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Our education blog is shared among our division heads, teachers, and other leaders in education allowing them to share their expertise and personal insight into relevant topics including parenting, technology, STEAM, and more.

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Is Exercise Good For Your Brain?

Posted Thursday, Oct 5, 2017

Exercise releases a protein called BDNF, which keeps brain cells functioning and growing. Middle School Physical Education Teacher McKensy Phillips shares some tips and information about using physical activity in the classroom to further engage and inspire learning. 

Striving for Pinterest-Perfect Parenting is Unreasonable

Posted Thursday, Oct 5, 2017

Parenting is hard, especially when we spend so much time stressing out, judging one another, over-analyzing, or striving for Pinterest-perfection that is unreasonable. Modern parenting should focus on the basics: sleeping, eating, disciplining, building social skills, balancing screen time, and a whole lot more.

What Does My Mother-in-Law Taking Photos in France Have in Common with Me Reading a Book in Charlotte?

Posted Friday, Sep 29, 2017

Third-grade teacher Aimee Miller recently led a book discussion with parents on "UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World" and shares her reflections and advice.

Five Reasons to Attend an Open House

Posted Friday, Sep 29, 2017
What's the difference between an Open House and a personal tour? Do I need to attend both?

A Legacy of Firsts – How Charlotte Country Day Raises the Bar in Education

Posted Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017

After 75 years of educational excellence, Charlotte Country Day School knows a thing or two about preparing Charlotte students for success. Creating a safe learning environment and offering a challenging curriculum are part of how Country Day does it. Here’s how, according to Charlotte Five, the school continues to raise the bar in education in the Queen City and around the world.

Why Affinity Groups?

Posted Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017

What role do affinity groups play in ensuring we fulfill our mission and affirmation of community? The response to affinity groups ranges widely from enthusiastic support to skepticism and even tempered opposition. Many are unfamiliar with affinity groups and some regard them as divisive and contrary to the values of inclusivity and community.   

Reading Inspires Hearts and Imaginations, Too!

Posted Monday, Sep 18, 2017

We all know that reading helps children build their foundational academic skills, but we sometimes forget that it's also a key for inspiring empathy and expanding children's worldviews.

Mindfulness: An Effective Coping Tool

Posted Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017
Practicing mindfulness provides concrete strategies to clear your brain and calm your body, resulting in happier, more productive, optimistic, and resilient problem solvers.

Graduating Smart, Insightful Learners AND Kind, Empathetic People

Posted Thursday, Sep 7, 2017
Creating a foundation for social-emotional work with children and teaching them about kindness, empathy, respect, and collaboration.

The Best Way to Build Relationships with Your Child's Teacher

Posted Monday, Aug 28, 2017

Three tips to keep in mind as you build relationships with your child's teacher.

Academic Excellence, Moral Courage, and Kindness

Posted Thursday, Aug 24, 2017

Mark Reed, Head of School at Charlotte Country Day School sent an inspiring message to parents, faculty, and staff to start the new school year. Learn how academic excellence, moral courage, and kindness are central to a Country Day education.

How to Talk to Kids About Scary World Events

Posted Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017
A few tips on how to talk to children about scary world events.

International Baccalaureate Students Excel at Country Day

Posted Monday, Aug 7, 2017

The pass rate is a record high for Charlotte Country Day School and a result of the school's strong International Baccalaureate (IB) Program.

Today's Graduates Aren't Heading into the 'Real World.' They're Already There.

Posted Tuesday, May 30, 2017

One of the reasons this era is so tricky to parent is that historically adolescence is a recent phenomenon. Anthropologically, we are only two generations in on what teenagers are all about.

Practice Saying "N-O!"

Posted Thursday, May 25, 2017
If you say NO more often, kids will be more creative in their play, more resourceful in their use of what they have, AND less focused on that "sense of deficiency that can never be fully satisfied."

Lasting Lessons Learned Through Hard-Fought Competitions

Posted Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Our student-athletes displayed the valuable lessons of teamwork, discipline, goal setting, and determination that we strive to instill in our mission-centered work.

Why It's a Bad Idea to "Interview for Pain"

Posted Friday, May 19, 2017

How children quickly realize that "bad" stories they come home with are a foolproof way to get parents' undivided attention and present the facts in the most attention-grabbing way.

Is it Rude, Is it Mean, or Is it Bullying?

Posted Thursday, May 4, 2017

Knowing when and how to intervene in our child's social lives and when and what kind of adult intervention is needed is critical.

What Are 'Special Area' Classes Exactly?

Posted Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017

They're an essential part of a rich educational experience that provide an opportunity for our children to experience a diverse range of classes, discover their own passions and interests, and express themselves creatively.

Creating a Sense of Belonging and Community

Posted Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017

As a school, we focus a lot of time and energy on intentionally building a strong and diverse community and curriculum to create a sense of belonging for all our kids and families.

6 Things to Think About Before You Turn Over a Smartphone to your Child

Posted Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017

Social media platforms weren't designed for children, and the skills required to fluently navigate these worlds are ones that most kids simply don't possess: self-restraint, savviness about marketing techniques, sophisticated social skills, an understanding of audience, media literacy skills, and time management skills.

7 Ways to Foster Kindness and Caring

Posted Monday, Apr 3, 2017

Building key social emotional skills with our students

The Trickiest and Most Challenging Aspects in Parenting

Posted Monday, Apr 3, 2017

The art and the craft of creating and giving space to children to develop

Good News to Share: Our Newest Morehead-Cain Scholar

Posted Saturday, Apr 1, 2017

Sally Sasz is our 29th Country Day senior to be offered this prestigious honor. She is the fourth Country Day recipient in five years.

How to Raise Children Who Are the "Opposite of Spoiled"

Posted Monday, Feb 27, 2017

Practical tips on how to raise our children to grow up with money sense and values about how to use, save, and give away money.

The Danger of a "Checklisted Childhood"

Posted Thursday, Feb 16, 2017

The fundamental skill set needed for professional success in life is self-efficacy--to see that "one's own actions lead to outcomes, not one's parents' actions on one's behalf."

Participate in the 21 Day Equity Challenge

Posted Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017

Join the challenge and review a collection of resources related to increasing your knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Why Do We Teach Girls That It's Cute to Be Scared?

Posted Monday, Jan 9, 2017

Research shows how physical activity is closely tied to girls' self-esteem, and yet, we "often warn girls away from anything involving a hint of risk," the very thing that will build their confidence.

12 Books You Should Read--Or Gift--This Season

Posted Thursday, Dec 22, 2016

Our Middle School faculty share some of their favorite picks.

Coding: the "Fourth Literacy"

Posted Monday, Dec 12, 2016

Four reasons coding should be part of the educational experience for students.

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