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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.

A Closer Look at the Montessori 3-Period Lesson

In Montessori schools, teachers build their classrooms around three-period lessons. The idea behind this approach to teaching is that each child thoroughly learns a concept through three distinct periods of instruction. By the end of the third period, students should have achieved mastery of the material. Here is a look at the three periods and what they mean to the overall Montessori education process.

Introduction

Period one is the introduction period. During this part of the lesson, teachers introduce a new term or concept to students. The topics introduced during this time are referred to in Montessori schools as nomenclature. For example, an image and a label with the name of the image would be considered to be nomenclatures that are introduced during the first period of the lesson. The time spent on introduction varies, but it will not be rushed, allowing each student to develop a basic understanding.

Association

Period two is a more in-depth introduction to the topic. Students are not asked to master any of the material in the lesson but rather practice with it so that they become comfortable with their knowledge. During this second period of learning, students should handle any materials associated with the lesson to facilitate the learning process. As with the first period, this second period can last for as long as necessary for students to achieve the goals the teacher has.

Recall

This final stage of learning occurs when students have mastery of the topic. During this period, students should be able to provide information that they have learned in the other periods without prompting from the teacher. Teachers will not move students to this period until they are sure that the students are ready to succeed.

Do you have questions about what happens in the Montessori classroom? Schedule a visit to the Montessori School to tour our campuses and find out more about this style of education. Arrange a school visit by calling our school in North Dallas at (469) 685-1732 or our campus in Allen at (972) 908-5055.

Understanding Upper Elementary Level Montessori Education

The Upper Elementary program at Montessori schools welcomes students ages nine through 12. In a traditional school, this would be grades four through six. If your student is preparing to enter the Upper Elementary school, he or she will be pleased to learn that the same cornerstone principles of Maria Montessori’s Method used during the earlier years will carry over to this more advanced program.

Pedagogy

The pedagogical methods used in the Upper Elementary school embrace the concepts of sequential learning, including the natural transition from hands-on learning activities to abstract concepts. Students continue to use Montessori learning materials. However, once they gain mastery of a concept, students can begin to use textbooks to supplement the learning process. Upper Elementary students continue to work individually in uninterrupted blocks of time, as well as in small groups.

Curriculum

Montessori education embraces a comprehensive approach to curricula. By the time a student enters the Upper Elementary school, he or she is a fluent reader who uses books as tools to open the doors to new worlds. Reading isn’t considered a separate subject at this point. Distinct subject areas in the curriculum include:

  • Language arts and grammar
  • Mathematics
  • Geometry
  • Social studies/history
  • Geography
  • Foreign language
  • Science, including nature studies like botany and zoology

Enrichment

Montessori schools pride themselves on offering a complete enrichment curriculum for students. Enrichment programs nurture the soul as well as stimulate the brain, and allow students to express themselves creatively. Some examples of enrichment programs include:

  • Outdoor gardening
  • Computer instruction
  • Musical education
  • Fine arts

Personal Development

Montessori education is unique in that it supports the healthy development of the whole child. It is tailored to support children at every stage of their natural development. From ages nine through 12, Montessori students are learning how to take bigger steps toward independence. They’re learning how to self-regulate their behaviors and emotions, how to grow close relationships with their peers, and how to think in abstract ways. The Montessori classroom supports the students’ development by allowing freedom of choice and movement within a well-structured classroom.

The Montessori School welcomes inquiries from parents who are interested in learning more about our dynamic school community. We accept students from six weeks of age through sixth grade. Questions about Montessori school enrollment can be directed to our office in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

Get Cooking at The Montessori School

One of the many reasons why our students love coming to school is that the Montessori approach embraces a hands-on, sequential learning experience. This approach is carried through to our enrichment curriculum. At The Montessori School, students are encouraged to explore our fully equipped learning kitchen. Here, students put into practice their mathematics skills as they follow recipes, many of which include the use of ingredients grown right here in our outdoor garden by our students!

Cooking is also an opportunity for our elementary school students to see chemical reactions in action. Under the observant eye of a teacher, students are introduced to sequential concepts in cooking, while enjoying the benefits of sensory stimulation. And students aren’t the only ones who like our learning kitchen. Parents are always pleasantly surprised when their students become more adventurous eaters.

The Montessori School is a private preschool and elementary school serving families in Texas. To discuss our school enrollment procedures, you can call our campus in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

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