Countryside Day Blog

3 Things You Can Do to Help Your 4-10 Year Old Be a Confident Public Speaker

March 5th, 2019
Every time you are in a store, have your child ask a store clerk where something is located. Always have your child order his/her own food at restaurants. Never answer a question posed to your child for him/her. Sit comfortably in the silence for a moment. If s/he still does not answer, simply state: "Mr. Jones asked you a question. Your job is to answer. Would you like to hear the question again?" When Mr. Jones... READ MORE

Did CDS Participate in the School Walkout on March 14th?

April 2nd, 2018
For those of you who might not know, the School Walkout was a nationwide protest organized by students after the school shooting in Florida. The basic premise was to walk out of schools at 10:00a.m. on March 14th for 17 minutes. One minute for each of the dead. But really it wasn’t quite that simple. The Walkout was a protest with a specific agenda for solutions to the nation’s proliferation of school shootings. And, guess... READ MORE

Chris and Corrie Carrigan

January 21st, 2018
Testimonials from Chris and Corrie Carrigan about CDS When we think about our time at CDS we are overwhelmed with gratitude. I don't think it is an exaggeration to say that its impact on our family will reverberate for a generation. We couldn't be more thrilled with your capable and dedicated staff and how their passion, patience, and discipline have laid a strong foundation upon which our children can build their lives. The effect of... READ MORE

Elizabeth Shank

December 4th, 2017
What are our graduates doing now     Elizabeth Shank is currently attending the University of Wisconsin Madison and is majoring in Biology. She recently made the transfer to Madison after attending Indiana University, where she was a part of the American Medical Women Association, which was a pre-med health group. She is currently volunteering her time with a 16-year-old girl with cerebral palsy. Some of the tasks include assistance with walking in her gait... READ MORE

Myth #5 Good Parents Prevent Failure

November 28th, 2016
The last part to our good parent mythology series ends with these last 4 points about preventing your child's failures: Good parents frequently intervene on behalf of their children Good parents prevent failure Good parents do not allow suffering Good parents never allow their children to get hurt Good parents frequently intervene on behalf of their children This is now known as advocating for your child. Sounds reasonable. But here is what it really looks... READ MORE

Myth #4 Good Parents Ensure their Kids Success

October 23rd, 2016
Continuing our series of good parenting mythology here are 3 more points... Myth #4 Good Parents Ensure their Kids Success  Good parents send their children to lots of classes that develop skills that will look great on their resumes The more you do for your children, the better prepared for their future they are Your child's success is your trophy and the only reflection of your own success that really counts Good parents send their... READ MORE

Myth #3: Good Parents are not Disciplinarians

October 14th, 2016
Continuing our series about the tectonic shift in parenting culture, here are seven more statements claimed by the myth that "good parents are not disciplinarians." Parents don’t have to be the adults in the room. If you do it right, your teenagers will be your friends and tell you everything. Consequences are harsh and old-fashioned. Good parents are partners with their children not figures of authority. Children know what’s best for them. Good parents do... READ MORE

Myth #2 Good Parents Experience Nothing But Joy

October 4th, 2016
As we pointed out in the introduction to this series, educators and parents alike have seen troubling developments in parenting and raising a child. One set of lies the parenting mythology provides has to do with the joy, fun and attention parents often give to their children. Parenting is constant joy is a misconception. Our advice: stop looking at Facebook and start looking at families in the grocery store. We'll leave it at that.   Myth #2:  Good Parents... READ MORE

Five “Good Parent” Myths We All Believe

September 13th, 2016
For years educators have been asking, why are children behaving as they are? Why don’t they want to do anything? Why can’t they complete a task independently? Why do they seem so…impaired? Few people are talking about the parenting mythology with the urgency of a true crisis. Myth #1: A Good Parent is an Entertainer Good parents provide constant fun Good parents do not force their children to entertain themselves Engagement in screen time has no... READ MORE

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PRE-K/K — Ages 3-6

LOWER ELEMENTARY — Ages 6-9, Grades 1-3

UPPER ELEMENTARY — Ages 9-12, Grades 4-6

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