MAY 2019

Children strive on having an orderly environment that they are able to clean up on their own. Their physical environment at home should be at their height (as much as possible), have child sized furnishings, and be well organized. Ways to help your child at home is rotating toys through out the summer. You should have 8-10 toys available at a time that have a set place for them to return to and rotate every 2-3 weeks to keep the child interested. Examples of toys/activities to rotate are Legos, toy animals, Non-Fiction books, painting, gluing, and coloring. 

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APRIL 2019

Today children spend more time indoors due to a variety of factors such as: indoor extracurricular activities, increased news and technology applications as well as the fear of being alone outdoors due to the insecurity of the environment. The interaction between nature and children is necessary and has many advantages. The human being is undoubtedly connected to nature especially children who are fascinated by observing living beings.

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Johna Martinez
Montessori, Mental Faculties, and Movement

Executive Functions, simply put, are important mental skills that allow us to set goals and get things done.  It is an umbrella term used to describe mental faculties.  The three main areas include working memory, flexible thinking, and inhibitory control (including self-control and managing emotions).  One could say that Executive Functions are like mental building blocks for self-regulation, reasoning, planning, and problem solving.

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Lauren Franchek
The Human Tendencies

Our work as the parents and Guides of young children is to help the child gain independence. Each individual is born with the potential to develop movement, language, culture, and personality. To help the child discover himself and help his quest for Functional Independence we need to understand the child. The young child strives for Functional Independence.

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Haley Robling
Freedom within Limits

A Montessori environment is characterized by freedom when choosing the work to be done, but it doesn’t exist free of limits.  What happens in a Montessori environment with respect to freedom and limits? A Montessori school is not a place where there is unbridled freedom, but neither is it a school in which children simply follow the teacher with blind obedience. It is in fact, a place that offers a prepared environment, available to children, in which freedom of choice is offered but clear rules that must be respected for the proper functioning of the environment are expected.

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Marcela Durlanich
Technology and Early Childhood

What is included in screen time? It doesn’t have to be hooked up to the internet to be included in this category. There is an abundance of tech toys with a screen that label themselves as educational. There are smart phones, tablets, computers, lap tops, televisions, etc. Screen devices are all around us. In our homes, schools, restaurants, vehicles, and in our hands but most importantly in our children’s hands.

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Johna Martinez