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Inside Out and Into Childhood Mental Health

Inside Out and Into Childhood Mental Health

July 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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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 By Dr. Dustine Rey featured in the June edition of Talega Life Magazine 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 […]

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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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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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Designing New Year’s Intentions with Children

Designing New Year’s Intentions with Children

January 2, 2015

Designing clear intentions for you and as a family can have a powerful impact on motivation, optimism, connection, and self-worth. Creating annual intentions is a way to focus on the deliberateness of what we plan to experience and feel. Our intentions provide a course of action that we plan to follow, thereby preparing us to […]

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New Concept for Preschool Education Opens in Talega

New Concept for Preschool Education Opens in Talega

April 10, 2014

A new concept in early childhood education is changing the way students in San Clemente, California, will interact with nature, express gratitude and learn the fundamentals of early math and literacy. Dr. Dustine Rey, founder and executive director of The Gratitude Garden Preschool, is announcing the opening of a nature-based year-round preschool with a balanced […]

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Hand Made TeePee’s for The Class or Home

Hand Made TeePee’s for The Class or Home

January 18, 20140 Comments

There is something special about teepees. I have loved them since childhood. I am sure we can all relate to draping blankets over chairs and reading by flashlight under a homemade fort or teepee. What about integrating this festive private space into the classroom or your child’s room? The Handmadehome.net has brilliant and easy ideas for […]

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