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Going Old-School to Boost Kids’ Learning

June 20, 2019 • Array

A research study out of Purdue University suggests a highly effective toy to boost executive functioning and math skills. And that wondrous new toy is: Good old-fashioned building blocks.

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Going Old-School to Boost Kids’ Learning

A research study out of Purdue University suggests a highly effective toy to boost executive functioning and math skills. And that wondrous new toy...

 

An Emerging Consensus: Strictly Limit Screen Time for Kids Under 5

A recent study by Canadian researchers coupled with new guidelines issued by the Word Health Organization have reignited the debate about how much,...

 

‘World’s worst mom’ says giving kids freedom helps shed anxiety, theirs and yours

Lenore Skenazy gained fame, or infamy, in 2008 when she let her nine-year-old son ride the subway home by himself. Here is how she describes what...

 

Letting Students Drive Leads to Inner Drive

Compositive Primary Head of School Heather Mock shares how the Compositive approach to inquiry-based learning can motivate children to deepen their...

 

Executive Function Deficits Start Early: Study

Problems with executive functioning in children can begin as early as kindergarten and affect academic performance. Learn what researchers say about...

 

TED Radio Hour: Don't Fear Math

Why do many of us hate, even fear math? Why are we convinced we're bad at it? This hour, TED speakers explore the myths we tell ourselves and how...

 

Mother.ly: It’s science: Reading the same books to your child over and over makes them smarter

When you talk to and read to your child every night, you are exposing them to rich vocabulary.How do children learn new words? Through experience and...

 

As a parent, are you a carpenter or a gardener?

A carpenter drafts plans carefully and then follows them to a “t” to get the finished product he desires. A gardener understands that a lot of...

 

Chalkbeat: Extra arts education boosts students’ writing scores — and their compassion, big new study finds

A new study shows that the initiative helped students in a few ways: boosting students’ compassion for their classmates, lowering discipline rates,...

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At Namaste to Reach the Whole Mind, Activate the Whole Body

July 17, 2019 • Array

The premise is simple: Healthy, active kids do better in school.

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At Namaste to Reach the Whole Mind, Activate the Whole Body

The premise is simple: Healthy, active kids do better in school.

 

New York Times: Team Sports May Help Children Deal With Trauma

Training, working hard and learning to win and lose help children develop resilience, experts say.

 

To Raise Successful Kids, Let Them Fail

We all want our children to be successful. Sometimes we want it so badly that our well-intentioned actions instead set them up for failure...

 

Compositive Primary & The Whole Child

Compositive Primary Head of School Heather Mock shares how the Compositive approach to whole child education nurture health and well-being in our...

 

Mother.ly: 7 phrases to help your shy child feel brave

Watching our kids develop social skills can be really hard. We want so badly for them to thrive and feel confident and make friends, but at the end...

 

The New York Times: How to Bullyproof Your Child

Teaching children how to take the air out of the teasing.

 

PsychCentral: Book Review: Creating Compassionate Kids

Parents want to raise compassionate, caring children who are prepared for the variety of challenges they will face, who are sensitive to the needs of...

 

NPR: Secrets Of A Maya Supermom: What Parenting Books Don't Tell You

Advice in parenting books is typically based not on rigorous scientific studies as is at times claimed but on the opinions and experiences of the...

 

Washington Post: Parents, our definition of success is all wrong

What if we just nurtured our children to become the best version of themselves they could be, and called that successful? Grades, salary and job...

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Arguments for Limiting Kids’ Screen Time

February 21, 2019 • Array

Children are being exposed to smart phones and tablets a young age, but how is it affecting their growing brains? Here we look at what the experts have to say about kids' screen time.

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CNBC: I spent 7 years studying Dutch parenting—here are 6 secrets to raising the happiest kids in the world

A 2013 UNICEF report claims that Dutch children were the happiest kids in the world. The report was a follow-up to one conducted in 2007, in which...

 

The Washington Post: 8 ways to change a child’s ‘bad’ behavior

Parents often blame themselves for their child’s misbehavior, said Katherine Reynolds Lewis, the author of “The Good News About Bad Behavior.” “This...

 

Mother.ly: Chores are a huge part of our parenting philosophy

"This farm has taught them that their opinion matters, and, on an ever-larger scale, that they matter."

 

NPR: Greener Childhood Associated With Happier Adulthood

Scientists are working to understand how green spaces, or lack of them, can affect our mental health. A study published Monday in the journal PNAS...

 

Arguments for Limiting Kids’ Screen Time

Children are being exposed to smart phones and tablets a young age, but how is it affecting their growing brains? Here we look at what the experts...

 

An Introduction From Compositive Primary's Head of School

This blog first appeared on Compositive Primary's website. Heather Mock is Head of School for Compositive Primary, the first school to adopt the...

 

Outside: Want a Strong Kid? Encourage Play, Not Competition.

The best way to raise capable kids is to fuel their love of games—and stop forcing them to compete against each other

 

How parenting can influence children’s eating habits

A recent from the Washington Post describes the different parenting styles that can lead to different issues with children’s eating habits. Which...

 

Outside: How the Outdoors Makes Your Kids Smarter

The freedom to move and play outside inspires creativity and improved brain function

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STEM Highlands Ranch Uses Tech to Connect Rural & Urban Students

January 18, 2019 • Array

One of our team members recently visited a cutting-edge K-12 charter school in Highlands ranch, a sprawling suburb south of Denver. The STEM School Highlands Ranch is using technology to create connections between the privileged suburban kids and students at a tiny rural school 115 mile out on the Eastern Plains. We will be writing more about the STEM school soon, because certain pieces of its program fit well within the Compositive model. This article focuses specifically on how technology can be a great bridge between disparate communities, making the world a smaller place, and bringing the...

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Washington Post: Helping our kids take the lead in saving the planet

In today’s busy parenting world, time spent outdoors is in relentless competition for a child’s attention and time with myriad other things. So how...

 

Washington Post: The power of listening to a boy

With boys, especially, listening is about much more than receiving information. It is more like holding. There is communication, sometimes words and...

 

Washington Post: They were raised to be ‘colorblind’ — but now more white parents are learning to talk about race

In recent years — with the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, as social justice activism has crossed into the mainstream and discussions about...

 

STEM Highlands Ranch Uses Tech to Connect Rural & Urban Students

One of our team members recently visited a cutting-edge K-12 charter school in Highlands ranch, a sprawling suburb south of Denver. The STEM School...

 

Forbes: How to Raise Generous Kids

By age three, children are typically developing awareness of other people’s feelings, so it’s the perfect time to introduce children to the joys of...

 

The Atlantic: Why the Myth of Meritocracy Hurts Kids of Color

“If you’re in an advantaged position in society, believing the system is fair and that everyone could just get ahead if they just tried hard enough...

 

Forbes: 10 Ways Parents Can Teach Their Children To Be Leaders

All parents want their children to be successful. Parents naturally want kids to be viewed as courageous leaders, willing to take on any challenge...

 

The Washington Post: 10 ways design thinking can help you raise resourceful kids

Design thinking is a method of problem-solving that relies on empathy, observation and careful listening. Design thinkers don’t believe in one right...

 

The Washington Post: What should students know about religion? New guidance on teaching it in public schools.

“The study of religion from an academic, non-devotional perspective in primary, middle, and secondary school is critical for decreasing religious...

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