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Gearing up for School

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Returning back to school is always a big transition, not only for children but for parents too. To help you and your child prepare for the new school year, here are some back to school tips to help get you prepared for a fresh start.
  • Get back into your sleep routine. Set up a regular bedtime and morning time routine to help prepare your child for school. Try to begin this about a week before school begins.
  • Get organized, the best way to prepare for back to school time is to be organized. Designate a spot in your house for school-related items. Use that spot daily so that your child learns to organize his/her own things and can easily grab them on the way out the door. 
  • Shop for school supplies together. Allow them to pick out their own backpack, lunchbox, etc. This is a great way to give them a little bit of responsibility.
  • Allow your child to help make their lunch the night before and allow them to choose their own snacks. This will save parents a lot of stress and meltdowns when your child decides they don’t like what you packed for them the next day.
  • Turn off the TV and Video games. For a lot of children, summertime is filled with endless video games and watching TV. Ease your child into the learning process by turning off the electronics and encourage them to read or play quietly.
  • Choose clothing the night before and have it laid out for the morning.
  • Keep shoes organized, it will save you a lot of time knowing where both shoes are when it’s time to go out the door.
  • Make sure that your children complete their homework before they go to bed. Completing homework in the car is not the best environment for learning.
  • Keep backpacks fully stocked, a change of clothes and any other important items your child might need should be available at all times.
  • Organize your own items. This way you and your child can head for the car and be completely stress-free. 
  • Get your child’s yearly checkup. School and germs go hand in hand, so it’s best to get your child’s yearly checkup before school even starts. Get any required vaccinations and ask your pediatrician the best ways your child can stay healthy throughout the school year.
Through preparation and organization, you can ensure that your child will have a smooth transition to the start of the new school year. By doing so, you and your child can enjoy the rest of your summer break!

7 Reasons Why Stoneview University Will Change Your Child’s Life

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Cynthia Fish, the Director, and Founder of the Stoneview Children’s University discovered the need for an affordable center for children when she was a young mother herself. At the time, she was a working mother who needed a place for her daughter to stay. It was because she could not find a suitable place that, years later, she founded Stoneview.
Founded in 2005, Stoneview Children’s University offers instruction and learning like no other educational center. They accept children ages three to ten years old. Here is a list of seven aspects of why so many testimonials have been given for this school.
  1. One-on-one instruction is the main method in which the teachers instruct the students. Unlike most classroom settings, the teacher is not the main focal point while the children learn. Instead, the teacher maintains an unobtrusive role while encouraging self-discipline.
  2. Because the teacher is not the classroom’s controller, students can learn at their own pace. The students can also work on projects for as long as they would like.
  3. The students have the flexibility to work where he or she wants to, free to visit with their classmates as long as it does not disrupt.
  4. When there are errors on a student’s coursework, the child spots them from feedback given by the teachers.
  5. Students have individualized learning programs, which cater to their interests and abilities.
  6. In addition to learning topics of interest to each student, the school puts an emphasis on every child’s social development. To assist in this, children of mixed age groups are in the same class. This encourages them to teach one another.
  7. Unlike traditional teaching methods of basing a child’s knowledge through report cards, the Stoneview Children’s University gauges the student’s learning through skill checklists and benchmark evaluations.
As noted above, Cynthia Fish founded this school because she could not find an educational situation that would fit with her long days of working and attending school. It is because of that, that Stoneview offers parents a before and after school care program.
This school will give you and your child a “mix-in care, love, curiosity, creativity, imagination, and serious purpose.” Their promise to you is that “…you will find the everyday magic of children who love to be here and are busy cultivating their independence as life-long learners!”
Do not wait, contact Stoneview Children’s University today for more information!

Three Montessori Tips for Summertime Learning

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Summertime for many children can mean days of play, relaxation and exploration. Many parents will be concerned that the extended period of no school structure will create a sense of boredom for children or even that the children will begin to forget what it is they’ve learned. With the Montessori method, you can be assured that what is learned in the classroom can easily be applied to home life during the summer. Here are some tips that parents can use to make the most of the summer with your children.

1. Create a “Prepared Environment”

Having an environment that is conducive to learning and curiosity is the first great step to making sure that your children are feeling relaxed yet still engaged. The environment and the atmosphere that the child is in is the guide itself. You don’t have to be the one to point your child in a specific direction. Let your child find their path and celebrate their independence as children in their realm. Allow them to both thrive and make mistakes. Any moment is a great learning moment.

2. Go out and Explore

If possible, make an effort to do something physical everyday. Going on a walk, watching birds, exploring a new park, or creating a leaf collection are great ways to engage with the natural world around you. Go to the beach or feed ducks at the pond. Learn about the trees or flowers that grow around your house. Even if it is just for a short while, such as a rainy day, the benefits that your child will reap are enormous. Exposing your child to nature is a way to deepen their appreciation their environment.

3. Teach Practical Skills

Summertime provides an opportunity to be at home for an extended period of time. Use that extra time at home to teach your children about practical home life skills that will help them grow their sense of self-reliance and independence. If you set a strong foundation young, your child will grow to be a person that can handle anything themselves. Start simple and work your way up. Basic hygiene, brushing hair, brushing teeth, sweeping the floor, washing dishes, pouring drinks, wiping spills, organizing boxes and jars, and hanging or folding clothes are perfectly acceptable skills to start teaching children at a young age.

Montessori in the Home

Many parents find themselves in a constant battle to pick up after their children. It’s a daily, never-ending job, but have you ever wondered what life would be like if your children actually picked up after themselves? This is not about a magical, mythical fairyland that parents can only dream about. This fairyland is real, it is called independence. Having a place for everything, on a child-friendly scale, means that your children will know where to find what they need, and have a place to put things when they’re done. It all begins with the organization in your home.

Montessori children learn to take care of themselves and their classroom and to be helpful to others. They wash tables, organize shelves, prepare food and assist younger children. In addition to the satisfaction of mastering real-life skills, they come to see themselves as valued members of the community. These children can easily transfer these learned skills to your home.

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Simplifying your home environment enables children to understand what is expected of them with your support, encouragement, and consistent gentle reminders, young children are truly capable of returning items to their rightful places.

Consider limiting toy choices and providing open shelves (instead of toy boxes where toys get heaped in a pile) at your child’s eye level. This allows them to see all of their choices and return objects to their correct places. Sorting smaller items, such as puzzles, art supplies, and blocks by category into trays and baskets makes them accessible and your children can easily put them away. Swapping things out when you observe your children growing tired or bored with the items currently available will keep them interested in playing with new and familiar favorites. The space will stay neat and tidy and the items will be highly valued and cared for.

Welcoming young children into the kitchen is one of the easiest ways to support your child’s growing independence at home. Groceries can be placed on low, easy-to-reach shelves, so your children can make choices and be responsible for replacing items to their correct places. A stool placed near the countertop will invite help with washing dishes or food preparation. Consider using a child-sized pitcher and small drinking glass allows your children to pour water when they are thirsty, teaches them to exercise care using real dishes, and supports their growing autonomy in taking care of their needs. Young children can also peel vegetables, fold their clothes, match their socks, sweep the floor, and care for pets. The pride and pleasure that they receive in doing their own work, will have a lasting and meaningful effect. These learned skills will serve them for life.

Montessori isn’t just for the classroom.! You can easily bring its principles into your home and doing so can be an invaluable bridge to reinforcing what your children learn at school.

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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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