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Kindergarten Readiness

Kindergarten Readiness
Kindergarten Readiness
As your child’s preschool years come to an end you are undoubtedly thinking about kindergarten. It is important to choose the right school environment for your child, as well as understanding the...
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The Brookridge Testing Advantage

Grade School Readiness
The Brookridge Testing Advantage
Here at Brookridge Day School, we pride ourselves on high state assessment scores year after year. You might wonder what the magic is behind this.  Easy…state assessments are not our focus! We...
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Teachable Moments

Behavior Modification Tips and Strategies
Teachable Moments
Learning does not end once your child leaves the classroom. It is important to always get your child thinking about school-related things even once they are out of the classroom or out of school....
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How to protect your children from the winter weather elements

How to protect your children from the winter weather elements
Keeping young children safe and warm during the winter is a team effort. Young children are unaware of the dangers of extreme cold weather and more likely to lose body heat more quickly than adults....
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The Buddy Bench

The Buddy Bench
The buddy bench is a simple idea that started in Germany to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on school playgrounds.  After reading about the buddy bench concept, a first grader in...
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Winter wear self-help skills for the kindergartner

Winter wear self-help skills for the kindergartner
With the changing temperatures these last few weeks, the kiddos in my classroom have been chomping at the bit for that first snow storm.  They discuss all of the fun things that accompany the cooler...
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How to set goals in Kindergarten

a love for reading
It’s never too early to start setting goals. In Kindergarten at BDS, we are learning how to set goals for ourselves. Some goals are academic while others are more personal (tying shoes)....
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Why Building Teamwork in a Classroom is Important

School Activities at BDS
Preschool Fun
I have always started my year out establishing a sense of “team” in my classroom. We begin with our classroom having a name of “Team Shonkwiler.”  That is how we refer to our class, the...
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Using pumpkins as a sensory experience too

Parenting Tips and Strategies
Using pumpkins as a sensory experience too
Preschoolers thrive off of sensory experiences and our Room 5 kiddos crave them like crazy! Each week the teachers in Room 5 try to put something new and different inside of a bucket (or on the...
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9 benefits of playing childrens’ board & card games

Behavior Modification Tips and Strategies & Parenting Tips and Strategies
9 benefits of playing childrens’ board & card games
What your child most wants – and needs – is to be with you with no goal in mind beyond the joy of spending time together. She wants you to take pleasure in her, play with her, and listen to her....
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