February 1st marked six months since we let Free Pancakes into the wild. Never in a million years did we think we’d hit some of our milestones and goals within our first year of business, and that we’d be so welcomed into this community with open arms. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your homes and your learning— it truly is an honour, and we appreciate every single one of you. Thank you thank you thank you!
Well, to follow the social media trend, here’s the kid with her Valentine’s Day box that aunt Kristie helped her make.
Thankful for other creative family to help my girl get crafty! #unicorn #valentinesday #sweetestgirl #preschool
Do not be scared to make mistakes. They make you resilient. They are part of success. Learn from them.
One of the greatest benefits of a Montessori education is the focus on hands-on learning. Furniture in each classroom is sized for children to sit comfortably, and everything is within reach of the child.
Children can work at tables or on rugs in a natural environment, learning to remove learning materials from their places on their own and return them when they are ready.
Our babies are counting hearts this month! To go with the theme, they are also focusing on the color red and the shape of the heart, as well as apples and strawberries! 💞🍓🍎 Appropriately to the month, the babies are learning hugging and blowing kisses for cognitive development!
You can already see their adorable little Love Bug projects up on the wall! The Nido welcomes Lucas to the class, as well as welcoming back Ms Katie!😍👦👩
Why do I include "No thanks," as option? There's a couple of reasons! 1) Some kids simply may not want to give a greeting. I think this is okay. It's important to teach and encourage polite social skills, but it's equally important to respect a child's needs and preferences. Adults don't always feel like being warm and sociable...especially in the morning! Is saying, "Good morning," a great social skill? Absolutely! Is it mandatory? Probably not. 2) Saying "No thanks," may actually be a completely appropriate replacement behavior for some students. For example, if a student enters your classroom each day by swearing at you, teaching and reinforcing saying "No thanks" to a greeting might be a great place to start.
You might wonder, "What if a student always chooses "No thanks?"" I really wouldn't stress about this! A student may consistently choose, "No thanks," for a week, two weeks, a month, or longer. But after seeing other students choose different greetings (and get the positive social feedback of the teacher interaction), I think many students become curious and eventually willing to try out a different greeting! If you're interested in this particular greeting visual, it can be found in my link in profile.
One day this sweet girl is going to be headed to high school instead of preschool, she will be taller than that deadbolt, her play phone is going to be an iPhone, and the boyfriend on the other end is going to be real. ❤️ It seems like just yesterday she was laying in my lap with a beautiful bow in her peach fuzz hair and wearing a teeny tiny tutu during a newborn session nap break. Time needs to slow down!! #babygirl #dontgrowuptoofast #timeslowdown #mommysgirl
Chocolate Factory! 💝
We made some delicious smelling chocolate cloud dough by following @iheartcraftythings
recipe. (Note: We used Carob Powder vs Cocoa Powder) Cloud dough has a smooth and cool to the touch feel. It has a texture that allows for molding but it also crumbles easily too. When we made the dough, my daughter's suggestion was to use it with kitchen tools. The delicious, chocolatey aroma made me immediately think of adding one of our old Valentine's Day chocolate boxes to the setup too! That's how the Chocolate Factory was born!
The recipe calls for:
6 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 1/2 cups Cocoa/Carob Powder
2 cups Vegetable Oil
Just mix it all up! Use hands to squeeze and mix until you get a good, light consistency. Enjoy! 🍫