Classroom of Discovery

Classroom of Discovery The Classroom of Discovery is a non-profit NAEYC accredited preschool located in Sterling, VA. We maintain an excellent child-to-teacher ratio of 5:1.
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The Magical Art of Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Study the Reading Brain
06/14/2020
The Magical Art of Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Study the Reading Brain

The Magical Art of Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Study the Reading Brain

In the Harry Potter book series, the legilimency spell was used to access and read another person’s mind. However, magic always come with a great responsibility and should only be used with caution. Similarly, magnetic resonance imaging (or MRI) is a powerful tool that lets us take detailed images...

CNN and 'Sesame Street' to host a town hall addressing racism
06/04/2020
CNN and 'Sesame Street' to host a town hall addressing racism

CNN and 'Sesame Street' to host a town hall addressing racism

As anger and heartbreak have swept across America over the killing of yet another black man at the hands of police, CNN and Sesame Street are refocusing their second town hall to address racism.

Why is My Child Behaving This Way? (A Checklist) - Janet Lansbury
05/26/2020
Why is My Child Behaving This Way? (A Checklist) - Janet Lansbury

Why is My Child Behaving This Way? (A Checklist) - Janet Lansbury

I’m blessed to work with mindful parents, most of whom have ‘sensitive’ and ‘respectful’ down. They’ve made a concerted effort to develop a quality connection with their children, and their behavior usually reflects that. So they’re understandably thrown when resistant or defiant behav...

Is It Too Late to Set Limits with My Strong-Willed Child? - Janet Lansbury
05/20/2020
Is It Too Late to Set Limits with My Strong-Willed Child? - Janet Lansbury

Is It Too Late to Set Limits with My Strong-Willed Child? - Janet Lansbury

The parent of a 4-year-old who describes her child as strong-willed and social is concerned that she and her husband did not set boundaries early enough, and they are now paying for it. She admits that for most of her boy’s young life she was reluctant to enforce boundaries so as not to upset him....

When Your Child is Worried About School Re-Opening
05/20/2020
When Your Child is Worried About School Re-Opening

When Your Child is Worried About School Re-Opening

"Dr. Laura...... School is reopening here and my daughter (age five) says she's feeling nervous about it. Any pointers on what I can to help her prep emotionally?"

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adolescents
05/20/2020
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adolescents

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adolescents

Faculty experts from the Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health discuss the challenges faced by adolescents during the coronavirus pandemic

Supporting Young Children after Crisis Events | NAEYC
05/19/2020
Supporting Young Children after Crisis Events | NAEYC

Supporting Young Children after Crisis Events | NAEYC

Young children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of community disasters and other crises and traumatic events. This articles explains how educators and primary caregivers can help children cope with the stress of a community disaster.

Playful Learning
05/08/2020

Playful Learning

Color mixing... Looking for an activity that keeps your child engaged? Set them up with an ice tray or little bowls and give them water with a little red, yellow, and blue food coloring. Using droppers is great for fine motor development too! How many colors can they make?

The Self-Care Parents Need Every Moment
05/08/2020
The Self-Care Parents Need Every Moment

The Self-Care Parents Need Every Moment

I’ve been encouraged lately by a slew of online articles focusing on the importance of self-care. It’s one of the fundamental truths of successful parenting: Happy parents are better parents, which makes for happier kids. Self-care is not only unselfish,...

Janet Lansbury
05/07/2020

Janet Lansbury

Yes!

Thanks to Dr. Temple Grandin and Sunflower Creative Arts ❤️

Janet Lansbury
05/05/2020

Janet Lansbury

Another great reminder from Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.

Baby, Interrupted - 7 Ways To Build Your Child's Focus And Attention Span - Janet Lansbury
05/03/2020
Baby, Interrupted - 7 Ways To Build Your Child's Focus And Attention Span - Janet Lansbury

Baby, Interrupted - 7 Ways To Build Your Child's Focus And Attention Span - Janet Lansbury

You’re off and writing. You’ve cracked the blank page and the keyboard’s clicking. Time melts away, as does the chirping bird, the sound of distant traffic, the tick of the clock, and the discomfort of the broken wicker desk chair you’ve been meaning to replace for months. Suddenly the doorb...

