We are working to build up a library of resources developed at the school, book recommendations, and recommended organizations for parents and educators.
The resource sections for parents and educators is a work in progress. If you have content suggestions, please let us know. Contact Abigail Liu, Communications Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources that are specific to parents or educators can be found in their respective sections. Resources that are common can be found here.
The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship wrote an article titled “Who We Want to Be: Linking community worship (school chapel) to life.” The article is a feature study on Mustard Seed School and has discussion questions at the end to use in a class or group. Read the article and hear a recording of Shanna Pargellis, Mustard Seed’s Founder and Director of The Nest, Mustard Seed's preschool.
Mustard Seed School is committed to addressing the educational needs of children at the appropriate development level. Some members of our faculty are specifically trained in developmental screening by the Gesell Institute of Human Development. The Gesell website contains more information on developmental screening, workshops for educators and answers to questions that parents ask.
Summer Reading Lists
Every summer, our students have required reading. Go to summer reading booklists.
The Gesell books that address child development from ages one to fourteen. There is one book for each age up to age 10, which is grouped 10-14. Your Three Year Old, Your Four Year Old, etc.
Wood, Chip. Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom Ages 4-14. Greenfield, MA: Northeast Foundation for Children, 2007.
From the publisher: This versatile guidebook explains what children should be learning and doing at each developmental stage, ages 4 through 14. Chip Wood draws from his own experience. plus theoretical knowledge, to enhance our understanding of how to accommodate children's developmental needs. Ideal for helping teachers and parents match expectations with reality.
Lawrence-Lightfoot, Sara. The Essential Conversation: What Parents and Teachers Can Learn from Each Other. New York: Ballantine Books, 2003.