Thursday, December 24, 2015

How to Make Salt Dough Keepsake Ornaments


Using only 3 ingredients your children can help make a Salt Dough keepsake ornaments to treasure for years or to give to give as a gift to loved ones. Capture the memories of little hands and feet using the salt dough recipe provided below.
What you'll need:
  • 3 cups flour 
  • 3 cups salt (easiest to buy in bulk)
  • 1.5 cups water

  1. Knead all ingredients together and if needed, add more water.
  2. Roll out on flour surface to desired thickness, half inch to 1 inch thick.
  3. Use bowl to cut perfect circles.
  4. Push hand or foot into the dough, make a hole for hanging and mark year if desired. 
  5. Bake on a cookie sheet on 250 degrees until dry (at least a few hours).

TIP: bake on foil to easily remove from oven and let cool completely before painting.
Happy holidays!  May your days be filled with quality family time and fond memories.


Little Genius Montessori offers extended care hours from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., full-time & part-time schedules are available. Also, integrating healthy, nutritional food choices into snacks & meals is an essential part of assisting proper growth for our children. Learn more about our programs here.

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Gift of Help

Tis the Season of Lights; a time to share good food, love and gifts, with our family and friends. In North America, this is typically the time of year we call for peace, and remember that there is Hope and Goodness in the world. This is also one of the times that we more readily remember our neighbors and consider their needs. To that end, Primary 2 (The Blue Butterfly Room) has been discussing helping and sharing the last few days, and Rhonda is asking anyone who is willing, to please bring in something to put in our giving box. The donated goods will be taken to Human Solutions on December 24th.

According to their webpage Human Solutions is in urgent need of:
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Cereal
  • Juice
  • Socks (adult or child)
  • Blankets
  • NEW Undergarments (adult or child)
  • NEW Winter Hats (adult or child) 
  • Hygiene supplies (soap, toothpaste, deodorant, feminine products, toothbrushes, combs/brushes)
  • Diapers size 3-5
Any other nonperishable food items will also be gratefullly accepted!

Please help us, help them!

Thank you,

The Best Little Genius Montessori 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

2015 Little Genius Montessori Holiday Closures

The Best Little Genius Montessori school will be closed on December 24 and December 25th, 2015. We will also be closing at 5:00 p.m. on New Years Eve, December 31st, 2015.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these times please give us a call at: 503.492.8500 or stop by at: 3200 NE Hogan Dr Gresham, OR 97030 and we can discuss it in detail.

Little Genius Montessori offers extended care hours from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., full-time & part-time schedules are available. Also, integrating healthy, nutritional food choices into snacks & meals is an essential part of assisting proper growth for our children. Learn more about our programs here.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Toddler Two's Natural Encounters


The Little Genius Montessori's two year old toddler classrooms had the chance to watch a squirrel eat! This brave squirrel feasted on a healthy nut snack while the children watched through the fence outside on the playground.


While taking a walk with your toddler have them look around for natural encounters. If your toddler spots a bird, bug or some other critter let them observe it for a moment. Ask them questions about the animal they found such as "Where do you think they live?" and "What do you think it likes to eat?" Observing living creatures and thinking about their activities broadens a toddlers understanding of the world around them.

Little Genius Montessori offers extended care hours from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., full-time & part-time schedules are available. Also, integrating healthy, nutritional food choices into snacks & meals is an essential part of assisting proper growth for our children. Learn more about our programs here.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

DIY | How to Teach Children to Bake

Sometimes slowing down to teach a child to learn how to bake seems overwhelming but all you need is a few extra minutes of preparation time & patience.  It's never too early to teach the foundation of sequential ordering of steps, fractions and a yummy end product!  Follow these helpful steps to setting you & your little one up for baking success:
  1. Collect all ingredients called for in the recipe (muffins, cakes & biscuits are the easiest to execute with children)

  2. *TIP: If you plan to do the activity out of the kitchen, place everything on a tray.

  3. Gather the correct measuring cups & spoons

  4. *TIP: To protect against cross contamination, use clean measuring utensils for each ingredient.
  5. Have two large bowls handy - one for dry ingredients & one for wet ingredients


    *TIP: If you are baking in a classroom environment, keep an extra bowl on hand for dirty utensils that will not be reused - cleanup will be MUCH quicker!

  6. Follow the directions & read everything aloud as you measure the ingredients out so the child/children are able to learn the basic essentials of baking in a sequential steps of order both through audio & visual.

    *TIP: When teaching children to bake, measure EVERY ingredient out exactly - help them learn the basic foundation of baking (fractions & mathematics).
Do you have any recipes you would like to share with us or maybe a few tips & tricks of your own? Little Genius Montessori wants to hear from you! What helps you teach children how to bake in the kitchen?
Happy Baking :) 

Little Genius Montessori offers extended care hours from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., full-time & part-time schedules are available. Also, integrating healthy, nutritional food choices into snacks & meals is an essential part of assisting proper growth for our children. Learn more about our programs here.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Do You See What I See?

