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Supporting Families and Learning At Home

Stepping Stone School Supporting Families & Learning at Home At Stepping Stone School, our mission is to offer not only exceptional nurturing and education for our students, but also extraordinary support and care for all parents and families! Many families are finding new and creative ways to engage and educate their children while at home! We compiled a list of fun and educational activities and resources for you to use with your family! Writing and Literacy Readiness Blueberries for Sal Read Aloud Blueberr...

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Take a trip around the world without leaving your house!

With many of us staying home, you might be looking for fun educational activities you can do with your children! Why not take a trip around the globe right from your own home! World Map. Before you started off on your trip around the world, you can do is print/view a map of the world refer to it and talk about the different places you can visit! You might also want to print a map for your children, so they can color in the places they visit on their trip! (Use the list below to choose a virtual destination!)  You can start your trip by looking at the world map, have our children ...

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Six Ways to Support Your Child’s Happiness

Recent studies by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that Danish parents raise the happiest children in the world. In fact, they found that the Danish people are the “happiest people on earth” for almost 40 years. We can all agree that our most fervent hopes for our children is that they are healthy and happy. What is it that the Danish know about raising happy children that we can learn from? Danish culture continues to raise children who are resilient and emotionally mature. Danish parents actively teach their children empathy and to value others. They ...

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Seven Practical Tips for Helping Your Children Feel Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As public conversation and news reports around COVID-19 increase, your children may worry about themselves, their friends and their family. Parents and family members can play an important role in easing your children’s anxiety and fears. As a parent, you have likely been wondering about how your children may be feeling about the virus. Between the news, social media and other children at school, it is likely your child already has heard about the virus and may feel unsafe or scared. Prepare Yourself Keep in mind that children follow their parent’s lead during a crisis. Chi...

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2019 Turkey Trot

AUSTIN, Texas — It's an Austin tradition that has been going on for 29 years. Every Thanksgiving, thousands of people meet at the Long Center for the Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot. The event has raised almost $3.8 million for Caritas of Austin, a nonprofit that works to prevent and end homelessness in the city. “Some of the things we will do with some money that is raised today at the Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot is, overall, we will build well-being and help people build a future for themselves," said Jo Kathryn Quinn with Caritas of Austin. "We will connect people to permane...

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2019 Stepping Stone School Turkey Call

Stepping Stone School is proud to continue its long term sponsorship of the Kid’s K at the annual Turkey Trot supporting Caritas and we thoroughly enjoy our visit from a turkey and the contest to see who can get the turkey to gobble. ...

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Summer Activities that Promote Learning

Summer is here and it is the time of year when parents take on the challenge of keeping their children actively and mentally engaged. With Summer Brain Drain being a very real occurrence, it is important to choose activities that not only encourage learning but also utilize skills that your child already has. Here are some ideas to keep your child’s mind stimulated throughout the Summer months. Embrace his/her interests: If your child is enthusiastic about a certain activity, hobby or subject, make sure that you give them the opportunity to explore their passions. These interests cou...

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2018 Stepping Stone School Turkey Call

Stepping Stone School is proud to continue its long term sponsorship of the Kid’s K at the annual Turkey Trot supporting Caritas and we thoroughly enjoy our visit from a turkey and the contest to see who can get the turkey to gobble. Watch it now on FOX 7 Austin ...

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Stepping Stone School Children Award Donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas

Austin, Texas – August 16, 2018: On August 15, 2018, the school age children of Stepping Stone School proudly presented at check for $14,361.22 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. The funds for this generous donation were raised by the school age children of Stepping Stone School who participated in the annual Young Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists™ summer camp at Stepping Stone Schools’ The Brainery™, and was generously matched by a grant from the Paver Family and Stepping Stone School which also provided all of the in-kind materials.   Stepping Stone ...

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Preparing for Beginning Early Care & Education

We’re excited you’ve chosen to enroll your child sat Stepping Stone School.  We understand how changing routines, new encounters, and meeting new people can be challenging for both parent and child, and we want to make the experience as comfortable as possible for you and your family. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of suggestions to help you and your family feel prepared for this important and exciting transition. What can I do to help my child get excited about his/her new school? Talk positively with children about going to preschool. Discuss what it means, what ...

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Explore Your Creative Genius this Summer!

Summer at Stepping Stone School During Stepping Stone School’s Summer Break Camp at The Brainery™, students will investigate their own unique Creative Genius while exploring the various art forms that inspire us. Each two-week session learning plan will focus on a different type of artistic expression, along with a leader in that art form. Campers will discover the potential opportunities open to them to become the creative geniuses of the future. Our camp offers six specialty camps in one place. All of our bi-weekly lesson plans are based on our unique Platinum Learning for Life™ cu...

