Freedom Montessori http://freedommontessori.org Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:34:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Astronomy week…. http://freedommontessori.org/2015/04/22/astronomy-week/ http://freedommontessori.org/2015/04/22/astronomy-week/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 01:58:10 +0000 http://freedommontessori.org/?p=2714 What do you see in the sky tonight?   The Lyrid Meteor Shower  will have between 10-20 meteors per hour.

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Happy Astronomy Week! http://freedommontessori.org/2015/04/21/happy-astronomy-week/ http://freedommontessori.org/2015/04/21/happy-astronomy-week/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 23:10:11 +0000 http://freedommontessori.org/?p=2708 Read more]]> We began the week by giving a lesson on the Earth (globe) and the continent map.  We sang a song about the continents, and read “How do I protect nature?”.  The children made their own Earth, and planted bean seeds, and grass seeds.     “The Earth has been incorporated into our environment with the continent map, the Land, Air, Water map, recycled art lessons, and practical life–keeping the environment clean.

What do you see in the sky tonight??  Venus will be visible near the moon if you check right after sunset!

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I can do it! http://freedommontessori.org/2015/04/13/i-can-do-it/ http://freedommontessori.org/2015/04/13/i-can-do-it/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 22:17:51 +0000 http://freedommontessori.org/?p=2695 a a2 a3 a4 a5 a7 a8 a9

 

 

 

 

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Week of the Young Child: Monday http://freedommontessori.org/2015/04/13/week-of-the-young-child-monday/ http://freedommontessori.org/2015/04/13/week-of-the-young-child-monday/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 22:02:46 +0000 http://freedommontessori.org/?p=2679 Read more]]>

“Today we know more than ever before about the importance of children’s earliest years in shaping their learning and development. Yet, never before have the needs of young children and their families been more pressing.

The Week of the Young Child™ is a time to recognize that children’s opportunities are our responsibilities, and to recommit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment—at home, at child care, at school, and in the community—that will promote their early learning” (naeyc.org)
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We simply used 1/4 cup dish detergent, and a cup of water to create our bubble solution.  Some kids immediately started blowing bubbles and some helped create a 2nd batch.  Straws and bubble wands were used to blow bubbles.
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A picture says 1000 words….. http://freedommontessori.org/2015/04/09/a-picture-says-1000-words/ http://freedommontessori.org/2015/04/09/a-picture-says-1000-words/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 21:15:35 +0000 http://freedommontessori.org/?p=2676 flo10 flo9 flo7

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Read across America…. http://freedommontessori.org/2015/04/09/read-across-america/ http://freedommontessori.org/2015/04/09/read-across-america/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 21:13:42 +0000 http://freedommontessori.org/?p=2674 Read more]]> flo8  We are thankful for all of our volunteers who read during class for Read Across America!!  It was so much fun for all of us and you have help us fall in love with reading!  Stay tuned for our classmate who traveled from California to Maine on the reading adventure.flo6 flo5

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Parts of a plant… http://freedommontessori.org/2015/04/09/parts-of-a-plant-2/ http://freedommontessori.org/2015/04/09/parts-of-a-plant-2/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 21:08:04 +0000 http://freedommontessori.org/?p=2662 flo flo2 flo3 flo4

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Leaping to the library…. http://freedommontessori.org/2015/04/09/leaping-to-the-library/ http://freedommontessori.org/2015/04/09/leaping-to-the-library/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 21:06:28 +0000 http://freedommontessori.org/?p=2656 Read more]]> Our friends had a great time going to the library today.  It was our last planned visit for this year, and it was awesome.  The librarian read frogs books.  Then she sang with us and some silly shakers.  We ended with a show about getting a perfect pet.  lib lib2 lib3 lib4

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Parts of a plant….. http://freedommontessori.org/2015/04/07/parts-of-a-plant/ http://freedommontessori.org/2015/04/07/parts-of-a-plant/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 18:15:58 +0000 http://freedommontessori.org/?p=2654 Read more]]> We used tulips to show the children the parts of a plant:  roots, stem, leaves and flowers.   Everyone was able to see roots of a bulb, and will soon plant them by themselves.   Some of our children did really well with the new puzzles for parts of a frog, fish, flower, and leaf.

 

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I’m glad you made it! http://freedommontessori.org/2015/04/06/im-glad-you-made-it/ http://freedommontessori.org/2015/04/06/im-glad-you-made-it/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 23:08:52 +0000 http://freedommontessori.org/?p=2648 Read more]]> Mornings are probably a hectic time for everyone with parents rushing to make breakfast and lunch at the same time that they are getting dressed and trying to find that left shoe or the kids just want to play with one toy before they go.  We all have that dreadful race to work/school, or that hurry up and wait when the minutes pass like the seconds between a deep breath.  Sometime we earn points just for showing up!

 “I’m glad you made it.” I see how hard you’re trying. I know that you are learning to move through this world, and that most of the time you don’t do it quickly enough. We will learn together

 

Please allow the time for your child to figure things out.

Nurturing Developing Independence in Toddlers Using Montessori Values
“I can do it myself” (April’s Motto)

Have you heard this? Then you must know a toddler. Toddlerhood is the time of learning new skills independently. A toddler is easily frustrated by both lack of skill and adult interference. To help foster these skills and minimize interference, try the following:

  • Allow extra time for self-care tasks (dressing, putting on shoes, brushing teeth, etc.).
  • Resist the temptation to jump in and complete the task for the toddler.
  • Offer gentle suggestions that may ease the task: “Try sitting down to put on your shoes.”
  • Use low shelving for books and toys, so the toddler can retrieve the items herself and be able to help with clean up.
  • Provide toddlers with child-size furniture, utensils, and tools.

 

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