Wellness

A Parent’s Guide to Preparing Your Child for School

The NEA (National Education Association) provides this helpful information for parents to guide in preparing children for school. What is school readiness? It is never too early to start providing the kinds of experiences that will help your child enter school ready to succeed. “School readiness” refers to the academic, independence, communication, and social skills…

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The Case for Play in Preschool and the Primary Grades

By Joyce Trigger, Director Shady Oak Christian School These days, it seems that in our culture, children’s need for play and parents’ need for “evidence of work” in the school day are at odds with each other. In practice, the need to promote foundational skills, such as phonological awareness or listening comprehension, in young children…

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Developing “Executive Function” at Shady Oak

(Who is a “Shady Oak Kid”?) For more than a quarter of a century, parents, teachers, and others have used the term “Shady Oak Kid” to describe a child who has attended Shady Oak Christian School and has benefitted from attending this nationally recognized play-based program.  A “Shady Oak Kid” stands out from his/her peers…

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Getting Better at Stress

By Brandie Trigger Mitchell, RN, BSN, LMT If we’re paying attention at all in our world right now, we’re bound to feel anxious. These days, it’s not really a question of whether or not we’re stressed, but how do we get better at handling stress? And as parents and caregivers, we’re also modeling behaviors for…

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Week 3 In Pre-K/Bridge and Readiness: Focus on Classroom Environment

READINESS CLASSROOMS                       PRE-K/BRIDGE CLASSROOMS Week 3 Focus on Classroom Environment in Shady Oak Pre-K & Bridge, and Readiness Classrooms. At Shady Oak we are inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to education. In this approach ther are 3 teachers of children: the parent, the classroom teachers, and the environment. The environment is “a setting designed to…

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It Takes a Village to Live Well

By:  Brandie Trigger Mitchell, RN, BSN, LMT Sweet September. Of course it’s still warm in Houston, but there’s a light at the end of the hot, humid tunnel and pumpkin spice lattes are just around the corner. The start of school is a great opportunity to pause and take a look at our lives and…

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