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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Ashburn CompassQuest 2015 Summer Camp Program

CompassQuest is designed for children who have completed Kindergarten through the age of 12. Each weekly theme will offer a unique exploration, with arts & crafts, food, games, and more. What could be more fun than weekly visits to the swimming pool or bowling alley with your friends as well as entertaining field trips related

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Cincinnati CompassQuest 2015 Summer Camp Program

CompassQuest is designed for children who have completed Kindergarten through the age of 12. Each weekly theme will offer a unique exploration, with arts & crafts, food, games, and more. What could be more fun than weekly visits to the swimming pool or bowling alley with your friends as well as entertaining field trips related

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The Compass School of Powell’s Race For The Cure

The Compass School of Powell’s Race For The Cure fundraising is in full swing! Silent Auction bidding ends Friday at noon. Currently $1027 has been raised for the 2015 race, and bids are going up, Up, UP! Thank you! A huge thanks to the these local businesses and individuals who have donated for this great cause:

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Infant Care: RIE/Pikler Methodology

Infant Development Many parents find themselves going back to work only a few short weeks or months after the birth of their child. Naturally, finding the right type of infant care can be an emotional and overwhelming challenge. Babies depend on adults for nurturing and support, and this time is critical to developing trust and

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Resources for Infant Educators Conference

Erica Farney and Kathy McQuillen (Executive Directors of The Compass Schools in Naperville, IL) attended the 26th Annual RIE (Resources For Infant Educarers) Conference at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on April 25, 2015. They are pictured here with Polly Elam, President of the RIE Board of Directors. The work of Magda Gerber,

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Preschool: The Compass School’s Curriculum

The Compass School’s preschool program follows a Reggio-inspired, project-based approach to early childhood education. Teachers deliver what we describe as an “emergent curriculum,” that is predicated on the emerging interests, ideas, and questions of the children. Project work engages the student in the skills of discussion, decision-making, options and choices, cooperation, team work and evaluation

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A Child Centered Classroom Environment

One of the key characteristics of Reggio Emilia-inspired schools is the positioning of the environment as a significant component to learning. In fact, the environment is oftentimes referred to as the “third teacher”. The look and feel of the classrooms and common spaces within the school are critical to achieving the center’s goals for learning.

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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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