Category Archives: Behavior Modification Tips and Strategies


How to discipline your toddler: Part 2


We hope you caught Part 1 of this post on how to effectively discipline your toddler.  Perry Schroeder, Lead Early Preschool Teacher at Brookridge Day School, is sharing her tips and strategies based on her experiences!

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Potty Training Tips


So you’ve decided to embark on the great journey of potty training your little one.  Getting rid of diapers and introducing your big kid to underwear…are you terrified? Don’t feel bad, because your child, teacher, relatives are also terrified but are all on the same team working towards the same goal. In my roles as […]

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Conflict resolution for first graders


  Our Brookridge Day School first grade class spent the month of October learning about conflict resolution.  Each week we focused on a different aspect of conflicts and resolutions and how to handle them.  We learned about feelings and why friends might disagree.  Each week, we discussed and practiced our new skills.  Our hope is […]

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Nurturing the whole child through solid relationships


At Brookridge Day School, our purpose is to provide an environment where the whole child is nurtured. An aspect of this whole child approach is creating strong and positive relationships with each child. Behavior management strategies, used to improve these relationships, is something that has been on my mind lately. The number one component in […]

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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. This does not necessarily mean assigning numerous worksheets, or even practicing writing or math skills. It can be something as simple […]

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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 Pennsylvania wanted a buddy bench for his school. Now buddy benches are in schools across the country.   Earlier this year, one of our […]

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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. Nothing bolsters her self-esteem more! So why not pull out a board game or […]

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Colors and counting- easy activities for the beginning preschooler


Room C’s classroom theme this year has been COLORS. A few weeks ago, the Fun Friday theme for summer also happened to be COLORS! The kiddos in Room C really enjoyed spending the week reviewing their colors, working on new and fun art projects, and showing Ms. Tope what they’ve retained throughout their year. Not […]

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Fostering self-help skills in the preschooler


The main focus in Room C is for the students to learn social and emotional skills. One of the most important things we can foster is “self-help” skills. These skills are very important for the beginning preschooler and really help a child to become more independent and get in the mindset of “I can do […]

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Teaching your child how to nurture and maintain friendships


For some children and adults, making friends comes naturally. This isn’t always the case for our children. Fortunately, making friends can be modeled. Has your child ever come home from school and said, “I don’t have any friends to play with,” or “I don’t want to play with so-and-so because…” Even if this hasn’t happened […]

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Getting your Children to Listen and Follow Directions


Have you ever wondered how you can get your children to listen better at home? Have you ever wondered how you can get your children to follow directions the FIRST time they are given? There are many ways that you can make this happen in your home!  Stop Nagging This can be a tough one. […]

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Begin with the End in Mind-Have a Plan


(The following is another installment in a series authored by Brookridge Day School teacher Erin Argie.  She discusses good habits as found in The Leader in Me program.) Think about the last goal you accomplished. Now think about how you achieved it. Did you plan ahead and write the goal down? Did the task you […]

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Getting your picky eater to eat


How do I get my picky eater to eat? How do I stop the battles at the dinner table? These are questions that I am often asked by friends, parents, and co-workers. I turn to Love and Logic for the answers to these questions. In the Love and Logic newsletter, The Insiders Club, Dr. Charles […]

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A cure for “the interrupting child”


Does your child(ren) have a problem with interrupting? The habit of interrupting is frustrating, but the good news is that it’s curable! Children of all ages can be taught how to wait their turn to talk. My Mouth is a Volcano; by Julia Cook, is an entertaining look at a boy’s problem with interrupting. His […]

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Helping children cope with life’s challenges


How do we help our children cope with life’s challenges of unkindness? What can we say to encourage them to be courageous in the face of challenges? If you are looking for ways to help your child cope with day to day challenges, I highly suggest Maria Dismondy’s book, Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun. […]

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How to put a stop to tattling–for children of all ages!


Are your children constantly tattling? Have you had enough? Children as young as prekindergarten age can be taught the rules of tattling. Once they understand the difference between tattling and reporting, they will be less likely to tattle and more likely to solve their tattling problems without the help of an adult. I recently taught […]

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Effective strategies for dealing with whining in your home


Do you deal with whining in your house? Over the years, friends of mine and parents from my class have asked how to stop the whining. In my house, and my classroom, the children know that whining is just not an option! We had to be very consistent with them from an early age. Give […]

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Leadership and your child: Big Leaders Come in Small Packages


What defines a leader? Do you define them as someone who imparts wisdom, leaves a legacy, or plays a big role in your life? How does one become a leader? Are they born into this status, do they learn it by watching others, or is it just innate? As children begin to explore and wonder […]

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Helpful Tips for Preschool Parents: Overcoming 1st Day of School Jitters


Whether your child has been at home with mom or in a home care center, the transition to a structured preschool environment can be traumatic, both for mother and child.  There are some children who transition without missing a beat!   Others may have those “jitters” and need a little coaxing to help.  Here are some […]

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