What We’ve Learned Blog

A blog about all the questions we have about raising our children but are too afraid to ask.

How Do We Attract and Retain Our Amazing Team Members?

There has been an interesting trend during tours the past few months. A sign of changing times! Our prospective families consistently ask, “How do you treat your teachers?” It’s a good question. Logic dictates that if they are treated well, they will likely do a better job. The average child care center has an incredibly read more…

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Why We Shake Hands with our Students When they Leave for the Day

When I introduced my son a few months ago to a new friend,  he unthinkingly stuck out his hand to shake theirs. John didn’t think much of it. It’s normal in his world, the world of a former Montessori student. But my friend was a little surprised and impressed. All because of a teenager spontaneously read more…

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How to Prevent Temper Tantrums

Creating a title for this particular blog was difficult…should I call it How to Completely Avoid Temper Tantrums (not possible) or How to Handle Temper Tantrums (why would you want to handle them if you and your child don’t have to?) or maybe How to Breathe Calmly while your Child is Writhing and Screaming on read more…

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How to Pick the Right Preschool

It can be as easy as 1-2-3! Back in 2005, my son, John, was one and a half and starting to get bored. My older and wiser sister told me to look for a Montessori preschool, so I toured six child care centers, some Montessori, some not, while on one of my long teacher breaks read more…

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How to Get your Child to Sleep

For all the obvious reasons, we want our children to sleep. They need it to be healthy, grow, and fight off illnesses. Parents need it to remember where we left our car keys. But it’s not always easy to make it happen. If your child is not falling or staying asleep consistently, then read on read more…

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Successful Potty Training!

Part II: What to Do The Big Day Has Arrived! What to do:  Talk to your child in advance (at least the day before but preferably for days before starting) about what’s going to happen Saturday morning. Explain that s/he is a big boy/girl now and is ready to potty on a potty chair or read more…

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Successful Potty Training!

Part I: Preparation Preparing! Before you begin, you will need… To block out the entire weekend, meaning you are not going anywhere that requires you or your child to be away from home. An upbeat attitude. Making a big deal about every single potty in the potty chair or toilet are HUGE. Treats. You know read more…

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Supporting Infant Development

By Lara Gembicki Infant development is full of “firsts!” While there are a number of areas of development that your baby will be working on during the first year, often the development of gross motor skills is a topic many parents naturally have questions about. The following describes some of the ways that a baby’s read more…

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The Missing Manual

Who we are At Sunrise Montessori, our vision statement is “Where your family belongs.” We want every family at our school to feel like they are part of a greater community of families and Sunrise team members. Being part of a family means that when one of us needs help, we offer it, willingly and read more…

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