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October 24th, 2013

I Love to Watch You Play

We chose Madeline Levine’s book, Teach Your Children Well, as the all-school read this year because we love her focus on giving children the space to be kids and her counsel to cut back on the multitude of after school classes, teams and lessons... read more
October 22nd, 2013

Innovation Educator Reaffirms Our Good Work at CDS

It was our great pleasure to host Harvard Innovation Education Fellow Tony Wagner last week at 601 Dolores, our new middle school site. Tony identifies seven key skills for today’s students: Critical thinking Agility and adaptability... read more
October 4th, 2013

Losing is Good for You

A number of years ago, I was packing up the home my children had grown up in to move to Southern California.  My son, who was in college at the time, had acquired a couple of boxfuls of trophies from soccer and baseball. These were the same trophies... read more
September 10th, 2013

Playworks On the Yard

I want to share some great news about a new program we are employing on the yard during recess. Rebecca Kroll, Assistant Head of School, writes below about some new techniques we’re trying this year to improve the recess experience for all.... read more
August 28th, 2013

Play, Passion and Purpose

Earlier this fall, the faculty and staff met to discuss the book we read over the summer, Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success by Madeline Levine. Our discussions centered on broadening our definition of success and thinking... read more
May 31st, 2013

What We Do With What We Know

When our new middle school campus at 601 Dolores is open and construction has been completed, one of the most exciting spaces the students will inhabit is the Innovation Lab (iLab). Housed on the second floor, the iLab will provide students with... read more
April 26th, 2013

Playing for All Kinds of Possibilities

We are learning more and more about how the human brain works. In the past few weeks, I have read several articles, including this one in The New York Times from April 23, Playing for All Kinds of Possibilities, about the remarkable value of... read more
April 18th, 2013

Exploring Our Own Neighborhoods as a Teaching Tool Kit

Please be sure to read this wonderful article posted on the GOOD web site. Written by CDS parent Allison Arieff, the piece describes how elementary students here at Children’s Day School are stepping outside the classroom and exploring the local... read more
April 5th, 2013

Using Mindfulness in the Classroom

On Friday, March 22, our preschool parent education meeting focused on the transition from preschool to kindergarten. Kindergarten teachers Luisa Pinto and Nicole Schoentag talked about how they use mindfulness techniques with the kindergarteners to... read more
April 4th, 2013

Two CDS Teachers Selected for NEH Fellowships

Fourth Grade Head Teacher Moriah Grey and 7th/8th Grade Humanities Teacher Terry Ashkinos have both been selected to participate in fellowship programs sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Moriah Grey will participate in “... read more
March 21st, 2013

Melanie Liu Receives Herbst Foundation Award

The Herbst Foundation has announced that Melanie Liu, Children’s Day School 5th and 6th Grade Humanities Teacher, has been named as the recipient of the 2013 Herbst Award for Teaching Excellence. The award recognizes teachers of grades 6, 7 and 8 at... read more