SPOTLIGHT: The Montessori School

Montessori is a learning community of children mixed in ages from preschool through kindergarten. The children work on specially-designed and sequenced materials following their own interests and timetables.

It is different from mainstream traditional education programs where children are in groups and everyone must work on what the teacher chooses. Some people think that Montessori is only for bright children or children with special needs. Some say Montessori is too structured or children can do whatever they want.

These are some of the more common misunderstandings about the Montessori philosophy because Montessori is a different type of early childhood program. So who is Montessori for?

For Parents:

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SPOTLIGHT: Y Knot Knit

Knitting and crocheting has exploded into a national pastime, and Denise Kahn, owner of Y Knot Knit, has enjoyed every moment of it. With Denise’s true passion for the art, along with her extensive experience and knowledge, it is no wonder people travel great distances to visit her warm and welcoming store in Yardley Borough.

Not only will you find the best of the best in terms of fine luxury fibers, patterns and accessories, customers receive expert guidance from start to finish on every project: choosing the right fiber and using the proper finishing techniques are key to any successful project.

Stuck on a project, need pattern support, dropped a stitch…no problem! There is always a professional staff member on hand to help with any problem you have, which is exactly the type of personal service you can expect from this charming store.

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SPOTLIGHT: Yardley Speech & Language

submitted by Sue Rushing

Is your child having trouble reading? Is he/she stuttering? If you’re concerned about your child’s language development or have recently received a new diagnosis like Autism or Apraxia, you will most likely want to intervene quickly and fittingly.

Jennifer Niemeyer, the face and voice of Yardley Speech & Language, is someone you will want to contact right away. Not only does she have 25 years of experience as a speech language pathologist, but she radiates positivity and she is a mother of two – she gets it!

“The first time I spoke to Jennifer about my daughter Katie who has Apraxia, she said this: ‘I have two assumptions. First, I assume that the kids I treat are going to talk. Second, I assume they want to have fun!’” says Katie’s mother. “After years of therapies and scores of therapists, it was so nice to hear such positive words out of her mouth. Jennifer reviewed all of Katie’s documentation prior to our first session – from swallow studies and IEPs to Progress Reports and Evaluations.”

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SPOTLIGHT: St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic School

St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic School in Yardley is a community of faith, academics, and service. Deeply rooted in their Catholic faith, St. Ignatius of Antioch School is committed to developing spiritual, personal, and academic excellence. St. Ignatius employs a staff of dedicated and caring teachers who are committed to providing the best educational experience for each child.

Their rigorous core curriculum engages and prepares life-long learners from preschool to eighth grade, and their classes consistently achieve well above the average standardized test scores for their county as well as the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

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SPOTLIGHT: Mindful Eating and Stress Management

Are you eating mindfully…or do you eat out of habit, in a hurry, under stress, trying to feel better with food, without truly enjoying it? Learning to eat mindfully brings greater awareness to the thoughts, feelings and behaviors, which contribute to weight gain, type II diabetes, binge eating behaviors, etc.

Mindful eating can help you to eat less food and feel more satisfied, make wiser food choices, be less reactive in your eating habits, reduce overeating, etc. Rather than struggle to resist the smell of a cinnamon bun or the sight of an ice cream sundae, wouldn’t it be great to feel more satisfied after a nutritious meal?

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SPOTLIGHT: Yardley Youth Ballet Company

The Yardley Youth Ballet Company (YYB) is a pre-professional ballet company based at the studios of Dance Arts of Yardley. The company was created to give students the opportunity to develop their art in an atmosphere similar to that of a professional ballet company, and to give them more performance opportunities. The company is in the process of seeking non-profit status.

There are approximately 40 dancers ranging in age from 9-18 and that includes two male dancers.

YYB has performed at community events, such as fairs and fundraisers, and dancers have attended National and International Dance Competitions, such as the Youth American Grand Prix Ballet competition.

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SPOTLIGHT: CKO Kickboxing Yardley

Working out at a gym doesn’t have to be a monotonous experience where you end up using the same machines or taking the same class. You also don’t need to feel intimidated and worry that you’ll stand out amongst others.

At CKO Kickboxing Yardley you are offered a unique workout experience, different than any other gym. They don’t offer beginner or advance classes because everyone participates in the same class working at their own pace, regardless of their fitness level or experience.

Unlike many fitness centers where people are often texting and talking while working out, classes at CKO Kickboxing require that you are completely focused to get the best results.  They push you harder than any regular gym until you reach your desired results.

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Nazareth Academy High School hosts Open House

Visit Nazareth Academy High School (Naz) as they host their Open House on Saturday, October 15th, from 9:00am to noon. Prospective students and their families will have an opportunity to tour with current students, visit classrooms, meet with faculty, and attend a concert.

Representatives will be available to answer admissions questions and accept registration for Naz’s Seventh & Eighth Grade Girls’ Game Night on Friday, October 21st from 6:00 to 9:00pm, as well as the Eighth Grade Entrance/Scholarship Exam held on Saturday, October 29th from 7:45am to noon.

Nazareth Academy High School is a private, Catholic preparatory high school for girls in grades 9-12 set on an educational campus that includes Holy Family University, Nazareth Academy Grade School, and Alpha House.

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PENN-MORRIS Pharmacy: Experience the difference

by June Portnoy

PENN-MORRIS Pharmacy recently opened at 229 Plaza Boulevard, Suite 16 in Morrisville, catering to the Morrisville and Yardley communities.

If you’re asking what makes this independent, family-owned pharmacy different from all the other pharmacies in the community, PENN-MORRIS’ Pharmacy Manager, Mike Krevitskie has the answer. He likens your experience here to your experience at your favorite coffeehouse.

According to Mike, people who like coffee realize that you can get this beverage at many different locations, and yet many coffee drinkers have an allegiance to a particular one and will only purchase their coffee at that venue. It doesn’t matter if the coffee tastes practically the same wherever you buy it or even if the location where you purchase it costs more than a different place because these people are loyal to their favorite coffeehouse.

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SPOTLIGHT: Discovery Day Care

The children at Discovery Day Care have spent many hours learning their letters and numbers. They’ve learned sign language, yoga, and how to play a violin. Basically, they have done everything they were supposed to do in their preschool class in preparation for entering kindergarten in the September.

So what is left to learn? Philanthropy. The children needed to know that we are all responsible for others, and we especially have a responsibility for those in need.

Thus, Discovery Day Care Preschool Graduation Community Service Project was born, an annual undertaking for most of the past years since 2009 that occurs over a few months during the spring and summer each year.

With each preschool graduation project, the Discovery children and families have come to know children battling health concerns beyond their control. Just this past year, there were efforts to fundraise and raise awareness for Annalise Zadnik, a four-year old girl battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, which resulted in raising almost $2,400.

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