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Earth Day Activities for Children

Earth Day is April 22th and Stepping Stone School is celebrating the roots of Earth day as well as sharing an appreciation for learning through hands on exploration and investigation! The idea for a national day to focus on the environment was Gaylord Nelson’s idea.  On April 22,1970, 20 million Americans came together for a healthy, sustainable environment. In 1990 Earth Day went worldwide, uniting 200 million people in 141 countries bringing the importance of protecting the Earth and our environment to a global audience. After Earth Day 1990, a huge increase in recycling efforts ...

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The Benefits of Quality After School Care

Many parents rely on afterschool programs to care for their child(ren) after they get out of school until they can pick them up after work.  Often though, it is difficult to know which program to put them in when the benefits of one program are unclear as compared to those of another.  Many research studies over the years have shown that there are indeed benefits to enrolling your child in an afterschool program, but only after certain conditions are met.   A study done at New York University that was recently published in Science Daily entitled Afterschool Programs Environment...

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Traveling with Children 101

Destination – picked; Plans – made; Luggage – packed… But what about the journey there?!?! You plan a great vacation, but then remember you must travel for SEVERAL hours with young children before arriving at your destination.  You may be thinking to yourself, “Whoever said ‘the fun is in the journey’ did not have to travel with toddlers.” Developmentally, young children have very short attention spans and require interaction and physical movement – all of which can be difficult to accommodate in the confined spaces of a car or an airplane. Helpful Tips for Your ...

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The Benefit of After School Programs

Parents often enroll their child in Early Childcare at Stepping Stone School because they recognize the benefits of preparing him or her for Kindergarten through hands-on learning and academic preparation. But, what happens when that same child goes on to elementary school? Do the benefits of outside programs cease? After school care is as important as early childcare to continue to build and support a child’s development. Research and study spanning over ten years by a team of specialists from the Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) confirm that “children and youth who participate ...

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Stepping Stone School Children Award Donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Texas

EDIT: Update - Stepping Stone School has now won Austin's Best in Childcare for a 21st year! Stepping Stone School Children Award Donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Texas   Austin, Texas – August 17, 2017: Today, the school age children of Stepping Stone School and Rhonda Paver, M.A. owner and executive director proudly presented at check for $12,860.14 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Texas.   The funds for this generous donation were raised by the school age children of Stepping Stone School who participated in the annual...

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Gardening with Children

“Gardens offer children perfect laboratories where scientific concepts literally come to life.”  -Pam Mohrmann, author and educator My three-year-old can tell you the parts of a plant, a plant’s life cycle, and which parts of the plant are good to eat. He can identify several insects that help our plants along with several of the harmful ones.  He enjoys pulling weeds, inspecting fruit and vegetables, and eating them fresh from our garden.  This knowledge is the result of numerous experiences “playing” in the garden. Shortly after his second birthday, I gave him his fi...

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Three Stars and a Wish

The world we live in is hyper connected and technology driven, but in this fast-paced society we may have forgotten how to be present and connect with those around us. There are many times I catch myself checking e-mail or mindlessly scrolling through the Internet when my two beautiful children are playing happily in front of me. I am missing the most important moments with my children, and I begin to think, “Do I even know my children as well as I think I do?”   Taking time to connect and re-connect with those we care about and love is fundamental to our happiness, but how c...

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What to Do on a Rainy Day in Austin?

Although this time of year can bring a wide variety of weather, we can keep our children active and challenge them physically and mentally year round! “Rainy day” activities can be especially helpful to keep handy for any time outdoor play isn’t an option. Physical activity is a vital aspect of development and for leading a healthy life. Benefits of Physical Activity include: Muscle Development Strong bones, muscles, and heart Building stability Locomotor Skills Developing Self Esteem Small and gross motor skills Cardiovascular endurance It is very import...

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ChildCare Exchange Magazine Cover Story feature in Jan-Feb 2017 Issue

Rhonda Paver intended to work as a teacher when she and her family moved to Austin, Texas, in 1979. Right off, she needed to find child care for her three children. Unsatisfied with the many large and small operations she looked into, Rhonda visited one final small house. The child care provider, looking exhausted, said she simply couldn’t go on in her business. Right then and there, drawing on her Alaskan family history of pioneering entrepreneurship, Rhonda decided she was going to build what she could not find. She and her family moved into that very building. The family lived on one s...

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Teaching gratitude and giving to young children

*As of August 2019 Stepping Stone School has donated over $80,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas Generosity and gratitude are fundamental cornerstones of character development behind Stepping Stone School’s comprehensive Platinum Learning for Life™ curriculum. As our faculty model, our efforts begin in the classroom, practicing and teaching the value of sharing and caring for others. We promote these attitudes through charitable giving events throughout the year and teach monthly character building with focused learning activities. Research demonstrates that ...

