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While recently conversing with a third grade child at lunch, he shared with me his excitement about the “numerous” houses he would visit on Halloween. I was struck immediately with his ease of using the word “numerous.” Clearly, he had a firm understanding of the word, which he spoke so fluently! It was obvious to me that he is well on his way to developing a strong vocabulary.

Rossman teachers explicitly weave vocabulary into their daily instruction, creating a seamless transition from learning words orally at a young age to acquiring the tools to learn from the written text. While...Read more

“Thank you.” These magic words, said frequently, are so simple yet so powerful. They can make a world of difference and go a long way in everyday life. Kids utter these words after they are given a cookie, a cup of juice, a toy or help up from a fall. Teaching our children to be thankful and show gratitude for both big and small gestures is imperative to raising a whole, well-rounded individual.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” These wise words by Oprah Winfrey underscore the...Read more

“It’s time for bed!”

How many times have you had to utter those words? Parents know the importance of sleep in the development and growth of a child. Sleep-deprived children have more trouble paying attention, more behavioral issues, and are more likely to be overweight (1). 

According to the National Sleep Foundation, kids between the ages of 6 and 13 need 9-11 hours of sleep every night. So, in the age of competitive sports, smart phones, YouTube, video games and homework, how can we ensure that our kids are getting the recommended amount of daily sleep? Kenneth Schuster, a...Read more

For parents with kids in the Upper School, this is a message about homework to get you through the rest of the year. For parents with kids in the Lower School, here are some ways to conceptualize homework time with your family in the future to start good habits early.

The first approach to conducting homework time is to make homework time a part of your evening routine, which is how Dr. Peg Dawson recommends you approach it. Dr. Dawson is one of the co-authors of Smart but Scattered, which is a book I often recommend to parents of children struggling with Attention-Deficit/...Read more

While visiting the Junior Kindergarten classroom last week, I observed the children making decisions about what to play with at their tables. Each child was engaged, working independently, side by side. I focused on one child who did not have enough magnetic shapes to complete his structure. I watched as he glanced at his neighbor’s magnetic pieces. I could tell he was pondering … Should I or shouldn’t I? But, I need those pieces. His hand slowly reached over to the other child’s shapes as he looked at her for a possible reaction, and then he quickly grabbed the pieces.

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Young children, like adults, can feel stressed. Can you recognize when your child is stressed? A consumer survey by WebMD showed that children often show stress by displaying negative behaviors. Increased arguing, whining, aggression or worry are just a few examples. Sometimes the stress is manifested by physical symptoms such as stomach pain, headaches, decreased concentration or difficulty sleeping. So, what can we, as parents, do to help our children with stress?

There are a few ways that parents can help reduce the stress in our children’s lives:

  1. Be a role model by
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I have a unique perspective this year from having my own child apply to college at the same time as my 25 Rossman kids apply to secondary school, and it’s amazing how similar the processes actually are! Both can be incredibly stressful times for students and parents alike.

Let’s Compare the Steps:

1.    Find the right fit – school research

We are blessed with so many great secondary school choices in St. Louis. For college, the landscape is even broader!

2.    Complete a lengthy...Read more

I remember when I had my first child, nothing went as planned. Not only was he born during Hurricane Sandy, but our magical idea of bringing him home to our cozy place for the first time after leaving the hospital was not even an option. Without power, and a northeaster looming in the forecast after the hurricane, we had no other choice but to stay with my parents for two weeks. They had power, were excited about the opportunity to provide us a place to stay, and I liked the idea of someone else cooking for us.

I remember my husband taking multiple trips to our house. His excursions...Read more

Junior Kindergarten is where the foundation for all learning at Rossman School begins. We help foster the creation of readers, writers, inventors, scientists, artists, mathematicians, engineers, and more. Creating a reader begins at home by exposing your child to words in print as you snuggle together to enjoy a book. Throughout our school day, we provide as many opportunities as possible to bring good literature to your child.

“In a book, anything can happen!” Just ask anyone in Junior Kindergarten! This is just one of the many things we often talk about as we read...Read more

Worldwide disasters have happened over the course of many years. However, in today’s world, devastating news repeatedly promulgates the television, technology, social media, and radio, perpetually shocking most people. Being surrounded by negative impacting news makes it more challenging to see all the good things going on in the world. It is hard for adults to absorb these events no less our children. What, when, and how we interact with our children about these crises becomes the question for all parents.

The ability for children to assimilate messages from news requires an...Read more

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