Janet Lansbury
05/01/2020
Janet Lansbury

Janet Lansbury

We don’t think twice about interrupting infants and toddlers, mostly because we don’t think to value what they are doing. At the same time, we want our children to be learners and achievers. We want them to be able to listen patiently in the classroom and have the tenacity to solve difficult problems and pursue their dreams. We want ‘paying attention’ to come naturally, learning skills to come joyfully and easily. The first years of life are formative for developing focus and concentration.

Here are 7 ways to foster a long attention span...

Conscious Discipline®
04/27/2020

Conscious Discipline®

Healthy relationships are fueled by a process of relationship, rupture and repair. The “repair” after moments of conflict has the potential to increase trust, resilience and the overall strength of the relationship. The key is to consciously tend to the repair when a rupture occurs. 💛 Continue reading more of this insightful article here: https://bit.ly/3eVw0AT #iHeartCD #COVID_19 #conflict

Janet Lansbury
04/27/2020
Janet Lansbury

Janet Lansbury

A toddler acting out is not shameful, nor is it behavior that needs punishing. It’s a cry for attention, a shout-out for sleep, or a call to action for firmer, more consistent limits. It is the push-pull of your toddler testing his burgeoning independence. He has the overwhelming impulse to step out of bounds, while also desperately needing to know he is securely reined in...

04/25/2020
Dog’s Colorful Day

Please enjoy Dog's Colorful Day brought to you by Mrs. Nagele and her lovely daughter.

04/25/2020
Sesame Street

Sesame Street

When you have big feelings, belly breathing can help you calm down and feel better. Try it now with Rosita! #CaringForEachOther

Pikler USA
04/24/2020

Pikler USA

If you missed us live, you can catch the recording any time of this free, one-hour webinar! Check the post above for a link or watch on YouTube.

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Please join our next weekly free Zoom webinar Saturday, April 25, 12:00-1:00 pm PDT

https://zoom.us/j/98845789483
In cooperation with BeginningWell.org. A warm dialogue and exchange with parenting experts: Janet Lansbury, Lisa Sunbury Gerber, Ute Strub, Pia Dögl, and Elsa Chahin

In addition, it will go Live on Pikler USA’s page.

About our expert panelists:

Janet Lansbury’s respectful parenting advice (janetlansbury.com) is quoted and shared by millions of readers worldwide. A protégée of Magda Gerber, Janet is the author of two bestselling books, Elevating Child Care: A Guide to Respectful Parenting and No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame. Janet is also the creator and host of “Janet Lansbury Unruffled,” one of the most downloaded parenting podcasts on the web and recommended listening by The Washington Post. She also enjoys facilitating parent-child classes, consulting with parents and professionals, and spending time with her three children, ages 27, 23, and 18.

Lisa Sunbury Gerber is an Infant Toddler Specialist and RIE® Associate who studied with Magda Gerber at the original home of RIE in Silver Lake, CA. She is the founder of Regarding Baby regardingbaby.org and Respect From Birth respectfrombirth.mn.co. Lisa brings over 25 years of experience to her current roles as a parent/ infant class teacher, parent consultant, and ECE college instructor. When she's not teaching, she enjoys reading, writing, hiking and homeschooling her seven year old RIE raised daughter in Santa Cruz, CA.

Pia Dögl is a parenting counselor, author, and social entrepreneur. Pia has focused her work on fostering the precious potential of children and the empathetic well being of the whole family. Pia founded the organization Beginning Well, which offers parents and caregivers practical support for mindful care. beginningwell.org/en Her book, Beginning Well - Empathy From The Very Beginning, was published in autumn 2018 in English and will soon be available in Mandarin. Pia works internationally with groups and organizations on self-awareness and the unfolding of unique capacities, that's what her new company dailyempathy.com is about.

