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.

04 Jun 2018

Teaching Children to be Caring

Ruth had just woken up from her nap and was sitting alone near her mat with her head lowered, arms Read More

Character DevelopmentChild DevelopmentUncategorized

21 May 2018

The Value of Drawing

Starting with Scribbles Handing a child a crayon for the first time is a game of chance often ending with Read More

Child DevelopmentJoyful Parenting

07 May 2018

Kindergarten Readiness at Stepping Stone School

This month, many of the children whom we have watched grow from infancy will be donning their cap and gown Read More

Child DevelopmentJoyful ParentingPreschool Life

30 Apr 2018

5 Ways to Help Children Take Ownership of Their Behavior

My four-year-old is obsessed with connect-the-dot puzzles. Revealing the hidden shape after connecting each letter or number in sequential order brings Read More

Child DevelopmentJoyful Parenting

02 Apr 2018

Developing Trust

Developmental psychologist Erik Erikson was best known for his theory of psychosocial development.  He identified the first stage in this Read More


26 Mar 2018

Big Body Play

Puppies do it. Kittens do it. Elephants and monkeys do it.  And yes, young boys and girls do it. Rough Read More

Brain DevelopmentChild Development

12 Mar 2018

5 Ways to Teach and Encourage Respect

In preparation for this month’s Community of Character focus, I asked my four-year-old about Respect.  He pondered for several moments Read More

Child DevelopmentJoyful ParentingLife Balance

06 Mar 2018

Developmentally Appropriate Chores for Children

Spring is in the air! Which also means spring cleaning is just around the corner. This year, consider including your Read More

Child DevelopmentJoyful ParentingLife BalanceRaising a ...

12 Feb 2018

Seven Ways to Encourage Healthy Eating Habits with Your Children

Stepping Stone School is your partner in raising healthy, happy and confident children. To that end, we serve balanced and Read More

How Do I ... ?Joyful ParentingNutrition & Cooking with Children

05 Feb 2018

Kindness Matters

February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day, to celebrate, Stepping Stone School is teaching children about kindness through Read More

Child DevelopmentJoyful ParentingRaising a ...