Saturday, June 20, 2020

Mapping Core Lessons in Private Kindergarten

Mapping Core Lessons in Private Kindergarten

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The Montessori philosophy is the cornerstone of your child’s private kindergarten. By presenting children with exciting educational activities, children learn to enjoy learning as they develop the primary characteristics of successful young people.

Practical Life Experience

Practical life skills set the foundations for all academic learning. Performing ordinary tasks like stacking, pouring, and sorting teaches distinct math and science skills that will be applied over and over again as the child grows. Practicing routines like tying shoes or setting the table builds fine motor skills and provides exposure to orderly procedures.

Learning Leadership

Mixed-age classrooms are perfect for teaching children how to act in responsible leadership roles. Older kids are able to use their acquired skills to assist younger children, practicing diplomacy and problem-solving as younger kids learn to model their own social behavior in a similar manner.

Sensorial Activities

Discovering shapes, textures and groups are core parts of private kindergarten instruction. Sensorial activities engage all of a child’s senses, helping them understand science, math, and more. This in turn helps develop muscle control, critical thinking skills, and abstract concepts.

Exploring Language

Language is the ability to comprehend spoken and written words and sentences. It includes learning to write, awareness of cultural diversity, and serves to teach children effective communication skills. Immersing the child in language coincides with all other classroom experiences.

Mastering Mathematics

Your child’s private kindergarten has been slowly teaching math-related skills since daycare. Beginning with shape and color recognition, counting, and simple arithmetic, mastering math comes with working on other activities and seeing how numbers relate to real-world routines.

Investigating Cultural Diversity

We live in the most culturally diverse country in the world, a perfect environment for teaching children about the similarities and differences in all of us. From flags to traditional outfits, from cultural activities to multi-national foods, private kindergarten kids are introduced to cultural diversity as a matter of daily activities.

From learning courtesy and grace to developing a keen understanding of language, private kindergarten students are taught how to enjoy learning and then encouraged to pursue their favorite interests. At the same time, teachers are observing each child’s progress and guiding them to new discoveries and experiences.

Monday, June 8, 2020

5 Preschool Summer Activities

5 Preschool Summer Activities

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Summer has arrived, and Montessori preschool kids are ready to spend more time outside and active. Keeping children engaged and active, especially with activities that broaden their horizons, will help every day flow smoother and add volumes to your child’s awareness of the world around them.

Water Balloon Pinatas

Montessori-inspired preschool activities should engage children on multiple levels, including sensorial and fine motor skills. Fill balloons with varying amounts of water, and hang them from a tree branch or other outdoor object. Add a young child with a stick and step back as the fun and wetness gets started. This is one of many exciting possibilities using balloons.

Explore the Area

Go for walks in the park, in the woods, or along the coast. Physical exercise is good for muscle development and fine motor control and stimulates young minds. Choose different locations to explore the terrain, climate, and biomes around your home and neighborhood.

Outdoor Art

Create montages of items collected on walks and excursions. Seashells, pine cones, and stones are excellent mediums for preserving an exciting day outside. On rainy days, make drawings or cutouts of sunny day things to brighten up the home.

Homemade Popsicles

Small children will love helping you mix up a batch of popsicles. You can use Kool-Aid or cut up bits of fruit to be blended into a freezable slush. Fruity popsicles are more nutritious and if you make more than one flavor, your kids can make a game of guessing what they get.

Something New

Make a game of choosing a list of new things to do every day. It doesn’t have to be anything major, but children are a blank slate when it comes to the world and a steady stream of exciting new ideas can work wonders for their participation and attitude.

Keep a notebook of your preschool child’s favorite activities so you can revisit again in the future, or present them a different way to add educational content. Learning is at the heart of all play-based activities, and summertime is perfect for discovering the world.

Monday, May 25, 2020

The Difference Between Public and Montessori Daycare

The Difference Between Public and Montessori Daycare

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The difference between Montessori daycare and public daycares can be tremendous. Certified Montessori daycares provide children with an organized and child-centric environment that is designed to engage children directly. It is a form of whole-child education that includes everything from fine motor skills to social interaction and academic education.

Montessori and Your Community

Montessori daycares are community schools. Parents are encouraged to take active roles in the Montessori Method, and we appreciate community support through the Arizona School Tax Credit. Your contributions help us achieve goals like funding our music program and providing other school programs. Taxpayers can support the qualified establishment of their choice and are not required to have an attending child to claim the credit. Your community benefits from well-funded educational facilities, and the AZ School Tax Credit allows citizens to make an active difference.

The Prepared Environment

The Montessori daycare is tailored around the children. From child-sized furnishings to decorations placed for the convenience of kids, the classroom creates a comfortable place for children to explore and learn. Through a variety of play-based activities, young children learn everything from fine motor skills to interacting peacefully with others. The underlying principle is that children are a blank slate and they will be eager to learn when given the tools to do so in their own way.

Focus on Individuals

Observation and guidance are at the heart of Montessori education. Instead of teaching the children the same material at the same pace, Montessori teachers pay close attention to the individual interests and activities, tailoring the early educational process around the child. This keeps children engaged and interested, encouraging them to enjoy the learning process. Self-paced learning also gives children the chance to spend more time on subjects that need more attention and move through areas that are easily grasped.

Some research says that children who begin in a Montessori environment have an advantage in kindergarten and beyond because they have already developed a love for learning and mastered the prerequisite skills. The underlying goal is for every child to become an educated and responsible young person.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Overview of the Montessori Planes of Development

Overview of the Montessori Planes of Development

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Your Montessori preschool follows the Montessori planes of development to provide the best opportunities for young minds. The planes of development are divided into 4 distinct age groups, each group centered around a period of increasing absorption followed by a “cool down” period when the information is processed internally. These age groups, in turn, split into the mixed-age classrooms that Montessori education is known for.

The Absorbent Mind

From birth to around age 6, Montessori preschool children are discovering an entire world of new things. The first 3 years are spent absorbing new concepts and experimenting with how they work, while the second 3-year period applies those early concepts to personal and academic purposes. This is the time when children should be encouraged to learn about new things, try new flavors, or attempt new feats.

The Moral Mind

During a child’s second plane of development, social interaction becomes an important aspect of the world. This includes learning about empathy and thinking beyond one’s personal wants, as well as exploring concepts like problem-solving and diplomacy. Corresponding to the years of traditional primary schools, this period builds on the concepts learned during the first plane of development while a majority of actual development takes place in the form of physical and mental growth.

The Independent Mind

Beginning at around age 12, the third plane of development is when the young mind becomes an independent entity. Critical thinking skills, personal responsibility, and community involvement characteristics are introduced during the first half of the plane and then honed and improved upon during the 15-to-18 year period.

The Mature Mind

Between the ages of 18 and 21, young adults develop personal philosophies, social obligations, and moral characteristics they will carry throughout the rest of their lives. These traits are established during the first 3-year period of the plane, and then figuratively cemented into place during the second. By the age of 24, most people have developed their lifelong habits and routines without even realizing it has happened.

These planes of development can be witnessed in children as they grow, often in the form of periods of inquisitiveness followed by the experimentation and application of practice and repetition. Providing the appropriately timed encouragement will have profound impacts on your little one’s development.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Fun Free Resources for your AZ Preschooler at Home

Fun Free Resources for your AZ Preschooler at Home

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Staying home does not mean your daycare children have to be bored. A lot of top museums and special locations like the Monterey Bay Aquarium are combatting coronavirus by meeting parents and children online. Whether you prefer something close to home or want to explore the universe, There are plenty of online tools to help keep your children entertained.