Ute Strub, Master Pikler® Trainer and physiotherapist, worked for 12 years at University Hospital in Freiburg, Germany with very sick patients. Since 1950, Ms. Strub worked closely with Elfriede Hengstenberg, who named her as successor of her work and commissioned her in writing Hengstenberg’s published biography. In the 70’s, she worked closely with Dr. Emmi Pikler, including on various publications. As Master Teacher of their pedagogies, Ms. Strub became co-initiator of the Pikler-Playroom movement in Austria, Germany and Switzerland in 1996. In 2007 she founded the Emmi Pikler House for abandoned children, and in 2010, Strandgut, a unique playroom in Berlin for both adults and children. At 86, she is still a dynamic and active presenter worldwide.

Elsa Chahin, President and CEO of Pikler USA is an in-demand speaker, writer, teacher, infant-toddler consultant, and is one of only two Pikler® certified and accredited trainers of the Pikler® Pedagogy in North America. In addition, Chahin, a RIE® Associate, has served as a keynote speaker and presenter at over 125 national and international conferences and seminars on the topic of caring for babies with respect. She recently co-authored the book, In Loving Hands: How the Rights for Young Children Living in Children’s Homes Offer Hope and Happiness In Today’s World, with Anna Tardos, Dr. Pikler’s daughter. Chahin, who has been mentored by Ute Strub since 2004 and named as her successor, is a working group leader for World Forum Foundation™, a PITC Trainer and a UCLA Certified Lactation Educator. Chahin, a rare leader who not only brings passion and commitment to her work, but also a deep knowledge coupled with both insight and generosity, was a professional ballerina and has practiced yoga, meditation and mindfulness for 25 years. Above all, she is a joyous mom.

If you are not able to join us in real time, enjoy our recording whenever you find the time. The recording will be available on Facebook as well as here on Pikler USA's website.

04/22/2020
CoD song

Here is a video of a Classroom of Discovery student singing our school song and playing a xylophone. Way to go! Sure miss our CoD Family!!!

Janet Lansbury
04/21/2020
Janet Lansbury

Janet Lansbury

Thoughtful, compassionate advice (as usual!) from Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.

"We’re expending so much energy on survival—keeping ourselves and our children healthy and alive—that we simply cannot perform at our usual level..."

#covidparents #Covid19 #Childwelfare #Resilience #Expectationgap #Positiveparenting

04/21/2020
The Manc

The Manc

This little lad had a great time playing fireman. A bit of chalk and a hosepipe is all you need to keep them entertained 👨‍🚒🔥

Janet Lansbury
04/12/2020
Janet Lansbury

Janet Lansbury

We could all use a little encouragement right about now.

As adoring parents, encouraging our children should come naturally, right? Not for me. Sure, I knew how to help, coax, cheer my kids on, and I assumed those actions were the essence of encouragement.

But through child specialist Magda Gerber, I learned that what actually encourages our children is far more subtle. To my surprise, most of her advice was the exact OPPOSITE of what my instincts were telling me to do. Magda taught me that providing true and lasting encouragement is about fostering self-motivation and inner-directedness. And since I had always felt lacking in these personal qualities myself (and wanted something better for my kids), this perspective not only made complete sense, it also resonated with me deeply. Here are some of Magda’s ideas that I’ve tried to practice with my own kids...

04/11/2020
Mushroom in the Rain

Read Aloud: Mushrooms in the Rain by Mirra Ginsburg and pictures by Jose Aruego & Ariane Dewey.

AhaParenting.com
04/07/2020
AhaParenting.com

AhaParenting.com

Are you doing the things that you know would help you stay more calm and constructive right now? If the answer is, "Not as much as I could be" join the club!

It's not that we're lazy, or somehow lacking. It's that we're running smack into negative emotions, and most of us don't have reliable strategies to manage them.

In fact, all of humanity is getting a crash course in what we think of as "negative" emotions....Learning to manage uncomfortable emotions is the work of a lifetime. But it will definitely help you feel less overwhelmed and stressed. And there's no time like the present. After all, you have a ready-made curriculum every day now. Why not get started? Here's your plan....

https://www.ahaparenting.com/blog/how-to-calm-corona-pandemic-lockdown

04/01/2020
April 1, 2020

Mrs. Nagele (two-day teacher) singing Five Green and Speckled Frogs on a flannel board she created for our students. Love it!

03/30/2020
Boats in the Creek

Our preschool friends are having fun putting their boats in the creek.

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