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Kathy’s Insights

Insights on the Montessori method and Early Childhood Education from Dr. Kathy Roemer

Kathy’s Insights

Sleep Habits of Children – Share on Our Survey!

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Does your child sleep through the night? Do you worry about their nap habits? Twin Parks would like to create a conversation on healthy sleep habits for children. Please visit www.facebook.com/twinparksmontessori to answer a quick 10 question survey. We will let you know the results and we look forward to sharing the input received for a community discussion.
Last month, Twin Parks Montessori School’s parents had the opportunity to learn how important it is to practice coaching their children to healthy sleep habits.  Now, we are eager to learn what is happening during nap and bed time at home. Christina Gantcher, shared the basics of sleep rhythm and cycles, the quality and quantity of sleep and very effective tips for establishing consistency for sleep schedules.

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The Five Best Toys of All Times

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Jonathan Liu, a stay at home dad, self proscribed Etch-a-Sketch artist, community agitator, board game geek, and a voracious reader who lives in Portland, Oregon, reviews a lot of products made for children.  He has worked on a list of the 5 items that no kid should be without.  They are:

1.  Stick

2.  Box

3.  String

4.  Cardboard tubes

5.  Dirt

Click here to read Johnathan Liu’s article.

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Creativity with dirt is endless!

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Boxes are often the most exciting toys!

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String will keep children occupied for hours!

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Family Traditions

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Some of my most memorable recollections about my childhood center around family traditions.  We often had cake and ice cream for dinner when it was someone’s birthday.  On Saturday nights, while watching the Ed Sullivan show, my mother was setting her three daughters’ hair in rag or pin curls, and my dad was peeling and sharing grapefruits so that each of our 7 family members got an equal amount of  juicy segments.  On Christmas morning, we would wake up as early as 4:30 AM and be in awe of the miracle of a fully decorated tree, with a train and presents underneath that appeared in our living room!  No wonder my parents always looked so tired in the pictures from those days!

Begin to establish your own family traditions now, while your children are young, that they will love and look forward to in years to come.  Whether it is lighting Chanukah candles, decorating the Christmas tree or planning Kwanzaa feasts, allow your children to help plan and facilitate a part of your traditions.  Creating these positive experiences will help develop positive connections with you and others.  These traditions become the events that help create the adult your child will become.

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Lighting the Chanukah Candles Together.

 

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Multi-generations Enjoying Dinner Together

 

 

 

 

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Choosing a Tree Together

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