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The Importance of Playtime for Children

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Playtime doesn’t just keep kids away from boredom; it is also an essential element of childhood development. In this article, you can learn about why playtime is essential to your child’s overall well-being.

Social Development

One of the biggest things that children learn from unstructured playtime is how to interact socially. They learn to pick up on social cues, learn norms, and begin to understand how to build relationships. Children’s social development can be adversely affected if they aren’t given enough time to play with others.

Emotional Well-Being

In our current day and age, our lives are often too hurried and filled with anxiety. While children may seem too young for the pressures of modern society, they weigh on them equally as heavily—especially when children are not given the opportunity to play. Carefree playtime allows them to de-stress and stop worrying about concerns they may have in other areas of life. Playtime has been connected to keeping young children depression-free and much happier.

Healthy Habits

Playtime encourages children to get up and run around. Research has shown that children who are given adequate amounts of playtime tend to be more fit and in better overall health.  The mindset that getting up and being active is an essential part of daily life is carried into later life, ensuring health throughout teenage and adult years.

There are many reasons to assure your child has access to plenty of playtime. The emotional and physical health of children is tied directly to academic performance, and both of these factors are enhanced from playtime.

One way to assure that your child is given the opportunity to participate in playtime is by enrolling them in a Montessori School. If you’d like more information about this topic, contact the Montessori School, which offers three locations. Give Starcreek a call at (972) 727-2800, North Dallas at (972) 985-8844, and West Plano at (972) 618-8844 today

Android App: Kid Mode: Kids Games + Videos

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Children love technology. How often does your child want to play with your phone? With supervision, your smartphone can be another learning tool for your child, so download some fun and educational apps.

Kid Mode for Android phones features fun games and videos for children of all ages and stores all the apps your child already has. A child lock is in place to ensure your child stays within Kid Mode and doesn’t disrupt your phone’s settings.

Contact The Montessori School for more information on a successful method of alternative schooling for your child. Call the location closest to you in Starcreek (972) 727-2800, in North Dallas (972) 985-8844, or in West Plano (972) 618-8844.

A Guide to the Toddler's Mind

Preschool Children in a Music Class

Many people don’t realize that early childhood is a crucial point for a child’s physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development. Learning begins almost as soon as your child is born and shouldn’t be stunted by waiting until kindergarten to start education outside of the home. Toddlers need positive learning experiences early on. Here’s why:

  • Influence: By the time a toddler is four, the parents have been the main influence in the child’s learning experience and education, largely impacting the child. The child’s mind is incredibly malleable at this point, meaning experiences will have a large effect on the toddler. The toddler’s brain is developing at a faster rate than it ever will again in his or her lifetime, so the mind is heavily influenced, elastic, and absorbing new information constantly.
  • Preparation: Early exposure to numbers, letters, and shapes prepare the toddler for regular education. Studies show that children who attend preschool are prepared to enter kindergarten with better pre-reading abilities, richer vocabularies, and stronger basic math skills. The stimulating experience of being in a classroom, while assimilating to structure, shapes the child by establishing these routines as precedent.
  • Peers: Older children can have difficulty in school if they never learned to socialize properly. Preschool can foster group activities, promoting understanding of social interaction when toddlers are still growing into their personalities. These opportunities teach toddlers how to listen, speak, and interact in different environments. Developing early friendships gives toddlers a companion for kindergarten and outside of school.

Education before kindergarten is essential to get your child ahead of the curve. At The Montessori School, we offer toddler programs designed to enhance children’s development at this crucial stage of life.

For more information, contact The Montessori School closest to you in Starcreek at (972) 727-2800, in North Dallas (972) 985-8844, or in West Plano at (972) 618-8844.

Why Your Child Deserves More Than the Typical Education

Allison with T2

The state of traditional education in the United States hasn’t evolved much, even in the face of discouraging statistics about low educational achievement. Montessori education utilizes a different method of schooling that emphasizes the importance of education rather than simply teaching students to pass tests in order to go into the next grade. Here are a few other reasons why Montessori schooling will provide a better education than public school for your child:

  • Focus
    Montessori schools are designed with children in mind. Teaching is child-centered and child-directed, meaning children have the capacity to direct their own learning. Children have separate learning methods and paces, and a Montessori school allows students to establish these features themselves. Exercises and equipment provided are self-correcting, to allow a child to learn from his or her mistakes and move on.
  • Variety
    Public education rarely offers opportunities outside of traditional learning subjects. Montessori schools assimilate a hands-on approach to learning by incorporating the five senses into learning. Activities like gardening, caring for animals, and music may be included in the curriculum to offer opportunities for learning outside of the classroom and encouraging creativity.
  • Grades
    Many traditional public school systems assign grades in an arbitrary fashion. Where students are taught to memorize in order to pass an exam, they are unlikely to retain or benefit from this information, but they still receive an A. Many Montessori schools don’t assign grades to children, instead choosing to assess children by their acquired skills. This way, students learn without the fear of poor grades interfering.

There are over 8,000 Montessori schools in the United States and more each year as parents learn about this successful alternative schooling.

For more information about a nearby school, contact one of The Montessori Schools in Starcreek at (972) 727-2800, in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844, or in West Plano at (972) 618-8844.

November Monthly Focus: Science

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During the month of November, we will be focusing on Plants!  In the first week, we will sort plants based on their physical characteristics.  We will be taking a closer look at the vegetables and flowers we have in our garden to learn more about them. 

In the second week, we will identify the parts of a plant; roots, stems, & leaves.  For the older students, we will go into more detail with parts of a flower.

During the third week, we will identify ways that young plants resemble the parent plant, while at the same time comparing how we look like our parents.

In the final week, we will discuss the life cycle of a plant: seed, seedling, plant, flower, and fruit.  This will give the students a visual idea of how their plants are growing outside!

In the final week we will discuss the life cycle of a plant: seed, seedling, plant, flower, and fruit.  This will give the students a visual idea of how their plants are growing outside!

To learn more contact one of The Montessori Schools: We have locations in Allen (972.727.2800), in North Dallas (972.985.8844) and in West Plano (972.618.8844).

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