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  • 04
    Aug 2014
    Reality Based Leadership

    Recently the school administrators (Nicole, Ramona, and Sara) attended a Montessori Administrators Seminar at Gordon College through Northeast Montessori.  We were able to learn so much from a school administrator, Gina Tzizik, and a marketing professional, Maria Bereket.  We discussed so much about leading a committed, dedicated staff. One of the tools Maria used in […]



  • 31
    Jul 2014
    Pinterest

    Rock and Roll Daycare is on Pinterest!  We have been locating cool, fun activities and curriculum for the school … and awesome things to do at home! http://www.pinterest.com/rockrolldaycare/                                         Photo Courtesy Pinterest and Childhood 101   […]



  • 30
    Jul 2014
    Beautiful Montessori

    Rock and Roll Daycare has been transitioning our curriculum from a traditional curriculum to a Montessori philosophy, and the classrooms have become such beautiful and inspiring spaces.  Our teachers are both seasoned Montessori professionals, and are also in the process of receiving Montessori certification to guide the children through the learning process. We will be […]


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Reality Based Leadership

Recently the school administrators (Nicole, Ramona, and Sara) attended a Montessori Administrators Seminar at Gordon College through Northeast Montessori.  We were able to learn so much from a school administrator, Gina Tzizik, and a marketing professional, Maria Bereket.  We discussed so much about leading a committed, dedicated staff.

One of the tools Maria used in the seminar was Cy Wakeman’s book, Reality-Based Leadership.  We went through many ways of making any workplace an efficient and effective environment.  I purchased the Kindle version of this book, because an overview was not enough for my insatiable knowledge!  Has anyone else read this book? I highly suggest this for leaders in any field.

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Pinterest

Rock and Roll Daycare is on Pinterest!  We have been locating cool, fun activities and curriculum for the school … and awesome things to do at home!

http://www.pinterest.com/rockrolldaycare/

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Who is using Pinterest?  Come check out our pins!

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East Cambridge Director

Beautiful Montessori

Rock and Roll Daycare has been transitioning our curriculum from a traditional curriculum to a Montessori philosophy, and the classrooms have become such beautiful and inspiring spaces.  Our teachers are both seasoned Montessori professionals, and are also in the process of receiving Montessori certification to guide the children through the learning process.

We will be working on communicating information on the materials and the Montessori philosophy direct from our classrooms through our blog so that we can all be connected!

 

 

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Snow Day Activities

Curious about what to do with your toddler when you are snowed in? Here is a few ideas to help keep them engaged when the next blizzard hits.

Go outside! build a snowman or go sledding the more activity you do earlier in the day means potential nap time in the afternoon.

Build a reading fort! Pile some blankets and pillows and read your favorite stories together.

Bake something together! There is nothing better on a cold day than fresh baked something! Let your child help, It’s a good opportunity to teach them basic measurements and could be a fun sensory activity as well.

Arts and crafts are a fun indoor activity but you could also utilize things you find outdoors such as acorns, pine cones or pine needles.

Watch a movie together! Get everyone together and put on one of your favorite childhood movies.

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The Wonders of Kale

If you have been considering adding more greens to your diet kale has been found to have significant cancer risk reducing benefits to at least five different types of cancer these types include breast, colon, bladder, ovary and prostate. Kale can also provide special cholesterol lowering benefits if you cook it by steaming as well as providing support to the body’s detoxification system. New research has shown that the ITCs made from kale’s glucosinolates can help regulate detox at a genetic level.

You’ll want to include kale as one of the vegetables you eat regularly if you want to receive the wonderful health benefits provided by the cruciferous vegetable family. At a minimum, include kale as part of your diet 2-3 times per week. Try this recipe to add a little more kale to your life. 2 kale leaves, 2 celery ribs, 3 carrots and one apple wash and cut each vegetable and feed through  juicer or mix in a blender.h-KALE-960x540 asuliablog-blog-kale-a-look-into-the-leaves1

Early Exposure to Music helps Brain Development

 

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A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests that early music lessons significantly help the development of the brain. The effects were in areas of the brain that help you plan and carry out movement. In a study done by neuroscientist Gordon Shaw, the research found preschooler that took music lessons did better at spatial and temporal reasoning than those who took computer lessons. Many of us are familiar with the Mozart effect which was misinterpreted to suggest listening to Mozart would make your infant smarter. Since classical music tends to be more complex in harmony and structure it can boost cognitive development, according to Dr. Diane Bales any kind of music builds musical pathways to the brain. It’s the complexity of music itself that offers brain-building benefits.

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“Math and Music” program helps 2 dozen kids

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From Penn Live:

About two dozen children learned about fractions and other basic math skills through music as part of an eight-week pilot program this summer at the Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church on Derry Street. “Math Through Music” was launched as a joint effort between a number of area pastors.

The effort was the brainchild of Rev. C. Wayne Baxter – a pastor and choir director at Faith Chapel Church of God in Christ on Edgemont Road – who had watched Harrisburg’s students struggle over the years.

Baxter believed that math skills could be taught through music. After doing some research, he discovered such a program already in use in a San Francisco-area school. Students there were tested, then took a math and music course. When tested again, they saw their math scores improve by about 50 percent.

New music program delights kids in elementary school

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From ABC Newspapers:

Screams of joy this summer often arise from room 305 at Woodcrest Elementary School.

And so do the low, thumping sounds of a bass drum with an intermittent jangling of bells.

Monday mornings about 10 infants through age six gather for Jammin’ with Ms. Jessica as part of Spring Lake Park District 16’s Early Childhood Family Education summer programs. The children dance, sing and play rhythm instruments.

This is the first year the class has been offered and from the looks and sounds emanating from the toddlers, the start of a tradition may very well have been born.





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