International Doll of the Month: The Philippines

The International Doll of the Month for October 2017 represents The Philippines. One of our favorite Lolas (“grandmas”) visited our children to share her memories of The Philippines. Children explored the island archipelago, known for its beautiful beaches, tropical climate, and food reflecting its diverse local heritage and colonial influences. We even learned a few words in Tagalog, one of the official languages of the country.

Discussing the Solar Eclipse in the Early Years

Americans last saw a total solar eclipse two decades ago. This Monday, on August 21, 2017, we will be able to see a solar eclipse for the first time in decades. This is also the first solar eclipse to move from coast to coast since 1918.

The eclipse is an ideal time to engage your child about the solar system and inspire awe in our universe. The eclipse will occur between 11:46 – 2:45 PM Central. The maximum eclipse is visible around 1:16 PM  Central.  In Houston, at 1:16 PM, we will be able to see a Partial Solar Eclipse. This is not the same as the total solar eclipse, which will be seen across 14 other states.

Below are our favorite resources to help guide a conversation with your child about the eclipse:

  • Explaining the Eclipse

We recommend discussing an eclipse with children who understand that (1) the earth is a planet composed of land and water (2) a moon revolves around the earth and (3) a shadow is formed when an object blocks light. Here are some fun songs and visuals to guide your discussion of the eclipse:

From 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, enjoy the Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at the Children’s Museum of Houston.  Children can take part in various museum activities, including a “Pinhole Viewer Workshop” ($5.00) and enjoy special activities exploring the solar system.

Watch the solar eclipse from the comfort of your own home (without the special glasses!).

Safety first. Don’t forget to use special glasses when viewing the eclipse. Don’t have the glasses? No worries! Make some!

Never photograph the eclipse when the Moon is directly covering the sun without safety precautions.

The Burke Baker Planetarium will offer a special schedule featuring six 15 minute shows about the eclipse. These will run at 12:00, 12:20, 12:40, 1:00, 1:20, and 1:40, and tickets will be $4. The 2:00 show is a special Starry Night Express featuring a live feed from Casper, Wyoming, with Museum staff in the path of totality.

Photo © NASA

An Award-Winning Preschool

As we complete our 20th anniversary, Montessori Preschool @ Copperfield was recognized as one of the best preschools in Houston. And the awards have continued in 2017.

We were  named one of the top Preschools in Houston in 2016 and 2017. Out of 462 preschools, Expertise.com named us as one of the top in the city based on reputation, credibility, experience, availability, and professionalism.

In 2016 and 2017, we were recognized by ThreeBestRated.com as one of the top 3 preschools across Houston, and we were the only Montessori school selected in Houston. We were chosen based on our history, parent trust, and general excellence.

We were also nominated by H-E-B as one of the best preschools in Texas as part of H-E-B’s Excellence in Education Awards.  The awards recognize excellence in Kindergarten readiness and education quality.

Thank you to our wonderful faculty, our Montessori families, and local community for their ongoing support to deliver authentic Montessori education to the children of Northwest Houston and Cypress.

Photo ©  Brad.K

5th Annual Children’s Art Show

In March 2017, over 200 Cy-Fair residents joined our 5th Annual Children’s Art Show – Deep in the Heart of Texas. The art work celebrated the diverse culture and rich economic history of the second largest state in the United States. Each child worked one-on-one with our Montessori Art Directress to create their painting, showcasing their creativity and skills in color blending and composition.

The event featured Face Painting and a Photo Booth coordinated by Alumni Parent Susan Mcleroy and the launch of Cy-Fair’s first Tinker Fair, developed by Budding Engineers. The event also included a specialty Mocktail Bar, with custom drinks crafted by Mixologist Niel Ahuja, and a Book Fair led by parent volunteers.

A Winter Wonderland

Students took to the stage to perform songs, dances, and musicals to welcome the holiday season.  This year’s theme was “A Winter Wonderland.”  The show kicked off with the Langham Creek High School Madrigal Choir and ended with our Percussion Band, where students demonstrated their learning in rhythm and musicality. Santa arrived in a red 1970’s convertible (Thanks Skip’s Farm!) and students took professional photos with Santa, courtesy of Alumni Parent Susan Mcleroy.