Due to popular demand, Michele and Jim Aspinall are bringing back the Leadership Parenting class!
The Aspinalls will provide invaluable guidance to reinforce what essentially has always been the parenting philosophy of the Countryside community–the importance of parents re-claiming a leadership role in the raising of their children.
“It’s become counter-cultural,” said the Aspinalls, “to expect a child to defer to the parent’s leadership. Rather, we’ve become accustomed to the parent deferring to... READ MORE
Enabling Creativity Through Art
by Michele Aspinall
"If we try to think back to the dim and distant past...what is it that helps us reconstruct those times, and to picture the lives of those who lived in them? It is their art... It is thanks to the hand, the companion of the mind, that civilization has arisen." Maria Montessori.
Art is a universal language. Artwork has the potential to stimulate and evoke a response... READ MORE
Less Stuff, More Adventure
by Michele Aspinall
"Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and, when the grass of the meadows is damp with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath its shade; let them shout... READ MORE
"As soon as children find something that interests them, they lose their instability and learn to concentrate." Maria Montessori.
Children can independently work and play when provided with the right tools within an environment that suits their developmental needs as young as infancy. This is precisely why Montessori stressed the importance of a prepared environment. While you don't have to recreate your child's classroom in your own home, there are, as with discipline, many... READ MORE
Montessori articulates in The Montessori Method, "...man still belongs to nature, and especially when he is a child, he...draws from it the forces necessary to the development of the body and the spirit. We have intimate communications with nature which have an influence, even a material influence, on the growth of the body...".
A window box, a barrel, or a small, raised garden will do just fine. You also need not have a green thumb yourself... READ MORE
“The children of three years of age in the ‘Children’s Houses’ learn and carry out such work as sweeping, dusting, making things tidy, setting the table for meals, waiting at table, washing the dishes, etc., and at the same time, they learn to attend to their own personal needs, to wash themselves, to take showers, to comb their hair, to take a bath, to dress and undress themselves, to hang up their clothes in the... READ MORE
“It all started when we began to accept that things were not going to proceed as normal and when that seemingly remote possibility - that we would be ramping up a distance learning program from scratch - suddenly became a real possibility,” Head of School, Wendy Calise, at Countryside Day School said this week.
Here is her story and the story of how Countryside Day School is navigating the challenges of the COVID-19... READ MORE
Countryside Day School, a renowned institution in Northbrook for more than 50 years, continues to fill a niche in the educational market by providing students 16 months through 8th grade with an unique learning experience that emphasizes not only rigorous academic studies but also the development of critical character skills essential for success not just in school, but more importantly in life. Countryside is committed to working in partnership with parents to help young people... READ MORE
Chicago Tribune article here Is this good news or bad? I would love to hear your thoughts. ... READ MORE
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