All Montessori daycare activities are intended to be educational in one way or another, but only authentic Montessori activities provide the full spectrum of interactive learning that is at the foundation of the Montessori Method. Montessori toys are different from ordinary playthings, with crucial characteristics that encourage learning and independent activity. Engaging Activities Authentic Montessori […]
3 Summer Activities to Engage Preschool Children
Research shows that private kindergarten children who continue to be engaged in thought-provoking activities during the summer months have better retention of concepts they learned through the school year. To this end, these simple science experiments are carefully concealed in activities that will amaze and engage children over and over again during their summer break. […]
What Are the Supporting Philosophies of the Montessori Method?
The Montessori Method is based on 5 guiding principles that were established to assist private kindergarten children in their development. More than an educational philosophy, these principles are the foundation of a child-centered approach to teaching children how to be conscientious, participating members of the class, home, and community. Respect for Individuals Respect for the […]
How to Relieve Anticipatory Anxiety
Anticipating some of life’s events can trigger stress and anxiety. When the stress and anxiety triggered by the anticipation of a future event negatively consume our lives, then we have fallen victim to a condition called anticipatory anxiety. Participating in an adult therapy program can help alleviate the symptoms and even eliminate anticipatory anxiety. Some […]
Catch a Healthy Attitude
Whenever my husband and I have to drive somewhere that is more than an hour, we listen to an audio book. One recent book we have been listening to is The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. The book explains why habits exist and how they can be changed. One segment of the book caught […]
Monday Inspiration – Choice and Consequence
My book club is currently reading Snow Rising by Matt Baldwin. The book is thought provoking and compelling, as the philosophy offered challenges your own personal beliefs. For example, consider today’s inspirational quote. What feelings does the quote instantly bring forth? Are they positive feelings or feelings of dread? Are you perusing choices past or […]
Monday Inspiration – What Does Your Book of Health Look Like?
If your health were a picture book what would it look like? Be honest, would it be full of photos of everything sweet or would it be balanced with vegetables and exercise? I think mine would start with a picture of a gallon of water, and then proceed to photo of an endless road covered […]
Monday Inspiration – Lead Your Health
Bo Bennett, Inspirational quote. Without initiative, leaders are simply workers in leadership positions.
Monday Inspiration – Hanging On
What are you still hanging on to?
Monday Inspiration – Moving difficulties forward
For me these last two weeks have been challenging and, yes, difficult. The chemistry class I am taking (which is one of four classes required to apply for a graduate program in Nutrition) has been challenging. I easily spend 15 to 20 hours a week studying for this class. As a result, I can see […]
Monday Inspiration – Albert Einstein
I’m curious about a lot of things. I’m the person who likes to ask “why”, which sometimes irritates my loved ones because I am always probing. However, once my curiosity is satiated, I move on to the next questioning bubble in my thoughts. My current curiosities have to do with breastfeeding and immunizations, which […]
Monday Inspiration – Change How You Are
Changing how we are sounds simple enough and yet many of us fall back into old routines, habits, and comforts. I know it happens to me, too. Changing how we are is changing how we think, perceive and act — from our personal health goals to whatever else we wish to change.
Monday Inspiration – Imagination
Does the thought of working out sometimes seem tedious? Running the same trail every other day a little lack luster? Repetition is boring. We become complacent and without challenge we fail to evolve – mentally, physically, spiritually. Today’s inspiration asks you to mix in a bit of creative fun in achieving your health goals. For instance, […]
Monday Inspiration – Judging
Be honest. Do you sometimes judge others? I think we all do, even if some of us are hesitant to admit it. We judge people by what they wear, their education, their speech, and what we see on their dinner plate are just just a few examples of how we (as individuals, as groups, as […]