Posts Tagged ‘maria montessori’

Spring Cleaning

March 1st, 2019

     Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is a great time to have your child help with indoor and outdoor cleaning!  Have your child help get the garden ready for spring planting. Children love to get their hands dirty! Invite your child to dig up the weeds and rake the garden beds! It’s such a great way to get your child outdoors for some fresh air and for fun while learning about plant life! ☘️

Fostering Independence at Home

January 15th, 2019

January Blog

 

Fostering Independence at Home

           Teaching children to be independent is one of the great aspects of a Montessori school. Children are able to do so much more than we often expect of them. This new year, consider setting up your home in a way that fosters independence. In the kitchen, place the cups and plates that your child uses on low shelves. Ask your child to take on the responsibility of setting the table for family meals. In their playroom or living space, put toys and materials on low shelves that that they can reach. Remind them that they have several choices of toys on that shelf that they can get out whenever they choose. Help remind them to put the toys and books back on the shelf when they are finished.  Positive reinforcement goes a long way with helping a child become more independent. Praise your child for their efforts and point out the successful moments of independence.

Plenty of Pumpkins

October 12th, 2018

 October is the perfect month to teach your children about  pumpkins! There is so much you can learn with pumpkins!

 

Practical Life: Exercise their fine motor skills by pin pricking a pumpkin or snipping and gluing orange construction strips on a paper plate.

 

Sensorial: Make a pumpkin sensory bag! Cut open a pumpkin. Fill a large ziplock bag with the insides of the pumpkin. Let the children feel and see the seeds and the pulp!

 

Language: Read a favorite pumpkin story to the kids and let them take turns acting out the story.

 

Cultural/Science:

  1. Does a pumpkin sink or float?
  2. What is the life cycle of a pumpkin. How does a pumpkin grow?

 

Math:  

  1. Weigh a pumpkin.
  2. Measure around the pumpkin using a piece of yarn.

 

Art: Finally, have your child paint a silly face on a pumpkin and display it in your house!

 

A Blog by Anne Orcutt

 

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Fall in Love With Fall

October 5th, 2018

 Fall is the perfect time to explore the five senses with young children. Take your child for a nature walk and look for the signs of Fall. Look for leaves changing colors or squirrels collecting acorns. Encourage your child to collect Fall specimens like leaves, pine cones, acorns and make a journal. Take your child to an apple orchard or pumpkin patch. Try to cook some Fall foods with your child like applesauce or pumpkin pie. Enjoy the beautiful Fall weather with your child and make some everlasting memories.

A Blog by Manisha Shah

Snowy Tree Art

February 6th, 2018

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

 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
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

 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
 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

   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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