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Welcome to the world of “The 7 Habits of Happy Kids.” The 7 Habits are leadership qualities introduced in Sean Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. These highly effective habits teach students to enter the 21st century with confidence, character and leadership skills. Along...Read more

A Flight from Conversation

Conversations are key to language development, the exchange of thoughts and ideas and listening to each other. People learn by hearing each other’s thoughts while observing facial and body expressions that show emotions.

“Face to face conversation is the most human and humanizing thing we do,” says Sherry Turkle in her book Reclaiming Conversation – The Power of Talk in a Digital Age. “Fully present to one another, we learn to...Read more

Have you ever felt like dozing off while listening to a lesson or speaker at a conference? Of course you have. Who can sit still for hours at a time listening to someone talk and talk and talk? Well, in third grade, we realize that there are times throughout the day when our students need to change up the routine and get their blood pumping. We call these times “brain breaks.”

A brain break is a one- to three-minute mental break period taken throughout the day to help refresh our thinking and engage in physical exercise. These quick movements help our learners to “wake up” their...Read more

These days, average American adults check their phones every six and a half minutes. We start early. There are now baby bouncers (and potty seats) that are manufactured with a slot to hold a digital device. A quarter of American teenagers are connected to a device within five minutes of waking up. Most teenagers send one hundred texts a day. Eighty percent sleep with their phones. Forty-four do not ‘unplug’ ever, not even in religious services or when playing a sport or exercising. (Source: Reclaiming...Read more

Just this week we noticed one of our first graders writing a "get well" note to a friend who was sick at home. Nobody asked him to write the card, it was simply his own concern for his friend that prompted his act of kindness. Just as many say, “kindness is contagious,” his small, sweet gesture gave another friend the impulse to write a similar note. Oh, the ripples of compassion!

Throughout our day we catch many glimpses of kindness in action: sharing sharpened pencils when a friend’s lead breaks, offers to push a friend on the swings, tying a friend’s shoelaces, and patiently...Read more

The evolution of friendship begins at birth and continues throughout a lifetime. The developmental process is at first mother dependent, but gradually moves to other people. At each stage of friendship, children want to feel a “connection” to someone, feel a sense of “power,” and receive “recognition.” These desires can cause conflicts between friends. Our job as adults is to guide our children to find a balance for each of these desires, so it supports friendships and does not enhance problems.

The notion of friendship begins with a close attachment between mother and baby. A...Read more

Shiver me timbers! There are pirates in the library!

Aye matey! You heard it correctly. Reading pirates have invaded the library! JK, SK and first grade enjoyed dressing like pirates last week to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day. It was a mighty day filled with pirate stories, walking the plank, sea songs, hunting for treasure and munching on goldfish. Libraries aren’t the quiet places they once were. Arrgh!

Aside from our pirate adventures, the library year has started full speed ahead. Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students are encouraged to read a new set of books each...Read more

Junior Kindergarten is a fun place to learn and grow. Foundations are established for a successful eight years at Rossman School. “Approaches to learning” are behaviors, tendencies or typical patterns that children use in learning situations. They include curiosity, persistence and flexibility in solving problems. 

In her book “Enthusiastic and Engaged Learners: Approaches to Learning in the Early Childhood Classroom,” Marilou Hyson tells us about two valuable teaching tools:

  • connections — personal warmth, sensitivity and involvement with individual
  • ...Read more

Intensely passionate about learning, Rossman teachers are constantly seeking to grow as both educators and parents. If you're looking for a book to bring to the beach or curl up with on the couch over spring break, check out this list of teacher-recommended books on parenting and children.

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Imagine seeing a larger-than-life wearable sculpture made out of sock monkeys. Imagine seeing another encrusted completely in sparkly sequins. What if those sculptures were worn and the people in them were dancing? What would you see? What would you think? What would you wonder? 

This winter, I took my family to the St. Louis Art Museum to see Nick Cave’s exhibit Currents 109 in the Contemporary gallery (open through March 8, 2015). Missouri native Nick Cave creates “Soundsuits” out of a variety of materials such as textiles, raffia, yarn, buttons, sequins, and other found...Read more

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