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New Research Warns Families of Health Consequences Near Freeways

New Research Warns Families of Health Consequences Near Freeways

November 17, 2017

New Research Warns Families of Health Consequences Near Highways New findings by UCLA and the California Air Resources Board show that harmful pollutants from cars and trucks can drift more than a mile and a half from Southern California freeways, suggesting that air pollution’s effects could be more widespread than previously thought. According to a […]

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The Importance of Coding in Early Childhood

The Importance of Coding in Early Childhood

November 17, 2017

Currently there is a huge demand for schools to be teaching coding to young children. Programming literacy is an incredibly important skill that all children today will need to know.  According to research, 90 percent of parents in the U.S. want their children to learn computer science—it will be crucial for many jobs in the […]

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Getting Ready For Kindergarten

Getting Ready For Kindergarten

November 17, 2016

Many families are getting ready to enroll their five-year-old in kindergarten this August. Parents often wonder if their child is ready emotionally or academically for kindergarten and what they can do over the summer to help their child prepare. Children who will reach their fifth birthday by September 1st are eligible for kindergarten in California. […]

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Teaching Young Children to Save, Spend, and Give

Teaching Young Children to Save, Spend, and Give

June 9, 2015

Teaching Young Children to Save, Spend, and Give When should young children learn to save, to spend, and to use money as a form of helping others? Research indicates that children as young as age three can begin to understand the value of saving and spending. By age seven, many children have already developed habits […]

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Meaningful Praise With Children

Meaningful Praise With Children

May 11, 2015

Last month we examined how praise can have negative effects on children’s motivation and performance. A wide body of motivational and psychological research suggests that parents and educators have options besides simple praise to encourage and support their children. Even praise itself has various forms, such as process praise, authentic praise, and meaningful praise. The […]

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The Effects of Meaningless Praise on Children

The Effects of Meaningless Praise on Children

April 18, 2015

According to a survey conducted by Columbia University, eighty-five percent of American parents believe that it is important to tell their kids that they are smart and praise them for grades, performance, and intelligence. Many well-intended parents and teachers praise children for everything from reading a book, playing jump rope, and drawing pictures. To what […]

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Rossier Alum Opens Early Childhood Education Program Based on Dissertation Research

Rossier Alum Opens Early Childhood Education Program Based on Dissertation Research

March 15, 2015

By: USC Rossier School of Education, March 16, 2015 A new concept in early childhood education is the inspiration for a new preschool in San Clemente. Dustine Rey EdD ’09 is the founder and executive director of The Gratitude Garden Preschool. “We aim to increase the well-being of our students, their families and the community,” […]

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Inside Out and Into Childhood Mental Health

Inside Out and Into Childhood Mental Health

March 10, 2015

Inside Out and Into Childhood Mental Health By Dr. Dustine Rey, published in August edition of Talega Life Magazine Disney-Pixar’s latest movie, Inside Out, illuminates the intricate world of the human brain in a way that playfully captures the attention of children and adults. The developmentally appropriate (yet still accurate) depiction of the way people feel and […]

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San Clemente Times Announces The Gratitude Garden Preschool Opening

San Clemente Times Announces The Gratitude Garden Preschool Opening

February 13, 2015

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The Importance of Social and Emotional Development in Young Children

The Importance of Social and Emotional Development in Young Children

February 4, 2015

Scientific research indicates there is a very strong relationship between social-emotional learning and cognitive development and well-being. Children as young as 18 months exhibit compassion, empathy, and altruism. Some schools have programs designed to help students better identify and manage their emotions, establish respectful caring relationships and resolve conflicts using nonviolent means. A decade of […]

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