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    Why Teaching Emotional Competence to Young Children Matters So Much

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    In December, Nobel Laureate in Economics and University of Chicago Professor James Heckman released another report  evidencing that quality early childhood education provides persistent boosts in socio-emotional skills and that...

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    Parenting a Generation of “Selfies”

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    From princesses and queen-bees to golden boys and superstars, it seems like most kids these days are into one thing--themselves...a problem that researchers are blaming on parents. This new study out of the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands suggests that parents who overvalue their children could likely be producing narcissistic...

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    Routines during Recess

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    It’s the season for winter breaks. This is the longest break of the school year. Up until this point, your child has acclimated to a schedule which includes bedtimes, breakfasts, drop-offs, nap times, and pickups. This has become natural for children; it is how things go for them throughout the day. But for the next two weeks or so, things will...

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    Bullying: What Parents Can Do About It

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    Not all parents are parents of emotionally smart and aware children. When bullying occurs, it becomes clear that teaching emotional intelligence makes a difference. Conflict erupts when one child behaves in ways that exert power and control over his peers while the other has been taught to express his feelings with words. So, what can parents...

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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 praiseworthy ‘approval.’ But I believe the development of children’s budding self-esteem...

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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 trainings, conducted by founder and clinical psychologist, Dr. Donna Housman, in order to utilize...

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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 recap of the year from their teacher Angela, and (of course!) diplomas!! Families and children alike...

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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 lifetime. Whether this year was your first at Beginnings, or if this year marks your child's...

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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- running, squealing, and having a wonderful time. Next week will feature our end of year picnic....

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    Going…Going…Gone!

    Jonathan Sommer       

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    Tomorrow is the last day to place bids in our Art Auction. These wonderful works were inspired by the masters and created by our own little artists. You can see each of the paintings by clicking here. Any (or all!) of them would make great additions to a play room, bedroom, or any family space in your home. Let's get the bidding started!!

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