Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Montessori by Mom

Montessori by Mom provides themed Montessori materials on your doorstep every month. 

For parents who are homeschooling their children ages 3-5 and who want to follow the Montessori curriculum, this is a great deal. A monthly subscription costs around $55. Sending your child to a Montessori preschool can be very expensive. Montessori schools charge anywhere between $500 to $1000 per month. $55 comes to about 10% of what you would be spending for a Montessori school. Definitely worth checking out!! 

http://www.montessoribymom.com/montessori-subscription/

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Encourage babies to talk

This article lists out the 10 best ways to encourage your baby to talk:

http://www.janetlansbury.com/2012/06/ten-best-ways-to-encourage-toddlers-to-talk/

Here is a summary of the methods to employ:
  • Engage in two-way conversations with your child from the beginning.
  • Use your authentic voice. Baby talk is not needed.
  • Talk about real, meaningful things. Talk to your child about his daily routines. 
  • Read books and tell stories with emotion. 
  • Don't test your child.
  • Do not correct your child.      

Friday, January 24, 2014

Stories for kids

I am constantly looking for inspiring stories to share with my little son. He keeps asking me "Amma Kadhai" (which means "Mom story") when he lies on my lap and I have to tell him a story.

I found a website containing a comprehensive list of virtues. Each virtue is accompanied by relevant folktales and real life stories. 

Here is the link for the website http://www.wisdomcommons.org/

Narrating inspiring stories with kids is one of the most effective ways to impart values. 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Child development guide

A detailed child development guide from birth to 19 years is available at this site: http://www.dshs.wa.gov/ca/fosterparents/training/chidev/cd06.htm

The child development guide includes the physical, intellectual, social, emotional and moral characteristics that are normal for a given age. 

I found this resource extremely helpful to get a bigger picture of child development stages and what to expect at each stage. 


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Best classical music for babies and kids

Amazon.com has a collection of the best classical music for babies and kids.

http://www.amazon.com/Best-Classical-Music-Kids-Baby/dp/B00546WG3Y

Samples of the songs are available on the site. The songs can be purchased as MP3.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Developmental tasks from birth to 19 years

The common concern of most parents is whether their child is reaching development milestones or not. 

This site (http://solutionsnottalk.com/developmental-tasks/) provides a summary of all the developmental tasks from birth to 19 years 
listed by age

My son is in the 7-9 month range now. These are the developmental tasks listed for that age. 


7 – 9 Months

• Sits without support
• Crawls
• Emotional attachment to parents
• Separation anxiety
• Distinguishes between living and non-living objects
• Aware that objects exist even when out of sight (object permanence)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Five aspects of education

What makes Education complete


Education to be complete must have five principal aspects corresponding to the five principal activities of the human being: 

  1. the physical
  2. the vital
  3. the mental
  4. the psychic 
  5. the spiritual

Usually, these phases of education follow chronologically the growth of the individual; this, however, does not mean that one of them should replace another, but that all must continue, completing one another until the end of his life.

[Extracted from Mother's writings on Education]