Monday, December 18, 2017

2017 Read & Dream

Thank you to all of the families, staff, individuals and other businesses that generously donated pajamas and books to the 2017 Read & Dream drive for SnowCap.  A special thank you to YBA Architects for the generous donations and to everyone else that contributed - your thoughtfulness is appreciated.  







Our Primary children enjoyed coloring book marks for the books & our toddlers excited painted tree hang tags for to go on the bows. 



This year Little Genius Montessori collected over 50 pairs of pajamas/books to be distributed to children in East County for the holiday season.  Because of generous people all over our community, Little Genius Montessori was able to help brighten the the lives of other local little geniuses!

Little Genius Montessori encourages children, families and staff to continuously contribute to the greater good for our community.  If you're interested in learning more about our programs and philosophy, schedule a tour today (503) 492-8500. 

Friday, October 27, 2017

8 Strategies to "Montessori" Your Home

Here are a few ideas on how to make your home more accessible to your child and to promote independence:

-Accessible clothing options. Choose child sized furniture to store your child’s clothes in, and limit the amount of choices they have. Putting two to three weather appropriate outfits in their closet the night before will allow for your child to independently pick out their outfit in the morning.

-Easy clothing. Choose clothing that is easy to put on and take off.  Pants with snaps vs. buttons, shoes with velcro vs. laces, shirts that stretch vs. buttons.  This will make toileting easier too!

-Limit toys and trinkets. In a Montessori environment all materials are deliberate and purposeful. Although this can’t always be the case with toys, limiting the options available at a time will help your child in making a choice and cleaning up.


-Neutral colors. A pop of color can be fun in your child’s room or playroom, but be sure to pair it with neutral colors that encourages a feeling of calm and reduces the chance for distraction. 

-Snacks at reach. Have a few snacks, that are easy to open, at your child's reach.  Include silverware, cups, plates & bowls!

-Child size silverware. Everything should be easy to hold in your child's hands including silverware, cups, plates & bowls.  Child size spoons & forks can be found at World Market and Ikea, but don't forget to look for the "appetizer" silverware.  Condiment cups from Cash & Carry are great child size cups for children under the age of two.  Older children can use smaller glass cups.  

-Eat what you grow

-Set up the bathroom.



If you're interested in learning more about Montessori Schedule a tour today!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Primary Preschool Classroom Basics

Little Genius Montessori is proud to use Dr. Maria Montessori’s method in our preschool classrooms. Our Primary environments welcome children ages 3 through Kindergarten-age, where they learn using a wide range of hands-on, age-appropriate activities. Children in the classroom are encouraged to take care of their own personal needs, such as preparing their own snacks and cleaning up after themselves. The goal of a Montessori preschool classroom is to create a cooperative learning environment, and to encourage positive social interaction.

Schedule a tour today 503-492-8500 to learn more about our Primary program! 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

3-Day Charity Drive To Benefit SnowCap Community Charities


Help support our 3-day charity drive to benefit SnowCap Community Charities

 

June 28 through June 30, Little Genius Montessori will be accepting the following donations:
 
  • gently used children's clothes (infant to age 6)
  • diapers
  • gently used preschool toys 
  • unopened baby food
  • non-perishable canned foods, and 
  • cash donations

Thank you for your support!


Friday, April 14, 2017

A Montessori Classroom | Independence

At Little Genius Montessori, we believe that tomorrow’s future is in the hands of today’s children. Establishing the right foundation at a young age guarantees little minds grow into little geniuses. Our Montessori Classroom is designed to meet the developmental needs of each child. Learn how Montessori education encourages independence below.
Independence

From the moment of birth onwards, humans strive towards independence. Children feel this need very strongly; they want to do things for themselves, and to participate in the world around them. In Montessori classrooms, this natural drive towards independence is fostered through practical, social and intellectual experiences. The child becomes an active agent in her own education, saying, “Help me to do it myself”. We honor this by helping children move to increasingly higher levels of independence and self-reliance.

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. Click to learn more about our programs.

SRC: Click to read more about a Montessori Classroom.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Montessori Classroom | Freedom of Choice


At Little Genius Montessori, we believe that tomorrow’s future is in the hands of today’s children. Establishing the right foundation at a young age guarantees little minds grow into little geniuses. Our Montessori Classroom is designed to meet the developmental needs of each child. Learn how Montessori education provides freedom of choice below.
Freedom of Choice

Maria Montessori recognized that when allowed freedom of choice within clear, firm and reasonable boundaries, children act in positive ways that further their development. Freedom is frequently misunderstood, and many people take it to mean that children can do whatever they want. Montessori believed that freedom without boundaries was abandonment. In Montessori classrooms, expectations are clear, and children experience the natural and logical consequences of their choices. This freedom within limits allows for the natural development of self-regulation within the society of the classroom, as well as mirroring behaviors expected by society in general.
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.

SRC: Click to learn more about A Montessori Classroom.