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Embracing Nature!

In the spirit of fall, I took my children to a nearby farm for some outdoor fun.  Squatting in a small field, I attempted to capture some cute pumpkin patch photos while the children sat on the itchy hay squinting in the sunlight: “It too bright, Mommy!” my three-year old says. My older daughter whines, “I’m hot!” And then the baby falls back, hits her head on a pumpkin and begins to wail. Outdoor time over… All too often outdoor time is grouped in the “Maybe later…” category of our lives or we shorten it to fifteen minute chunks of time and call it reces...

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Stepping Stone School Sponsoring Kid's K Race

Join us at the Stepping Stone School Kids’ K at the 26th Annual ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning at The Long Center. The Kids’ K starts at 8:15am (before the 5-mile run). We group the children according to age and send them off in waves so that the smaller children won’t get run over by the older ones. Every Kids’ K participant receives a finisher’s bracelet! Stop by our Activity Center for projects and games before or after the run. All proceeds benefit Caritas of Austin, a non-profit organization committed to assisting low-income families. We hope to s...

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Stepping Stone School raises $10,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas

*As of August 2019 Stepping Stone School has donated over $80,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas From selling refreshing lemonade, warm cookies and creative crafts, the students of Stepping Stone School in Austin, TX put their business minds and giving hearts to work at the schools’ Young Entrepreneurs & Philanthropists™ summer camp program – all to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas (RMHC CTX). The students raised over $6,000 through the sale of their goods, effectively doubling the amount raised last year including additional monetary ...

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Stepping Stone School Raises $10,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities

*As of August 2019 Stepping Stone School has donated over $80,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas STEPPING STONE SCHOOL RAISES $10,000 FOR RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES AUSTIN, TX (September 2, 2016) – From selling refreshing lemonade, warm cookies and creative crafts, the students of Stepping Stone School in Austin, TX put their business minds and giving hearts to work at the schools’ Young Entrepreneurs & Philanthropists™ summer camp program – all to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas (RMHC CTX). The students raised over $6,000 t...

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Stepping Stone Students Donate $6500 to Ronald McDonald House Charities

From selling refreshing lemonade, warm cookies and creative crafts, the students of Stepping Stone Schools in Austin, TX put their business minds and giving hearts to work at the schools’ Young Entrepreneurs & Philanthropists summer camp program – all to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. The students raised over $3,000 through the sale of their goods and Stepping Stone School matched and exceeded all funds. Together, they donated $6,500 to support the families with hospitalized children that rely on Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. Steppin...

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 Young Students at Stepping Stone School Raise Over $3,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities

 Young Students at Stepping Stone School Raise Over $3,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities AUSTIN, TX (August 20, 2015) – From selling refreshing lemonade, warm cookies and creative crafts, the students of Stepping Stone Schools in Austin, TX put their business minds and giving hearts to work at the schools’ Young Entrepreneurs & Philanthropists summer camp program – all to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. The students raised over $3,000 through the sale of their goods and Stepping Stone School matched and exceeded all funds. Together, they dona...

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Summer Camp Enrollments Filling up Quickly

It’s not too late to give your child the gift of “Summer’s Smartest Destination,” a whole-child adventure that will nourish his or her mind, body and heart! This summer, we are exploring the far reaches of the Earth as we investigate the environments of the world we live on. Our Summer Camp offers the unique benefit of preventing summer brain drain with six specialty camps, all in one place. Each of our biweekly subjects is presented to your child through our specialized literacy, character-building and S.T.E.A.M. curriculum, which uses science, technology, engineering, arts ...

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Acing the Transition to Kindergarten

At Stepping Stone School, we’ve designed our kindergarten-readiness programs to give your child the skills and confidence to make the transition to elementary school an exciting but comfortable one. But as your child’s first teacher, you are your child’s most powerful influence. Parents contribute enormously to school and life success. Young children are learning all the time, but the lessons they need most are not learned through workbooks or flashcards. With this transition approaching quickly for some, below are some things you can do to help your child feel prepared for kinder...

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Students Kick off 2013 Turkey Trot

[caption id="attachment_5996" align="alignright" width="150"] Stepping Stone School Turkey Trot[/caption] The students of Stepping Stone School at Shoal Creek competed in yesterday's cool morning to determine which of them was the Turkey Calling Champion. The Turkey Call is a contest among some of our 4- and 5-year-old children to see who can elicit a response from a turkey. The students each have their own unique turkey impressions, making this a highly entertaining event. This year's contest featured a new jake turkey who seemed to enjoy the children's attention, rewarding their eff...

