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.

09 Jul 2018

The Necessity of Beauty

Four-year-old, Jamie stood motionless in front of a flower.  Moving closer, I noticed a small white butterfly perched on the Read More

Character DevelopmentChild DevelopmentJoyful Parenting

02 Jul 2018

10 Safety Tips for Independence Day

My memories of Independence Day celebrations are filled with cookouts, visits from friends and family members, and staying up late Read More

Health & SafetyJoyful ParentingLife Balance

25 Jun 2018

Thank you, Mister Rogers

For over 30 years, Fred Rogers entered the family rooms of preschool children across the nation to say, “It’s you Read More

Character DevelopmentNews

18 Jun 2018

Teaching Responsibility

In many of our Stepping Stone School prekindergarten classrooms, you will notice a classroom chore chart.  Using this list of Read More

Character DevelopmentChild Development

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