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Tips for Building Confidence in Your Kids

True education isn’t about memorizing dates, numbers, and facts. It’s about learning how to think critically and independently, embracing the pursuit of knowledge, and daring to ask difficult questions. But it takes self-confidence for young learners to work toward these lofty goals. Teachers at Montessori schools and parents can work together to provide students with the support and resources they need to become self-confident and productive members of society.

Teach your child to have compassion for others.

Compassion for other people is central to healthy self-confidence. When a person is genuinely kind to others, he or she is more likely to be kind to him- or herself. Help your child learn about empathy by discussing what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes. Talk about how someone’s actions, whether positive or negative, made another person feel. Demonstrate compassion by taking your child to volunteer opportunities. Your child will begin to understand that in helping and respecting others, he or she can respect him- or herself.

Embrace your child’s interests and self-identity.

It’s only natural for parents to want their kids to have more opportunities in life than the parents did. But sometimes, parents need to remind themselves that their children won’t necessarily be interested in the same things that they were when they were young. Give your child the freedom to pursue his or her own interests and talents. Your child’s differences are what make him or her special, and encouraging your child to develop a unique self-identity will instill self-confidence. This concept is part of Dr. Maria Montessori’s Method. She encouraged parents to embrace their children as independent people, rather than to perceive them as dependent extensions of the parents.

Give your child the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. Call The Montessori School in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 727-2800. From our Early Infant Program to our private elementary school, we provide a loving, supportive setting in which children grow into self-confident learners.

Inside the Nest: Our Early Infant Program

The Montessori School welcomes children from six weeks through 12 months to attend our Early Infant Program, “The Nest.” It’s available at our StarCreek campus. Five days per week, our compassionate educators watch over the children as they grow. Within this positive, comfortable classroom environment at our Montessori school, your child will interact with his or her peers, enjoy the freedom of movement, and grow to trust the loving caregivers.

Our caring educators constantly communicate with the children through talking, singing, signing, and of course, reading. When your child isn’t napping, he or she will love to explore our musical instruments, books, and sensory manipulatives. Our daily classroom activities include fun finger plays and activities intended to stimulate language development. The Montessori approach to childhood development recognizes that every little one has unique needs. We adjust each child’s feeding, napping, and diaper-changing schedule to suit that child’s needs.

New and expecting parents can begin the Early Infant Program enrollment process at The Montessori School. You can reach our staff in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

A Look at How Teachers Lead Montessori Classrooms

Parents touring a Montessori school will notice many differences between this model and the model followed by conventional public schools. One of the most significant differences is the role of the teacher. Maria Montessori’s Method positions the teacher to be a guide, rather than a lecturer. The teacher moves about the classroom, stepping in to assist when needed, and stepping back to let students work. This approach cultivates each student’s independence and critical thinking skills.

The Teacher as a Presenter

Montessori teachers usually present lessons in small groups or one-on-one. Far less time is devoted to large group lessons. These lessons are typically brief, and leave plenty of room for children to explore on their own. Since Montessori education embraces hands-on learning materials, a typical lesson will involve presenting the name of the materials, how to use them, and where to find them in the classroom. Then, students will work by themselves or in small groups as they explore the activity.

The Teacher as a Guide

You may hear your child’s Montessori teacher refer to him- or herself as a guide. In a conventional classroom, the teacher at the front of the classroom is the center of attention. He or she talks much of the time, calls on students, and answers questions. In a Montessori classroom, the students are the main focus. The teacher moves among them, observing and helping as needed. When a student needs help, Montessori teachers are trained to help students work through the puzzle. They avoid giving the student the answers, as this wouldn’t be supporting the student’s learning process.

The Teacher as an Observer

Montessori schools eschew grades, but this doesn’t mean that students’ progress isn’t recorded. Montessori teachers are trained to carefully observe each student’s learning activities, strengths, weaknesses, and interests. These observations aren’t passive, and they may lead to adjustments in the environment or teaching methods in order to cultivate the child’s true potential.

The Montessori School provides our students with a carefully planned environment and nurturing, highly trained educators who support each child’s individual identity. Our private elementary school accepts applications for enrollment throughout the year. Call our campus in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

Spotlight on Montessori Toys for Infants

It is never too early to bring the Montessori approach to education into your child’s life. From infancy, toys designed using the principles of Montessori schools can support your child’s development of specific skills that will help him or her later in the classroom and beyond.

Watch this video for a look at Montessori toys for infants. Montessori toys are wooden toys designed to help kids develop fine and gross motor skills. Because they don’t have lights and sounds, they also help with mental development and creativity.

At The Montessori School, movement and independence are the cornerstones of our Montessori school curriculum. Learn more about our programs by contacting us with your questions. To reach our North Dallas school, call (469) 685-1732, or for our Allen location, call (972) 908-5055.

FAQs About Mixed-Age Classrooms

One thing that sets Montessori school programs apart from traditional schools is the use of mixed-age classrooms. If you’re considering a Montessori school for your child, you may have some questions about classrooms with different age groups. Here are the answers to some of the questions parents frequently have about this classroom style.

What age ranges are in the classroom?

Typically, students are within two to three years of each other in a single classroom. For example, three to six year olds may share the same class. This structure allows classes to be mixed in age but doesn’t put students with extremely large developmental differences in the same room, so that closer peer bonds are likely to develop.

What are the benefits of mixed-age classrooms?

In mixed-aged classes, students are able to learn at their own paces instead of following a strictly defined curriculum based on their age. It also helps kids learn to build a community with people of different ages, interests, and abilities, which allows them to learn cooperation skills. Being in a mixed-aged classroom also encourages the students to help each other. Younger children get the benefit of guidance from their older peers, while the older students benefit from the leadership experience they gain.

Will being in a mixed-age classroom stunt learning?

Some parents worry that being in a classroom with students of different ages will impede their children’s progress, especially if their students are advanced learners. In reality, this classroom design frees students from the constraints of a rigid curriculum to learn at a pace that is right for them. Students often have more opportunities to progress in mixed-age classrooms than in traditional settings.

If you are considering a Montessori education for your child, The Montessori School is available to address any questions you may have. Please contact our Dallas campus by calling (469) 685-1732, or call us in Allen at (972) 908-5055 to make an appointment for a school tour.

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