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Stepping Stone School Sponsoring Kids' K Race

Join us at the Stepping Stone School Kids’ K at the 23rd Annual ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning at The Long Center. The Kids' K starts at 8:45am (before the 5-Mile Run). We group the children according to age and send them off in waves so that the smaller children won't get run over by the older ones. Every Kids' K participant receives a finisher's bracelet! Stop by our Activity Center for projects and games before or after the run. All proceeds benefit Caritas of Austin, a non-profit organization committed to assisting low-income families. We hope to see yo...

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School Age Children Raise $3,000 for Charity

*As of August 2019 Stepping Stone School has donated over $80,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas We're so proud of our Austin Young Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists! These school-age children, who attended our summer camp program, raised $3,032 planning and running mini businesses, such as a lemonade stand. The children are always so excited to know that the money they raise will go to families in need. The Austin school-age children recently presented their check to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin....

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Openings Still Available for Summer Camp

It's not too late to give your child the gift of “Summer’s Smartest Destination,” a whole-child adventure that will nourish his or her mind, body and spirit! CURRICULUM (Mind) – Our educational themes are the basis for fun, interesting activities and field journeys. Your children will also take part in an organized math and literacy time each day to help them focus and hone the skills they learned during the school year.  We are dedicated to preventing summer “brain drain.” Check out the smart and engaging subjects we'll be studying this summer: June 3-14: Gro...

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Stepping Stone School Turkey Callers Featured on TV

Stepping Stone School was the site of the annual Turkey Call, promoting the 22nd annual ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot and Stepping Stone School Kids' K race. The sounds of “Gobble! Gobble!” filled the autumn air Tuesday when the students of Stepping Stone School Shoal Creek competed to determine which of them was the Turkey Calling Champion. Stepping Stone School and ThunderCloud Subs kicked off the 22st annual Turkey Trot and Kids’ K with a live Turkey Call. The contestant who elicited the best response from the turkey was to be declared this year’s champion with full rights to ...

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Stepping Stone School-Age Children Earn, Donate Money to Charity

Katy Scott, Director of Community Engagement Brazos Valley at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas (right) with Lindsay Trimble, Campus Principal of Stepping Stone School at Rock Prairie and Heather Richter, School Age Teacher along with participating students present a check for $405 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. We're so proud to say that our Austin Future Leaders & Inventors school age children raised $2,134 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Central Texas! Additionally, our newest Stepping Stone School in College Station ear...

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Stepping Stone Childrens' Gobbles Kick Off 2010 Turkey Trot

Stepping Stone School kicked off the holiday season and this year’s Turkey Trot with the annual Turkey Call yesterday. The children in the advanced pre-K classes at Stepping Stone IX dressed up, sang, and demonstrated their best turkey calls in hopes that the live turkey would answer back. The judges deemed four-year-old Wylie the contest winner, as his turkey call elicited the best response from Turkey Tom. The Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot and Stepping Stone School Kids K will be held Thursday, Nov. 25 at the Long Center in Austin, TX. All proceeds from the event benefit Carita...

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Stepping Stone School Kids K Helps Caritas

The thunder of footsteps is now just a memory, but the Stepping Stone School Kids K Race was a huge success! About 900 children participated in the one-kilometer race, benefiting Caritas of Austin. Children and parents alike enjoyed the Stepping Stone School Activity Tent before and after the race. Activities included face painting, making crafts and playing in the bounce house. The Kids K is part of ThunderCloud Subs' annual Turkey Trot, which raises money for Caritas. Stepping Stone School is proud of its ten-year partnership with these organizations in the fight to stamp out poverty!...

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Stepping Stone School Gobblers Open Season on Turkey Trot Registration

Echoes of "Gobble! Gobble!" filled the crisp autumn air Nov. 18 when the students of Stepping Stone School IX competed to determine which of them is the Turkey Calling King or Queen. This year's winner was 5-year-old Evan. Stepping Stone School families collected non-perishable items for Caritas and were pleased to present the non-profit group with an amazing 594 pounds of food! This annual event kicked off registration for the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot and Stepping Stone School Kids K, which took place Thanksgiving morning. All proceeds from the Turkey Trot benefit Caritas ...

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Stepping Stone School Kids' K at Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot

Join us at the Stepping Stone School Kids' K at the 18th Annual Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning at Waterloo Park. Children can run or walk the Kids' K and then head over to the Stepping Stone School Kids' Area featuring games, activities, snacks, and a moonwalk. All proceeds benefit Caritas of Austin, a non-profit organization committed to assisting low-income families. We hope to see you there! ...

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Stepping Stone School Turkey Call Kicks Off Thanksgiving Festivities

The children at Stepping Stone School IX on Shoal Creek participated in Stepping Stone School's annual Turkey Call to initiate the Thanksgiving festivities leading up to the Stepping Stone School Kids' K at the 18th Annual Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. View some of the Turkey Call excitement! Turkey Call Video ...

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