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!


P.S. don’t forget about open enrollment for the fall semester begins late January/early February each year at Montessori American School. 🙂


Presentation of Montessori Toys

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 ToysWe 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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11: Take an Old Town Trolley or SEAL Tour

Posted by Edith On August 29th

Seal Tour (Photo Courtesy of Flickr User VagueOnTheHow)

This is the eleventh installment of “12 Fun & Creative Things To Do In San Diego With Your Children”, which can be downloaded for FREE from MontessoriAmerican.com.

Even if you’re a local in San Diego, you will be amazed at all of the new things you can learn about the city by taking a tour. This is also a fun experience for your child, and a great way for them to gain some first hand knowledge about California’s second largest city. There are two tours we recommend, which are both fun experiences for the whole family!

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8: Discover the U.S.S. Midway

Posted by Edith On July 19th

USS Midway Museum

This is the eighth installment of “12 Fun & Creative Things To Do In San Diego With Your Children”, which can be downloaded for FREE from MontessoriAmerican.com.

“The things he sees are not just remembered; they form a part of his soul.” ~ Maria Montessori

The USS Midway Museum will be a truly unforgettable adventure for you and your children. You will have the opportunity to imagine what it was like to experience life at sea aboard one of America’s longest-serving aircraft carriers.

In the USS Midway Museum, you enter a floating city at sea and walk in the footsteps of 225,000 Midway sailors who served our country. The museum boasts more than 60 exhibits throughout the aircraft carrier ship. Some of these include…

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Rent Bicycles and Explore the Island of Coronado

This is the seventh installment of “12 Fun & Creative Things To Do In San Diego With Your Children”, which can be downloaded for FREE from MontessoriAmerican.com.

A wonderful way to combine exercise, quality time, and beautiful sightseeing is to rent bicycles and spend the day exploring the beautiful island of Coronado. Coronado is situated just across the Big Bay from downtown San Diego. The island is most known for two famous structures:

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3: Spend the Day in Julian California

Posted by Edith On May 9th

Julian CA

This is the third installment of “12 Fun & Creative Things To Do In San Diego With Your Children”, which can be downloaded for FREE from montessoriamerican.com.

Julian California is a historic gold mining town about an hour east of San Diego. It is famous for delicious apples, and is the premier mountain retreat in the county.

Julian is also unique because you can experience all four seasons!

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Point Loma Tide Pools - Public domain image from www.public-domain-image.com

This is the second installment of “12 Fun & Creative Things To Do In San Diego With Your Children”, which can be downloaded for FREE from montessoriamerican.com.

A wonderful experience for you and your children, is to visit the beautiful tide pools and Cabrillo Monument at Point Loma.

The Point Loma Tide Pools, also known as Cabrillo Tide Pools, are located at the tip of Point Loma just south of scenic Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

The tide pools face west, near the Point Loma Lighthouse. On a clear day, you can see the Los Coronado Islands and sail boats on the water!

On the western side of Point Loma lies the rocky inter-tidal zone, a window into the ocean ecosystem that lies along San Diego’s coast. During low tide, pools form along this shore in rocky depressions. If you look closely, you may see an array of sea life, such as:
  • Flowery sea anemones
  • An elusive octopus
  • Spongy deadman’s fingers
  • Starfish
  • Sea cucumbers
  • Crabs
  • Sea urchins …and a myriad of other sea creatures!

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San Diego Montessori School Offers Brand New Summer Camp

Hey there! I am excited to announce the open enrollment of our very first summer camp which will start on July 2nd, 2012. Our open enrollment will be on a first come, first serve basis and current Montessori American students will receive priority. If you are interested in enrolling your child in a fun-filled, hands-on learning experience over the summer, check out the details:

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12 Tips for Choosing a Montessori School

Posted by Edith On February 22nd

12 Tips For Choosing a Montessori School

Over the past couple of months we have provided tips about choosing a Montessori school. Whether you are familiar with the Montessori Method or not, we hope you have learned more about choosing a quality Montessori school that will provide your child with the foundation they need as they embark upon their educational journey. In case you haven’t read this information, you can download it as a FREE eBook by clicking the picture above. Or simply read on and we’ll give you a summation of our posts on tips for helping you decide if Montessori is right for your child.

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Get the Benefits of a Montessori School in the Comfort of Your Own Home

This is the twelfth installment of 12 Tips for Choosing a Montessori School which can also be downloaded as a free eBook.

Practical life exercises are one of the primary foundations of the Montessori environment. These exercises provide a range of activities which allow children to develop:

  • Control and coordination of movement
  • Awareness of environment
  • Orderly thought patterns
  • Independent work habits
  • Responsibility

Through practicing Montessori skills at home, children gain these and many other characteristics which can be attained through spontaneous, purposeful work. Here are a list of activities that you can have your child easily perform in your home environment:

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