Holiday Red Rods

Red Rod variations are what make this Sensorial work so enticing. One of our Primary Leads got creative this holiday season, and incorporated festive ribbon as a part of the work, allowing children to match the lengths of the ribbon to the different lengths of the red rods. One particular friend was so excited to show me his work!DSC_0210

10 DIY Holiday Gifts to make with the Kids

As parents, we’re always trying to find clever ways to make a gift out of our child’s hand/feet prints. It’s almost an obsession. We have to document their precious little fingers and toes for every year they’re alive. They make for irresistible gifts for loved ones. And thanks to Pinterest, there are so many varieties of gifts you can make with hand and feet prints, how could anyone resist?!

Handmade gifts will always hold a sentimental value for whoever receives them. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best presents to make with the kids, to help make this holiday gift-giving extra special.

(links have been added to each description/photo)

  1. Handprint Ornaments

    How to make Handprint Ornaments

  2. Footprint Ornament

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  3. Yarn Wrapped HeartWrapping hearts with yarn as a Valeninte's day craft

  4. Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

    Homemade Instant Hot Chocolate Mix | Fireflies and Mud Pies

  5. Clay Bowls
    DIY Clay Bowls

  6. Personalized Notebooks

  7. Ten things I love about You BookletMini Book

  8. Painted Golf Balls – for the golfer in your family (cute idea!!)Decorated Golf Balls

  9. Send a Hug!

    Send a Hug

  10. Fingerprint String of LightsThumbprint Christmas Lights

Happy crafting, and Happy Holidays!

Decorating the Tree

10 Montessori DIY Holiday Activities to do with your Children

This has to be my favorite time of year. Everyone seems to be in the holiday spirit. Our crafty and clever teachers have incorporated a variety of holiday-themed crafts and projects into the childrens’ daily routine. Several of these crafts are extremely easy to incorporate into your home environment. If you’re anything like me, you’re already planning activities and works for your child to do over the winter break. Several Montessori works are surprisingly very affordable, and very easy to recreate at home.

(helpful links have been included so that you can purchase supplies for yourself!)

  1. Threading with Jingle Bells – Fine Motor Activity

What you’ll need: bamboo skewer, styrofoam, large jingle bells

Simply press the pointy end of the skewer into the styrofoam and you’re ready to go! My three year old loved doing this step.

On the back of each jingle bell, there is a slot for threading, usually ribbon or string, but the skewer fits just perfectly. Simply slide the jingle bells on the skewer and listen to the bells jingle as they slide down.

2. DIY Foam Geoboard Trees

DIY Foam Geoboard Tree for Seasonal Fine Motor Fun
DIY Foam Geoboard Tree for Seasonal Fine Motor Fun

What you’ll need: green/white foam cones, golf tees, rubber bands

This is a great work for hand-eye coordination, and requires lots of concentration as your child ties each rubber band onto the golf tees. Continue reading

HBMH Charity of the Quarter: “Helping for the Holidays”

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It is truly the season for giving! Our “Helping for the Holidays” Charity was a success, as always. We’ve gathered such an awesome collection of gifts for our Salvation Army Angels. These gits will be given to the Salvation Army and prepared/distributed as gifts to children in need.

Thank you for helping these precious children have a wonderful Christmas this year!

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” – Maya Angelou

6 Nonmaterial Gifts to Give your Children this Holiday Season

Our countdown to Christmas has begun! With only a few short weeks left, we’re all scrambling to get those last-minute gifts prepared for our little ones. With that being said, keep in mind there are several nonmaterial gifts that can … Continue reading

Parent’s Day Out Fun!

Picture3We had so much fun at Saturday’s Parent’s Day Out! We started the day off with lots of fun holiday crafts, including greeting cards, decorating paper trees, and making candy cane and reindeer ornaments. We finished off the day with a tasty, healthy lunch and watched a few classic, family Christmas movies. We’re so lucky to get to spend moments like these with our precious little ones; these events are always extra special for us teachers!

We raised over $600 in funds for our backyard renovations; thank you HBMH families for your generous donations! (Special “thanks” also goes to our HBMH staff for helping during the event!)

Upcoming Parent’s Night Outs:

January 23, 6:30-9:30pm
February 27, 6:30-9:30pm
March 27, 6:30-9:30pm
April 24, 6:30-9:30pm
May 22, 6:30-9:30pm
June 26, 6:30-9:30pm
July 24, 6:30-9:30pm

“Helping for the Holidays”

Gifts collected for our precious angels from the Salvation Army Angel Tree Charity.

Gifts collected for our precious angels for the Salvation Army Angel Tree Charity.


“Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same — with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.”
– Mother Teresa

As we wrap up our last charity of the year, “Helping for the Holidays”, we’re reminded just how important it is to give to those in need. We collected so many gifts to give to our adopted, precious angels from the Salvation Army. Our HBMH families donated clothing, school materials, toys, and a few other necessities, all which will be given to these small children to help make their Christmas holiday special. Thank you to all those who donated and helped make this charity memorable!

We took the donations to a Salvation Army truck, gathering bags from north DFW. What a generous collection of gifts for children all over the metroplex!

We took the donations to a Salvation Army truck, gathering bags in north DFW. What a generous collection of gifts for families all over the metroplex!

Thank you, Mr. Monty for delivering our canned goods to the Salvation Army, collected from our Canned Food Drive.

Thank you, Mr. Monty for delivering our canned goods to the Salvation Army, collected from our Canned Food Drive last month.

For more information on how you can donate to this charity, please visit http://www.salvationarmydfw.org/.

Happy Holidays!