Raising Emotionally Intelligent and Resilient Children—A Free Educational Workshop at The Cottage School

Educational Workshops are an integral part of the culture at The Cottage School and offered monthly to our parents and community at large. Always free-of-charge, these inspirational and insightful classes explore current topics in education, parenting, and child development.

The Cottage School is pleased to announce that the October workshop—“Raising Emotionally Intelligent and Resilient Children”—will be hosted by noted certified school psychologist  Dr. Jason Rodker . To accommodate different schedules, it is being offered twice this month—both in the evening on Thursday, October 26th from 6:30-8:00pm and in the morning on Monday, October 30th from 9:30 to 11am.

“Emotional intelligence” can be defined in many ways. One way to think about it is to consider qualities—such as self-awareness, empathy, emotional regulation, and interpersonal competence—that allow us to constructively manage our world of emotions so we remain resilient in the face of life’s inevitable challenges. According to Dr. Rodker, “helping children develop these qualities requires that we, as adults, help our children manage their own inner emotional worlds in compassionate and developmentally appropriate ways.” The upcoming workshops at The Cottage School will provide educators and parents with:

  • General guidelines for adopting a parental attitude that will help children naturally explore and befriend their inner worlds
  • Specific strategies to help children develop skills to manage difficult emotions

Register for “Raising Emotionally Intelligent and Resilient Children” today

SIGN UP for Thursday, October 26th 6:30-8:00pm

SIGN UP for Monday, October 30th 9:30- 11:00am

The Cottage School is a multicultural learning community that values and fosters the children’s spirit of discovery to sustain their innate abilities and passion for learning. We create a non-competitive environment where creativity and the joy for learning are nurtured. To learn more about The Cottage School visit us at thecottageschools.net.

About Dr. Rodker: Dr. Jason Rodker earned his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Rutgers University and his Doctorate in Child-Clinical/School Psychology at Pace University. Throughout his training, he worked with adolescents/young adults who were dealing with anxiety and depression, adjustment to life transitions, gender and sexual identity issues, and relationship difficulties. During his internship and fellowship training at Youth Consultation Service, Dr. Rodker developed specialties in both child therapy and play therapy. He worked with children of all ages who presented with a variety of diagnoses including disruptive behaviors, mood dysregulation, adjustment difficulties, attachment issues, and trauma. As a certified school psychologist after training, Dr. Rodker worked on Child Study Teams in traditional and alternative school environments.

Today, Dr. Rodker is in private practice working with children, adolescents, and adults. All of the work in which Dr. Rodker engages is informed by a core appreciation for child and human development , as well as the key role that relationships play in the developmental process.

Mondays on Education – Positive Discipline – March 20th 9:30am-10:30am (recording below)

Once a month, The Cottage School hosts Mondays on Education. It’s an opportunity for the parents of children who attend the school as well as members of the community to come together and discuss important topics on education.

This month we will be discussing distinguished psychologist, educator, and mother of seven, Jane Nelsen’s book, “Positive Discipline.”  In it, she tells us that “The key to positive discipline is not punishment, but mutual respect.”

An approach to discipline based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs, Positive Discipline is designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities, and teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults.

 For those of you who missed this , you can view a recording of our discussion below. 

In addition, you can view the powerpoint that we referenced here.

And a useful Mistaken Goals Chart here.

You can see a short video clip of Jane Nelsen here, where she explains the Five Criteria for Positive Discipline.

To learn more about The Cottage School,  visit www.thecottageschools.net

Mondays on Education – The Benefits of Bilingualism

Kids learning at a bilingual school in New Jersey Once a month, The Cottage School hosts Mondays on Education. It’s an opportunity for the parents of children who attend the school as well as members of the community to come together and discuss important topics on education.

In February, we will be discussing The Benefits of Bilingualism. We will be offering this workshop onThursday, February 23rd from 6:30pm to 7:30pm and again on  Monday, February 27th, from 9:30am to 10:30am .

The workshop will be presented by Juana Guglielmino, who wrote an honors thesis at New York University about bilingualism and the benefits of living with multiple languages.

Bilingual education is not only about learning more than one language, it has shown to increase functioning in various areas of healthy brain development. Learning multiple language requires being able to switch between them; this process consists of paying attention and inhibiting one of the languages. In bilingual education, students highly develop attention and focus, as well as self-regulation skills.

At The Cottage School, the story of the week is told in both English and in Spanish. We sing songs in various languages and dedicate one day per week to solely Spanish. At The Cottage School’s sister school in Argentina, casadoce, we focus on teaching foreign languages through immersion in a bilingual education setting.

There are numerous benefits of bilingual education and we’re looking forward to lively discussion at our next workshop!

RSVP below or email : cottageguglielmino@gmail.com or 908-719-9610

To learn more about The Cottage School visit  www.thecottageschools.net

Mondays on Education – Simplicity Parenting (Recap)

Last week, as part of our Mondays on Education workshop series,  a group of The Cottage School parents and community members gathered to discuss the book Simplicity Parenting by renowned family counselor, Kim John Payne.

The ideas proposed in the book align well with the mission and foundation of The Cottage School and we recommend reading it if you have the opportunity.

Some quotes from the book that  resonated with the group were:

“A smaller, more manageable quantity of toys invites deeper play and engagement. An avalanche of toys invites emotional disconnect and a sense of overwhelm. ” –  Kim John Payne

“The messiness of free play, with its many changes and possibilities, builds an inner flexibility. ” –  Kim John Payne

“Childrens play flourished when we “let it rather than make it happen.” –  Kim John Payne

Our next workshop in the Mondays on Education Series will focus on the benefits of a bilingualism.

To learn more about The Cottage School visit  www.thecottageschools.net