Reggio Emilia-Inspired Kindergarten Programs

Kindergarten can be a fun and exciting year for families. Whether they are enrolling in a public or private school, kindergarten is the first year a child will have to meet certain state requirements. These requirements can add extra pressure on families as they transition into this new chapter of their lives. Ensuring children gain

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Handwriting: Reggio Emilia Style

Multisensory approach to handwriting Teaching handwriting to young children can seem like a larger than life task both for the teacher and the parent. The Reggio Emilia approach recognizes that every child is capable, independent, and full of imagination.  It is imperative that each child be encouraged and motivated to question, investigate, and explore the

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National Grandparents Day-Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016

 “The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy.”- Sam Levenson National Grandparents Day 2016 It seems as though there are holidays for everything.  Some of these holidays are pretty humorous like National Donut Day and National Dog Day; others have more significant meanings and deeper traditions.  One

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Mud Pie Anyone?

A Play Framework What if only two rules in life exist? The first is to have a good time and the second is to make sure others have a good time. This may not be a productive way of thinking in all aspects of life, right?  When it comes to children’s play, however, it opens

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A Child-Centered Kindergarten

A Child-Centered Approach There are many definitions and descriptions of child-centered kindergarten, and for this reason it’s largely misunderstood. Differing from traditional kindergarten, a child-centered approach encourages children to take learning into their own hands, as opposed to being directed or prompted by a teacher. Children take responsibility for making choices about what they will

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Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten?

During pre-primary years, children are developing at such different speeds that assessment of skills and knowledge for preschool children can sometimes be immaterial. Uniform standards regarding ability benchmarks for a preschool child are significantly less appropriate than they would be for an elementary or middle school student. Of course, sitting still, using the restroom and

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Compass “Alumnus” Appears on Letterman!

Kate Burritt, who attended The Compass School of Naperville (North) from infancy through 2nd grade, recently appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. Kate is currently a middle school student at Kennedy Junior High School. She appeared on the show to demonstrate a gun powder science experiment, along with a few other students from

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