Summer vacation may be a great time for your child to head off to camp or start participating in sports, but it can also be the perfect time for your child to forget some of the information they learned over the school year. A good way to help ward off the summer slump and promote your child's education while they are out of school is to create a summer reading list. Check out these helpful tips for more information.
Look Into Popular Books
Determining which books are both educational and enjoyable for your children is not always an easy task. A good way to start is to research summer reading books that are popular among other students. For example, The Granddaughter Necklace by Sharon Dennis Wyeth and Escape from Silver Street Farm by Nicola Davies have been cited as popular summer reading books for 2013.
Consider Your Child’s Age
Once you’ve researched which books are currently popular as summer reading options, it’s time to consider your child’s age. Children under the age of three may enjoy books such as Maisy Grows a Garden by Lucy Cousins or Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin, whereas children between ages three and six may enjoy Tiger in My Soup by Kashmira Sheth.
Consult With Your Child’s School
When all else fails, you may consider contacting your child’s school for some summer reading suggestions. This is especially helpful as it will give you an idea of which reading skills your child has already mastered, as well as which books they will be planning to read during the upcoming school year.
Is your child fully prepared for the upcoming school year? Help your child get a head start on their education by contacting Starwood Montessori at (972) 464-2597. We offer private school programs in Frisco and Carrollton. To learn more about our school, visit us online.
The Montessori approach to education involves the idea that children learn by exploring the world around them, and a critical component of this is the study of nature. When children interact with nature in an on-site garden at a Montessori school, they learn a great deal more about the complex interrelationships in nature. They also gain a sense of empowerment from planting a seed and watching it grow. Planting and tending to an on-site garden at school supports a multidisciplinary approach to learning. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of gardening at school.
Planting and tending to a garden is a science experiment in itself. Schools can also turn it into a lesson plan for other subject areas, including language arts, history, and mathematics. For example, children learning about Native American history might plant a traditional Three Sisters garden with squash, beans, and corn. Those learning about Beatrix Potter books in preschool could tend to Peter Rabbit’s favorite plants. Gardens are a wonderful opportunity to teach hands-on math skills as children measure the perimeter of the beds to design the garden and chart the growth of the plants.
Sense of Responsibility
Montessori schools promote the importance of developing a sense of responsibility. Your children will learn that by regularly carrying out their responsibilities, such as watering and weeding, they can keep plants alive and thriving.
Tending to a garden at school is a team effort. Children learn to work with each other to divide the responsibilities. As their garden grows, they can feel empowered as they work together to accomplish a goal.
Approach to Healthy Living
On-site gardens at school provide teachers with the opportunity to discuss nutrition and healthy living. Additionally, children who take pride in growing their own vegetables may be more likely to enjoy eating them.
At Starwood Montessori School, your children can take advantage of our on-site greenhouse. Residents of Frisco and Carrollton are encouraged to learn more about our private preschool by calling us at (972) 464-2597. You could also read more about our academic curriculum at our website.
If your children are two to three years old, consider enrolling them in a toddler program at a Montessori school. These programs are intended to help children become comfortable with a preschool environment. Children at this age can be particularly sensitive to separation from family members. A toddler program introduces the idea of independence gently and gradually while teaching children how to trust teachers.
Toddler programs at a Montessori school encourage learning through natural curiosity and exploration. Your children will be exposed to a wealth of sensory stimuli that foster cognitive development and speech and language skills. Children in a toddler program also reap the benefits of learning the patterns of social interaction in addition to developing concentration skills and a love of learning.
Find out more about the toddler program at Starwood Montessori School in Frisco. You may enroll your children in a full-day program or choose two, three, or five morning sessions per week. Call us at (972) 464-2597 or visit our website for more information on the Montessori approach to early childhood education.
Our family was first introduced to Starwood Montessori about 3 years ago when we started our oldest son in the toddler program. He is now 3 ½ years old and has transitioned into the Primary program with ease. Our youngest son has just started the toddler program and we could not be more pleased. From our initial meeting with the staff...