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Montessori Shelves for 4-Year-Olds

Classrooms in Montessori schools are orderly, thoughtfully prepared environments with neatly arranged learning activities on shelves. Many parents like to replicate this approach in their own homes. Choose shelving units that are at the right height for your child to access by him- or herself. Every few months, you can remove learning materials your child has mastered, and add new materials.

You can see some examples of Montessori shelves when you watch the accompanying video. The shelves featured here were designed for a four-year-old child, and they include practical life and sorting activities.

The classrooms at The Montessori School are carefully prepared to support the natural learning process. You can request a tour of our elementary school in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

Exploring the Montessori Approach to Discipline

Dr. Maria Montessori’s Method is, above all, one that nurtures graciousness and respectfulness for all. Students are expected to have respect for each other, for themselves, and for the teacher. The Method also has innovative thoughts on discipline. When parents first tour a Montessori school, they’re often amazed to see young students earnestly working with only gentle guidance from the teacher. No one shouts or interrupts others, and every student puts the learning materials in the appropriate place when finished with them. How do the teachers achieve this, and how can parents use these techniques at home?

Understanding Dr. Montessori’s Thoughts on Discipline

Dr. Montessori developed her Method by observing the way in which children grow, develop, and learn. Her philosophy was born of her observations, and because of this, her thoughts on discipline are naturally suited to the true way children grow. Dr. Montessori realized that blind obedience isn’t true obedience because the child isn’t willingly complying. First, children must learn the differences between right and wrong. Then, they can work on developing the willpower to make the right choices. Until a child is given the freedom to make choices within a carefully structured environment, he or she cannot practice inner discipline.

Developing a Structured Environment

It takes a great deal of persistence and patience on behalf of parents and teachers to nurture a child’s self-discipline. It starts with a carefully structured environment that only gives a child as much freedom as he or she can handle. In other words, the environment itself teaches the child how to make appropriate decisions.

Redirecting Troublesome Behavior

In a Montessori school, teachers redirect or refocus a child’s energy when he or she has trouble making an appropriate choice. Parents can also use this technique at home. The process of redirecting non-peaceful behavior starts with an unapologetic reminder of the rules, followed by gentle guidance that helps the child make the right choice.

The teachers at The Montessori School look forward to welcoming new students and their parents to our close-knit, supportive learning community. We understand that you’ll have lots of questions for us about Montessori education. Please take your time exploring the information on our website, and when you’re ready to request a tour of our Montessori school, call us in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

Why Multi-Age Classrooms Are Part of Montessori Education

A core component of Montessori education is the multi-age classroom. Unlike traditional classrooms, in which children are grouped by grade level, Montessori schools put children together in three-year age blocks. Working in these multi-age classrooms gives students advantages over simply being with children of the same age throughout their educational careers. Here are some of the benefits of multi-age classrooms in Montessori schools.

Observation is part of learning.

Younger children can learn a great deal from being grouped with older children, simply by observing them. Observation plays a key role in both learning and emotional development. Watching older children perform learning tasks as well as seeing their behavior, including how they interact with each other, can be critical for development. Mimicking the behavior of older students can help younger ones build maturity faster than they would otherwise.

Collaborative learning builds confidence.

Montessori education stresses self-paced learning, and within multi-age classrooms, this encourages collaborative learning experiences. Older children often guide younger children through activities, and younger children get to express their opinions as equals. For older students, being able to share their knowledge with younger students helps to increase their confidence in their skills and abilities. For younger students, this experience helps them get used to interacting with different groups of people and teaches them that it is OK to reach outside of their usual groups or comfort zone.

Curriculum is multi-dimensional.

Within multi-age classrooms, students learn about the same topics, but they study them in different depths. Students get to see how knowledge builds when they see other students who are older them diving deeper into the topics that they are studying. Students are more likely to see their lessons as dynamic and get excited about learning when they can see how their knowledge will expand.

At The Montessori School, we are committed to giving students a robust learning experience by providing the tools for guided independent learning and self-exploration. To learn more about our Montessori program please dial (972) 908-5055. To reach our Allen campus, call (469) 685-1732, or for our North Dallas campus, call (469) 685-1732.

Fun Montessori Tray Ideas to Try with Your Toddler

Activity trays are often used in Montessori schools, and you can extend that practice to home with your own DIY trays. The ideas in this video will help you set up Montessori education-inspired trays for your toddler at home.

Your trays should have activities that help your child practice his or her motor skills and should incorporate different colors and textures. Sorting different materials is a great leaning activity for toddlers and embraces the Montessori method.

The Montessori School’s toddler program helps little ones start their learning journeys with the benefits of Montessori-focused education. Call our Montessori school in North Dallas at (469) 685-1732 or in Allen at (972) 908-5055 for more information about all of our programs.

Is Montessori the Right Choice for Your Family?

Choosing a school for your child is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. As you explore your options and encounter Montessori, you may wonder if it could be the right fit for your child. Montessori schools are successful for students of all learning styles, since they are centered on self-paced learning. However, there are things to consider about Montessori as a family before you make your choice. Here is what you need to know.

Movement

Parents with active children frequently worry about how their children will do in the classroom, and when visiting a Montessori school, you may see a classroom of quiet, hardworking students. However, Montessori actually allows and encourages much more movement than a traditional classroom. Students are allowed to get up and move around as they need to, unlike traditional schools, where opportunities to move are limited and scheduled. Students who need to move around a lot to feel comfortable and focused can thrive in Montessori schools.

Home Discipline Style

Some people envision Montessori classrooms as completely child-led, without rules or restrictions, but this is not the case. If you don’t have rules in your home, then your child may face a period of adjustment when coming into the Montessori classroom, just as they would in traditional school. On the other hand, if your home is very regimented, then your child may at first find it difficult to manage his or her behavior with the freedom in Montessori programs. Keep in mind, these adjustments periods are usually temporary, but many families are surprised when they do occur.

Learning Styles

There is a place for all learning styles in Montessori classrooms. Children learn at the pace that works for them, in the way that works for them. Different learning styles co-exist and thrive in Montessori schools.

Are you considering Montessori education for your child? At The Montessori School, we are happy to answer all of your questions and arrange a school tour. Call us in North Dallas at (469) 685-1732 or in Allen at (972) 908-5055 to learn more.

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