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Child Development, Family Activities, Fun & Games, Preschool, Rippowam Cisqua School

The Importance of Academic Play

Professionals who work with young children have always recognized the importance of play. When watching children interact in an unstructured, open-ended setting they are directing, one can see development in action. You hear their vocabulary growing and you see their interactions becoming more cooperative. Magically, you witness them discovering their own potential. As I’ve witnessed …

Child Development, Featured, Middle School, Rippowam Cisqua School, Teaching Insights

How Teaching Creatively Impacts a Child’s Brain

Dr. Iman Rasti holds many roles at Rippowam Cisqua School. In addition to being a classroom teacher, he’s the Co-Director of our Wellness Initiative and member of the School’s Creativity Cohort. Dr. Rasti not only shares his expertise with his school colleagues but also with the wider educational community. He recently wrote an article for The Creativity …

Child Development, Foundations of Education Series, Middle School

Just wait until your child becomes a teenager!

“Just wait until your child becomes a teenager!” Most parents have been warned about the stress of raising a teen: the friction with friends, the rush of emotions, the stinging rudeness followed by sweet affection. But according to psychologist and bestselling author, Dr. Lisa Damour Ph.D., your child’s teenage years don’t have to feel like a tangled mess for you or …