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    How Much Sleep Do Children Need?

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Sufficient sleep is particularly critical for children because it lends itself to healthy development – both mental and physical. When youngsters are well rested, they tend to thrive in school, display fewer behavioral issues, and enjoy emotional stability. As your child grows and transitions from daycare to preschool to elementary school, his or her sleep needs will change. Newborns sleep about 10.5 to 18 hours per day in an irregular pattern. Between three and 11 months of age, infants typically sleep for nine to 12 hours a night, plus daytime naps.

    Toddlers from one to three years of age need between 12 and 14 hours of sleep. Although each youngster is unique, children typically need only one one-to three-hour nap a day when they reach 18 months of age. As your child enters preschool, he or she should sleep 11 to 13 hours per night. Most kids no longer need naps after the age of five. Kids between the ages of five and 12 years of age need about 10 to 11 hours of sleep each night.

    The preschool and elementary school at The Montessori School at Starcreek encourages healthy development in young children with a safe, stimulating environment. Parents can reach our Montessori school in Allen by calling (972) 727-2800 or in North Dallas by calling (972) 985-8844.

    A Look at the Many Benefits of Reading for Upper Elementary School Students

    Last updated 15 days ago

    Children of all ages benefit from reading every day – from preschool through elementary school and beyond. In a Montessori school, the upper elementary class covers grade levels four through six. At this point in the Montessori curriculum, reading is not treated as a separate subject; rather, it is integrated into the broader curriculum. Upper elementary students begin to view reading as an invaluable tool that opens a door to the outside world and functions as a vehicle of self-discovery.

    Reading Supports a Love of Learning
    As a child grows within the Montessori tradition, he or she learns to appreciate reading for its own sake, rather than as a means to an end. Upper elementary students can indulge in their love of reading by selecting books that support their current learning activities. Doing so enriches the learning experience and encourages children to develop a positive attitude toward school.

    Reading Encourages Speech and Language Development
    Although the early years of a child’s life are crucial for speech and language development, these skills are continually honed through the years. Upper elementary students can broaden their vocabularies by enjoying books every day. They not only learn the meanings of new words; they also learn vocabulary in its proper context and usage. Through reading, students automatically acquire a sense of proper sentence structure and grammar, and they learn how to express themselves verbally in a self-confident manner.

    Reading Builds Concentration and Self-Discipline
    Since learning activities in a Montessori school are self-directed, students naturally develop a keen ability to concentrate. Reading reinforces a child’s self-discipline and concentration abilities, which will serve him or her well in other academic and life pursuits.

    The curriculum available at The Montessori School at Starcreek closely follows Maria Montessori’s approach to education. Our Montessori teachers serve as gentle guides to help our students celebrate self-discovery and reach their full potential. Parents in North Dallas can call our Montessori school at (972) 985-8844 while those in the Allen area are invited to call (972) 727-2800 to learn more about our year-round school programs

    Fun and Active Summer Games for Kids

    Last updated 22 days ago

    Kids love to stay active and explore the outdoors when they’re home for the summer from their Montessori school. You can help direct your child’s energy by suggesting some fun summertime activities, such as a family photography trip. Equip yourselves with cameras and head out for a stroll along a nature trail, the park, or a similar destination. Play a game by looking for letters formed by nature and structures, and take pictures of those letters. For example, an earthworm inching along could form the letter “I” and a bicycle tire could be an “O.” Afterward, turn your family’s pictures into a scrapbook.

    When the temperatures rise, suggest a sprinkler game to your kids. One child is in charge of turning a rotating sprinkler on and off. The other kids dance around the sprinkler area. When the sprinkler is turned on, they must freeze and hold their positions. When the sprinkler is turned off again, the kids can once again dance around.

    In addition to the school year, we offer summer programs and we accept enrollment year round.  Before the summer ends, consider enrolling your child in a Montessori preschool or a Montessori elementary school for this summer or the upcoming school year. Parents can call The Montessori School at Starcreek for more information. Call our Allen location at (972) 727-2800 or our North Dallas location at (972) 985-8844.

    Lemonade Fruit Popsicles for Summer!

    Last updated 29 days ago

    When the kids are home from their Montessori school for the summer, encourage them to join in on some summertime kitchen projects with you. You and your children can make healthy, delicious lemonade popsicles by adding your choice of berries or chopped fruit to popsicle molds. Then, mix together three-fourths cup of water with half a cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice and a quarter cup of agave or honey. Pour the mixture into the popsicle molds, add the sticks, and freeze until hardened.

    You can see a demonstration of this fun recipe by watching this video. This mom also offers some alternative ideas for agave nectar and recommends some summertime fruits that pair nicely with lemonade.

    The Montessori School at Starcreek features a learning kitchen in which our Montessori students embrace cooking adventures and enjoy nutritious foods. Parents are invited to schedule an admissions tour for more information about our Montessori school. Call (972) 985-8844 for our location in North Dallas or (972) 727-2800 for our school in Allen.


    Helping Kids Stay Healthy This Summer

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Children enrolled in a Montessori school are motivated to explore and keep themselves busy. However, even Montessori students may need some guidance from parents during the summer months. You can keep your kids healthy and active this summer by discussing the basics of outdoor safety with them, encouraging physical activity, and exploring healthy dietary choices with them.

    Take Some Outdoors Safety Precautions
    Experts recommend that parents look for insect repellent that does not contain DEET, which can be toxic to children. Instead, look for natural insect repellents with oil of lemon eucalyptus or picaridin. Additionally, teach your children to check themselves for tick bites and to identify poison ivy. Another critical step to take to ensure summer safety is to encourage your children to drink plenty of water, especially while playing outdoors. Kids are more vulnerable than adults to heat-related illnesses. Remember to have sunscreen readily available for your family.

    Encourage Physical Fitness as a Family
    Montessori schools encourage the development of the whole child and recognize the importance of movement. Encourage your family to enjoy physical activity together. Your family members can take turns selecting the physical activity for a particular day, such as playing soccer in the backyard, throwing a dance party, or going for a bike ride.

    Teach Dietary Independence
    As Montessori students, your children will learn to become independent and resilient. Encourage good nutrition by discussing the importance of healthy food choices, such as low-fat yogurt and fruit. Facilitate your child’s dietary independence by providing a healthy snack drawer at the proper height for him or her. Keep a selection of fresh fruits and sliced vegetables at child’s height in the refrigerator.

    Keep your child motivated to learn by enrolling them in the summer program at The Montessori School at Starcreek. Your child will flourish with an individualized learning experience designed to nurture self-esteem and support self-discovery. Our Montessori students develop their innate curiosity about the world around them, driven by self-motivation and a love of learning. If you wish to learn more about the Montessori approach to education, call our Allen location at (972) 727-2800 or our Montessori school in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844.

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