Christmas comes early...in the form of seeing a play!

Neshaminy Montessori recently put on their festive holiday best to go and see “Adventures in Toyland”.

It has become an annual tradition to take students to the theater this time of year. According to experts, taking children to watch a live performance could provide a host of developmental benefits, including improved emotional intelligence and opportunities to discuss difficult subjects. On top of that, it’s just fun. Plus, we love how so many families can join in on another bonding opportunity for the community.

“Adventures in Toyland” is written and directed by Storybook’s own Artistic Director, Patricia Goldberg, with music and lyrics by Jeff Reim. This creative tale tells the story of how four extraordinary toys come to life to help a young boy face his fears, build his confidence, and make his dreams come to life. Throughout his adventures, Michael (the lead) learns that he can be anything he wants to be just by using his imagination and believing in himself.

The children were so excited to have the opportunity to say hello to the performers, and a wonderful time was had by all.

Celebrating with a 'Friendship Feast' at Neshaminy Montessori

How did you celebrate Thanksgiving? As for the children of Neshaminy Montessori, they came together for a Friendship Feast! Native Americans and Pilgrims first greeted each other and then sat down for a delicious meal together. They enjoyed corn, turkey, mashed potatoes, corn bread with butter they “churned” themselves and some pumpkin pie for dessert. It was such a wonderful way to be thankful for our friends in school, and to show appreciation for how the Thanksgiving traditions began.

Getting into the Thanksgiving spirit

Neshaminy Montessori began celebrating Thanksgiving this week with a visit from  Pilgrim Chris from Quiver Farms. Pilgrim Chris shared  the story of the first Thanksgiving with all the children. He also brought along some foods the pilgrims would have eaten and the tools they would have used. Each child had the opportunity to grind up corn, smash cranberries, pet rabbit pelts and so much more! The morning ended with an extra special guest, Susan the turkey! Everyone had a chance to say hello and pet her! 

The benefits of cooking up a storm - fall edition!

Food preparation and cooking are some of the most fun practical life activities in a Montessori environment!

Mrs. King's and Mrs. Stanley's class joined together to prepare a tasty and festive treat. The children were so excited to make tortilla bats! This is an easy baking project that allows the children to do all the steps themselves, from using the cookie cutter, to brushing on melted butter, and sprinkling them with cinnamon sugar.

Most children have phases during childhood when baking or cooking is a keen interest. This natural curiosity provides parents with the perfect opportunity to capitalize on a great learning experience: the art and science of cooking.

10 Benefits of Cooking with Kids

Increases Language Development.

Enhances Fine Motor Skills.

Increases Math Ability.

Improves Reading Skills.

Introduces Children to Scientific Concepts.

Increases Focus and Attention.

Teaches Life Skills.

Promotes Healthy Eating.

Boosts Self-Confidence.

Promotes Family Bonding.

Try this recipe with your kids at home!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Cut each into fun shapes using cookie cutters and place on ungreased baking sheets.

Brush tortillas with melted butter. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon and evenly sprinkle over tortillas.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the chips are lightly browned and crisp.

Taking matters into our hands: Fire Prevention Week

Since 1922, the NFPA (National Fire Prevention Agency) has been educating America about the dangers of home fires.

After all, it only takes a few seconds for a house fire to spread. That is why it is so essential to teach your children about fire safety. And, the staff and students of Neshaminy Montessori invited Bensalem Fire Department to school to do just that on Thursday.

The firefighters showed the children what they look like if there ever were a fire at home, so the kids would know that there is a good guy coming to help them. They also learned the importance of helping mom and dad change the batteries in their smoke detectors, and how to test these detectors to make sure they are all working. Our firefighter friends reviewed how to call 911 and ways to stay safe until help comes. Lastly, the firefighters demonstrated how to do Stop, Drop and Roll.

Children under five are in the highest risk category of death or injury during a fire. That is why it is very important to teach your children while they are young. The sooner you begin to teach them the better. We encourage all of you parents to take the time to talk about fire safety with your young ones and practice fire drills at home. It could save their life one day.

Visiting Paws Discovery Farm

Mrs. Hines and Ms. Briggs Montessori class enjoyed a trip to Paws Discovery Farm this past week. 

There’s a reason “Old MacDonald” is one of the most beloved songs of the toddler years: little kids love animals. At Paws Discovery Farm, our children crossed paths with more than 80 different kinds of animals. The children were excited to be able to pet many animals like goats, a donkey and even a horse. The kids even fed the animals snacks, too! 

The children visited barnyard animals, explored amazing play structures and tested imaginations in a hands-on, minds-on Discovery Barn where they "rode horses" and "milked cows." The farm is home to pigs, tortoises, hedgehogs, and other small woodland and farm animals, such as a beautiful peacock that they got to see up close.

The children also had their own Discovery Farm Theatre Production of "The Frog Princess":

Thelma is a lost frog who wants to explore life
outside the swamp. With a little help from her
friends, she becomes a princess and realizes
life on the bog is exactly what she was missing