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November 2021

As we approach the holidays, I am always asked by parents what art gifts are good options to give their children. Inspired by my years of teaching art, parenting my own children and Jean Van’t Hul’s recent book, The Artful Parent, I decided to put together a list of artsy gift ideas and share my very own edition of “Super Spangler’s Favorite Things.”

In The Artful Parent, Van’t Hul lists a variety of benefits art has on children. These include the development of fine motor skills, problem solving skills, creativity and making sense of their world and the world...Read more

Learning to read comes easily to most kids, especially those who are exposed to language-rich and literacy-filled environments throughout the infant, toddler and preschool stages of life. When children begin to apply early literacy skills learned in those first years upon entering school, such as singing the alphabet song, identifying letter symbols, hearing and saying letter sounds, and rhyming, the skills come together quite nicely. However, for some 20 percent of children who struggle to learn to read due to Dyslexia, which is a reading disorder with deficits in phonological processing...Read more

Someone recently asked me, “What’s Rossman like?” Since I am a relatively new faculty member at Rossman, this is a question that I’ve gotten more than once from friends and family members. While there are many aspects of the school that I enjoy and tell others about, one highlight that always comes to mind is the overall character of the students. The core values of Rossman are Kindness, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility, and I can truly say that I see these values demonstrated by Rossman students daily. 

This year in fourth grade, we have welcomed several new students, and the...Read more

Do you have a growth mindset or a fixed mindset? This is a question that we have recently asked our third graders. 

If you believe that talents and skills can be developed with hard work, perseverance and determination then you have a growth mindset. These basic qualities, like your intelligence, talents, and personalities that you are born with are just the starting point. These qualities can be developed and improved. 

A fixed mindset is just the opposite. An individual with a fixed mindset believes that their basic qualities cannot improve over time. They also believe that...Read more

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