Smarties, mark January 15th on your calendars to join the families and friends of The Oaks and Providence Preparatory School for dinner and a presentation titled “Childhood is Not a NASCAR Event” by Cathie Broocks, educational consultant and founder of Rooted and Grounded Education.
With 35 years of experience as a teacher and an independent school admissions director, Cathie believes in the importance of supporting play as the essential vehicle for developing critical thinking in young children. She will examine some of the answers neuroscience and educational research can offer on the following topics:
– Where is the balance between providing a child a variety of enrichment opportunities and creating an over-scheduled child?
– What should I think when my child says, “I’m bored.”
– Where do I find guidance for the role of technology in the life of a young child?
Questions following the presentation are welcome!
Childhood is Not a NASCAR Event
Tuesday, January 15
Providence Preparatory School
3031 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28211
About Cathie Broocks
Cathie Broocks, founder of Rooted & Grounded Education, seeks to partner with educators and parents in fostering a love of learning in the young child. Her presentations overlay brain-based learning with child development (ages and stages). Throughout all of her seminars she weaves research findings with pragmatic ideas to implement at home or in classrooms. The goal of early childhood education, she believes, is to support a young child’s love of learning. Her focus begins with three I’s – cultivating a spirit of inquiry, initiative and independence in young learners.
During her 35 years in education Cathie has taught preschool, JK and Kindergarten, served as a Director in preschool and youth programs and, in school administration (most recently as Director of Admissions for Charlotte Christian School). She is a certified examiner with the Gesell Institute and a member of the Oxford Roundtable on Early Childhood. She has presented for local, state and national organizations.
At The Oaks we are pioneering a new model of school for a new generation of students. The founders (Dowd, Erin, and Heidi discovered a shared passion for a new educational model that would teach kids the way they were designed to learn. Out of that passion, The Oaks was established. Learning is an all-in process at The Oaks; our model builds active learners and thinkers, and through our use of readiness rooms, ensures our students are prepared to learn both physically and emotionally. We employ occupational therapists and research-based activities to ensure all students are cognitively organized, physically calm, and socially engaged each period of every day. We use technology sparingly in our classrooms, and we have capped our class sizes at eight students. Our curriculum is project-based, and every learning environment is set up for movement, physical engagement with the lesson, and collaboration among peers and with faculty. Curriculum at The Oaks is designed to refine students’ problem solving and creative skills to develop complex and critical thinking skills.
In addition to our unique educational approach, a foundational belief of The Oaks is that all men and women are created with unique qualities and talents that we can and should identify and develop. As such, our model is structured to ensure the season of childhood is celebrated and not rushed, so that gifts and talents may be cultivated. To that end, our thoughtfully crafted lessons engage a child’s God-given senses of curiosity and inquiry in developmentally and individually appropriate ways.