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Why Use Montessori at Home?

Posted by Edith On November 21st

Why Use Montessori at Home e1353512732514 Why Use Montessori at Home?

Montessori education is enhanced if you provide a consistency between your child’s home and classroom. This does not necessarily mean you need to put Montessori materials in your living room, but simply that you should apply the Montessori perspective at home.

The principles developed for teachers by Maria Montessori can also be used by parents. This helps set the pace and expectations for your child, as well as direct their attitude and establish limits.

By providing an extension of the Montessori classroom lessons at home, parents can supplement and promote their child’s self-education.

There are a variety of ways you can create a Montessori environment at home. These include:

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12: Visit the San Diego Maritime Museum

Posted by Edith On September 12th

Maritime Museum Photo Courtesy of Flickr User lori05871 12: Visit the San Diego Maritime Museum

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

If you take our advice and try out a SEAL tour, you will be boarding at the tour at the San Diego Maritime Museum. Although it may be too much to squeeze in a visit to the museum, and take the SEAL tour in the same day, the Maritime Museum is definitely worth coming back for!

This museum has one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships, including the world’s oldest active ship, called the “Star of India”. Although you won’t be setting sail on the Star of India, the museum has a schooner called the “Californian”, which can take you and your children sailing on San Diego Bay, or on weekend adventure sails to Catalina.

Maritime Museum was founded in 1948 by a group of local historians and maritime enthusiasts who acquired the sailing ship, Star of India, in 1927. The beautiful vessel is now fully restored, and is maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers and skilled craftsmen. The Star of India is sailed at least once a year.

In addition to the Star of India, the museum also has some other wonderful exhibits, including:

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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 11: Take an Old Town Trolley or SEAL Tour

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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San Diego Botanic Garden Courtesy of Flickr User Cherbonsy 9: Stop & Smell the Roses in the “Children’s Garden” at the San Diego Botanic Garden

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

The child should live in an environment of beauty.” ~ Maria Montessori

Give your child the opportunity to connect with nature, as you explore this interactive garden at the San Diego Botanic. The Children’s Garden is designed for preschool age children, and features a dinosaur garden, a playhouse, topiary, and miniature garden railroad.

Throughout the year, the Garden features a variety of activities and programs for children, that will provide an enriching, fun, and educational experience as they explore the beautiful gardens. Children ages 1-6 will enjoy the “Seeds of Wonder” area of the Gardens. Here, there are ongoing programs which are free with admission or membership. These include:

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8: Discover the U.S.S. Midway

Posted by Edith On July 19th

USS Midway Museum 8: Discover the U.S.S. Midway

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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Hotel Del Coronado Photo Courtesy of Flickr User Anosmia 7: 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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6: Take a Hike!…or Relax at Otay Lakes Park

Posted by Edith On June 20th

 

Lower Otay Lake Photo courtesy of Flickr User Roebot 6: Take a Hike!...or Relax at Otay Lakes Park

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

Hiking can be a wonderful opportunity to bond with your children, while also incorporating exercise and a close up experience with nature. A great place to go hiking with kids in the San Diego area is the Otay Lakes County Park.

The park provides a beautiful view of Otay Lake and the surrounding hills. It is a 78-acre park, and has long been a favorite in the South Bay. Otay Lakes Park provides some beautiful hiking trails that are suitable for young children. In addition to the trails, the whole family can have fun enjoying the:

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San Diego New Childrens Museum Photo Courtesy of Flickr User Omar Omar1 5: Visit The New Children’s Museum in San Diego

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

The Children’s Museum fosters an environment of creativity, education, and fun! It is an interactive experience that both you and your child can enjoy. The New Children’s Museum in San Diego is “a dynamic new model of a museum that celebrates children and the arts”.

This destination combines elements from all of the following:

  • Art museum
  • Children’s museum
  • Community center

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4: Bundle-up and Go on a Whale Watching Tour

Posted by Edith On May 23rd

Whale 1 Photo by Lou Romig 4: Bundle up and Go on a Whale Watching Tour

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

San Diego Whale Watch is a year round whale watching tour, that will take you and your family out to sea, and allows you to enjoy the wide open ocean, marine birds, sea lions, seals, dolphins and of course… Whales!!!!!

The opportunity to see these majestic creatures in their natural habitat is an amazing experience that you and your children will never forget. So what can you expect from a whale watching tour?

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ocean point loma tide pools beach water sand coast. Photographer Jon Sullivan 2: Visit the Point Loma Tide Pools & See the Cabrillo Monument

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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