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

May 21, 2019 • Array

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 happened on her blog, Free-Range Kids.

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‘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,...

 

Are educators promoting growth mindset the wrong way?

Praising a student’s effort rather than her innate abilities has long been seen as a way of promoting a “growth mindset,” a currently trendy term in...

 

The New York Times: The Case for Creative Play in a Digital Age

A new statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents of young children to go for high-quality traditional toys rather than...

Keeping a Journal: A Mental Health Outlet for Kids of All Ages

May 08, 2019 • Array

A child experiencing emotional stress can find it difficult to discuss feelings. A journal can be the perfect outlet – a safe and private place to let those emotions out.

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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...

 

Keeping a Journal: A Mental Health Outlet for Kids of All Ages

A child experiencing emotional stress can find it difficult to discuss feelings. A journal can be the perfect outlet – a safe and private place to...

 

Motherly: 5 ways to help our kids be more compassionate and understanding to children with autism

In the autism community, there is a saying, "If you've met one child with autism, you've met one child with autism." Children with autism are...

 

A Look into One Stone’s Passion Pursuit

A Compositive team member recently visited a one-of-a-kind school in Boise, Idaho. It’s a high school, but One Stone’s approach to developing...

 

Five Ways to Integrate Essential Components of the Classroom

Integrating the social, emotional, and academic components of the classroom enhances learning for all students. Here are five recommendations.

 

Your Struggles Can Teach Your Toddler Important Early Skills

Babies as young as one can be taught skills like grit and perseverance. Learn how you can be their model.

 

NPR: How Inuit Parents Teach Kids To Control Their Anger

Today many American parents outsource their oral storytelling to screens. And in doing so, I wonder if we're missing out on an easy — and effective...

 

The Washington Post: Parents put ‘intensive parenting’ on a pedestal. Experts say there’s a better approach.

The majority of parents think intensive parenting — a round-the-clock devotion of attention and resources to children’s free time, emotions and...

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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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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

 

New research backs the Compositive model

To some of us, the fact that a debate still rages in corners of the education world about whether cognitive development or social-emotional, physical...

 

Keep your preschoolers moving

One of the domains integral to a Whole Education is health and well-being. Developing good physical activity habits needs to begin at a young age,...

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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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