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How Dramatic Play Promotes Healthy Child Development

September 15, 2020 In Columbia Academy preschool classrooms, teachers use The Creative Curriculum® to create lesson plans with developmentally appropriate objectives. These objectives help children have positive interactions with both their peers and adults, develop social-emotional...

Maintaining Physical and Social-Emotional Wellness This School Year

September 9, 2020 The physical and social-emotional well-being of students and families is a top priority as the world continues to adjust to the uncertainties related to COVID-19. These are challenging times, especially for children, both in the U.S. and around the world. Health and safety,...

Helping Your Child Manage Back-To-School Stress

September 8, 2020 Whether on-campus or online, it is completely understandable for children to feel anxious and stressed about starting a new school year with unfamiliar teachers and unknown expectations. Being able to identify when children are struggling with stress and anxiety is...

Getting Your Child Into a Better Sleep Routine for School

September 1, 2020 Increased screen time, staying up late, and sleeping in late have become the daily norm for many children since the pandemic began. While some children may be getting more sleep, others struggle with disrupted schedules and stress as a result. A restful night’s sleep...

Columbia Academy Launches School-Age Distance Learning Support Program

August 26, 2020 Change is difficult for most people, especially children. It can be stressful, but we know that it is a part of life, so we continue to move forward and adapt. 2020 has seen many changes, not only in education but in our way of life. With back-to-school season now upon us,...

5 Ways to Help Children Cope with Stress

August 25, 2020 In today’s rapidly-evolving world, constant changes and new information can feel overwhelming at times. Most people, particularly children, appreciate a degree of predictability and routine in their lives. Children need time to process changes and new information, and can...

5 Signs of Healthy Social and Emotional Development

August 25, 2020 Social and Emotional Development in Children Social and emotional development shapes how children interact with the world. These skills influence a child's self-confidence and are critical in a child's ability to form meaningful and lasting friendships with others. They...

Preparing for a Successful School Year…Even if it’s Virtual

August 18, 2020 Returning to school this year, whether it be in person or virtual, poses many new challenges. If your child is participating in virtual learning, here are some helpful tips to help them succeed: Reduce distractions so your child can focus on school work. Take brain...

Teaching Children About Kindness

August 11, 2020 Fostering a culture of kindness and carving out time to intentionally promote kindness cultivates empathy and understanding. This includes child-to-child, student to teacher, and parent to child relationships. Children notice and are impacted when adults act unkindly and it...

Emotionally Preparing for Back-to-School

August 4, 2020 Between online learning last Spring and time away from friends and routines, children will need a little extra support as they head back to school this Fall, whether on campus or online. It’s important, as parents, for us to address our feelings and our children’s...