Montessori Inspired

Learning through Nature: The Details

Learning through Nature: The Details

Dollar Store Rocks and a Gold Pen! That’s really all it takes and matching letters, identifying the alphabet takes on a whole new dimension. Children get used to finding those plastic or cardboard letters that are perfectly die-cut. But what about human hand-printed letters. Do they know? […]

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Just Add Kids!

Just Add Kids!

We’ve worked for months to get the environment right. To purchase what we need, the get equipment in the right positions… But the missing ingredient and the key ingredient is, of course the kids!   What courage we see in these young faces. Meeting new teachers, new […]

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Natural Play in Spring!

The birds begin to tweet, the air is clear and fresh and there is a restlessness about the humans. We want to dig and socialize, we want to be a part of everything. It’s spring. From little humans to bigger humans in spring there is a freshness […]

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Spider legs? Octopus? You Decide!

Just some colanders… Spaghetti strainers…. Maybe you call it a sieve…. Add a packet of pipe cleaners…. And a classroom of willing Two Year Olds! Voila! Magic in the making!! Early Childhood text books might label these skills “eye hand coordination” and “pincer muscle development”. But this classroom […]

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Summer Fun and a "pop" of Learning

At Caring Connection indoors and outdoors can sometimes blend into one, especially in the summer. Learning is not just fun…it’s gonna “pop” in the summer. We make an extra special effort to make summer ideas (our themes) more extravagant, more wild and yes, even more intensely academic […]

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Up, Up and AWAY

aa Children learn by doing, seeing and deciding. We asked our kids how they would like to learn about the wind. One of the activities we could do (the airplane ride was out) was release balloons. a Let’s see where they go and how far. A note […]

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Spaghetti and Asparagus! Spagharagusetti!!

Meals are not just nutrition. They provide opportunities for trying skills on our own. a Maybe not even the easiest way – But this is what success looks like!  a a Taking turns, learning new skills, learning manners, using new utensils. The comfort of mealtime, the flavor […]

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Passing on Family Traditions

Sometimes as parents, we wonder if our children will get the same family traditions that we cherish. As I worked in my office yesterday, at Caring Connection Children’s Center everyone who visited and worked there was reliving their own personal memories of fall, family, Thanksgiving and the […]

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Who Knew Food could be so Fun?

We are so proud to tell you that we get farm fresh fruits and vegetables delivered weekly from Vierra Farms. Teaching about these foods has become a whole new subject. Not only do we learn all their names, but even how to eat them. So Vierra Farms […]

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Pleasing Our Planet – It’s Earth Week

Our trash can help us grow new plants. It’s nearly time to plant. Let’s take care of the planet… ….by keeping the litter off the ground… … and where it belongs. We are pleasing our planet.

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Julie Jenkins devoted 30+ years to up leveling the way adults teach children about behavior. She put her philosophy into print in 2004 in Enlightened Discipline.

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