Category: Bravo Blog

Quiet Time is Healthy Time! (Feb. 2018)

Your child has been playing all morning they begin to get cranky.  They need a nap, you think to yourself, but they won’t fall asleep.  Even if a child just sits and looks at a book quietly or colors.  Any activity that requires them to sit quietly and rest is a healthy way to recharge for you and the child.  Children who are well rested will learn better and retain...read more

Do You Hear What I Hear? (Jan. 2018)

Communication, one of the most important human traits you can have.  The way we communication with people is a vital.  Having good communication with someone is what can build a strong relationship.  Everyone has different communication style but what is important is to understand your style and effectively use it.  Some believer there are five types of communication styles: assertive, aggressive, passive-aggressive, submissive and manipulative. (http://www.clairenewton.co.za/my-articles/the-five-communication-styles.html) Not one style is better...read more

Is Everyone Really An Artist? (Nov. 2017)

Why should our children do art? What if they would rather be running around outside? That’s great because it burns off energy and gets them fresh air and to be honest that’s where I would have rather been growing up.  In fact I was and I didn’t take the time to do art but now I can honestly say I wish I would have.  As a teacher I know and...read more

Do You Have A Voice? (Oct. 2017)

Can music have incredible benefits for children and the one most accessible instrument every person has? The Voice! Did you know that singing helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning?  It physically develops the left side of the brain that process language.  Linking familiar songs to new information can help retain it for children.  It’s a fun way to learn information and step out of the boring everyday process. ...read more

What Makes Us Weird Makes Us Wonderful (Sept. 2017)

We had a professional growth teacher training on a TED Talk by Dr. Dave Rendall.  It went over so well that we wanted to share with our blog readers. Here are a few highlights from Dr. Dave Rendall's Freak Factor: Think of the thing that makes you strange? The weakness that you won’t admit. Well, have you ever thought that the foundation of your success might be found in that weakness? Are you...read more

Kids are DIFFERENT – Tricks and Tips for Understanding Differences

For years at Bravo, we have trained our DL's (department leaders) and teachers on identifying color personalities to improve communication skills.  I know it has helped me know that "red" personalities like straight talk and it's better to get right to the point.  While "white" personalities need a little bit more kindness and TLC in the delivery. A couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon this image...read more

Are You Aware Of Your Child’s Self-Esteem?

As girls and boys grow older, they tend to judge and be harder on themselves. They look around and see others as cute and cool, but when they turn to the mirror they see disappointment and things they want to change. This can lead to low self-esteem and depression, especially through the teenage years. Many parents and mentors see this in their children and want them to see just how...read more

Kids Room, Oh What A Mess!

I am sure we have all had that sinking feeling as you open the door to your child's bedroom of what are we going to find.  I know have and it’s almost every time.  When the door was open some of the mess was trickling into the hallway.  That is when I knew it was beyond time to take control and get some organization that we both could live with...read more

A Better Transition To Sleep

“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” So how are we supposed to help our children get to bed on time and get a good quality of sleep in the 7-9 hours they have in bed? Some ways to help, you may already be familiar with and trying to implement, while others you may not have heard of. Here are 3 ways I found...read more

Giving not Give me!

In the ever-growing tension of everyday life, sometimes we forget what is truly important and the driving force into kindness and doing good.  We want to set positive examples for our children  and raise them to be kind, loving adults. The holidays are quickly approaching and this is a great time to teach your children about charity, but are your little ones struggling with the season of "give me!" instead...read more