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

A Toddler’s Victory & How it Relates to Body Language

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Earlier this week I was standing at the bus stop by our school and I observed one of our toddlers.  He ran down the stroller ramp, stopped at the bottom, and threw his arms in the air.  His expression was priceless-a smile spreading from ear to ear. It was evident that he was proud of his accomplishment and was demonstrating the universal body language of “victory.”  His dad was not far behind and when I expressed my joy at witnessing the obvious pleasure, he told me that his son naturally uses the “starfish pose.” “What is that?” The informed dad shared this video with me. Watch it to learn more about our natural body language and how small adjustments can influence our self- confidence.

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Emotional Learning in Montessori Classrooms

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One of the greatest strengths of a Montessori program is the opportunities for children to learn how to be a productive member of a thriving community. Social emotional learning is the “process through which adults and children acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”

Read more about social emotional learning in this article in The New York Times, dated December 4, 2014.

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