Saturday, November 29, 2008

Grandparents Online

Here is a great site that I found via a New York Times online link --

Nana's Corner -- for grandparents online.

The article itself, titled "Grandma's on the Computer Screen", is also a great reference.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Creating a Rich and Varied Vocabulary: Reading Montessori Style

Lori at Montessori for Everyone, one of our favorite sites, has created an absolutely beautiful set of vertebrates cards that are wonderful for beginning readers.

What do you think?

Read more here.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Why Should Children Study Art?

In our Montessori curriculum newsletters, we include a lot of art and related projects for children of all ages. From time to time, parents ask about the merits of including art in an overall home or school curriculum, so I have included a brilliant post on the topic of art and the Montessori child from Lori at Montessori for Everyone.

Montessori for Everyone's post on the importance of art for children.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

"Daddy Dolls" Comfort Military Kids

We found this great article on ABC News and thought it was an excellent DIY project for all parents who need to be away from home and their young children.

The concept takes a photo of the parents, records a personalized message from Mom or Dad, and puts everything on a soft doll that young children can hold and cuddle.

Very young children under about 12 or 18 months of age might be a bit confused by Mom or Dad's voice coming from a doll, as the article notes, but slighter older tots seem to love them.

Read the original story on ABC News Online

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Presidents and Vice Presidents

Yesterday's elections provide a great opportunity to introduce the concept of presidents and vice presidents as well as congressional representatives and senators.

Take good color photos from online sources or newspaper clippings to make your own three card sets. The first set of cards can have the picture and a label, the second set of cards will have only pictures, and the third set of cards will have only labels. Your child can mix and match these cards, reading or just looking at the pictures and comparing the labels (children who cannot yet read enjoy being able to compare and contrast the labels visually to finish matching the sets).

A great DIY project!

Older children can look up facts about presidents, write out short biographies, and much more.