About CDS Team

The CDS Team includes internationally recognized, innovative teachers who combine strong teaching skills with specialty expertise and a highly motivated, skilled staff that tenaciously strives for excellence.

The Current Crisis: Over-parenting, anxious children, and education

A recent interview with authors, parents and educators Julie Lythcott-Haims and Jessica Lahey revealed some alarming observations of the effects of over-parenting. If you don't want to read the entire interview, skim through some of the key quotes below, and then, leave a comment. Over-Parenting and Our Anxious Kids "Kids are anxious, afraid and risk-averse because parents are more focused [...]

How to Get Your Child Ready for Preschool (Intro)

[custom_tag tag_name="preschoolready"] Why we wrote this series Listen to a story that highlights why we wrote this series on getting your child ready for preschool: [/custom_tag] The elementary students are often out in the community to meet their responsibilities of caring for their classroom.   One day we had to go to the grocery store to shop for supplies for [...]

How to Get Your Child Ready for Preschool (1 of 9)

[custom_tag tag_name="preschoolready"] #1 Turn off the on-Screen Media (TV and Tablets) Is your child ready for preschool? We asked four of our most seasoned teachers to give us their insights on how parents can prepare their kids for that big transition. In this post, the combined voices of 4 experts in child education say “Definitely [...]

How to Get Your Child Ready for Preschool (2 of 9)

[custom_tag tag_name="preschoolready"] #2 - Eat Dinner Together How can you get your child ready for preschool? Unexpectedly, the answer is on the dinner table! Honestly, it was surprising to hear how serious our four expert child educators were about this. [/custom_tag] For instance, one of our Toddler teachers said: “Nothing can be more meaningful [...]

How to Get Your Child Ready for Preschool (4 of 9)

[custom_tag tag_name="preschoolready"] #4 - Teach your child to put toys away How is this related to preschool readiness? Once you glance at the below list of what’s expected of a 3-year old at Countryside, you’ll soon appreciate this next step as a BIG one in the right direction. [/custom_tag] Putting Away Toys Gives a Sense of Order and [...]

How to Get Your Child Ready for Preschool (5 of 9)

[custom_tag tag_name="preschoolready"] #5 - Teach Your Child Care for Self and the Home [/custom_tag] More than a spectator. When a child can care for themselves they are developing confidence and independence. Give your child lots of time to practice self-care skills, putting on socks, shoes and getting dressed. Demonstrate or model how to do the [...]

How to Get Your Child Ready for Preschool (6 of 9)

[custom_tag tag_name="preschoolready"] #6 - Teach Your Child to Respect the Answer "No" Prevailing parenting culture assumes that it is our job as parents to keep our children happy all the time. [/custom_tag] Shouldn’t I Keep my Child Happy? The popular idea that "I must keep my child happy all the time" rests on a misleading understanding of [...]

How to Get Your Child Ready for Preschool (7 of 9)

[custom_tag tag_name="preschoolready"] #7 - Allow Your Child to Figure Some Things out on his/her Own The most powerful/impactful learning experience is you discovering something by doing it yourself. [/custom_tag] Humans are Wired for It Allowing time for your child to figure challenges out is vital in becoming resourceful and in developing critical thinking skills, independence, [...]