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The Importance of Reading to Your Children

Posted by Edith On April 3rd

Boy Reading The Importance of Reading to Your Children

Reading books to your child is SO important. Not only does it improve literacy skills, creativity, and comprehension, but it also provides a wonderful bonding activity.

Reading to your child

As you read to your child, ask him or her questions about the story. This helps your child understand the content, as well as the concept of “plot”. Children often want to read the same book over and over again.

This is fine! It just means that they are enjoying the language used, and appreciating the story. Even before your child can actually read, you should ask them to “read” the story to you. Likely, they have memorized most of the words. However, the act of reading the words out loud while looking at them is improving their skills.

Having Your Child Read to You

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How to Encourage Independence in Your Child

Posted by Edith On March 4th

Yearbook Pgs Web 2011 174 199x300 How to Encourage Independence in Your ChildJust as it is important to help your child learn on his or her own, it is also important to allow them to “do” on their own. This not only instills a good work ethic, but also boosts independence and confidence that will help them throughout life.

To help a child do tasks on his/her own, provide them with these “3 T’s”:

Time

A child often needs time to figure out a new concept or learn a new task on their own. Be patient. Give them time to figure it out. Allow them to experience trial and error (as long as it’s not harmful) so that they can see why something works the way it does. If you see them getting overly frustrated, offer some assistance, but don’t “take over”.

Tools

Give your child “tools” that help them express their creativity, expand their knowledge, and encourage independence and self confidence around things that are of interest to them. For example, instead of toys as a gift, observe the talents and interests of your child, and give them tools that will help them excel in these areas.

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Hey there!

You know, for new parents who are researching options for child care in Chula Vista, it can be a daunting task because there are so many things to consider.

You may be thinking:

  • Can I afford to send my child to preschool?
  • Are there child care assistance programs that I qualify for?
  • What’s the difference between a home day care, a child care center, a parochial school, and a Montessori school?
  • What if I find a Montessori preschool that I like but I don’t know if they’re any good at what they do?

Well, I just wrote a blog post on ShowMeLocal.com (click the photo below) and I wanted to share it with you because I answer each of the questions above and much more.

I hope you find it useful. Take care!

~Edith

P.S. don’t forget about open enrollment for the fall semester begins late January/early February each year at Montessori American School. icon smile Home Day Care, Preschool, or Montessori? How to Choose Child Care Wisely

 

Don’t Teach Children. Instead, Help Them Learn

Posted by Edith On January 14th

It is an innate response in most parents to “teach” their children new things.

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This is great! But, we must be conscious of how we are teaching. When a child asks a question, we automatically want to give them the answer.

While educating your child is important, it is equally important to allow them to learn on their own so that they fully comprehend and retain the information.

If a child is uninterested in what you are teaching them, you may notice their eyes begin to glaze over. When this happens, the effort is lost.

Even when a child asks a question, sometimes they’ve lost interest before you’ve even given them a thorough answer.

However, if you spark a child’s curiosity, then you will have a much better chance of truly reaching them and helping them learn. Or, if a child has to research, contemplate, or discover the answer to their question, they are more likely to retain the information.

This advice was taken from 10 Ways to Make a Positive Impact in Your Child’s Life, a free guide that we offer on our website, if you’d like to learn more.

Also if you’re looking for an outstanding preschool in San Diego county for your child age 2-6, we would love the opportunity to show you how we can make a positive impact in their life.

Open enrollment begins in February! Call us at (619) 422-1220 or email us for enrollment information.

Can’t wait to hear from you!

-Edith

How to Treat Nature Deficit Disorder in Children

Posted by Edith On December 11th

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Afraid to let your child outside because of “bad people?” Don’t have much access to natural areas? Is your child addicted to the screen?

As advances in technology increase, children have developed what some are referring to as “nature deficit disorder”.

It’s a scary fact, but according to an editorial review by James Levine of Publishers Weekly, “…a 2002 British study reported that eight-year-olds could identify Pokémon characters far more easily than they could name an ‘otter, beetle, and oak tree’.”

Many children are now opting for hours in front of the television, iPad, computer, or video games, over playing outdoors.

Obviously, it is important not to allow your children to fall into this habit and form nature deficit disorder

Combat Nature Deficit Disorder by Getting Back to Nature!

