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

Fun Free Resources for your AZ Preschooler at Home-Montessori daycare-Montessori Fremont

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.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

How to Get Your Picky Montessori preschooler to Eat

How to Get Your Picky Montessori preschooler to Eat

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Like other children, Montessori preschool students can sometimes be picky eaters. On the other hand, the more foods your young son tries when he is little, the more foods will part of his diet as he gets older. Mealtimes should always be a pleasant affair, but your kids have to understand that they should try everything on their plate before balking.

Be A Role Model

Children imitate their parents, including the foods they do and do not eat. The best way to encourage your child to eat different things is to be an inspiration to him. Talk about the color, flavor, taste, and anything else that influences him to try a little. Don’t ridicule or punish, just show and encourage.

Pairing Foods

Putting a favorite food together with something your little one has been avoiding might help him give it a try. Things like peanut butter with celery or asparagus with cheese are tempting for young palates. There are a lot of ways you can visually or tastefully combine different items to come up with a more appealing result. And you can always ask your son for suggestions of his own.

Healthy Snacks

Limit everything but water between snacks and meals so that he will be hungrier at mealtime. Prepare healthy snacks like combos from above or fruit or vegetable slices. Letting your son help in the preparation may make him more willing to try new things as well. Having a personal stake in the food gives him a reason other than your demands, and that might be all it takes.

Be Consistent

Show a unified front between parents rather than one always making demands and the other giving in. Try to have meals and snacks at the same time each day. Make it clear that you are only preparing one meal, and then stick to your guns. If you want to moderate that a little, offer to make one his favorites for the next meal of the same type (breakfast, lunch, dinner). In the end, there will be foods that your children simply do not like. But teaching them that every item deserves a fair trial can lead to many wonderful taste adventures in the years to come. Be fair, but be consistent and remember that your job is to provide meals, not cater to complaints.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Activities to Help Motivate Your Team

Activities to Help Motivate Your Team

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As a leader, motivating your team requires certain activities and interactions. Many choose to do group outings at sporting events, a restaurant, or pot lucks as a form of motivation. While these activities are popular and can be effective, there are less popular options that work well that need to be considered. For instance, a Team Building Cooking Class is a great way to get employees together for fun, learning, and a boost in motivation. The following activity ideas for team motivation are sure to give leaders inspiration in motivating their own teams. Additionally, understanding exactly why certain activities are motivational can help leaders to choose the best fit.

Team Building Cooking Class

Maybe a team building cooking class is something that hasn’t been considered as a motivational tool within your organization. There are a number of reasons it should not only be considered but at the top of your list of options. When it comes to motivation, taking a cooking class as a team benefits employees in 3 ways.

1. Team Bonding 

How does a bonded group of people lead to motivation? Individuals that know and trust their coworkers are more likely to put in the effort for one another. There will be no need for one person to carry the team since everyone is more willing to work for the team they are friendly with. It’s motivating to work with people that enjoy reaching the end goal together.

2. Health and Wellness 

Learning to cook is more than just a team bonding experience, but it’s one that encourages people to cook at home. Too often we find ourselves in a drive-thru eating unhealthy and fatty meals. When we teach employees to cook healthier options at home, they will see the effects on their work. Employees that eat healthier are employees that have more focus, an increased level of energy, less anxiety, and a better overall mood.

3. Positive End Results 

Cooking classes result in a delicious meal at the end of your session. Workers can then associate the positive end to a cooking class - eating something yummy - to the positive end of their work efforts - a completed project. It can be incredibly motivating when employees get a sense of accomplishment as they come to the end.

Other Motivational Activities

Giving employees a bit of competition is another activity that can increase the level of motivation within an office. That can be done with lessons learned from the above-mentioned cooking class, a project, or even a fundraiser for charity. Adding in competition in any form can be a way to inspire employees to do their best in all aspects of work life, as long as it’s done in a friendly and fun manner. A group field trip during working hours can be a fun way to motivate all employees, as well. For example, moving a meeting to a park on a nice day is a great way to get through a long day. Providing healthy breakfast options to get a kick start on the day is another idea. Finding what works for you and your team is a matter of simply listening to their needs and wants.

Motivate the Team

Whether a team building cooking class, pot luck, or regular office breakfasts motivate your team, ultimately what matters is being an employer that people want to work for. Offering these motivational activities and ideas is a great way to show employees that their organization cares. Knowing that a company does care about its employees is the biggest motivator there is.