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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

Care

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).

November Monthly Focus: Art

Painting

In November, we will be making a fall collage in an artistic way. The term collage derives from the French "colle" meaning "glue". This term was coined by both Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the beginning of the 20th century when collage became a distinctive part of modern art. We will be collecting nature items from outside and also using magazine pictures and stamping leaf shapes. This activity involves all of our five senses : to identify colors, textures, forms, and subjects in the environment to display on our collage.

Please send in any child appropriate magazines such as Parents, Travel, Better Home and Garden, Cooking and National Geographic Kids.

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

The Difference Between Montessori Schools and Traditional Schools

The goal of both Montessori and traditional schools is the same: to provide learning experiences for the child.  The biggest differences are in the kinds of learning experiences each school provides and the methods they use to accomplish this goal.

Montessori educators believe both differences are important because they help shape what a child learns, his work habits and his future attitudes toward himself and the world around him.

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To learn more about the Montessori method, call one of The Montessori Schools: StarCreek (Allen) (972.727.2800), in North Dallas (972.985.8844) and in West Plano (972.618.8844)

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