Just Because it’s Cold Doesn’t Mean that the Fun has to Stop!

By Liza Honsberger The Children’s Tree Montessori School • Old Saybrook, CT With the first snowfall of the season upon us, it might be more difficult for kids to be spending time outside since the temperature is dropping and the daylight is dwindling. However, it is still just as important for kids to be getting their activity time in, whether it is to just get that energy out before bed or to spend quality time

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Keeping Holidays Happy with Kids 

Keeping Holidays Happy with Kids By Tamara Sevigny The holiday season is a busy and exciting time of the year for everyone. Holidays can have a great effect on children, as the time away from regular schedules can impact established routines. An overwhelming amount of gifts and too many activities can cause unnecessary stress and take away from quality time. Keeping these things in mind will make the season more enjoyable for your family.  It’s

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Preschool News Fall 2021

The Primary classrooms have been busy settling into routines, having lessons, and loving the time outdoors with friends. We’ve been learning a lot in the last couple of months; the days of the week, months of the year, and grace and courtesy lessons to name a few. We also have a composting bin, as our classrooms love to do food preparation. The peeling, slicing, washing and coring of fruits are a favorite practical life activity.

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Your Capable Child

Your Capable Child By Tamara Sevigny “Any child who is self-sufficient, who can tie his shoes, dress or undress himself, reflects in his joy and sense of achievement the image of human dignity, which is derived from a sense of independence.” –Dr. Maria Montessori, founder of the Montessori Method of Teaching Dr. Montessori recognized that understanding one’s place in the world, and being able to function as part of a community, is an important part

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Raising Responsible Happy Kids

Raising Responsible Happy Kids In a world where we are so busy trying to get from one activity to another and be super parents, we often question why children seem to be less respectful and resourceful than generations past.  Positive Discipline may be the answer you have been searching for.   Dr. Jane Nelsen developed the Positive Discipline program based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs.  Positive Discipline is designed to teach young

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25th Anniversary & Silent Auction March 28

The Children’s Tree Montessori School was founded in 1995 by Head of School, Marci Martindale. In the beginning it was only open to twelve, 3-6-year-old children. Over the past 25 years, CTMS has expanded to provide quality education for ages 12 months to 12 years old, and a warm and loving community to over 500 families. The Children’s Tree mission is to nurture and empower a loving community of global thinkers who embrace and honor

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Preschool News, April 2018

Greetings Families: Happy Spring! We’ve had a busy month of March. We have been learning about fascinating South American animals. The jaguar, red eyed tree frog, and poison dart frog are just some of the animals that have intrigued the students. We also worked hard on making the auction project, learned about crystals, eggs, birds, parts of a seed, rainbows, and color mixing. By using the primary colors: red, blue, and yellow, the children worked

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Preschool News, March 2018

Dear Families, Wow it is hard to believe that February has come to a close! We had a very busy month and lot of fun celebrating Valentine’s Day by sharing cards and preparing strawberries and cream to enjoy together. We also enjoyed learning about astronomy and the different constellations. We had an amazing educational visit from the dentist where we learned about healthy nutrition and how to care for our teeth. We especially loved celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday

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