Exposure to nature can be a powerful form of therapy for your child. Outdoor activities can help with attention-deficit disorder, improve creative skills, and can help maintain a healthy physique. The Vitamin D from the sunshine is also essential to your child’s health.

To help your child enjoy and appreciate the great outdoors, consider these activities:

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Our Preschool & Kindergarten Halloween Party

Posted by Edith On November 6th

Each and every year we have a fun Halloween Party for the students at our preschool & kindergarten in Chula Vista.

But this year we decided NOT to hoard all of the fun and games to ourselves. Instead, we thought we’d share all of the cuteness with the world.

Of course, you already know how adorable your children are don’t you? It’s not like we have to tell you!

But for their aunts, uncles, grandparents and other relatives who weren’t present to witness this Halloween Party, we thought we’d make it easy on them to see all of the costumes and festivities!

We captured 64 photos and a handful of videos of your children in action as they sang, danced, and marched to a number of Halloween songs.

Okay, are you ready for the slideshow? HERE WE GO!!!

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Hey there! In our mission to give your children a quality education and to help you become the best, life-long teacher in their lives, we just posted the following article on our blog at Merchant Circle.

Please check out it and talk to you again soon!

Edith

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Encouraging Healthy Eating Habits for Children

Posted by Edith On September 10th

Your Child’s Diet

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Instilling healthy eating habits for children is just one of 10 Ways to Make a Positive Impact in your Child’s Life. For more tips, download our free eBook.

Instilling healthy eating habits for children is much easier when you start from the beginning rather than making a drastic change in your child’s diet after they’ve been used to not-so-healthy foods.

But don’t lose hope if you’re starting your child on a new healthy eating regimen.

First of all, you MUST be aware of what substances are going into your child’s body. Help them understand what is good or not good for them to eat and drink, and explain to them why this is the case.

Start at birth

Most physicians agree that breast milk is best for babies because it passes on colostrum and antibodies from the mother.

However, once a child has moved onto solid foods, how do you continue to instill healthy eating habits?

Eating healthy food begins with education

Education about diet is important. Help children learn about things like the the benefits of eating organic vs. non-organic or about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered ingredients. Teach them in ways that they can comprehend.

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How to Improve Your Parenting Skills

Posted by Edith On August 6th

Parental Struggles How to Improve Your Parenting Skills

This is the first of 10 Ways to Make a Positive Impact in Your Child’s Life, a FREE eBook to help you improve your relationship with your children.

If you want to improve your child’s behavior, it is important to remember first and foremost that you must lead by example and the best way to do that is to improve your parenting skills. Remember, you are your child’s first and most influential teacher!

Your child is ALWAYS watching and listening. They are learning all of the good, but unfortunately, they are also taking in all of the bad and the ugly.

Whenever your child is in your presence, it is important to keep this in mind. Ask yourself, “Are my words and actions something that I would want my child to imitate?”

Think before you speak

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Remember to be conscientious of how you are speaking to your child, both when they are behaving nicely as well as the challenging times. Be aware that thoughtless words said in anger and frustration can leave long-lasting emotional scars.

Also, remind yourself that your child will likely imitate the way that you handle a stressful situation. If you lose your temper, they will be likely to mimic that behavior.

In my opinion, one of the best ways to improve your parenting skills is to be:

  • Slow to speak
  • Quick to listen
  • Slow to get angry

Take a breather

Sometimes emotions can escalate to a point that clouds our logical judgement. If your child is at the height of a tantrum, or if you are feeling at your wit’s end, you may need to take a little “breather”.

Just finding something to provide a quick distraction for your mind can do wonders. For example, you could put on tranquil music, walk into another room for a minute, or simply close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Practice “diaphragm breathing” to get the most out of these deep breaths.

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Mother’s Day Craft Ideas for Preschoolers

Posted by Edith On May 9th

Each year at our Montessori school in Chula Vista, our students love to create crafts for their parents (with our guidance) on Mothers and Fathers Day. And of course, their parents LOVE to receive these crafts because they become sentimental keepsakes that remind them of the little child that adores them.

Our hope is that our students’ creations below serve to be great Mothers Day craft ideas for your preschoolers! Each of the crafts are simple to create at minimal expense, but if you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below and we’ll be happy to answer them.

Happy Mother’s Day With All Our Love!