Involve your Child in Super Bowl Fun!

We’re gearing up for Super Bowl LI, and families are preparing Super Bowl parties at home. There are many ways to engage your child in the preparations. Children could choose décor, prepare simple appetizers, and welcome guests as a host. Inviting children to participate in party planning builds confidence, enables independence and socialization, and hones fine motor skills. Your children become a valuable contributor to the party.

Here are our favorite 3 Super Bowl activities to do with your child (and still have a totally cute party table):

Idea #1: Football Treats

Check out these treats from Nerdy Nummies with Rosanna Pansino. Follow Rosanna’s step-by-step video tutorial to make football field cookies, fudge football brownies, and penalty flags – simple treats to make with your child.

Invite your child: After washing their hands, invite your child to help identify, measure, pour, and mix the ingredients. Your child could help roll the cookie dough, use cookie cutters, and decorate the treats. If they’re capable and have steady control, let them place the cookie sheet in the oven with oven-safe mitts.  When the treats cool, your child could place the items on a dish they selected and place it on your treat table or serve it to your guests.


Idea #2: Super Bowl Salad

A traditional garden salad is always a good side dish for for your entrees during the game. This is a simple dish that children can make for all guests to enjoy. This also works great with a fruit salad.

Invite your child: Let your child wash their hands. Your child could help select a serving dish and utensils. Invite an older child – who may have used a child-safety knife before – to safely cut cucumbers or carrots.  Fruits that are soft – like a banana – are easier to cut with a knife -and more suitable for younger children. A younger child with less control could also help tear pieces of lettuce for the salad. Allow your child to toss the salad using the salad utensils. It may get messy – but that’s ok!  Let your child carry the salad bowl and place it on your food table in a way they like.


Idea  #3: Garlands Galore

No party is complete without fun décor. Make a garland together to hang up for your guests. Garlands that require stringing or threading is a fun challenge for younger children.

Invite your child: A popcorn garland is a simple décor item using readily-available materials at home. Use a needle, some thread, freshly-made popcorn and colorful beads.  First, demonstrate how to thread the popcorn and beads and show a consistent (and creative!) pattern.  Invite your child to follow the same process. You could also string together paper footballs (with holes punched out for easy threading), colorful straws, or Patriot/Falcon team logos. Hang the garland in a visible area for your guests and children to admire.


The Super Bowl is a fun time for family and friends, and your children can be contributors for a party. They can learn some valuable skills along the way and more importantly, spend some quality time with you.

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20th Annual Thanksgiving Lunch

We celebrated our school’s 20th birthday, and we served lunch to nearly 200 people. We had a lot of food and sang our students’ favorite Thanksgiving songs.  We also collected over 300 cans to donate to Cypress Assistance Ministries.

Our Thanksgiving Lunch prep started early in the week. The students made yams, corn bread, green bean casserole, and more, applying lessons in measurement, chemistry, and counting. We also recognized some of our teachers’ work anniversaries – our teachers have been here a while!

International Doll of the Month: Australia

The International Doll of the Month for March 2016 represents Australia. Our students welcomed special visitors from Sydney and even played the Didgeridoo.

The International Doll of the Month is a blog series published by the Montessori Preschool @ Copperfield. The school has a collection of nearly 60 dolls representing the countries of origin of our student body. We believe an early education, coupled with a global outlook, is critical for success in school and in life. The dolls are featured each month to teach children from an early age about cultural diversity and ways of life around the world.

International Doll of the Month: Brazil

The International Doll of the Month for February 2016 represents Brazil – the largest country in South America.  Our students explored the foods and celebrations of Brazil – especially Carnival – and the diverse animals and plants of the Rainforest.

The International Doll of the Month is a blog series published by the Montessori Preschool @ Copperfield. The school has a collection of nearly 60 dolls representing the countries of origin of our student body. We believe an early education, coupled with a global outlook, is critical for success in school and in life. The dolls are featured each month to teach children from an early age about cultural diversity and ways of life around the world.

International Doll of the Month: Russia and Canada

The International Dolls of the Month for January 2016 represents Russia and Canada – two countries with a vast tundra region.  Our students explored the traditions of people who live in northern Canada and Russia as well as temperature, arctic animals, and the differences between plants and animals.

 

The International Doll of the Month is a blog series published by the Montessori Preschool @ Copperfield. The school has a collection of nearly 60 dolls representing the countries of origin of our student body. We believe an early education, coupled with a global outlook, is critical for success in school and in life. The dolls are featured each month to teach children from an early age about cultural diversity and ways of life around the world.

Cy-Fair Parents Release Cookbook

Cy-Fair Families came together to create Yummy in my Tummy: A Cookbook by Montessori Families.

These recipes are made for families, by families. Inspired by the Montessori tradition, each recipe is a step-by-step guide to prepare yummy, kid-friendly meals for children ages 18 months to 6 years. The book is divided into two sections: Breakfast as well as Lunch & Dinner. From the classic Filipino Chicken Adobo to German Pancakes to Louisiana-style Crawfish Fettucine, this cookbook covers a range of global foods that are kid-tested and kid- approved.

Ms. Nicole Seaton, Parent Ambassador at Montessori Preschool @ Copperfield, said: “As a Montessori parent, I’ve found that easy-to-prepare meals and a lot of love go a long way. This cookbook is a guide to make healthy, nutritious meals, the Montessori way. It showcases the global community in our school and across Cy-Fair, with accessible recipes that any parent can use for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.”

Children love cutting vegetables and fruits, baking, setting the table, or pouring their favorite drink. These exercises – also known as Practical Life in the Montessori classroom – help children develop independence and coordination, critical for long-term success in class and life.

Special thanks to our Parent Ambassador, Ms. Nicole Seaton for compiling the book and our Bear Moms, Ms. Keshia Duhon, Ms. Maulishree  Kansara, Ms. Missy Khan, Ms. Alexis Sammons and Ms. Katja Stein for their ongoing support.

 

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International Doll of the Month: India

The International Doll of the Month for November 2015 is India, in honor of Diwali, the Festival of Lights.

Ms. Sharmishtha Smalley, Somya and Saaya’s mom, and Ms. Maulishree Kansara, Suhani’s mom, gave a special presentation on India.  They shared how children across India celebrate the festival by lighting special oil lamps, called diyas.   Every student also received their own diya to take home.

Take a look at the photos from their visit below:

Ms. Lekha also shared her experiences growing up in Mumbai, greeting the school’s students with a friendly Namaste.   She discussed the Indian tri-color flag, the national flower and the national bird. Ms. Lekha pointed out that the concept of “zero” is an Indian invention, developed by the famed Indian mathematician Aryabhata. She also showed images of famous Indian landmarks like the Taj Mahal and even showed off her Bollywood dance moves.

The International Doll of the Month is a blog series published by the Montessori Preschool @ Copperfield. The school has a collection of nearly 60 dolls representing the countries of origin of our student body. We believe an early education, coupled with a global outlook, is critical for success in school and in life. The dolls are featured each month to teach children from an early age about cultural diversity and ways of life around the world.