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FAQs About the Montessori Prepared Environment

At the time when Dr. Montessori was developing her groundbreaking approach to education, traditional classrooms weren’t designed with the unique needs of children in mind. They had adult-sized furniture, with desks bolted into place in rows. They also had shelves out of reach of children. Dr. Montessori observed that a classroom intended for adults doesn’t support the learning of children. Today, Montessori schools follow the principles of the carefully prepared environment in accordance with Dr. Montessori’s observations.

How are Montessori classrooms decorated?

If you were to compare two side-by-side images of a Montessori classroom and a traditional classroom, you’d find several noticeable differences right away. Traditional classrooms often plaster the walls with brightly colored, eye-catching posters. These classrooms are decorated in a “busy” manner. Montessori schools prefer calm, uncluttered, orderly decorations that are evocative of nature. An uncluttered environment supports distraction-free learning. You’ll find clean walls with carefully chosen artwork arranged at intervals. All artwork is displayed at the child’s height. Montessori schools often incorporate natural elements, such as living plants.

How is furniture arranged in a Montessori classroom?

All of the furniture intended for the children’s use is sized appropriately for them. Students do not sit in rows. Instead, the focus is on the learning activities. Students can walk over to shelves positioned at an accommodating height, choose their learning activity, and carry it to a table. Or, they may choose to unroll an area rug and work on the floor.

How does the prepared environment change as a child grows older?

Classrooms intended for infants and toddlers are prepared with safety as the top priority. You won’t find any playpens in a Montessori school, as it’s important for children to develop their gross motor skills. Instead, children have plenty of space to explore learning materials and learn how to do things for themselves. In schools intended for older children, you’ll find the same dedication to order, beauty, and cleanliness. There is also plenty of storage space for older students to store their personal possessions and their works-in-progress.

The Montessori School offers welcoming, carefully arranged classrooms for learners from six weeks of age through sixth grade. Parents are invited to call (972) 985-8844 for information about enrollment in The Montessori School in North Dallas. Or, contact our campus in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

A Brief Look at Our Primary Program

The Primary Program at The Montessori School welcomes students ages three through six. If you’re interested in giving your young learner the benefits of a Montessori education, we invite you to look in on our classrooms. You’ll see a multi-age community of eager students, all hard at work on their own individual activities or working in small groups. Each Primary classroom is a carefully planned environment, with hundreds of specially designed Montessori materials.

Within this safe environment, children are given the freedom to capitalize on their interests. They explore the materials at their own pace, moving from concrete lessons to abstract concepts in order to deepen understanding. The Montessori School’s Primary Program includes core subjects like mathematics, language arts, geography, and history. Our curriculum also includes foreign language instruction, nature studies, and enrichment classes in music and creative movement.

We invite your family to learn more about joining our dynamic learning community. To inquire about our Primary Program, you can call The Montessori School in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

Inside The Nest in Our Early Infant Program

If you’re looking for a safe and inspiring place for your baby to grow, choose The Nest at the Montessori School. Our early infant program is run at our StarCreek campus and welcomes children ranging from six weeks to 12 months in age. Within our classrooms, we can tailor a schedule of changings, feedings, and naps according to your child’s needs, so you can feel confident that your baby is being cared for as you would at home.

Our early infant program incorporates offers a wide range of activities to keep your baby happy, including manipulatives, finger plays, movement, songs, language and sound development, and plenty of opportunities for interactions with other babies. We keep careful records of each baby’s activities each day, so parents can share in the growth and development that their babies experience when they are away.

The early infant program is available five days per week at The Montessori School’s StarCreek campus. To reach our StarCreek/Allen location for more information, call (972) 908-5055. For our North Dallas campus, call (469) 685-1732.

Creating Inspiring Learning Spaces at Home

It’s easier than you may think to continue your child’s education at home by making your space Montessori-friendly. In this video, learn some techniques that are used in Montessori schools that you can copy at home to reinforce what your child is learning in the classroom.

Start by ensuring that you have child-sized furniture, including chairs, tables, and shelves. Clear away clutter and stock the shelves with a few activities your child can do. Make it easy for your child to be independent by providing access to child-sized cleaning tools, dishes, and other items they may need during the day.

The Montessori School offers early infant programs up to elementary school programs in a supportive Montessori environment. Call (469) 685-1732 to request a tour of our elementary school in North Dallas, or dial (972) 908-5055 for a campus tour in Allen.

Is Being a Montessori Parent Right for You?

If you’re considering enrolling your child in Montessori school, then aside from questions about what he or she will be learning, you might also be wondering if being a parent of a child in Montessori education is right for you. Montessori is a family commitment, and it’s important to make sure it fits into your vision for your child’s education and your home. Are you ready to be a Montessori parent? Here are some signs that Montessori school could be a good fit for your family.

You prefer hands-on education to memorization.

In Montessori, kids set their own pace and learn things that interest them. Although they do have benchmarks to meet and they learn lessons within parameters, they are free to explore the classroom and engage with lessons in a hands-on way. For parents who are more accustomed to traditional classrooms, this transition can be confusing. Parents who choose Montessori for their children tend to prefer real-life learning situations that are guided by their kids to the rote memorization that comes with traditional education.

You don’t rely on traditional grading.

In Montessori, children have work portfolios and receive progress reports that describe students’ progress in a narrative way instead of assigning letter and number grades. For some parents, having grades is an important way of evaluating the progress and success of their students. Parents who prefer a bigger picture look at how their children are advancing in the classroom appreciate the Montessori approach to grading.

You are willing to leave yearlong grade cycles behind.

In Montessori, children stay in the same classroom for three years at a time. The classrooms are multi-age, so students get to learn from each other and work together cooperatively. Because students in traditional classrooms move to a new grade every year, it’s important for parents to be comfortable without seeing the yearly, formal progression to a new level.

The Montessori School is available to answer all of your questions about Montessori education, so you can make the right choice for your child. Call our Montessori school in North Dallas at (469) 685-1732 or in Allen at (972) 908-5055 to speak to one of our team members.

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