Countryside Day Blog

Gateway Parenting

January 9th, 2018
The theory goes something like this: if you use legal drugs such as tobacco or alcohol, or even what some consider “soft drugs” like marijuana, you are more likely to slip down the slope to using “hard drugs” like amphetamines, cocaine and heroin, than people who never get started using soft drugs in the first place. The starter drugs are often referred to as gateway drugs because use of them is seen as the first... 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

What Does a Child Really Need to Get Through Life?

October 31st, 2017
Despite our fixation on academics there are really two categories of skills that will make or break a life: character traits and life skills. And although these are often conflated, they are two distinct areas of development.   Character Traits:   Gratitude Humility Accountability Integrity Resourcefulness Adaptability Collaborative Persistent/Determined   These are some examples of character traits. And the truth is that your opportunity to help your children develop them generally only comes during times... READ MORE

Your Children Do Not Belong to You

October 2nd, 2017
Contrary to how it feels when the nurse hands your first born over to you and waves goodbye, your children do not belong to you. They are not simply extensions of you. You have your life and they have theirs. Your lives are not interchangeable. Your dreams are not interchangeable. Children are yours on loan, for what will feel like a shockingly short period of time when they get ready to launch off on their... READ MORE

Office Max Takes a Stand on Parenting

September 13th, 2017
Watch the commercial and see for yourself.   https://www.ispot.tv/ad/wOk3/office-depot-officemax-mom-song-by-bachman-turner-overdrive   Who is doing all the work for what are clearly grown able young people who could shop for themselves?   You got it…Mom. She even carries the bags.   While tempting to shrug this off as no big deal, this commercial is unintentionally defining “good parenting” - a mom running around doing everything while her passive children follow impotently along. The problem is, while this... READ MORE

What is Education?

February 28th, 2017
  Or maybe the more important question is what should education be?   Historically, the sole purpose of education was to transfer academic content as efficiently as possible, without much regard for the aspects of the student's social, emotional and character development.   But I think most of us would agree from our school experiences, that fractions and physics were not actually what made the lasting impact on our lives. It was the other lessons... READ MORE

Millennials: Fact or Fiction

January 10th, 2017
Much has been said about Millennials, their upbringing, and their attitudes and approaches to work and life. Is it the typical, "When I was young..." generational gap? Or is there something more to it? Simon Sinek, author and national presenter, shares his thoughts about the topic. Is there truth to it? How might it be affecting today's parents? How will the changes in parenting affect this upcoming generation? Join Head of School, Wendy Calise, to... READ MORE

How Are We All Supposed to Keep Up?

December 20th, 2016
Thomas Friedman’s latest book, Thank You For Being Late, has given me a lot to think about, and I am only half way through. In this book he examines life in the “age of acceleration” from many different perspectives. This of course has me thinking about what it means for education. Friedman Quotes Eric Teller, the CEO of GoogleX’s R & D lab: “If the technology platform for society can now turn over in five... 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

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We offer a continuous program from 16 months through 8th grade — inculding an all year program option for Pre-K/K and elementary school. LEARN MORE

TODDLER — Ages 16 mos.-3yrs

PRE-K/K — Ages 3-6

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

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

MIDDLE SCHOOL — Ages 12-14, Grades 7-8

SUMMER PROGRAMS — Ages 16 mos.-12 yrs., Toddler-Grade 6

ALL YEAR FULL DAY — Ages 3-12, Grades Pre-K/K-Grade 6

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