Happy Valentines Day From Healthy Beginnings!

Happy Valentines Day to all.

Today at Healthy Beginnings we celebrated each other and the love we share for our students and teachers.  The Primary class held a cookie exchange, as well as Valentines card exchange.  The children worked hard this week decorating their boxes and making cookies.  We love to see the merriment in the child’s face as they celebrate this joyous holiday.  Here are some pictures from today’s event.

“Of all things love is the most potent.” Maria Montessori.

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Celebration of Life

 

Good Tidings from Healthy Beginnings Montessori House,

Yesterday we celebrated our 8th year being open! Wow, how much we and the children have grown.  We thought this an excellent opportunity to shed some light on a beautiful Montessori tradition that we do here at our school.  Starting in in our primary classes, when a child has a birthday, we complete what is known as a celebration of life ceremony.  This is a very special way to honor the life of that child.  As shown in the picture below, the sun is laid out on an authentic canvas.  The child is guided in placing all the months and seasons accordingly.  This is also a brief introduction into the calendar and the earths journey around the sun. Now the magic happens.  We ask all the child’s friends from class to sit around the rug and watch as the child carrying the mother earth walks around the sun.  The child then walks around the sun for each year of their life, as the children all serenade them in their sweet voices singing:

“Here we go round the sun,

Here we go round the sun,

Her we go round the sun,

Until the year is done.”

After each journey around the sun the child is asked to pause and we help the child reflect on all their accomplishments in each year of life.  Its really breathtaking to see the child beam with pride considering all the have accomplished.

Hope this gives some insight into some of the beauty of the celebration of life.

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Remembering to focus on Unity

Hello Healthy Beginning Parents,

I recently received and email from one of our student’s grandmothers. She shared a warm moment of her grandson singing, “light a candle for you, light a candle for me, light and candle for peace…” (This a song the primary children were taught for international peace day). His beautiful three-year old sweet voice singing of peace reminded her to share a message of unity. It is so easy to feel discouraged in times like these, when tragedy occurs. It is easy to place blame and feel resentful and more disconnected from each other. Take some time to watch this video and let the voices of this generation of children remind you that there is still much light and love and peace to be shared.

Thanks,
Jessica Snyder

Helpful Article about Getting out the Door in the Mornings

published on: MontessoriParent

Starting Each Day: Tips to
Get out the Door On Time

By Anne Prowant

Mornings can be tough. Everyone needs to get up, get
dressed, have breakfast, and be ready to go, often in a
short amount of time. We parents can end up rushed,
frazzled, and short on patience. No one wants to begin
the day that way! Here are a few simple, sanity-saving
tips to help mornings with young children feel more
manageable.

1. Establish a nighttime routine.

A good morning starts the night before. Children
thrive on consistency, so implement a predictable
bedtime routine at the same time every night.
Maria Montessori observed that children find
security in a predictable schedule. Sticking to the
same ritual (perhaps a bath, then story, then song,
then lights out) each evening will comfort your
child and make it easier to start winding down. Turn off any screens 60
minutes before bed, as these can interfere with restful sleep.

2. Prepare the night before.

Minimizing the number of things you have to do in the morning is a
simple way to streamline your routine. Encourage your children to
select and lay out appropriate clothing for the next day, engage them in
preparing lunches and/or starting the next day’s breakfast, and remind
them to place items that need to go to school by the front door. Children
as young as 1 can begin to be independent in dressing themselves,
and older children can pack their own lunches. Resist the urge to step
in—allow children to struggle a little, helping only when you see they
may be becoming frustrated. Affording responsibilities like these offers
children opportunities for input and thus a sense of ownership.

3. Stay organized.

One way to avoid a frantic last-minute search for backpacks and shoes
is to keep all of these items in the same place. Establish a cubby area
near the doorway that has a place for shoes, backpacks, coats, and mittens.
Make sure it is attractive and child-size to promote independence
and a desire to keep it organized. (Montessori was the first educator to
stress the importance of child-size furniture in the classroom.) Set and
uphold the expectation that this is where your children should neatly
store their things, and take time with your children to restore order if
the cubbies get a little messy during the week.

4. Use the clock.

In this busy world, children can feel rushed around without any understanding
of why, and this can lead to tantrums and power struggles.
Explain to your child that everyone needs to be out of the house at a
certain time. Show them that time on the clock (or use a sand timer for
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younger children). In the morning, point to the clock
and say, “Oh, look! We need to leave in 10 minutes.
What should we be doing now?” Wait for an answer,
but if the child cannot give one, be direct: “Now is
the time to put on our coats and shoes.”
It’s possible to make the morning routine a team effort,
rather than a competition with parents doing all the
heavy lifting. The keys are to be prepared, give yourself
plenty of time, and allow your children to be independent.
Yes, it may be faster in the moment to dress them
yourself and rush them out the door. But in the long run,
offering your children some ownership over their morning
will enable a more peaceful routine for everyone.
Listen to your children’s input and involve them in the
process—by doing so, you show respect and positively
impact self-esteem. As Montessori (2014) asserted,

“Children are human beings to whom respect is due,
superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the
greater possibilities of their future.”
ANNE PROWANT is a Children’s House directress and freelance
writer living in Charlotte, NC. She is AMS-credentialed (Early
Childhood). Contact her at anne.prowant@gmail.com.