We all know little babies need care and attention around the clock and many parents are hesitant about choosing outside childcare for the tiniest member of their family. However, around the age of one, when the child is able to communicate with gestures, is able to stand or walk a little and is starting to show interest in social interactions outside of direct family members, parents feel a bit more confident about enrolling their child into a program. Most parents are unsure how to go about choosing the right program for their child. If you’re struggling with this, we’ve got three things you may consider when choosing a childcare program.
why a mom, a granny and a marketeer started a Montessori school on a teeny tiny island in the Caribbean
A little before 9 am, a car pulled up in front of an unassuming building in a quiet neighborhood on a tiny island somewhere in the Caribbean sea. A mother unloaded a stroller from the trunk of a sensible car, while the father grabbed the infant seat and made sure it was securely fastened to the stroller. Two round eyes peeked out of the back window. This was the very first family to tour The Montessori School in Curaçao; with them, my outlandish idea, became a reality.
We’ve been plastering our logo all over the place. And not just because it’s a work of art (because it is. Shout out to @thewellsmakery!), but because of the meaning behind it. Our logo is the name of our school in a beautiful sans-serif font in hand-painted letters against the backdrop of a blooming prickly pear done in water color. So, what’s special about that? A lot!
Oh the joy of welcoming a newborn. They are so tiny and squishy they make us want to scream. Newborns have the ability to make the most refined people produce unintelligible sounds of the goo-goo-ga-ga variety. While it is exciting to welcome a new member into your family, we would like for you to think twice (or more, if needed), before you switch to baby talk. In this article we will discuss the four stages of development (the absorbent mind, the reasoning mind, the social rebirth and adulthood) every human goes through before reaching adulthood with the aim to give more insight into the changes our youngest members of society go through and the development needs they have at each stage.
and why this source of wealth remains untapped in Curaçao
Our era is the most exciting one to raise a child. Scientific discoveries in the field of child development happen on the regular and that information is readily available to all who seek it. One of the areas that is being increasingly researched and published about is human milk, its composition and its many benefits. UNICEF summarizes the many benefits of breastfeeding best, stating on their website that breastfeeding saves lives, improves health and cuts costs in every country worldwide. As a society, we are obsessed with creating wealth and opportunity for people on our island. So, why does this obvious source of wealth remain untapped in Curaçao?
Bringing a child into this world is exciting, and for most new parents a little bit scary as well. Even seasoned parents will tell you that every child is different and number two (or three or four) is as much a life-changing event as the first. Unlike everything else in our modern world, a child doesn’t come with a 10-minute YouTube instructional video. And what works for one parent, might not work for the other. But there are some universal guidelines backed by science to preparing your environment to welcome a new child in the family. Before you go and buy “the internet”, consider what an infant really needs during the first year of its life outside of the womb. And use the things you already have to meet those needs and make the new baby feel welcome from day one.