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Choosing a Montessori School for Your Child

If you have decided that Montessori education is the right fit for your child, your next step is to choose a Montessori school. Because there are no official guidelines that all Montessori schools must follow, programs can vary dramatically from school to school. That means that it’s important to explore the specific curriculum and approach of the schools you’re considering to see which one feels right for your child. Here are some things to consider.

Professional Memberships

Although there are no standard requirements for calling yourself a Montessori school, many schools voluntarily participate in a professional organization that set certain educational standards. One such program is the American Montessori Society, or AMS. AMS sets specific standards for teacher training, learner outcomes, and curriculum. By finding out about a school’s professional memberships, you can get insight into their approach to Montessori education. You should also check to see if there are any health and safety licensing requirements for schools in your state, and if so, that the school you are considering has the appropriate, current license.

Classroom Environment

There is no better way to get a feel for a Montessori program than to spend time in the classroom. Although classrooms can differ greatly, look for classes that are designed to embrace key Montessori principles, with child-sized furniture and learning tools, spaces for group and individual work, and defined areas for the different parts of the curriculum. Classrooms should be organized, and children should be working independently, with teachers there to provide guidance.

School Program

Some Montessori schools only offer programs for very young children, while others run through upper elementary school and beyond. Consider the length of the program offered and what your plans will be for your child after that program is finished.

The Montessori School is an AMS member with Montessori programs stretching through 6 th grade. We invite parents to visit our Montessori schools to explore our classrooms for themselves. Make an appointment to visit our Dallas location by calling (469) 685-1732, or contact our Montessori school in Allen by dialing (972) 908-5055.

What Parents Can Expect from Montessori Education

For parents who were educated in traditional classrooms, it is natural to have many questions about what to expect when they send their children to Montessori schools. The Montessori approach may be different from other schools, but the overall goal is the same: to provide your child with the tools he or she needs to be confident, hardworking, and successful. If you are considering a Montessori school for your child, here is a look at what you can expect.

Mixed-Age Classrooms

In Montessori schools, multiple ages learn in the same classroom. This gives students the opportunity to learn from each other. The older children frequently act as guides to the younger children and help them work on projects. This set-up not only encourages cooperation between children and helps them develop socially, but it also teaches them skills that will be useful during adulthood as they enter a multigenerational workplace.

Student-Directed Learning

The Montessori approach is all about giving children the freedom and respect they need to develop independence and self-confidence as they learn. In Montessori classrooms, the students direct the learning. Each child chooses what project he or she wants to complete, based on his or her interests and curiosities. However, this doesn’t mean that students can opt out of learning. The projects and materials that are available are carefully chosen by Montessori teachers to help children reach the educational benchmarks they need to attain, and teachers ensure that students stay focused on tasks. This approach allows children to learn at their own pace.

Child-Sized Design

Everything in the Montessori classroom is designed to be geared towards young students. All of the furniture and materials are child-sized so that kids can use them without assistance. Classrooms encourage free roaming rather than sitting at desks all day to encourage kids to take advantage of all of the tools at their fingertips.

Is Montessori education right for your child? Visit The Montessori School to learn more about our curriculum, classes, and students. Please call (972) 908-5055 if you would like to visit our Montessori school in Allen, or dial (469) 685-1732 to reach our North Dallas location.

A Look at How Children Develop from Ages 3-5

The ages of 3 to 5, when most children are in preschool, are a time of many developmental milestones. In Montessori preschool, each day is designed to maximize and enhance age-friendly development to help your child grow to his or her full potential. Here is a closer look at some of the developmental milestones you can expect your child to reach during his or her time in Montessori preschool.

Intellectual Growth

Intellectual development can be striking at this age, as children learn and apply new information at a rapid rate. At this age, kids frequently begin imaginary play, which leads to a whole new world of activities. Language also increases dramatically. Most kids know about 200 words at age 3 and 2,500 words by 5. Children can also begin to understand the concept of time, recognize colors, and use simple counting. Montessori preschools provide a range of activities geared towards helping kids practice these newly learned skills.

Physical Growth

Kids are growing physically at this age and building a new range of physical skills. However, they can also easily become frustrated because their bodies can’t keep up with the activities they want to do in their mind. Falling is extremely common while kids learn to hop, swing, climb, and do somersaults. Kids also have the dexterity at this age to learn to use scissors and draw some letters and shapes. The free movement style of Montessori classrooms helps kids work on these skills.

Social Growth

Kids learn a great deal about cooperation and friendship at this age, as they develop deeper interactions with peers and work on problem-solving skills. Montessori classrooms can be enormously beneficial for social development, since students work collaboratively and are allowed to experience and deal with conflict among peers successfully and without becoming overly emotional.

The Montessori School is committed to supporting your child’s healthy physical and social development throughout our preschool and primary school programs. Get more information about Montessori schools by visiting one of our campuses. To reach our North Dallas school, call (469) 685-1732, or if you are in Allen, call (972) 908-5055.

Introducing Montessori Routines to Your Toddler

If Montessori school is a priority for your family, you can start teaching the principles very early in your child’s life. Even your toddler can learn age-appropriate skills with the Montessori approach that can benefit him or her when the time to attend Montessori school arrives.

Watch this video to learn more about teaching your toddler Montessori routines. By simply teaching your toddler to set up and break down his or her play area, you can inspire the kind of confidence and independence that is emphasized in the Montessori school classroom.

At The Montessori School, our toddler program emphasizes these same skills in our daycare and preschool classrooms. Find out more about our Montessori schools by calling (469) 685-1732 to reach our North Dallas campus, or dial (972) 908-5055 to contact our Allen school location.

Why Aren't Grades Given by Montessori Teachers?

One thing about the Montessori approach that often surprises parents is that students are not given grades. The lack of grades in Montessori schools isn’t about creating a lax environment but rather about creating an attitude toward learning that is centered on self-motivation and mastery of a subject.

Montessori teachers don’t give grades to avoid creating a learning environment that is geared towards teaching to a test. When students are graded, they tend to focus only on the information on which they will be evaluated, rather than the totality of a subject. This allows students to squeak by without fully understanding something. Grades also rob students of the joy of learning, since it forces them to focus on meeting a numerical standard.

At The Montessori School, we welcome your questions about the Montessori approach as you make important choices for your child’s education. If you are interested in learning more, call (972) 908-5055 to speak to our Montessori school in Allen, or call (469) 685-1732 to talk to someone at our school in Dallas.

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