Well, orange you going to come in to see all of our improved upgrades?  Set up a tour today to learn how to enroll your Little Genius!  We would love to show you around and tell you about our programs.  Spaces are limited; currently enrolling 1 year olds, 2 year olds, and 3 year olds.

 Bead Cabinet

 Super imposed geometric figures
Addition Strip Board

Contact us NOW to schedule a tour and learn more about our philosophy!
Next up...Pumpkin Muffin baking.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Interested in Socializing your Toddler?

Come play with us!

Socialization is the foundation of learning to build & maintain, meaningful relationships as young as one and two years old.  As the world continues to shift to virtual reality, we seek importance in building face to face interactions & communication between children and teachers.  At Little Genius Montessori, we use positive phrasing to guide young children into learning life skills that help the child continue grow & develop.  Come in to learn more about our philosophy & programs!

Join us for our toddler open house, Friday, June 26 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. & 4:00-5:00 p.m.  RSVP by phone 503-492-8500 or text 503-602-6359.  


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Social Media: A Peek into Montesssori Education One Picture & Tweet at a Time

Little Genius Montessori is always looking to deliver another perspective of an educational focus to bring life and laughter into the community.  Between what the children are learning and playing to what they are doing and saying! A picture on Instagram (IG: @OurLittleGenius) is worth a thousand words.




A tweet on Twitter (Twitter: @OurLittleGenius) is worth a good laugh!  Sometimes children say (and do) the funniest things, our Montessori children are no exception.  From Dinosaur kisses to taking a bite of every single cracker before eating a whole one.  


We have been working on creating a welcoming & friendly environment for our children, our families and visitors.  Thank you to everyone that has provided time, effort, energy and resources to make our school community a better place!





Take a tour to see what our programs have to offer (currently enrolling 6 weeks through 4 years old) & learn more about our philosophy.  Get a jump start on your Little Genius Montessori education, ENROLL TODAY!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day 2015

For Mother's Day our children made hand print flower planters and self portrait silhouette's as gifts.  Although we encourage our children to appreciate their mother's all year long, we truly want our Little Genius mom's to know how much they are valued.  So we made sure the crafts were created with a lot of extra love!  



Even our infants were involved in the gift making.  These tiny hand prints will continue to grow but will remain a memory on the ceramic flower planter for years to come!



Our teacher's took photos of their children (side photos), cut them out and taped them to a piece of paper for the children to paint on.  Once the photo was removed, it created a beautiful outline of a silhouette.


If you have a Little Genius, come in for a tour to learn more about our programs
NOW ENROLLING FOR FALL 2016

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Blossoming Friendships

It's never too late to begin teaching friendship skills!  The foundation of life is learning to positively connect with others.  From the very beginning (in the infant room) at Little Genius Montessori, we teach our children how to socialize and communicate with one another.  As they continue to practice these life skills, we see a deep bond created at a young age between our Little Geniuses.  The toddlers help one another with dressing; assisting with zipping zippers and putting on hats.

The older toddlers are excited when a friend arrives for school, they call their name and run over to hug their friend as quickly as possible. If a friend is hurt, they ask, "are you okay?" and while they play, sometimes they hold hands.
The Primary children help one another care for the classroom community.  The older children are able to help the younger children by tying shoe laces and zipping up jackets.  To watch lifelong friendships blossom is precious and priceless.

If you know a Little Genius, call 503-492-8500 to schedule a tour today.  Learn more about our programs and philosophy. We believe tomorrow's future is in the hands of today's children. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Abstract to Concrete

Thank you to all of our parent volunteers, friends and family who came out Saturday to help overhaul our school.  We appreciate all of the support, hard work (muscle intense!), time, effort and energy that you continue to provide for our children!  We feel good about supporting our community as tomorrow's future is in the hands of today's children.  Here are a few before and after photos of outside.







Even the sandbox has been filled to the brim!  The children enjoy putting their feet in the new sand and it's great sensory.
If you can't believe the difference outside, imagine how the inside looks now!  Call today to schedule a tour (503-492-8500).  Come in to learn more about our philosophy and our programs.  It's never too early to begin following the passion and path to learn!

Currently enrolling infants, toddlers and Primary (preschool) age children.  Hurry; spaces are limited and filling quickly.

Next project: THE GARDEN.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Feel The LOVE

To celebrate Valentine's Day, the Children's House prepared "mailboxes" and brought special treats for the entire class.  In the younger Toddler 1 and Todder 2 classroom's, the children created masterpieces with paint.





















Happy Valentine's Day!

Do you have a Little Genius?  Call (503-492-8500) to schedule a tour and learn more about our programs!