Photo of the Day: Exploring in the Garden

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Busy fingers explore the soil beneath our pepper plants. Our friends enjoy learning about the growth cycle of peppers, amongst many other vegetable, fruits and herbs that adorn our garden beds.

Montessori in the Home: Bathroom Layout

How you set up your home environment, including the materials you make available to your children, can greatly influence their development, both physically and mentally. Their home environment is just as important as their school environment; the two should coincide with one another to allow for a consistent level of learning all throughout the day.

Once again, we follow up with the Crawford Family Home to see the bathroom areas that they’ve created for their son. Each piece of equipment is prepared in such a way that allows him to use the toilet on his own, free from unnecessary parent intervention. A low-set chair sits beside his toilet to allow him to comfortably take off his pants/socks before he sits on the seat. Stairs leading up to the sink help him to use the faucet and soap whenever he feels the sensation to clean his hands. A small cloth is set at his height so he can properly dry his hands afterwards. His toilet is also portable, and can be placed anywhere throughout the house allowing him to use it whenever/wherever needed. By maintaining a consistent toileting process such as the one described here, the child learns to independently fulfill their bodily needs, helping them to better internalize and understand the delicate process.

What does your home bathroom layout look like? Do you find that your children can easily access everything they need?

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21st Century Education: How Does Montessori Prepare your Children?

The Montessori pedagogy is one that has been practiced for over 100 years. It’s teachings and materials are used to help mold young minds in Montessori schools all over the world. Dr. Maria Montessori developed this philosophy to focus on human development, which is something we embrace here at HBMH.

Many new Montessori parents come to us with the same question, “Will my child be prepared for the 21st Century?” Often times, this is asked while making the decision to remain in Montessori for the kindergarten year, or enroll in public school early. This, of course, is a logical question because Montessori is a more non-traditional practice, however it is one that prepares children to be more academically advanced than their fellow classmates who may have attended a traditional day care/school instead. I enjoy indulging in conversations such as these, because it’s a time to educate my families on the benefits of Montessori; a time to show them all the wonderful gifts and skills their children develop while receiving an authentic Montessori experience every day.

There are so many developmental skills that are embodied in the Montessori curriculum with which our young friends receive every day.

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills
  • Collaboration and Leading by Influence
  • Initiative and Entrepreneurialism
  • Oral and Written Communication
  • Assessing and Analyze Information
  • Curiosity and Imagination
  • Love of Work

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

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“We need every worker to be a ‘knowledge worker’. How do you do things that haven’t been done before, where you have to rethink or think anew, or break set in a fundamental way, it’s not incremental improvement.” – Hellen Kumata, Managing Partner at Cambria Association

“Our children are allowed to choose, explore, manipulate objects. They are encouraged to formulate ideas, try these ideas out, and accept or reject what they learn.” – Tami Kinna, Owner/Director HBMH Continue reading

Countdown to Thanksgiving: “What Children Can Teach Us About Thanksgiving”

Through diligent, daily observation of children, one can learn valuable lessons in humility and generosity; one thing we could all use a little more of this Thanksgiving holiday!

This article below from mariamontessori.com focuses on the humble spirit of children, which is acquired through “joyful obedience” and an internal need to help others. Children will do almost anything to help a fellow friend in need, even when the “prize” is simply knowing they fulfilled that need and finished the task to the best of their ability.

“We don’t give thanks because we are happy. We are happy because we give thanks.” -Douglas Wood

“We don’t give thanks because we are happy. We are happy because we give thanks.” -Douglas Wood

“Montessori described three levels of discipline: In the first, children may be persuaded (or forced) to follow the will of the adult. In the second, children begin to develop intentionality, a conscious will. She believed that well-parented, well-educated children could achieve a third level of joyful obedience, when they would act with generosity of their own free will, because they recognize a need and want to help.”  (Jennifer Rogers)

http://mariamontessori.com/mm/?p=2608