When In Doubt, Act It Out!

Theater Games for Parents and Children to play during the Holiday Break
By: Ms. Mary Sherg

Brace yourselves, it’s the holiday season! With this most wonderful time of year, there will be opportunities for you and your children to spend some quality time together. Maybe your savings account has quite a dent in it from all of the cyber deals? Here are Ms. Sherg’s top 3 theatre/acting based games to play with your children to chase away those holiday blues that are absolutely free to play! You will need a living room sized space to play all of these games. Or if it is warm enough, play outside and be sure to work on projection of your child’s voice!

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Gifts That Don’t Cost Money

By Abby Diaz and Melissa Sfakianakis

Gift-giving is a wonderful part of the December holidays, but it can also be overwhelming. Whether you are feeling the stress of holiday budgeting, or simply wanting to take a break from the materialism that is encouraged by retailers, cost-free presents are a delightful way to simplify gift-giving. Not sure where to start? Here are a few ideas to inspire you.

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Encouraging Thankfulness in Children

By Ms. Marty Shepard

With Thanksgiving coming up at the end of the month, it is an especially good time to think about how we can encourage our children to be thankful. As I think about the letters T-H-A-N-K-F-U-L, an acrostic poem helps illustrate a few useful tips.

The “T” in Thanksgiving stands for telling stories. The children enjoy a good story. In the Montessori classroom, we give the children stories to illustrate how human beings have lived and what accomplishments they have left to us. Parents can participate as well by telling stories about their own lives. What was it like when you were growing up, Mom? Dad? What about the Grandparents? Their life was different. We’ve come from then to now. This gives children a sense of place in the progression of their family and an appreciation of why things are the way they are now.

The “H” is for hardworking. When the children do want something, give them an opportunity to work for it. Resist the urge to shower them with too much “stuff.” Let them save their own money and work toward getting something they really want. They will appreciate it more and understand the value of a dollar because it took hard work to get. Additionally, they will take ownership of what they buy and want to take better care of it. Read More

The Importance of the Complete Montessori Cycle of Education

The Importance of the Complete Montessori Cycle of Education
Anisa Foy

Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy is that children go through different planes of development and there are cycles of growth and learning stages that are different at each level. For this reason Montessori education is based on three year cycles based on the plane of development the child is in. An education that suits the child’s needs at each stage will produce best results. The child is not expected to learn according to the adult time table, rather the teaching style follows the needs of the child at each stage of development.
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Friendship at Arborland

Friendship at Arborland
By Ms. Mel
February is International Friendship Month. We are lucky to have a close-knit community here at Arborland. From our mixed age and diverse classrooms, to our 12:1 student-teacher ratio, our students get the opportunity to establish close friendships with their schoolmates. In order for children to be able to form friendships, they need to have a foundation of self-respect and self-confidence. Through our Grace and Courtesy lessons, our teachers and our classrooms provide an environment where children learn to have respect for themselves, respect for their environment, and respect for others. Learning respect and positive social behavior goes hand in hand in fostering friendships. In order for children to have good friends, they must first be a good friend. By learning basic courtesy such as taking turns and keeping their hands to themselves, to learning communication and listening skills, to learning problem solving and conflict resolution skills, our students are given an important foundation on which they can build relationships with others.

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