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Sibling Rivalry: The Fight for Attention

“It’s my turn to tell a story.” My husband Ron and I were talking to our oldest son, Ryan, about his college course load and new friends, when Adam, our 11-year-old, blurted out his plea. This had become a regular occurrence for Ron and me whenever we focused our entire family conversation on Ryan and the topic of college. There are eight years between our boys, so there’s very little turf for a fight. They aren’t sharing clothes or toys or even the computer anymore. But Adam was ac[…]

Technology and its effect on early childhood

Executives dream of winning young customers over to their products. Companies like Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Co. appear to be succeeding when the customers are barely out of their cribs. More than half of babies in low-income households are tapping on smartphones or tablets by the age of two, with some spending more than an hour at a time using them. And more than one-third of low-income children have used them by the time they turn 1. That's according to a study presented last […]

Self-Confidence In Small Children

Hi I'm Hassan, One of our parents here at New Horizons Montessori in Skillman recently mentioned that her child was taking dance lessons at CaRu Entertainment in Pennington. I'm always interested in what our students are involved with, so I made it a point to contact Emily Czerniakowski, who is the co-founder and managing director of the dance program. I wanted to know what age children were attending and what they got from attending classes. Here's what I found out. (Emily) “Our classes s[…]

Modeling Wellness For Your Children

Hi Hassan here, I was at the gym a few days ago and got a chance to talk with Rose MacNiven who is part of the staff at the facility. I regularly go to Princeton Health & Wellness Center, which is very close by our school. Here at New Horizons Montessori, many of our parents are also interested in fitness and health so that's what Rose and I got to talking about. We touched on wellness issues that make a difference for parents and children, and Rose told me: (Rose) “We do interviews wi[…]

In a word, Montessori means Respect

What I learned from observing a Montessori Classroom My first look at Montessori (Courtesy- Ageofmontessori.org) As Professional Counselor and Parenting Coach, I recently set eyes on a Montessori classroom for the very first time. As a newcomer, I was really unsure what I would find. Honestly, I thought the self-directed learning process would likely involve a great deal of chaos and loudness. I could not have been more pleasantly surprised in my visitation experience. Immediately I[…]

‘Work’ is a positive thing for children!

'Work' is a positive thing for children! Those who are not familiar with the Montessori method will most often associate the word 'work' with a tiring, boring, monotonous duty that one must engage in, in order to keep up with daily living or earn money. In fact, most will also attempt to organize their work schedule to have regular holidays in order to avoid, get away, or take a break from work. As adults, work is most often thought of in a negative way. In a child's eyes, work is about ener[…]

To Call Or Not To Call – The Doctor

Hi Hassan here, Being around young children a lot means we occasionally see a child become sick. We are in a unique position having many children here at the school, so if a child seems ill we need to get that child away from the other children. I was talking with Dr. Michael Riggall of Princeton Nassau Pediatrics this week and got to ask about, "when is the best time to call the doctor?" Here's what he said. (Dr. Riggall) "When in doubt call. If you're uncomfortable about your child's well […]

The Wall St Journal: The Montessori Mafia

The Wall St Journal: The Montessori Mafia April 2011 "Ironically, the Montessori educational approach might be the surest route to joining the creative elite, which are so overrepresented by the school’s alumni that one might suspect a Montessori Mafia: Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, videogame pioneer Will Wright, and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, not to mention Julia Child and rapper Sean “P.Diddy” Combs." "Is there something going on here? Is[…]

What Parents Say About Us

Dear Mrs. Syed: It has been a full four years since our son Jeremy began attending your school and camp program at New Horizons Montessori. He started with the summer camp in June 2003 before he turned two years old later that summer. Our family was both proud and sad to close that chapter of his school and camp experience in June 2007 with the kindergarten graduation. It is my pleasure to let you know how enjoyable and valuable we found those four years. I would be happy to share our thought[…]