April is ALL ABOUT ME month. Take some time to talk to your child about what makes them unique and special. Maybe they have blue eyes when everyone else in the family has brown. Maybe they have the same smile as grandma or mannerisms like dad. Download and take some time to go through the ALL ABOUT ME WORKBOOK with your toddler or preschool student.
Montessori is about learning naturally through play and observation. At Casa Montessori, as a family-owned and operated company, we also know the importance of working (and playing) together as a family. We believe in encouraging families to play together, make memories and have adventures.
You can also find our adventures on our social media platforms. We would LOVE to see your family's adventure. Upload some pictures to your social media platforms and tag us and use the hashtag#casafamilyfun We will keep an eye out! You can also encourage your friends to join our Family Fun Adventures too. They will be so glad that you did.
The Staff of Casa Montessori Preschool.
Weekend Family Fun Challenge
Activity #1 Take some time and build an ALL ABOUT ME report. How old is your child? What do they want to be when they grow up? When is their birthday and what are their favorite foods? Work together to draw a portrait of the family. Click to download the ALL ABOUT ME report worksheet.
Activity #2 Mother's Day is coming. Take time to create a gift for mom with our ALL ABOUT MOM booklet. What is mom's favorite movie? What game does your preschooler like to play with mom? What are the things that mom likes? Then talk about if they are the SAME or DIFFERENT from your child likes. Click to download the MOTHER'S DAY booklet project.
Activity #3 What are your child's favorite things? Do they love flowers? What season is their favorite? How about a sport? Do they love pizza or jump rope? Take the time to talk about what their favorite things are and they use the FAVORITE THINGS worksheet in the ALL ABOUT ME workbook to create a collage of pictures. Click to download the ALL ABOUT ME workbook.
Activity #4 Take about your child's town and community. What is their address? What does their town look like? Does it have a train station or do they live by the water? What kind of car does the family own? Use the GOING PLACES worksheet in the ALL ABOUT ME workbook to talk about it! Click here to download the ALL ABOUT ME workbook.
Casa montessori Reading List
Join our NEW 30 day reading challenge. You can start your challenge off with the books listed below or just choose some of the books you have at home. The goal is to read a book every day. We have a 30 day reading challenge worksheet for you to download (click the button below) with the very unique places to read, people to read with and book subjects you can read about. Once you have completed a "challenge" enter the information into a Google Form (CLICK HERE) and then submit it to be entered in to win one of the books below (the title is a SUPRISE!).
BOOK #1: All by Myself
Written & illustrated by Mercer Mayer
Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter wants to show you all the things he can do for himself in this classic, funny, and heartwarming book. Whether he’s tying his shoes, coloring a picture, or riding his bike, both parents and children alike will relate to this beloved story. A perfect way to teach children about independence!
BOOK #2: I Like Myself!
By Karen Beaumont
An endearing, confidence-boosting book for children to know that they are special and important just the way they are.
BOOK #3: I Can Be Anything!
By Jerry Spinelli
This exuberant book offers up everything from a paper plane folder to a puppy dog holder, from a silly joke teller to a snowball smoother.
Newbery-Award-winning author Jerry Spinelli's simple and charming rhymes are accompanied by internationally-renowned illustrator Jimmy Liao's vibrant and fantastical illustrations. This book is an imaginative joyride about hopes and dreams, and a reminder of all the possibilities life has to offer. So, what do you want to be? Remember--you can be anything!
BOOK #4: Incredible Me!
Written by Kathi Appelt
Join a rambunctious child as she exuberantly celebrates all the wonderful qualities that make her special -- her nose, her toes, her ears, herself!
Award winners Kathi Appelt and G. Brian Karas team up to create this joyous tribute to the wonders of being ... ME!
Helpful Articles and Resources
Early Childhood Emotional & Social Development Identity By Angela Oswalt, MSW As with emotional development, both internal and external variables can affect young children's self-concept. For example, a child's temperament can affect how they view themselves and their ability to successfully complete tasks. Children with easy temperaments are typically willing to try things repeatedly and are better able to handle frustrations and challenges. In contrast, children with more difficult temperaments may become more easily frustrated and discouraged by challenges or changes in the situation. SOURCE: GracepointWellness.org READ MORE >
9 Secrets of Confident Kids
By Alina Tugend Consider Your Compliments. Of course, young kids need plenty of encouragement, whether they're learning to crawl, throw a ball, or draw a circle. But your child can get so accustomed to hearing "Good job!" that he may have a hard time realizing when his accomplishments are really worth celebrating. He'll also sense when you're exaggerating ("That's the best block tower I have ever seen!") and may start ignoring your compliments. Don't praise your child if he does something that he's supposed to do. When he brushes his teeth or throws his shirt into the hamper, for example, a simple "thank you" is sufficient. Try to offer specific feedback: Instead of saying that your child's drawing is gorgeous, you might point out his nice use of purple.
SOURCE: Parents.com READ MORE >
How to Encourage Independence in Your Child By Katherine Lee Gaining more independence and increasingly doing more things without parents is an important and natural part of growing up. But what can parents do to make sure their kids are getting the support—and if it's necessary some nudging—that they need to become confident and self-reliant individuals? SOURCE: VeryWellFamily.com READ MORE >
Teaching Kids To Be Kind By Kristen Miller Do you struggle with how to begin teaching kids to be kind? It’s not quite the same as teaching them good manners, although it’s similar. This isn’t about “Thank You” and “Excuse Me.” This is something more intangible – how do you teach your child to be kind when there is no solid word, or phrase or pattern to give them. SOURCE: PracticalMommy.com READ MORE >
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