Navigating the Three Phases of Elementary School

Phase Defined: A time frame in a kid’s life when you can leverage distinctive opportunities to influence their future. The phase that should matter most to you is the phase they are in now. The phase that matters most happens before or after this phase. Adults tend to assume, “They are like me now.” Adults tend to assume, “They are like I used to be.” Every kid at every phase is changing in six ways: physically, mentally, relationally, culturally, emotionally, and... Read More
3 Questions Every Elementary Schooler Is Asking Themselves

3 Questions Every Elementary Schooler Is Asking Themselves

In the elementary years, a child develops skills and competencies that equip their future. The way a child resolves the “Do I have” questions of these phases provides them with critical knowledge and resources It shapes their perception of personal ability, comparative value, and resilience. Through these phases, kids shift from wanting to be seen by adults to wanting to be seen by adults and peers. The best way to resolve a kid’s relational questions is to engage their interests. However,... Read More

How to Help Elementary Schoolers Develop Friends

By the time kids hit upper elementary, they begin to realize their first major crisis: Friendship. Kids wonder if they have any friends and if their peers will accept them. To avoid rejection, they consider changing who they are no matter the cost. This isn’t just something that happens to our fourth and fifth graders. Believe it or not, research is beginning to show that by kindergarten many kids are testing the power of their influence and seeking connections with friends at any cost.... Read More
3 Things to Know Before the First Day of Kindergarten

3 Things to Know Before the First Day of Kindergarten

The first few days and weeks of school are a big deal for kindergarteners and their parents. It may feel like nothing has changed since preschool (because the last year flew by in the blink of an eye), but 5 and 6-year-olds are actually entering into a completely new phase. This is the phase when unfiltered words make you laugh, homework makes you cry, and life becomes a stage where your kid shouts “look at me!” Here are three important things to know before a student’s first day of... Read More
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