Archive for March, 2017

Introducing New Concepts

March 29th, 2017

Montessori teachers use the term three-period lesson often. The three-period lesson is a fundamental approach to introducing new concepts (not just vocabulary) to children. It is used to help the child move from basic understanding to mastery.

Period 1 – Introduction (“This is…..”)

Period 2 –  Association (“Show me…”)

Period 3 –  Recall (“What is this?”)

Every time a child masters a skill or idea, they become more competent and independent and wish to learn more.

To learn more about Montessori methods, visit www.mcountryday.com or check us out on Facebook www.facebook.com/mcountryday

 

 

Spring Cleaning

March 21st, 2017

 Spring is upon us! Now is a great time to clean out those closets and our toy boxes!  But cleaning with kids in the house, sometimes feels like brushing your teeth while eating chocolate cake. Rather than feeling defeated, have your little ones help to box up gently used clothes and toys for those who need them. MCountryDay, recently donated over a dozen coats to the Salvation Army and our students had a great time making their contributions to the community.

Toddlers love to help, and feel great pride in their accomplishments!  You’ll be surprised at how enthusiastic they are to assist!

When cleaning and helping to pick up is part of the daily routine, kids catch on and realize they are an important part of contributing to the household running smooth and neatly. It’s also a great way to have your child exercise their practical life skills and to feel good about themselves by giving to others! To learn more about Montessori methods, visit www.mcountryday.com or check us out on Facebook www.facebook.com/mcountryday

 

Self Portrait Art in Watercolor

March 14th, 2017

During the month of February, the Elementary class made a watercolor resist self portrait for Art! This is how we did it…. We started off by drawing hearts with an oil pastel and we incorporated different patterns into the hearts. Once we perfected our hearts we went over them with watercolors, and WOW the watercolors did not affect the oil pastels! At the end, a silly “kissy” face was added on top to add to the festiveness.

This is definitely an art project to add to your list to try at home

To try it at home you will need:

Materials

  • Oil pastels
  • Watercolors
  • Watercolor paper
  • Paintbrush
  • Cup of water

Directions

  1. Draw any design or picture you’d like using the oil pastels. If your child prefers sketching their picture in pencil first and then going over it with the oil pastels, that works too!
  2. Paint over the oil pastel picture with watercolors.  
  3. Let it dry and display your awesome art!

To see more of our art projects, find us on facebook @ MCountryday

Celebrating Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

March 7th, 2017

Put your Dr. Seuss hats on! Our preschool started March with celebration of the 113th birthday of Dr Seuss!  This a fantastic time to rhyme with your child and to share your favorite Dr. Seuss book! Our Montessori private school uses Dr. Seuss books to enhance our reading program. You can see more about www.mcountryday.com and our Dr. Seuss celebration on www.facebook.com/mcountryday — the silly stories and fun-to-say words are sure to bring joy to the entire family. If you’re looking for a snack to help you celebrate the day, try your hand at green eggs and ham, or create your own Dr. Seuss inspired snack and let us know how it goes!

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”
– Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! (1975)

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
– I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! (1978)