Twin Parks Montessori - Largest Accredited Montessori Program in Manhattan

Kathy’s Insights

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

Building Self-Control

Posted on by

Did you happen to see the Sunday Review section of the New York Times this past Sunday?  There was a great article, “Building Self-Control, the American Way”.  The authors, Aamodt and Wang give examples of the ways parents help build children’s self-control.  They mention the “Tiger Mom’s Way” and the “French Mom’s Way”.  Along the way, they give props to the Montessori Way.

In our Montessori classrooms at Twin Parks, we foster independence which allows children to make choices.  After carefully observing the classroom, teachers offer an abundance of excellent activity choices on the shelves.  Children can plan their day while working alone, with a partner or in a small group.

Delayed gratification is built into the Montessori environment.  If one desired activity is already in use, there are more to choose from.  We do not force sharing.  Children are taught to respectfully ask if they may join another and what to do if the answer is, “no, I want to work by myself now.” We encourage respect for the classroom, learning materials, peers and adults.

Montessori materials, children, toddlers, infants

Montessori students choose to work alone or with a peer.

Leave a comment

What’s for Dinner?

Posted on by

This week Twin Parks Montessori School hosted a parent education workshop on the topic of Nutrition.  Two wonderful educators from the Children’s Museum of Manhattan prepared several learning activities for parent participation.  Parents learned about the recommended portion size of vegetables/fruits (50%), protein (25%) and starch (25%) for children as well as adults.

Montessori, nursery, nutrition, toddlers

Recommended portions of food for a meal


We had lively discussions about whole milk vs 2% yogurt.  Greek yogurt with low sugar and healthy cultures was a clear winner!  One activity that may be used at home in discussion with young children uses a stop light with three colors representing:

Green – Go Foods – Vegetables and Fruits – All meals and snacks

YellowSlow FoodsStarch, Protein required daily in portion size

Red – Whoa Foods – Sugar:  cakes, cookies, candy, etc. One or twice a week or special occasions

Other great points –

• if the listed ingredients are longer than your thumb nail, back away!

it takes up to 15-20 times of serving a new food before some children will enjoy eating it.

For more child-friendly information, visit the Children’s Museum of Manhattan current exhibit: Eat Sleep Play:  Building Health Every Day!


Montessori, nutrition, healthy children, nursery

Healthy Portions


Leave a comment
Kathy’s Insights