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As parents of young children it’s our goal to mold our kids into productive members of society so that they live the best possible version of their lives.

If you’re looking for ways to improve your relationship with your children while educating them in the process, we wrote this free eBook for you.

Nothing in here is an earth-shattering idea…more like gentle reminders of simple things you can do with your child to positively impact their lives. We hope you find it helpful.

You can either download a copy by clicking the icon to the right and giving us your email address OR click each of the links below as we do a quick recap of the subjects we covered over the past few months.

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When you want to make a positive impact in the life of your child, consider enrolling them in a Montessori school instead of a traditional day care setting.

Tip 1 a Consider Enrolling Your Child in a Montessori School

In the United States, the economy and changing family structures often requires both parents to work. It has been estimated that over 85% of mothers across America are working. Because of this, some sort of day care is often necessary for younger children who have not yet reached school age.

It is important to ensure your child is in an environment that encourages learning from the start. A simple day care setting provides “care”, but does not always provide an education. The psychology and learning style of a child may not even be taken into consideration in a traditional day care.

Instead, consider enrolling your child in a Montessori environment.

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Teaching Children Second Languages

Posted by Edith On June 13th

No one but a child can learn to perfection as many languages as he/ she hears spoken about him. ~Dr. Maria Montessori

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A student at our child care center in Chula Vista, CA learns to count in Spanish

From birth to around the age of six, a child is in what Dr. Montessori called the “sensitive period for languages.” This means, that during this time in their life, a child can learn a second language with no effort and no accent.

In our increasingly global world, most parents realize that it is a great benefit for their children to be fluent in multiple languages. Take advantage of the fact that your young child is at the prime learning stage for comprehending and retaining the ability to speak a second language.

At the ages of two and three, your child is increasing his or her vocabulary. However, they’re also starting to…

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Exercise Activities for Preschoolers

Posted by Edith On May 13th

If it’s there’s one thing that we know how to do well at our Montessori school, it’s keeping children occupied!

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Then again, we are well equipped to keep our preschoolers occupied both physically and mentally and we realize that not everyone has access to a playground like ours. But keeping your young children fit is not only important for their health, but also for your sanity. icon smile Exercise Activities for Preschoolers

Child obesity numbers have continued to climb over the years. With today’s technology, children have even more options of sedentary activities. Because of this, incorporating exercise into your child’s daily routine is more important than ever.

Plus, any parent with a small child knows this equation:

Small child + lots of exercise → Nap time = alone time/rest for mommy or daddy.

Exercise with your children

To get your child excited about exercise, start by being a good role model. Show them that physical activity can be fun, rather than a chore, and remind them that it that it is an important time to take care of their body and health.

Come up with activities you can enjoy as a family, and incorporate these activities into your routine at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week.

Remember, adults need at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day, however children need at least an hour. So, make sure you’re also encouraging your child to have independent active play time or time playing outdoors with friends as well.

10 exercise activities for preschoolers

Here are 10 ideas that we came up with for you to use with your young children so that they stay healthy and you stay sane.

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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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