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Life Cycle of a Butterfly

Life cycle of a butterfly #preschool #montessori #toddler #butterflylifecycle #nomaclaturecards #floormat

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Wood Chimes

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

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Decorating the Tree

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

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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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Photo of the Day: Buttons

 

Morning reads and singing with her baby! #Hbmh #toddler #Montessori #baby #readingtobaby #fivelittlemonkeys #singing #babydressingwork

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COUNTDOWN TO THE
6th ANNUAL HBMH FALL FESTIVAL: 4 Days
Saturday, November 7, 3:00-5:30pm
Only four more days until our 6th Annual HBMH Fall Festival! 
Friends, neighbors, coworkers, community members, and former HBMH alumni are welcome to come! Help spread the word!

Our Fall Festival Committee is working round the clock as we prepare for this exciting event! This is one of the largest fundraisers of the year; one that helps bring in much needed funds for the overall growth and improvement of our school. This event is only possible through the help and support of our parent community. Without you, we could not host such an exciting annual event. So thank you!

Friends (and parents) are welcome to wear costumes to the festival.
All HBMH children (currently enrolled) will receive 10 free tickets. Admission is FREE! Tickets are $.50 each. We will be accepting all major forms of payment (cash, check, or credit card). The entrance to the festival will be near the south gate (covered porch).
Extra parking is available at the church next door.
In addition to the silent auction, we’re also hosting our FIRST EVER chili cook-off! We have several parents and teachers signed up for the chili contest already; see admin if you’d like to participate! There will be prizes for the winners with the best chili! We’ll also have a tractor ride, grilled hot dogs and other concessions, a cake walk, face painting/henna and hair salon, petting zoo, bounce houses, family portraits, and several younger children games (duck pond, bean bag toss, and so much more).

We hope to see you all there!