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Parenting & Praising

Dr. Donna Housman

As parents, it’s natural for us to be our children’s loudest cheerleaders. But we have to be careful with how we root for the home team. When we see something that we believe is praiseworthy, we offer what we think is a confidence boost with a...

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School Happenings

The Winter Festival is around the corner!

Dr. Donna Housman

We're excited to be hosting our third annual Winter Festival here at Beginnings School on Saturday, February 8th. I hope you'll all come and join us for the event – it’ll be a great time, with science fun, animals to meet, and (if forecasts are...

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School Happenings

Limits in the Cereal Aisle: Coco Puffs vs. Cheerios

Dr. Donna Housman

We’ve all been there. Those awkward few moments when you know your child’s emotions are about to run hot in the cereal aisle of the grocery store. You, wise and sensible parent, are choosing to bring home the healthy choice, but your toddler has...

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Preventing the Spread of Germs

Dr. Donna Housman

As New England's brisk weather settles in during these late autumn months, we are reminded that the flu is nipping at our heels. Once you hear that first sneeze or cough in your child's classroom, you fear that your child will be the next to catch...

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School Happenings

Trick-or-Treat! Have a Safe and Healthy Halloween: Moderate and Set Limits

Dr. Donna Housman

Trick-or-treaters are just around the corner! Children and parents are planning their costume’s for tonight’s favorite Halloween ritual, trick-or-treating. As we send them around the neighborhood gathering their loot, we worry about the wear and...

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School Happenings

Here’s what’s cooking at Beginnings!

Dr. Donna Housman

We make it a priority to provide delicious and nutritious snacks for your children during the day. Those snacks taste better when they are picked fresh off trees by children and cooked up in the classroom! Recently, we traveled to Honey Pot Hill...

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Emotional Intelligence from the Beginning

Dr. Donna Housman

You may have read about Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the news recently and thought, “That sounds familiar!” In fact, SEL has been roaming the halls of Beginnings School since it’s very beginning in 1985. Our teachers attend weekly clinical...

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Beginnings Graduates!

Jonathan Sommer

Our SPARK kindergarteners reached an important milestone this week, when they graduated! We were so happy to share this special time with them, and our Beginnings Families. The graduation ceremony featured songs that the children had learned, a...

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At Home and At School

Jonathan Sommer

  We had a great time at this year's annual end of the year picnic. It truly was a celebration of all the wonderful things that we've accomplished over the past year. Children have learned, grown, and found new friends- some of whom will last a...

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Summer Preview: Auction, Picnic, and Summer Explorations

Jonathan Sommer

We've got summer on our minds; today's high temperature is forecasted to be 94 degrees, with some meteorologists saying that we could break the old record of 96 degrees! Today's outside time featured water play, and the children were thrilled-...

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In the News

Managing the Disappointment of Perceived Failure and Other Critical Skills
At Beginnings, we accept feelings of failure and frustration. We acknowledge that children are...
Why Beginnings is the Leader in Early Childhood Education
Thirty five years ago, just before Dr. Donna Housman founded Beginnings School and Child...
Watch Our Video on Begin to...ECSEL
Learn more about our evidence-based emotional, cognitive and social early learning program, begin...
Beginnings to China: An Early Learning, Cross-Cultural Collaboration
In late September, Beginnings School founder and Housman Institute CEO Dr. Donna Housman visited...
Dr Housman Speaks at Harvard Graduate School
On Saturday, April 21, Beginnings School and Housman Institute Founder Dr. Donna Housman spoke on...