Rossman teachers are constantly seeking to grow as both educators and parents. If you're looking for a book to bring to the beach or curl up with on the couch over spring break, check out this list of teacher-recommended books on parenting and children.

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Imagine seeing a larger-than-life wearable sculpture made out of sock monkeys. Imagine seeing another encrusted completely in sparkly sequins. What if those sculptures were worn and the people in them were dancing? What would you see? What would you think? What would you wonder? 

This winter, I took my family to the St. Louis Art Museum to see Nick Cave’s exhibit Currents 109 in the Contemporary gallery (open through March 8, 2015). Missouri native Nick Cave creates “Soundsuits” out of a variety of materials such as textiles, raffia, yarn, buttons, sequins, and other found...Read more

A group of parents recently gathered with the Head of School for the annual meeting of Rossman’s Pat Shipley Book Club. Attendees enjoyed coffee and breakfast while discussing The Pressured Child by Michael Thompson. Michael Thompson has written many highly acclaimed books about raising children, including Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of BoysBest Friends, Worst Enemies; and Homesick and Happy. In The Pressured Child, Thompson ...Read more

Last week, a local radio station host brought up a topic with which we are very familiar: parenting. The woman confessed that her four year old has made her realize parenting is not as easy as it looks. As a result, she has been taking classes offered through the Kirkwood School District — something called “Love and Logic,” another topic with which we are very familiar!

This conversation prompted many calls into the station, all parents wanting and needing helpful, practical “real world” parenting advice. It was a wonderful realization for some to know that they are not alone, and...Read more

In today’s fast paced world it isn’t surprising that there is a cultural revolution against the notion that faster is better. It’s called the “Slow Movement.” Yes, that’s the name. It’s not about doing everything slowly, but seeking to do everything at a calmer pace. According to Wikipedia, “It began with Carlo Petrini’s protest against the opening of a McDonald’s restaurant in Piazza di Spagna, Rome in 1986. Over time, this developed into a subculture in other areas.”

One of these areas is the “Slow Parenting Movement.” The movement is about bringing balance into a family’s life....Read more


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