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All About Routines – Preparing Your Child for School Each Day

It’s 9a.m. on Monday morning. You just dropped your child off at preschool. Do you feel like you’ve run a marathon? Chances are that you do…and you’re not alone. As a parent, mornings can be the most hectic time of day. But they don’t have to be. Read on for tips to get your child up and out the door each morning…hassle-free. And perhaps you’ll be able to take a five-minute coffee break before continuing with your day.

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Routines are Key to Success

The key to more pleasant mornings is establishing routines. Routines make everything easier, so start thinking about the evening and morning habits that will work best for your family. The goal is to create un-rushed schedules, so everyone in the family can head off to work and school without being in a frenzy.

Keep in mind that preschoolers are not little adults, so they’re not thinking ahead. They live in the here and now. So, it’s up to the adults in their lives to establish structure and help children follow routines to get them to school happy and healthy each morning.

The Night Before

Rule of thumb: Everything that does not have to be done in the morning should be completed the night before. Try these tips with your child on school nights to move things along the next morning:

  • Pick out out clothes for the following day. Make sure they are pressed and ready to go.
  • Pack backpacks, to include notes, permission slips, notebooks, etc.
  • Discuss plans for the following day, such as pick-up times and after-school activities. Make sure each child knows his schedule for the following day before going to bed.
  • Establish easy bedtime routines, making sure everyone knows what time lights out will occur.
  • If possible, pack lunches for the next day.

Morning Routine

You successfully made it through the evening routine. Keep the structure going the next morning with the following suggestions:

  • Get up early, leaving plenty of time to spare. You may want to get yourself dressed and ready to go before assisting your children.
  • Prepare lunches if you were unable to do so the night before.
  • Prepare breakfast, and eat with your children. Not only does this set a good example, but you can also keep everyone on task.
  • Help children gather their belongings at the appointed time, remind them of their schedule for that day, and send them on their way…hopefully without the last-minute, unexpected spilled milk or lost jacket incidents. But don’t fret! Because you planned so well, you’ll have plenty of time to address any eleventh-hour blunders that may pop up.

Want to learn more about helping your child establish routines? Feel free to contact us. We look forward to speaking with you!

February 8th, 2018

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Why a Montessori Education is the Best Choice for Your Toddler

All parents want the best for their children, and one of the best ways to establish a solid foundation is through education. A high quality education should offer well-rounded development for your child while instilling a desire to learn. To accomplish this, the materials should be fun and engaging while still informative.

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There is no better education available to toddlers than a Montessori education. From the classroom design to the helpful teachers, your child will be in the optimal learning environment. They will be free to learn as they please in an environment full of peers and hands-on learning materials. In a Montessori classroom, your child is in charge of their education and they can reap the benefits.

The Curriculum Caters to Your Child’s Level

Children all learn at different paces. One of the primary shortcomings of conventional educations is that they follow a strict guideline for the curriculum regardless of each child’s learning style. Auditory learners may thrive in a lecture-based classroom, while tactile learners may struggle. In Montessori classrooms, each child is able to learn at their own pace with the help of their teacher. The teacher will guide them through the curriculum using materials and methods that help each child learn best. No child is left behind or frustrated because they don’t understand things, which does wonders for their confidence.

Allows for Development of Social and Motor Skills

Montessori classrooms put a greater emphasis on social learning than conventional classrooms that encourage quiet. By allowing children to work together at group tables, the children are able to make friends, share their knowledge, and reinforce their understandings by sharing the information. This improves their ability to speak and have conversations while also helping develop greater social skills.

Encourages Exploration and a Desire to Learn

If anyone knows the best way for your child to learn, it’s them! Catering to your child’s interests is one of the easiest ways to encourage learning. Montessori classrooms have a wide array of learning materials accessible to your child, so chances are they can learn in the genre of their choosing. If they are having fun while learning, they will want to learn more which will further develop their skills. Practice makes perfect!

If you’re seeking the best of the best for your child’s education, be sure to consider a Montessori education. Their hands-on learning approach helps develop your child physically, socially, mentally, and emotionally. This will help set the foundation for the rest of their academic careers, and instill a desire to learn that will carry them through.

November 16th, 2017

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