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There are many theories and approaches to education, such as the lecture format and rote memorization approach often utilized by public schools. However, a Montessori education is unique. Montessori educators serve as guides for students, who learn through exploration. The nurturing environment and stimulating curriculum gently encourage students to grow in self-esteem and self-reliance.
With a traditional approach, various subjects are compartmentalized and separated from each other. Students attend one class for mathematics and another for history. In a Montessori school, the curriculum is integrated; Montessori teachers recognize that subjects and skills overlap. For example, a student may explore the history of ancient Egypt, the writing system of hieroglyphs, and the mathematical concepts of pyramids. By thoroughly immersing oneself in a subject of interest, students flourish academically and develop an appreciation for the process of learning.
The Montessori Method recognizes that all students learn differently and at their own ideal pace. A Montessori education provides a child with the opportunity to enjoy an individualized learning plan; he or she progresses to the next lesson only after mastering the previous one. This natural course of progression lends itself to a solid foundation for learning. Within limits, students enjoy the freedom to choose the focus of their education.
Unique Classroom Design
A Montessori classroom is specially designed to support optimum learning. The teacher does not stand at the front of the class and lecture; rather, students work at various learning stations and the teacher guides them as needed. A Montessori classroom is a loving community in which students and teachers alike are respected as unique individuals. The multi-age nature of the classroom allows younger children to learn from older children, and older children to demonstrate their mastery of a subject by teaching it to others.
The Montessori School closely follows Maria Montessori’s vision of laying a foundation for lifelong learning. Families are invited to learn more about our Montessori school and our rich curriculum by visiting our website and touring our campuses. You can contact our Montessori school in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or our location in Allen at (972) 727-2800.
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The Montessori School implements a whole-child approach to education; in addition to our academic programs, we offer enrichment programs to enhance students’ development and introduce them to a variety of activities. Our Montessori students enjoy special projects and guest speakers throughout the year, with daily schedule allowances for group lessons, songs, stories, creative endeavors, and movement activities.
Our enrichment programs complement our students’ academic achievements. Some of the programs our students enjoy include music instruction with the Montessori bells and tone bars, which promote sound discrimination and musical composition. When the weather permits, our students connect with the natural world by working in our organic garden outdoors. After harvesting, the children have the opportunity to use their own vegetables in their cooking projects. Our Montessori school also offers science experimentation, computer instruction, physical education, and fine arts. In addition, students are always welcome to improve their reading skills in our library.
The Montessori School at StarCreek accepts children from six weeks through sixth grade at our campuses in Texas. If you have any questions about the Montessori Method or our school, call our campus in Allen at (972) 727-2800 or in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844.
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The choices you make about your child’s education will have a profound impact on his or her life. The traditional public school education system focuses on a structured curriculum and evaluates students academically with tests and grades, but what about the rest of the child? Montessori schools take a different approach. Montessori classrooms are geared towards the students. The teachers are there to encourage and facilitate learning while the students electively immerse themselves in topics they find interesting. As a result, students build not only academic knowledge, but also improve their social skills and gain self-confidence. The Montessori Schools of Allen and North Dallas devised this infographic to explain the benefits of keeping your child in a Montessori program. Please share these facts with your fellow parents to help them make informed choices about their children’s elementary education.
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Despite the growing numbers of Montessori schools across the U.S. and around the world, many myths and misconceptions about this approach to education persist. The Montessori Method is a creative approach to education that nurtures a child’s freedom, self-esteem, healthy development, and sense of responsibility. Parents who are seeking a well-rounded, enriching education for their children can contact a Montessori school to learn the truth behind the myths.
Myth: The Montessori Method Is Limited to the Classroom
The Montessori curriculum can only be implemented by a specially trained Montessori teacher. However, the Montessori approach can be integrated into a family’s daily life to encourage the child’s healthy development. For example, a Montessori education teaches children that they are capable of performing tasks themselves. You can follow this philosophy at home by placing tools and other objects within easy reach of your child. For example, your child can place his or her own jacket on a hook that is placed at a proper height for him or her. Your child can learn to serve his or her own breakfast by choosing from items placed on lower levels of the refrigerator and pantry. Your child can also learn how to care for his or her own possessions and maintain orderliness in his or her room.
Myth: Montessori Schools Limit Social Interactions
Visitors to Montessori schools may remark that the children most often seem to work by themselves, rather than interacting with others. Parents can rest assured that the Montessori approach does indeed facilitate healthy socialization. Children often do work by themselves; however, they also learn to work in groups. When they work together, students learn to treat each other with mutual respect.
Myth: Montessori Schools are Unstructured
A Montessori education is self-directed by the student; however, it is indeed structured. Lesson plans integrate specific subject areas and children receive guidance from the teacher as needed. Students work at their self-selected lessons in long blocks, in addition to scheduled enrichment activities, meetings with the teacher, and study groups.
The Montessori School at StarCreek welcomes questions from parents who are interested in learning more about our integrated and enriching approach to education. We encourage prospective families to contact us for our current tour dates. You can call our campus in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or our school in Allen at (972) 727-2800.
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When you raise your child to have high self-confidence, he or she will be more likely to succeed in all of life’s challenges—even if there are some missteps along the way. Self-confidence is not about arrogance or always making the right choices; it is about your child knowing who he or she is so that there is a solid foundation for growth in any avenue of life. Below is a look at what you can do as a parent to build up your child’s confidence from an early age.
Let your child be independent
Learning independently is important for self-confidence, because children benefit from seeing a trial-and-error process from an early age. However, you may want to keep practicing new skills limited to times when you are not in a hurry. For example, learning to tie shoes may be practiced when you are not in a time crunch to get out of the house.
Encourage your child’s creativity
Children are naturally curious and creative, and they thrive when they are able to discover their talents on their own. Whether your child likes to draw, sing, or even make up new activities, it is best to let him or her take on these hobbies freely.
Offer consistent reassurance
Praising your child is necessary to help him or her feel valuable and loved. Be sure to recognize when your child does accomplish something or learn something new, and use his or her name in these acknowledgements. Attaching praise to your child’s name will reinforce a positive self-image. When your child is struggling with a new skill, encourage him or her to keep trying or use a different approach to the problem.
A Montessori education can provide your child with a great start in life along with a positive attitude and self-image. To look inside the Montessori classroom, connect with The Montessori School in Dallas or Allen. You can reach us online or at 972-727-2800 for our Allen location or 972-985-8844 for Dallas.