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The Montessori Method

The Montessori Method is characterized by providing a prepared environment: tidy, pleasing in appearance, simple and real, where each element exists for a reason in order to help in the development of the child. A Montessori classroom integrates children of mixed ages that are grouped in periods of 3 years. This promotes socialization, respect, and solidarity among them naturally. The prepared environment offers the child opportunities to commit to interesting and freely chosen work, which brings out long periods of concentration that should not be interrupted. Freedom develops within clear limits, and this allows children to live in harmony with others in the small society they belong to in the classroom.

Children work with concrete materials that were scientifically designed, which provide them the keys to explore our world and develop basic cognitive abilities. The materials are designed to allow the child to recognize the error by him/herself and become responsible for his/her own learning. The adult is an observer and a guide: he/she helps and stimulates the child with all his/her effort. This allows children to act, want, and think by themselves and helps them to develop confidence and inner discipline.

The Montessori education covers all periods in education, from birth to 18 years old, providing an integrated curriculum.

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The value of family and friends is the most important in these Christmas days. Parents have a duty to devote some time to the family, teach them values ​​such as union, generosity, friendship, joy, collaboration, and cooperation.

How to do it? Well, by having everyone collaborate in the tasks at home: gifts, ornaments, and Christmas decorations, planning Christmas dinner, telling stories, singing Christmas carols, etc.

It is also important that parents teach their children to thank and say “I love you” to show their love without shame, to embrace loved ones. Being grateful and affectionate will help them express their feelings with honesty and, on the other hand, how to celebrate life.

Parents are an example for their children, celebrate with joy and healthy fun while also avoiding the excesses that can lead to physical, emotional and economic ailments at this time.

At dinner time, it is also important to teach children that the table is a meeting and union point, that our relationships are loving and generous with others. In short, Advent is a time of prior preparation for our children and that this brings out all the best of Christmas and of ourselves, it is time that the moment of meeting helps us to start a new year with enthusiasm and optimism.

Happy Holidays!

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The word Halloween comes from “All hallow´s eve,” an ancient English word that means “All Saints’ Eve. When you talk about Halloween or Halloween, you think of pumpkins, mucilage, parties, children, witches’ costumes, ghosts and mummies. If you’re thinking of having a party or want to do something original with your kids, we recommend these ideas to celebrate with the kids.

  1. Halloween Costumes: They are a resource widely used by children in celebration. Thinking about it, you can select easy and simple costumes such as witches, ghosts, dragons, fairies, skulls, mummies and much more.
  2. Halloween Makeup: to give a final touch to your child’s costume with an original and very special makeup, you can opt for makeup of vampire, witch, pumpkin, catrina and many easier to perform. You don’t have to be an expert, try it.
  3. Halloween crafts: it is important to have an original and fun decoration for the children’s party. Decorate your pumpkins with paint, buy props cobwebs and other items such as glasses, plates and decorations.
  4. Easy Halloween Recipes for Kids: Seize the opportunity with these simple ideas ideal for a scary web-shaped pancakes menu, witch’s fingers with chicken nuggets, witch’s broom with candy and chocolate, ghost biscuits, pumpkin-shaped biscuits, chocolate spider cake pops.

Follow these recommendations and you can celebrate a fun Halloween night with your children, family and friends. Happy Halloween!

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Today’s children are digital, but how do you set limits on social media use? How can we help them enter a world from which adults are just learning?

First of all, is not to look at technological advances and social media with fear. Everything we discover generates a reaction, and if it’s new, we feel some fear. However, as adults we have to do the opposite, we have to get into it.

Any parent or teacher should have social media to understand and know how it works. And just like we talk about Facebook, also Twitter or any other social network, it is our responsibility as adults to learn from this language, which has other rules, which is different, to be able to help and guide the child and take advantage of these tools that, well used, are absolutely wonderful and, ill-used can be very dangerous.

In world 2.0 there is everything, fantastic things and bad things What is our duty as adults? It is to be vigilant, attentive, let them make their experience, but with guidance and care.

Important! in social media there are ages. In fact Facebook has a policy that no one under the age of 13 can create an account. This poses a complication, which is that the reality indicates that many children under the age of 13 have an account on this social network and therefore lie about their age to open it. That’s a dangerous first message for children. Lying is not a minor detail. Ethical principles need to be taught to children very clearly.

How can we take care of him in his life on Facebook?

We need to teach our children a number of things, such as what information to put on, explaining the new concept of privacy so different from previous generations, and more. Children need to know that once something is hung up on the internet it stays forever, and that, not only can their friends look at it but many people, therefore, it is important to take care of what is written or published. They need to know that there is private information that should never be shared publicly, they have to understand that on social networks they cannot say what they would not dare to say face to face and that they cannot use this tool to assault or defame. These are all things parents have to teach their children.

What about you as a parent, how do you avoid the dangers that social media is to your children? Take a moment to reflect on this and take the actions that work best for you and your family

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