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Using Words to Communicate and Educate

December, 2009
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One day, a very little boy of my acquaintance decided that he needed to find out the names for everything around him. Andy suddenly began to look very intently at various objects in the room, pointing out to me each of them in turn. At first I had no idea what he wanted. I thought [...]

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Learning Gentleness through Storytelling

December, 2009
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Stories are an effective means to help children understand virtues and learn how to apply them in their daily life. The following story extracted from the resource materials of ‘The Virtues in UsTM’ Children’s Character EducationProgram, can be used by parents and teachers to teach children 4-7 years old about the virtue of gentleness. The depicted [...]

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Supporting Your Children in Digital Literacy

December, 2009
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I have heard and used the term Digital Literacy so many times now that, if I was being honest, I could send a whole audience to sleep in a matter of minutes! But what if I was to ask you what your child’s username is, or what web sites they visit, or what their latest [...]

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Understanding the Montessori Philosophy

December, 2009
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It has become apparent to educators that the needs of children are both universal and timeless. The educational ideas that Montessori had 110 years ago seem fresh and relevant today for China and for the rest of the world.
A wise educator and Founder of the American Montessori Society once said, “In the future, the [...]

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Learning through Play for Young Children

December, 2009
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When children enter school at the tender age of 2+ they are inquisitive little creatures, asking lots of questions and are not frightened to take risks. Very young children are like little sponges soaking up everything we say and do and more often than not are willing to give everything a go after some time [...]

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Encouraging a Love of Reading

November, 2009
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"A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors” — Charles Baudelaire.
As a librarian in this day and age, it is my goal to challenge the students to become 21st Century learners. With all the new technologies available, there is an increasingly [...]

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When or Do We Teach Typing?

November, 2009
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I have had a few conversations over the past couple of days on what the thinking is regarding typing skills and teaching typing to students. Most schools that I know of do not have a typing curriculum like we would have a writing curriculum. If you do….that is fantastic and I’d love to see it, [...]

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Developing Strong Language Skills in Young Children

November, 2009
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Speech and language are essential tools through which humans communicate and share thoughts, ideas, and emotions.Dr. Montessori observed, and modern scientific research has proven, that before age six children are in a special period in their cognitive development during which they acquire language both rapidly and effortlessly. 
This ability to absorb language applies not only to [...]

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Preparing for the Worst as an Opportunity for Change

November, 2009
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There is more than one way to get a school to start looking at online learning as a way to reach students. As an international educator, I have found no greater motivation to get the conversation started about online learning than planning for the worst…..school closure.

In 2003 it was the attacks on the compound in [...]

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Go Outdoors with Your Toddler

November, 2009
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When the outdoors is accessible it is important to provide children with as many opportunities as possible to get outside and move around. This will help them grow not only physically but emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Any outdoor environment can be made more accessible with quite simple preparation.
There is never any such a thing [...]

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The Priceless Gift of Storytelling

November, 2009
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Children love stories. Most young children do not get tired of hearing the same story over and over again. They also love to make up stories, especially those related to their daily lives. Made up stories about Johnny or Nancy  not eating, not sharing, and needing to be courteous or kind can be used to impart relevant and [...]

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A Blog Post, a Tweet, and a Connection

September, 2009
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  I have to share this story with you if for no other reason than I’ve shared it with anyone that would listen to me at school today.
  I believe this story shows the power of: 1). What can happen when we allow students to be “out there.” 2). What happens when our teachers become networked [...]

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Growing Up and Setting Out…

September, 2009
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Even children who have often been cared for by others may as they enter school develop a fear of being apart from their parents.  
This reaction is not necessarily a sign of regression but can be due to their increased awareness of the world’s dangers. Children who have recently undergone a major change in their lives, [...]

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Montessori… Madness? You Bet!

August, 2009
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  What do Montessori, flying a plane and marketing have in common? Probably nothing; but then again, maybe everything.
  The American Marketing Association Board of Directors accepted as an official definition of marketing "the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, [...]

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Setting Clear Boundaries for the New School Year

August, 2009
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When I first started my teaching career, I remember hearing about a study that was done to show how children are affected by boundaries. In the study, the children were observed at a school with a nearby playground where there were no fences or marks outlining the boundaries where it was safe to play. The [...]

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