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Parent Discovery Session: “Third Year Montessori”

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“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” – Jane D Hull

We had a great turn out for last night’s Discovery Session, “See. Experience. Believe. Third-Year Montessori.” Families from all our classrooms came to witness our senior primary students presenting lessons in the classroom. Our friends were very excited to display works that they’ve been practicing for many months now! This was truly an enlightening, informative night!

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One of our friends showing the short chain of 1-5 to her parents. The beads allow the child to visually see number quantities, and skip count (3…6…9…and so forth). This is an important step in learning enumeration; a lesson that is taught all throughout their three-year primary cycle. It was so neat to witness our young friend teach her mom and dad this special lesson!

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Everything the child learns as a young infant, prepares them for works such as this. When they first enter the primary community at age 3, they’re given the opportunity to explore and discover their new community. The second year is a time of solidification, further refining these new-found skills. And the third year (5-6 years old) is a time for application. Each lesson builds upon itself, ultimately preparing the child for the last year in our primary community.

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I practiced for such a long time on the Map of Europe. My muscle memory allowed me to do the entire puzzle off the board, and without a control chart. I was so happy to include my mom and dad in this work!

Thank you, parents, for supporting your young ones, and being a big part of their educational development!

Exploring the Senses: Ice

Never miss an opportunity to explore the senses!

Today’s random ice storm presented quite a few challenges for the school, but amongst the chaos, came wonderful, spontaneous learning opportunities for the students. We heard thunder first, then slight rain, and then all of a sudden…HAIL! Some of the teachers were brave enough to venture outside and gather a bucket full of ice to share with their students. We discussed how hail is formed, felt its texture, how cold it was, learned how fast it melted, and explored different shapes and manipulations of the ice when compressed in your hands. Our toddlers enjoyed the sound of the ice as it “crunched” in between their fingers. The crunchy, squishy, cold sensation was very enjoyable! (A few suggested we even make snow cones!)

How neat it is to hold frozen rain in our hands!

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“Nothing comes to the intellect that is not first in the senses” – Dr. Maria Montessori

Wooden Rings

#nido #montessori #stackingrings #woodenrings #infant #preschool #concentration #handeyecoordination

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A true picture of pure, raw concentration. Such a beautiful thing to witness this little one stacking wooden rings. There are so many hidden lessons in this small work!

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!

Wood Chimes

#throwbackthursday #infant #nido #hbmh #floormat #woodchimes #concentration #montessori #babytalk #floormirror #toddler #grasping #hestwoandahalf #hewas4months

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Boot Washing in the Rain