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.