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Autum Sensory Projects

What could be more fun than a fall craft project? It is a great way to spend quality time with your children while enhancing their fine motor skills. As the leaves are turning beautiful colors and the temperatures are getting crisp and cool, here are some festive and fun fall projects to do with your kids after school or on a lovely weekend.

These activities combine fine motor, color recognition, phonetics and more! Who knew having fun could foster so much!

Craft Stick Pumpkins
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Looking for ways to use all those popsicle craft sticks? You can make these cute pumpkin faces. All you need is sticks, glue and orange and black paint. Whether you make these jack-o’-lantern scary or sweet, this is a fun craft you can do just in time for Halloween. You can even add magnets to display these on your refrigerator.

Paper Pumpkins

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Speaking of Halloween, your older kids might be thinking that crafting is lame, but you’ll get their attention and hold their interest in making these cool paper pumpkins. Even better, they’re 3D!

Spooky Spider Handprints

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Halloween just wouldn’t be the same without spiders, and these spiders couldn’t be easier to craft. All you need are some paper plates, paint, string and a hole punch to make these amazing arachnids.

Oversized Owls

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Since you already have those paper plates and paint from your spider craft, your kids can also make these colorful owls. A cleverly cut plate becomes your wings.

Marbled Leaves

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Fall just isn’t the same unless you do a fall leaf craft. In fact, you probably have fond memories as a kid going out to find the perfect leaves for your own project. Now, share that with your kids as you create these amazing marbled leaves. All you need is paint and shaving cream – and those perfect leaves, of course. Once the leaves are dry, you can use them for so many other projects.

Crafty Corn

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Bead projects are great for kids of all ages, and nothing is cuter than these crafty corn stalks. Your local craft store will have the beads and pipe cleaners you need. Your kids will be having so much fun, they won’t even know they’re improving their hand-eye coordination and motor skills with ths fun project.

Corn Wreath

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It’s fall and you simply can’t have enough corn. This wonderful wreath is made using paint and bubble wrap. Paint big sheets of paper or posterboard with a combination of colors and use the bubble wrap to recreate the look of corn.

Egg Acorns

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If you’ re like most parents, you have dozens and dozens of plastic Easter eggs around the house. Instead of just using them once per year, bring them out and make them part of your fall theme with these super cute acorns. Then fill them with fall treats like candy corn and pumpkins.

Ready, set, go! You now have lots of fall craft ideas for kids, so what are you waiting for? Get crafting!

Bringing The Montessori Method Into Your Home

More and more parents are turning to Montessori schools, and you should too. Their highly-researched and effective curriculum is highly coveted and effective for positive learning and skill development.

The Montessori way doesn’t have to stop when the school day ends. You can continue to encourage positive behaviors in your child if you encourage them to work on tasks while letting them know you are supportive.

Encouraging order, independence, and self-motivation is fundamental to the Montessori approach. At school, carefully designed classrooms allow students to develop competence in caring for themselves and their surroundings. You can prepare your home in similar ways.

Montessori Philosophy

There are five steps to the Montessori philosophy, all of which are easily transferable to your home.

– Respect your child. By treating your children with respect as an individual, you can foster respect from them. This helps to make sure they are feeling loved and heard.

– Foster freedom. Watching your child struggle may be difficult, but giving them their independence, within reason, teaches them freedom and self-care.

– Work on their schedule. To continue their independence, you should give them their time to explore the world around them. This includes letting them work in their own space and schedules.

– Encourage vocabulary at home. It will help your child pick up on new words and their meanings while fostering curious minds.

– Observe your children. If you watch their actions, you can get insights into your child’s intricate self.

Ways to Incorporate the Montessori Philosophies

While starting off the Academic Year, we thought these tips that you can practice at home will reinforce the Montessori Education they are receiving here at Stoneview. You can do this by:

– Making sure everything has its own place. Children love routines and they like to learn how to help clean, too. If you keep the tidying child-friendly, you can assist your child’s success.

– Placing all the toys in your child’s reach. You can have a clutter-free home that teaches your child how to be responsible and to clean up after themselves.

– Incorporate music in your home. Music is a useful tool for all of your child’s actions. It is important to have a welcoming, special place for them to go so they can operate on their own and reset.

– Give them responsibility. Oddly enough, children love helping out and cleaning. If you provide them the tools they need to do something, they will return to you with a finished room and big smiles.

– Go outside together. Nature is important, and children love to collect tree samples, flowers, or other interesting things they see outside. You can take the time for them to play and transform it into a lesson so that they not only receive respect from you, they are learning about real-world issues.

– Maintain an organized and tidy environment. When everything has its own place like lunch duty, it is important to also look at the child and formulate some sort of time where he experiments.

As you can see, Montessori students are able to take care of themselves, their classrooms, and others. They are able to help with cleanliness, learn how to apply themselves, and how to learn about the environment around them.

When they learn these soft skills, you can make sure your children are getting the best initial skill sets to set them up for long term success.

If your child is not currently enrolled in a Montessori Program or if you have a friend or family member who is considering a Montessori education for their child, please have them reach out to us by clicking here.

Lessons offered at Stoneview

Botany lessons that teach children the many ways that plants provide for our fundamental needs. Lessons may include:

  • Fine motor activities with plants
  • Lessons on pollination
  • Parts of a fruit booklets
  • Parts of a seed and flower booklets          
  • Winter trees

Science Lessons introduce children to advanced topics in the early years, preparing them for a lifetime of discovery. The lessons help to promote a sense of inquiry. It also helps your children to build vocabulary and reading skills.

Examples may include:

  • Sensory activities with sound
  • Anatomy Lessons
  • Color Mixing
  • Astronomy
  • Creating Stratus Clouds
  • Weather
  • Animal Habitats
  • Life Cycles

Practical Life Activities help your child learn to perform everyday living skills in a purposeful way. The lessons allow children to believe in themselves as well as develop the self-discipline needed for success in their lives. 

  • Children are taught to prepare food, to dress oneself, to clean, to pour, etc. The aim is to help children gain control in the coordination of their movement and concentration. Practical Life Activities give children a sense of responsibility and teaches them to care for their environment.

Stoneview Children’s University is the place to be! We are always looking for new families to join our community of learners so please help spread the word! We want others to share the same experiences that you did or that you’ll continue to have. Please refer a friend, or family and help our community to grow. Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 school year. Together, we can reach the children of the future.

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