Choosing A Montessori School For Your Child

At three-and-a-half, my son was still obstinately refusing to use the potty. No amount of bribery or cajoling could convince our stubborn little guy that he needed to be a BIG BOY and trade in those Huggies for tiny white Fruit of the Looms–just like his Daddy’s.

For us, the solution was for me to start home educating my two sons and to stop working for a few years, in order to concentrate on their education and their health and wellbeing.

So, that day, off we went to Target–and not only did we buy little white Fruit of the Looms just like Daddy’s, but also several packages of really, really cool Spider Man and Cars underwear. No three-year-old in his right mind would want to make a mess out of those. He put them on when we got home. We reminded him a few times to go to the bathroom, and that was that. I think he had all of one accident in the next couple of days. From then on, he was a Big Boy. Diapers were a thing of the past.

Another attraction of such playhouses would of course be the walls. Most of these walls have designs and patterns drawn on them. The cartoon characters especially are the favourites of the children. It is not uncommon to see Barbie’s and doll houses and flowery patterns etched on the walls of the girl’s playhouses. While dark patterns, cars, horses, starry skies, superheroes often dominate the wall patterns of a boy’s room.

TAKE YOGA CLASSES WITH YOUR CHILD. Our children are growing up in a fast-paced and stressful world. Introducing them to Yoga can have profound effects, including physical flexibility and body awareness, the development of a sense of calmness and an increase in their ability to concentrate. Some have even said that it connects a child more deeply with their inner self and brings about a relationship between them and the natural world that surrounds them.

A couple of months ago, I was facing the same challenge with my daughter. She was also about to start at her brother’s Daycare Near Me and had yet to be potty trained. She, however, was only two and a half. I wasn’t sure the same technique would be effective on a child so young. But then again, she’s just a tad less contrary by nature (although, unfortunately, that seems to be changing), so I was optimistic.

Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts offers a fun variety of craft camps including sewing, knitting, crochet, papercrafts, cake decorating and more. Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts’ camps are fun and affordable. There are options for children aged 8 and up. Jo-Ann’s also offers beginner to advanced crafting camps. The Cincinnati locations are in Hyde Park Plaza (3866 Paxton Ave., Cincinnati 45209), Cobblewood Plaza (1187 Smiley Ave., Cincinnati 45240) and Eastgate (4530 Eastgate Blvd., Cincinnati 45245).

The Brookside Farmers’ Market is a hidden gem–unless you live in BKS, you might not know much about it. Located at the Border Star Montessori School (63rd & Wornall) has locally-grown organic, freshly picked vegetables, fruits, herbs, as well as hormone/antibiotic-free, humanely-raised meats and free-range eggs. Don’t miss the artisan breads, baked goods, and freshly prepared foods. Saturdays, 8:00-1:00. Opens April 17, 2010. Check their website for market events.

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