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!


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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

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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!

montessoriathome 3d How to Create a Montessori Environment in Your Own Home

It took many hours of planning and YEARS of creating a Montessori environment but I believe it’s what makes our school one of the best preschools in Chula Vista.

I’m very proud of the atmosphere that we’ve created, but make no mistake, it took 25 YEARS of hard work to get to where we are today…and we’re still a work in progress. We’re constantly striving to find ways to excite your child and help them learn through the principles that Maria Montessori established.

With all of this experience under our belt, we wanted share with you how to create a Montessori environment in your home for your toddler or preschooler.

If you’re just visiting this article for the first time today, we described 10 different ways that you could transform your home to be inquisitive and to instill a love for learning.

So in case you missed it, here is a recap:

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Here are five easy recipes for your kids to help with. Younger children may need a little more hands-on help, while older children will just need your supervision.

These simple recipes are for children to ensure that they have fun while cooking in the kitchen with you. Hope this brings you lots of joy with your little ones.

Here we go!

Pizza Bagels

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There was a time when parents, grandparents, and children would be cooking together in the kitchen, sharing family recipes, and hearing secrets passed down from one generation to the next.

This is still true in some cultures, but has unfortunately become a lost art in many American households. It’s often hard for busy parents to take time out of their busy schedule to even teach basic cooking techniques to their children.

Benefits of Practicing Montessori in the Kitchen

Yes, including your children in cooking requires time, patience, and some additional clean-up (especially with younger children). However, the payoff for you and your child is great!

There are many benefits to including your children in cooking activities. For example:

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This is part two of “Montessori Toys.” In case you missed it, here is Part I.

Presentation of Montessori Toys

Playtime is about more than just having a big pile of toys for a child to sort through. Even if they are wonderful toys, they need to be presented to a child in a way that he/she can fully appreciate the toy.

Storing Toys

Storing Montessori Toys 150x150 The Best Educational Toys for Preschoolers are Montessori Toys   Part 2We recommend that toys are stored on neutral colored toy shelves because they offer the possibility of displaying a toy in such a way that it attracts and lures the child to it.

Each toy should be washed often and have all of its parts. If a toy is difficult to store or keep neatly on the shelf, make an attractive box for it.

Each toy that has removable parts should have a beautiful small box for the storage of those parts.

Keep it Fresh! – The art of rotating toys:

Toy rotation results in better use of toys. This way, children always feel that some of their toys are “new.” Limit the number of toys on the shelves to 8 or 9 at any one time. Remaining toys should be stored accessibly.

As the child tires of certain toys they can replace them with a stored toy. Of course, if a child asks for a “stored toy,” he/she should be able to have it.

Putting toys away

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