Category Archives: At-Home Supplemental Ideas


How to empower your child through chores


As kids grow up, they still like to help, but we as adults sometimes become so accustomed to doing things for our children that we forget that they are fully capable of doing things for themselves. 

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Accomplishing tasks- it’s as Easy as 1-2-3


Are you looking for tips to help your child accomplish tasks at home? The Easy as 1-2-3 formula is one that the teachers at Brookridge Day School use to help students accomplish tasks at school. The good news is that this formula will work for any task, in any setting, from completing homework to brushing […]

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STEAM Books for Younger Kids


It is not a secret that I love books. I love reading them (to myself and others). I love making things with them (My Christmas tree was made of books last year). I love books!  But I also love what books can inspire others to do. There are books that promote critical and creative thinking […]

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Tasty Tuesdays are taking summer by storm!


Room 5 is taking full advantage of “Tasty Tuesdays!” Each week the teachers try to come up with a fun treat for the classroom to make matching whatever the theme is that particular week. So far, the kiddos have enjoyed making pigs in a blanket during our party pig bounce house week, and trail mix, […]

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How to engage reluctant readers: in the classroom and at home (Part 2 of 2)


Welcome back!  Hopefully, you were able to read Part 1 of this two-parter on how to engage reluctant readers.  If you missed it, please click here to read it!   Role Model:   Finally, let kids see you read! Role model reading by actual reading, not talking about reading or only encouraging it. Many youth […]

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How to engage reluctant readers: in the classroom and at home (Part 1 of 2)


As the holiday season looms closer and I am making my gift lists for families and friends, I think about books. Yet, let’s be honest…I am always thinking about books. I am an avid reader and I love to encourage literacy, so guess what my friends and families might be getting for the holidays? Yep, […]

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Keep academic skills sharp by playing board games this summer


Want to keep your child’s academic skills sharp this summer? Play a board game. We recently had game day at our school and I realized how many skills are involved in playing a game. Children enhance their small motor skills when they roll a dice, spin a spinner or move a board piece. Valuable lessons […]

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Time to Talk about Potty Time


Let me begin by stating that I am by no means an expert on potty training. Yes, I have been assisting parents and children with potty training for the majority of the time I’ve spent in education, but I am not a parent nor do I have a Ph.D. in potty training. But let’s be […]

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9 ways to keep your child engaged during summer vacation


Soccer, baseball, and swimming are some fun summertime activities.  With summer vacation comes a two or three month break from school.  Kids need a break from the daily rigors of school, but it’s important that they don’t take a break from learning altogether.  Children will not be ready for school in the fall if they […]

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Helping your young reader master sight words


“They,” “said,” and “to” are just a few of the many words that can be tricky for young readers.  Learning to recognize sight words is an essential part of learning to read and the skill helps children become more fluent readers.  Looking at a list and memorizing works for some students; however, many students need […]

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Music in the early childhood years: a time of growth and development!


Early-childhood, birth through age 6, is the most important stage of life for a child’s own musical development and growth. Music is important in the Early Childhood years, because music is part of who we are academically, physically, ad a part of our culture and socialization. In Room C our 2 ½ -3 year olds […]

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Exploring preschool through sensory activities


In Room C our 2 1/2 & 3 year olds love sensory activities! As teachers, Jordan Uselton and I try to make sure a sensory activity is part of our daily routine with the children. Sensory activities like rolling play-doh, finger painting, or tearing paper is very crucial to their developmental needs, especially during the […]

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Exploring the five senses in kindergarten


From the day children are born, they begin exploring their world through their senses. In kindergarten, we continue to foster exploration of our world through our senses in science (and all hours of the day).  Recently, our Brookridge Day School kindergartners studied the five senses: taste, hearing, sight, smell, and touch, through hands-on activities and […]

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Promoting a love for reading: for preschoolers & beyond


When does a love for reading begin? The sooner the better would be the consensus among all experts and educators in the field. Listed below are several ways to promote a love for reading in a classroom setting as well as at home. Read books: children have to see their parents or teachers read to them with […]

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Ten ways families can foster creativity in the home


Creativity is often thought of as being exclusively useful to the arts. This is a fallacy, as creativity has given us innovations in science, mathematics, technology, engineering, and perhaps most important, cuisine! Creative thinkers are problem solvers, inventors and scientists as well as artists. It is important that a child’s educational environment support and encourage […]

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Making the Most of Homework Time


Homework can be a time of the day that is stressful on families, or it can be a time of the day that is used for responsibility and independence building skills! I have “been around the homework block” with my own children and also with my students here at Brookridge Day School. Setting up some […]

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Kindergartners Thrive on Routine


In preschool, children are introduced to the routines of an academic environment with additional time for free play. As children mature and enter kindergarten, they develop an even stronger need for routine. Ask any kindergarten teacher what happens to their class when there is a change in the schedule, and they will surely tell you […]

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The developing preschooler: Fine Motor Coordination


Fine motor coordination is a vital part of a preschooler’s development. It is important to have strong small motor skills so that things like holding a crayon and using scissors become second nature.  When learning, a student’s focus needs to be on the academic, not how to grip a pencil.   Preschool age children love […]

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