Decorating the Tree

Ornament hanging on a little tree! #Hbmh #toddler #preschool #Montessori #Christmas #ornaments #tree #concentration #finemotorskills

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, from our HBMH family to yours!

Today was a day filled with fun, food, and friends! We celebrated the holiday with baking, craft making, reading Thanksgiving books, and of course, our traditional feast.

DSC_0400DSC_0399DSC_0369Our Apple friends made place mats, describing what they’re most thankful for.DSC_0364DSC_0394DSC_0396DSC_0397Our friends enjoyed tasty chicken, corn, vegetables, delicious sweet potatoes, cranberries, with muffins and pumpkin pie for dessert. – Thank you Ms. Tami for creating our feast (and Apple & Pear children for baking our tasty deserts!)
DSC_0380DSC_0384DSC_0403DSC_0388DSC_0370DSC_0373Tiny fingers explore new textures of the fruits and vegetables.
DSC_0361DSC_0358DSC_0359Happy Thanksgiving!

Photo of the Day: Orange Fingers

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Children are never afraid to get messy! Our toddler friends explored their artistic abilities this morning by painting with their fingers. The squishy, cold, slimy paint provided for a nice, relaxing sensorial activity…until it was clean up time!

Photo of the Day: Baby Steps

feetI enjoy going on walks barefoot through the hallway so that I can feel the cold floor beneath my feet. A chair helps hold the weight of my body as I learn to balance myself. I’m confident I will soon be walking on my own!

(Photo courtesy of one of our sweet infant community members)

Fun at the HBMH 6th Annual Fall Festival!

A BIG thank you to our entire community for coming out to our recent Fall Festival; we had a record turn-out this year! This has always been a successful fundraiser for us. It gets better and better every year. Thank you all for coming out and supporting our school!

Face painting, henna art and hair/nail salon was a big hit!
Thank you, Ms. Insiya for creating such lovely henna for our guests! Visit Insiya’s Temporary Body Art homepage for background on her beautiful work.

 

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Of course, everyone’s costumes were nothing short of amazing.

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Our First Annual Chili Cook-Off was a huge success! Congrats to Ms. Maya for winning on overall presentation and flavor of chili! Thank you to all of our participants!

Thanks to Jay’s help, our concessions this year included smoked ribs, chicken, and hot dogs…yum!

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The petting zoo came fully equipped with chickens, roosters, a calf, piglets, bunnies, and a few other furry friends.

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Mr. Monty was the “tractor conductor” and towed the kids in the barrels all night. They absolutely loved it!

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We had THREE bounce houses this time, which included obstacle courses and slides.

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Another “congratulations” goes to all of our silent auction basket winners. With your help, we raised over $1,800!

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Plenty of smiles to go around! This had to have been one of the funnest fall festivals yet.

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On behalf of the entire HBMH community, thank you to all who came out and supported our school. This event is always the largest fundraiser of the year for us. With your continued support, we raised funds that will go towards the growth and improvement of our school!

What, No Briefcase?

What, No Briefcase? Montessori and Paperwork
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Montessori parents are often bewildered by the lack of paperwork coming home with their child. There’s hardly any! So what does my child do all day? What can he be possibly learning?

For most of us our school experience was a blizzard of paper work – spaces to fill in, lines to write, dots to connect. Pages upon pages of busy work that hopefully conveyed to parents that we were learning. Much of it was redundant, boring and the waste of a good tree! But that was the measure for parents that learning was happening.

You’ve now entered a new universe when you chose a Montessori program. You didn’t choose Montessori because it resembled your learning experience but because it represented the learning experience you wished you’d been privileged to have. When you visit the environment your eyes feast on amazing materials – colors, shapes, complexities. Is this material really for my three year old or four year old – isosceles triangles, quatrefoils, reniform leaf shapes? Does he really touch it and feel it and use it? But when there is no paper trail coming home, you wonder!

Socrates said, “There is nothing in the mind that is not first in the hands.” And it is the touching of these concrete materials that begins the building of the mental processes in your child. Traditional education begins with intellectual development hoping to make the abstract concrete. Montessori education begins with the development and refining of the senses, allowing your child to build this concrete knowledge one step at a time until he is ready and poised to make the great intellectual leap into the abstract. In Montessori education, it is the child’s own developmental timetable that causes this explosion of solid (and unprecedented) learning to occur. It is not an artificial timetable based on age or calendar but a continual cultivation and development of the child’s growing intellectual power that is being fed day by day in a manner that allows your child to appropriate and practice the tools and skills that will form his intellectual abilities for a lifetime.

All this time the child is building within himself this intellectual capability. Montessori education is very much like the construction of a jetty. Rock after rock is submerged in the water, seemingly lost beneath the surface but then the day comes when the latest rocks begin to become visible and break the water’s plane. Your child is building a very concrete foundation for all further intellectual development one achievement at a time.

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Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali!

Celebrating the “Festival of Lights” in style by decorating lamps and making Rangolis in our primary community.

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For a brief look into the history of Diwali, I would invite you to explore the links provided below:

Photo of the Day: Buttons

 

HBMH Giving Tree

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Special “THANKS” to Mr. and Mrs. Edge for bringing our Giving Tree to life! They inspired and created this new addition to our school, to help raise funds for our overall growth and improvement.

So far, we’ve raised over $600 in donations!

Now is your chance to participate. Purchase your leaf on the Giving Tree, and forever be a part of HBMH. You can purchase for your family, child, grandchild, business, etc. If it’s for your family, you’re welcome to write a private quote, or “well wishes” for the school. If it’s for your business, give us your logo/slogan, and we’ll proudly post it. You’ll forever be a part of the HBMH legacy!

Leaves will be sold in different shapes and sizes for $25, $50, $75, and $100. As of right now, all donations will be put towards the backyard renovations and improvements.

Thank you to our parent community for your continued generosity and support!