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Spring has officially sprung!  Now is the perfect time to be outdoors discovering endless possibilities!  What better way to do this than through playing games and spending some good old quality time together?  There are so many positive ways to incorporate special time with young children in particular and add some learning fun along the way.  

March Break

If your family is staying in town for March Break and you’re wondering how you will entertain your youngsters, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve collected a week’s worth of fun, low-prep activities your kids will love.

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Falling as it does in late February, just after one of the showiest and most commercial holidays of the year, it’s easy to see how Family Day can get short shrift as a special occasion. 

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When the new year starts, a lot of us set resolutions. Whether it’s to lose weight, find love, or be more productive, we like to set goals for ourselves. It’s a way of putting ourselves on the path we want to be on and committing ourselves to fulfilling our hopes and dreams.

And there’s no reason why children shouldn’t have the same opportunities.

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The month of December is an exciting time for children. Holiday decorations are everywhere and Christmas trees are being lit up. And for many kids, the thought of what Santa might bring them this year is the best part. Wish lists get written and rewritten many times as they think of what toys they want the most. But presents shouldn’t be the only thing getting your child excited about the holidays.

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The Montessori Method has been proven to help children reach their full potential. Students at Harmony Whole Learning Centre are carefully guided through their work and thus learn essential tools which enable them to become independent and confident individuals (just check out our alumni). When parents ask us about our school, they don’t need much convincing, but we see this look of worry cross their face. Some of them are concerned about the costs associated with a non-traditional school.

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Halloween is just a few short weeks away! Children are excited by the prospect of getting dressed up and heading out to go trick-or-treating. But Halloween gets us excited because it’s the perfect time to encourage students to get creative with pumpkins. The hands-on nature of the activities is the perfect way to stimulate sensory skill development and have fun as a family. Included below are two of our favourite activities.

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We’ve been posting about the benefits of the Montessori Method and how to incorporate it into your daily life. And if you’ve been following our handy guides, you know what a difference it can make. This month, we thought we’d share how we became fans of the Montessori Method and some of our favourite moments along the way. (Plus, a recent Montessori convert gave us a nudge to do this – she was curious herself!)

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Is it August already? That means school is just around the corner! Every September, we’re excited to meet new faces, but it breaks our heart to see children struggle to make this vital transition. So we decided, this year, we’ll share some of the tips and tricks we’ve learned over the years for a happy start to school.

The Montessori Method doesn’t have to be limited to the confines of a classroom. You can help your child live a life guided by Montessori principles with just a few simple changes to your home. To help you see how easy it can be, we’ve prepared a fictional “Day in the Life” schedule of Brittany, a young 4-year-old girl that lives in a Montessori-friendly home.

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Imagine there’s a straight line in front of you. Walk along the line without saying anything. What comes to your mind?

Close your eyes and have someone ring a bell. Sit quietly and listen to the ringing as it fades away. What comes into your awareness?

 
When you walk into our classroom, you’ll notice right away that the space is designed with young children in mind. There’s a plethora of stimulating resources, an abundance of activities, and all of the furniture is made for their size. We’ve had students tell us that they love coming to school because there’s always so much to do – they feel like it’s a world built for them. But it shouldn’t just be their classroom that feels this way. Their homes should too.

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There are a lot of ways for you to incorporate Montessori in your home. And you don’t even have to spend a ton of money. In fact, you don’t even have to be naturally creative. We’ve come up with a few guiding principles and ideas so that, with a little bit of time and effort, your child can love their home just as much as you do.

 

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“Tommy won’t share!”

“Tara is being mean!”

We usually hear some version of this dialogue from children and, as adults, we get irritated. It seems childish and annoying, but adults don’t agree all the time. So how can we expect children to always get along?

Some parents fall into the trap of always stepping in and solving the problem for their children. “Do this.” “Try that.” But as children grow up and spend more time away from their parents, this method leaves kids without the skill set to solve problems on their own. What can result is behavioural issues at school or a sense of defeat that continues to grow with them. It can also interfere with their learning and social interactions with their peers.


“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein

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Poor fish - if only it had been able to show its ability to swim instead! It might have been the best one in the bunch. But maybe the fish didn’t know how to communicate that or maybe the evaluator was a bit of a dictator. Maybe it didn’t know what it meant to be a fish…

Traditional styles of education were designed with a large student to teacher ratio in mind. While this can be effective for a select few, it usually results in some students being left out or left behind. In other words, if your child was the only ‘fish’ in a classroom, she might end up feeling inadequate or frustrated.

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