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Toddler News, December 2016

Toddler News, December 2016 Jack Frost is coming to us. Our Maple friends are enjoying the last warm weather before he comes. It is time to prepare the winter gear. Please send in warm mittens and a warm hat. In the winter, as long as the weather is not dangerously severe, we will go out to play. Young children need the time outside, since it is our nature and they learn lots of things from it. […]

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Elementary News, November 2016

October was an exciting month in the Willow Room! We enjoyed special visitors from the Old Saybrook Police Department and Old Saybrook Fire Department. Outings to Scott’s, Acton Library, and the CT River Museum were enjoyed by all the students. We talked about the origins of the use of B.C. and A.D. and examined a timeline showing the development of written language throughout history, from cave paintings to texting. We used a stream table to […]

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Montessori Education Provides Better Outcomes Than Traditional Methods, Study Finds

A study comparing outcomes of children at a public inner-city Montessori school with children who attended traditional schools indicates that Montessori education leads to children with better social and academic skills. The study appears in the September 29, 2006 issue of the journal Science (see article full text; available free through Montessori-Science.org). Montessori education is characterized by multi-age classrooms, a special set of educational materials, student-chosen work in long time blocks, a collaborative environment with student mentors, […]

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Toddler News, November 2016

Fall has finally arrived here at The Children’s Tree Montessori School. Maple friends are enjoying the weather outside, seeing the leaves falling, feeling the breeze, and moving very busily collecting acorns. It is time to prepare the winter gear since we live in New England. In winter, as long as weather is not too dangerously severe, we are going out to play. Young children need the time outside since it is our nature and they […]

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Reading with Montessori Cards

Preschooler learning to sound out works with the Montessori picture cards:  

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Yoga for Children

More and more professionals who work with children with autism, special needs, sensory integration, learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD are being trained to teach children’s yoga–and with great results. Yoga is a natural for children, since it addresses the whole child, including the brain/body connection. Tips for Doing Yoga with Your Children Create a special time of the day for yoga with your child. Take some time in the morning or evening and follow it with […]

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Land Art for Kids

Create art with your kids this summer while out on the beach, by the lake or on a hike. Here are some great ideas for art created with nature by land artist Richard Shilling: Richard Shilling is a land artist based in Northern England who encourages children to get outside to see and create art in nature. He recently published the first of a series of Land Art for Kids books in partnership with Julia […]

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How to ask your Child about their School Day

A Conversation after School by Saray Moody If you are a parent of a young child who attends school, you have probably been told not to ask your child about their day at pick up. So many parents ask me, why is that? It seems so natural to ask the ones you love about their day when you come back together. It actually seems like it may be a part of helping a child adapt [...]Read more

Montessori Dropper Activity

From our Montessori preschool classroom: colored water dropper activity to develop fine motor skills. Note the concentration and perseverance. Before children tackle more complex activities, they must first master the basics. This activity is part of the practical life area or work and teaches children how to use an eye dropper. The child cleans up any spills independently using the sponge provided.

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Fake Snow Montessori Sensorial Activity

Fake Snow Montessori Sensorial Activity

This  Montessori Sensorial Activity for toddlers and preschoolers will keep kids busy indoors while it’s cold outside: Make fake snow with Epsom salt, glitter and tinsel. Mix ingredients together and pour into a plastic tub. Young children will love scooping and pouring it. Older children will have fun creating a winter wonderland scene with little figurines, houses and animals. Ingredients: Epsom Salt Silver Glitter Cut up tinsel garlands  

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