Snowy Tree Art

February 6th, 2018 by mcountrydayblogs No comments »

This week in art at Montessori Country Day, we will be making snow trees. Hopefully making snow art will bring snow to Texas this month! It is important to show our students that we can make art in many ways. We can even paint with bubble wrap! Not only is this project simple, but also gorgeous!

Reference: http://www.gluedtomycraftsblog.com/2016/01/bubble-wrap-snowy-tree-kid-craft.html

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Engage Students in the Learning Process

February 1st, 2018 by mcountrydayblogs No comments »

 Getting back into the swing of things after the holiday break may be a bit challenging. We’re used to sleeping in, eating and doing whatever and whenever we choose. So, it’s not surprising that the school day routine may be somewhat hard to get adjusted to again.

Celebrating the beginning of the new year is a perfect opportunity to “jumpstart” and engage students in the learning process.  As with the classroom promises we compiled at the beginning of the school year, students can reflect on the memories of the previous year and define the things that they wish to change in the year that just started.

As a class, and at home, we can brainstorm together about resolutions and help the student to make the best ones that reflect their interests and improve them. The resolutions generally start with “my goals for the new year are…” and “In the new year, I want to get better at…”

Winter break was a time for rest and relaxation, so it’s important to remember to ease students back into the school routine slowly and carefully. This will ensure that everyone will be motivated and ready to learn in no time.

 

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Made with Love

December 21st, 2017 by mcountrydayblogs No comments »
The holidays present many educational opportunities for small children. Allowing them to participate in your holiday preparations will keep them occupied while helping them learn and grow.
You may have already noticed with your child that they naturally enjoy engaging all five senses in what they do. While many special decorations may only be for seeing NOT touching, consider finding alternative ways for your child to explore.
For example, in December our toddlers made a gift for their parents; handprint Christmas trees. After they finished with their project, we were discussing how it felt when I brushed the paint onto their palm. Most of them said, “Wet and tickles.” Our finished project is shown below.
You can find similar opportunities at home. Baking is excellent for sensory, motor and language development.
  • Young toddlers will enjoy squeezing frosting tied in a sandwich bag. Whole-hand grasping builds strength and coordination. They’ll be amazed when you snip a corner off and they make the frosting squirt out!
  • If your child can refrain from eating raw dough, they can help roll dough and press cookie cutters.
  • Allow them to smell and taste fresh herbs and spices. Expanding their palate one ingredient at a time can help picky eaters accept new dishes.

Whatever the activity, always discuss and recount what you’re working on, name items, use a variety of descriptive words, invite them to repeat (even though they may not be able) and keep encouraging. The cookies may not be iced perfectly, but we know everything made with love tastes better anyway.

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Holiday Traditions

November 23rd, 2017 by mcountrydayblogs No comments »

 The upcoming months bring excitement for children and adults alike, for it is the season of traditions and holidays. A great way to encourage understanding in children and to help them connect with the world around them is to promote “universality” of beliefs and traditions. Many festivals, traditions and holidays have parallels elsewhere. Thanksgiving can be compared to many Harvest Festivals throughout Europe and to the Indian festival known as Diwali.

In America, we remember the first Thanksgiving Meal that took place between the Native Americans and the arriving Pilgrim Fathers at Plymouth Rock in modern Massachusetts. Many towns and cities will have a Thanksgiving Day Parade and mark it as the opening of the festive season that will lead us all the way to Christmas.

We teach the history of the first Thanksgiving through reading, creating maps and timelines. These are all activities you can also do at home. This is also an excellent opportunity to also explore and understand the meaning behind this traditional holiday as we share stories and experiences within our own families. Consider discussing:

  • When and where did your family immigrate from?

  • What family traditions do you continue to practice?

  • Do you have religious or faith-based beliefs that tie into this holiday?

  • What other holidays are you aware of that friends and neighbors celebrate that reflect the thanksgiving spirit?

Being intentional to set aside time from the hustle and bustle of the festivities to help your child connect to the holiday in a meaningful and personal way, will not only make the season educational, but create long-lasting memories as well.

 

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Art Blog For November

November 17th, 2017 by mcountrydayblogs No comments »
 Materials needed:  uncooked Corn on the cob, paint, paper 
The holiday season is just around the corner! This simple art project will keep your little one occupied while you can get some holiday chores done.
Just roll corn in a very thin amount of paint, coating all sides. Roll the corn across the paper to make corn textured patterns. If you have some, use the little pronged corn handles to make it easier to dip and roll for little ones. Have fun!

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It’s Thanksgiving Time!!

October 31st, 2017 by mcountrydayblogs No comments »

   November is a great month to have your little ones exercise their practical life skills  just in time for Thanksgiving!

 

  1. Make a special table setting work. Set out special china, utensils,  candles, cornucopia filled with fruit, etc…and let your child set the table.
  2.  Make a fun spooning work using candy corn instead of beans.
  3. Make a tong work using assorted orange, red, yellow and green pompoms, 2 plastic bowls and a set of tongs or tweezers!

 

All these works can be made at home and are a great way to strengthen your child’s pincer grasp while having fun!

 

Gobble Gobble!!!

 

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Science with your child!

August 10th, 2017 by mcountrydayblogs No comments »
 Montessori methods use a lot of hands on material for science. Just a fun summer activity you can do with your family is a sink or float game. This could be in a pool, a plastic bin, anything you can fit objects into to find out if they sink or float. This is a good experiment to open up other discussions. Some you can bring up, for example water retention, then some ideas your child will come up with on their own. Doing open ended experiments with your child is the best way to open their mind to creative thinking.
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Let’s Learn To Cook With Kids!

July 27th, 2017 by mcountrydayblogs No comments »
 This summer, have your child learn how to cook  healthy foods while learning some math skills. Kids love to help Mom in the kitchen! Make a yummy fruit pizza. Make cookie dough using flour, sugar, etc…Have your child learn about measurements by using ½ cup, 1 cup, 1 tablespoon, 1 teaspoon, etc… in the kitchen. Roll out the dough into a large “pizza”. Once the dough is cooked and cooled, spread peanut butter or cookie butter on top of the cookie. Have them brush up on their practical life skills by cutting up their favorite fruit and top your “pizza”.
Now enjoy your yummy, healthy dessert!
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Traveling Buddies

July 19th, 2017 by mcountrydayblogs No comments »
 When you are traveling this summer with your family, encourage your children to exercise their fine motor skills. Have your child bring along their favorite travel buddy. They can bring their favorite stuffed animal, doll or superhero with them on vacation. Have them keep a journal or a diary and write down their “buddy’s” favorite daily activities. (The younger children can have Mom or Dad write in the journal).  Have the kids draw pictures to add in their journal. What a great memory book that they have created while keeping up with learning!
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Science in the Summer

July 12th, 2017 by mcountrydayblogs No comments »
 Summer is a great time for science! Kids love getting their hands wet and messy while learning! No need to get the house dirty,  leave the mess for outside.
Make a volcano with the kids while learning about chemical reaction. All you need is a few household items such as baking soda (½ cup), vinegar (1 cup) and a few drops of red food coloring. And watch it erupt!!!! Your kids will want to do it over and over again. You can make snow in the summer time also!
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