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Setting Up Activities for Your Montessori Child

Are you wondering how you can bring the Montessori school approach into your home? If so, then watch this video for tips on setting up activities in new ways that can make them more attractive and engaging for your child.

First, consider making a display out of the activity, instead of leaving it on the shelf on in a toy box. Next, create groupings of supplies that your child will need for a specific activity. Similarly, you should set up the activity so that it’s ready to go and your child can play with it independently. Lastly, consider undoing puzzles so your child will feel motivated to put them back together.

If you’re interested in Montessori school enrollment for your child, then please contact The Montessori School in North Dallas by calling (469) 685-1732, or dial (972) 727-2800 to reach our campus in Allen, Texas.

What Are the Goals of a Montessori School?

Montessori education is designed to give children the skills they need to be confident and capable learners both in and out of the classroom. If you are exploring educational options for your child and are considering whether a Montessori school could be the right fit for your family, understanding the goals of this style of teaching and learning could help you make your choice. Here is what you need to know.

Goal: Montessori schools build positive attitudes about education.

School is a central part of children’s development, but unfortunately, many children develop negative attitudes about education in traditional classrooms. This happens when kids with different learning styles fall behind or when kids aren’t challenged enough by the material. Montessori schools fight this negativity by empowering kids to be independent learners. Montessori students work on their own work at their own pace. They choose lessons that are appealing to them and delve into topics as deeply as they wish. As a result, learning is always rewarding, and school is a positive place instead of one filled with pressure.

Goal: Montessori schools build self-confidence.

Kids in Montessori classrooms don’t only develop a positive attitude about education—they also develop a positive sense of self. Children are given far-reaching independence in Montessori schools, which helps students develop confidence in their own abilities. Thanks to mixed-age classrooms, students also build even more confidence as they help their younger peers learn.

Goal: Montessori schools instill a lifelong love of learning.

In Montessori schools, learning is self-motivated and fulfilling. It isn’t done for the purpose of memorizing things for tests or because a teacher is making you do it. As a result, children develop a pure love for learning that will help stay with them throughout their lives.

The Montessori School is happy to answer any questions you have about Montessori education for your child. Schedule an appointment at our Dallas location by calling (469) 685-1732, or set up a visit to our Montessori school in Allen by dialing (972) 908-5055.

Selecting Montessori Toys for Your Toddler

One of the best ways to bring Montessori principles from your toddler’s program into your home is to select Montessori-friendly toys. As you shop for new toys for your toddler, here are some strategies you can use to choose ones that fit into the Montessori philosophy.

Choose Toys Made from Natural Materials

Montessori emphasizes the importance of connecting with nature and natural items. Instead of choosing toys made from plastic for your toddler, look for ones made of wood, cotton, wool, and even glass. Using these materials helps toddlers to develop a relationship with natural things, and it helps to keep kids safe from toxins that could be present in artificially manufactured items. Natural materials also help children to learn from their actions. For instance, throwing a plastic toy is unlikely to break it, but throwing something made of wood or glass can cause it to break or shatter. Children learn that their acts have consequences by seeing that immediate reaction.

Choose Toys That Look Realistic

In Montessori education, toys that look like real-life items are preferred over ones that are fantastical. For instance, a stuffed bear should be brown or another natural color for a bear rather than pink or purple. Giving toddlers toys that look like real items helps them to build a foundation of knowledge about those items while also allowing them to use their own imaginations to use them in creative ways.

Choose Toys That Are Simple

Simplicity is prized in Montessori education. Simple toys let kids really focus on the toy and all of its functions, instead of being distracted or overwhelmed by all of the bells and whistles. For example, building blocks that also feature pictures distract from the fact that the blocks are for building.

Talk to the teachers in your child’s toddler program at The Montessori School for more great tips for bringing classroom principles home. You can find out more about Montessori education and our programs in Allen by calling (972) 908-5055, or dial (469) 685-1732 to reach our school in Dallas.

Preschool Shelf Work with Montessori Learning Trays

Learning trays are an integral part of Montessori school classrooms. In this video, see an example of a learning tray for a toddler program in a Montessori classroom that is designed to give three-year-old hands-on learning experiences.

Montessori is built on the understanding that children are inspired to learn through age-appropriate, self-guided experiences that are curated by the teacher. The learning trays in this video combine tactile experiences, matching, and lessons that exercise fine motor skills. The child can move through these lessons at his or her own pace until they are mastered.

If you’re interested in Montessori education for your child, consider The Montessori School. Contact one of our two campuses for more information. Our Dallas campus can be reached at (469) 685-1732, or call our school in Allen at (972) 908-5055.

Nature Studies in Montessori Education

Part of the Montessori educational philosophy is that children should interact with the natural world to build a connection with the world around them. Nature studies are a means for Montessori schools to embrace this principle and help kids get hands-on interactions with nature. At The Montessori School, outdoor gardening is part of our enrichment curriculum and is one avenue we use to incorporate nature studies into our classrooms.

Our gardening activities are done both indoors and outdoors so children have the flexibility to explore all of their interests in botany. Our outdoor garden is organic and allows children to grow everything from flowers to vegetables we use in cooking projects. Students also get hands-on experience with seeds, trees, leaves, and other natural elements as part of their studies.

At The Montessori School, we have a full range of enrichment activities, including gardening, music, and fine art. We’re happy to answer all of your questions about our Montessori school curriculum. Our North Dallas location can be reached at (469) 685-1732, or call our Allen campus at (972) 908-5055.

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