Traditional vs. Montessori vs. PROGRESSIVE


Teacher Tina Zamora

The Progressive Philosophy is always being compared with the Traditional Philosophy of Education. I’m not surprised. It’s like comparing a stranger with someone you’ve known all your life.

Not everyone knows, though, that there are actually 3 philosophies that need a side-by-side comparison. Add Montessori to the mix of philosophies and we have everyone Googling Traditional vs. Montessori vs. Progressive. Well, Google no more (or probably welcome to the site after Google directed you here). I want to give credit to my Family Life and Child Development degree professors for coming up with this (but italics and further explanations were added by the author)!

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Preschool B’s Top 5 Favorite Songs

Preschool Top 5 Favorite Song

Nest School Blog

Singing in class is an everyday habit of the Preschool B family. Not only is it fun, it also helps the children remember basic concepts like numbers, letters, days of the weeks, and colors to name a few.

The children also enjoy varying the loudness or softness of their voice and the size of the actions that they will do. It adds to the “fun factor” of each song.

There are many songs that we enjoy singing everyday but we have chosen the Top 5 most requested and sang by the children to share to you.

1. Eentsy Weentsy Spider

Eentsy weentsy spider
Went up the water spout
Down came the rain
And washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
Now the eentsy weentsy spider
Went up the spout again.

2. The Rainbow Song

How many colors does the rainbow have
each time it appears…

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Almondigas Soup

Here comes the rainy days. It’s monsoon season again… There’s nothing more comforting than a bowl of warm and hearty homemade soup on this wet and nippy weather. I’ll be sharing a family favorite soup recipe- Almondigas!

Almondigas recipe is inspired by Spanish/Mexican “Albondigas” which literally means meatballs. The Filipino version also known as Bola-bola with Misua, has notably a Chinese influence with the use of misua. The original Filipino recipe has “sponge gourd” or patola. Since my two boys don’t eat patola, I skipped that but added minced jicama or singkamas and carrots on the meatball mix instead.

Almondigas Soup Recipe                                    



1/4 kilo lean ground pork
1/4 kilo shrimp, shelled and finely chopped
2 stalks of spring onions or small onion (finely chopped)
1 small carrot, minced
1 singkamas minced (as extender/optional)
1 slightly beaten egg as binder
salt and pepper to taste

Meatballs about an inch size

Meatballs about an inch size


4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 big white onion,finely sliced
2 tsb cooking oil (olive oil if available)
8 cups shrimp or pork stock, rice washing or plain water with 2 pork/shrimp cubes
1 pack miswa noodles
salt and pepper to taste
patis (fish sauce)(0ptional)



2 tbsp green onions or chives, finely chopped or
toasted garlic


In cooking almondigas you have the option to brown the meatballs in oil first, but It will make the broth oily, or just do the shortcut of just dropping the meatballs directly to the broth.

1. Mix the pork, shrimp, parsley, carrots, singkamas, egg, salt and pepper.If shrimp is not available, use 1/2 kilo of pork instead.

2. Shape into small balls. (thumbsize)

3: Brown meat ball for 3-4 minutes on each side then drain excess oil using paper towels. (Skip this if you prefer doing the shortcut)

4. In a deep pan, saute the garlic and onions in olive oil.

5. Add the stock or water and pork/shrimp cubes and bring to boil.

6. Drop the meat balls into the boiling broth.

7. Once the meat balls are done, add the misua noodles, and then remove the pan off the heat.

8. Season with salt and pepper or (fish sauce/patis-optional)

9. Top with finely chopped green onions or chives and garlic flakes. Enjoy!


Cooking tips:

1.Make meatballs ahead of time and these can be kept in the freezer for two weeks. However,ommit the veggies- carrots, parsley, and singkamas if you intend to do this.

2. Misua will thicken or absorb the broth easily, just thin it out by adding broth or water.

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TheCraftyNanay Posted her First Blog!

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