The Montessori School: The premiere Montessori Schools conveniently located in Allen: (972) 727-2800 and North Dallas: (972) 985-8844.
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Answering Parents' Most Frequent Questions About Montessori

Montessori schools follow the educational approach established by Dr. Maria Montessori. Dr. Montessori’s Method was based on her careful observations of how children use the world around them to learn. This is a time-tested method, which was first founded in 1907 and has been used around the world ever since. Parents are encouraged to visit the school, ask lots of questions, and do some background reading from credible sources to find out more about this unique educational journey.

Why doesn’t the teacher lecture to the whole class?

Montessori education is child-centered. During your tour, you’ll see that the classrooms are gracefully arranged into different work areas. Students choose an appropriate learning activity to work on by themselves or in a small group. The teacher carefully observes each student, stepping in to help when needed, and stepping back to allow the student to work through the problem-solving process. Instead of lecturing, the teacher periodically gathers together small groups to present a new lesson. This allows the teacher to tailor the lessons to each student’s pace and style of learning.

What about school grades?

Most Montessori schools do not grade student assignments. Instead, parents meet regularly with the teacher to discuss their child’s progress. The child also has the opportunity to present a portfolio of work, and perhaps to give a self-assessment.

Why are Montessori classrooms so large?

It’s a commonly held belief that the smaller a classroom is, the better. In fact, Maria Montessori’s Method emphasizes the value of having children learn to work efficiently as part of a larger community. They can learn from the experiences and perceptions of many of their peers, and they can learn to cooperate harmoniously with children of many different personalities. Since a Montessori classroom brings together students of a three-year age range, it is more closely representative of a real world community than a conventional classroom is.

You can bring any other questions you have to your tour at The Montessori School. Our staff loves to introduce parents to Montessori concepts, as we firmly believe it’s a supportive, nurturing way to help children reach their full potential. Call our Montessori school in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

A Guide to Our Enrichment Curriculum

Education is a delightful journey that lasts a lifetime. Here at The Montessori School, it’s our privilege to facilitate the early years of your child’s education. Children from six weeks through sixth grade explore our curriculum in a self-directed, self-paced manner that sparks their love of learning. Our elementary school students enjoy our enrichment curriculum.

Computer Instruction

All primary and elementary school students can learn how to use computers in our multimedia lab. They begin by learning basic mouse and keyboarding skills. Then, students advance in their computer literacy skills with activities that correspond with our Montessori curriculum. All computer use at our school is dependent upon each individual student’s social maturity level.

Outdoor Gardening

Students at The Montessori School develop a better understanding of the natural world and their roles as its stewards with daily gardening activities. The organic outdoor garden is located next to our science lab. Here, students develop their knowledge of botany as they grow vegetables and flowers. We firmly believe that outdoor work is essential for a child’s healthy development, as nature helps individuals feel grounded and peaceful.

Cooking

The fresh vegetables our students grow in our organic garden are used for our culinary activities. Our learning kitchen offers activities for children of all ability levels. Here, students broaden their understanding of academic topics, including chemistry, math, and physics.

Music Instruction

The creative process is important to the Montessori approach. Students learn musical literacy and appreciation through daily activities, including singing, composing, and performing. Our regular school performances allow students to feel confident on the stage.

Science Experimentation

The Montessori School features a well-equipped science lab. Here, our students work on hands-on science experiments. They develop an understanding of scientific methodology and processes as they conduct their own experiments.

Fine Arts Studio

In our fine arts studio, the emphasis is on the joy of creation, rather than the final result. Students explore a variety of media types, including collage, painting, printmaking, and color mixing. They learn to feel self-confident in their creative expressions and to support and respect the artistic endeavors of their peers.

If The Montessori School sounds like an ideal environment for your child, we invite you to schedule a tour of our beautiful campuses. Call us in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 727-2800 to ask about the admissions process. You’ll find that our Montessori school is a close-knit, supportive community.

What Montessori Education Is Like in the Elementary Years

Elementary school is a time when students develop character, morality, and self-identity. Parents often choose Montessori education for these sensitive years because it nurtures the development of the whole child. When you watch this featured video, you’ll discover the unique approach of Montessori elementary schools.

This video invites multiple Montessori teachers to discuss the main aspects of this approach. Students learn at their own pace, which means no child is ever behind. Additionally, each student has an individualized, self-directed learning plan. Overall, Montessori education stimulates critical thinking, independence, and inner motivation.

The Lower and Upper Elementary Programs at The Montessori School welcome enrollment inquiries from interested parents. Call our school in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

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.

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