Author: brunk

About brunk

Susan Brunk has a Masters Degree in Education. She taught children in both public and private elementary and early childhood settings for more than ten years before she made the transition to educating teachers. Since beginning her journey with Stepping Stone School over five years ago, Susan has written several portions of our Platinum Learning for Life™ curriculum and has created valuable teacher education modules to improve the standard of education within our company. Through her years of teaching experience, research, and raising four children of her own, Susan has obtained a valuable understanding of developmentally appropriate practice which is demonstrated through her interactions with teachers and children alike.

08 Apr 2019

3 Important Ways to Communicate with Your Infant

For a new parent, it can be frustrating not knowing what your infant’s wants and needs are. What does a Read More

Brain DevelopmentJoyful Parenting

01 Apr 2019

Teaching Children to be Trustworthy

This month, Stepping Stone School will focus on the character development trait of trustworthiness.  A trustworthy person is honest, follows Read More

Character DevelopmentJoyful Parenting

04 Mar 2019

Demonstrating Respect

My school-age children came home with report cards not that long ago and I noticed a section describing respectful attitudes Read More

Character Development

04 Feb 2019

Kindness Makes an Impact

In anticipation of accepting a new child into our classroom, I had my prekindergarten children create a welcome card.  They Read More

Character Development

24 Jan 2019

Infants and Toddlers and Math, Oh My!

The idea of very young children participating in mathematical thinking may seem strange to some, however, researchers have observed infants Read More

Brain DevelopmentJoyful Parenting

11 Jan 2019

Developing Self-Regulation Skills

Self-regulation, the ability to manage one’s own emotions and to empathize with others, is a leading predictor in the future Read More

Character Development

17 Dec 2018

Family Traditions

The winter holiday season is often accompanied by specific activities we participate in each year like visiting family, giving gifts, Read More

Character DevelopmentJoyful Parenting

10 Dec 2018

Living a Compassionate Life

The holiday season often causes us to think of others.  What is it that a loved one needs physically or Read More

Character DevelopmentChild DevelopmentJoyful Parenting

26 Nov 2018

Welcoming a New Sibling

After almost nine months of preparation, most parents feel prepared to welcome a new child into the family.  But when Read More

Joyful ParentingRaising a ...

19 Nov 2018

Developing Perseverance

Beyond intelligence and raw talent, the ability to push through challenges and continue reaching towards a goal is the best Read More

Child DevelopmentJoyful Parenting