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A Parent's Guide to Supporting their Montessori Student

Enrolling your child in a Montessori school is an effective approach to raising an independent learner. Montessori education extends beyond the classroom; it’s an approach that supports the natural development of every child. Many families choose to incorporate the principles of the Montessori approach at home to better support their students and allow for consistency between the school and home.

Observing the Classroom

To best support your student, it’s essential to develop a firm understanding of the Montessori approach and of your child’s unique learning style. Contact the school to inquire about classroom visits. Many Montessori schools do encourage parental involvement, including unobtrusive visits to the classroom. If you are allowed to observe your child’s classroom, try to do so as quietly as possible to avoid any disruptions.

O rdering the Home Environment

When you observe the classroom, you will notice that all of the learning materials and any other needed items are well-organized and placed on low shelves. The classroom is arranged in a way that allows the students to freely access these items without requiring the assistance of an adult. Consider ordering your home in such a way to nurture your student’s growing independence. Place the milk pitcher and healthy snacks on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator to allow your child to help him- or herself. Install a child-height rung in his or her closet and provide clothing without intricate closures that your child can put on independently.

Encouraging Intrinsic Motivation

In the Montessori tradition, learning is its own reward. You will notice that the Montessori classroom lacks gold star charts to reward children for achievements. Instead, the teachers nurture every student’s inner motivation to explore and achieve. You can continue this tradition at home by refraining from providing external motivators for schoolwork and chores. Instead of praising your child’s accomplishments, praise his or her efforts.

The Montessori School supports the efforts of our school community to integrate the Montessori approach into our students’ lives at home. If you would like further guidance in this area, you can speak with a staff member. Contact our Montessori school in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

Measuring Success in a Toddler Classroom

From ages 18 months to three years, toddlers develop a stronger understanding of their self-identities and grow ever more curious about the world around them. In a Montessori school, the natural curiosity of the child is supported and encouraged within a thoughtfully designed classroom that allows toddlers to easily access learning materials on their own. Montessori schools do not use report cards or grades to assess the progress of toddlers, but their progress is indeed closely monitored.

Teachers in a Toddler Program serve as guides who step in when support is needed, but otherwise allow the young students to progress through the learning process on their own. The instructors carefully observe each child and assess student success based on the child’s self-initiated learning journey and participation in classroom activities.

In the Toddler Program at The Montessori School, your child’s natural, self-paced development will be fully supported within a nurturing, positive environment. You can request additional information about our Montessori school by calling our campus in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

The Essence of Montessori

Montessori schools do so much more than allow students to thrive academically; they also instill in children an enduring understanding of what it means to live peacefully. Montessori classrooms are truly communities in which children and adolescents develop a sense of inner peace, resolve differences peacefully with each other, and extend courtesy and respectfulness to the outside community.

You can learn more about the philosophy of the Montessori approach by watching this video and visiting a Montessori school. This video explains how the Montessori Method cultivates societal peace by fostering self-awareness, cultural awareness, community awareness, and environmental stewardship.

The Montessori School closely follows Maria Montessori’s Method to construct carefully designed environments in which students become responsible, independent thinkers. To discuss enrollment, you may call our Montessori school in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

A Look Back at the Origins of Montessori Education

The Montessori approach has a rich history that is kept alive today in Montessori schools around the globe. The Method was developed by Maria Montessori, who was born in 1870 in Italy. Although it wasn’t customary for Italian women to be well-educated during that time, Maria was an exemplary student who became one of the first female doctors in the country. She later developed a keen interest in educational theory, which ultimately led to her innovative Method.

Casa dei Bambini

As the co-director of a training institute for special education teachers, Dr. Montessori studied the effectiveness of various educational approaches. She later put her observances to work when she opened her first Casa dei Bambini (Children’s House) in an inner city district. She continued to carefully observe how children taught themselves by manipulating learning materials. In 1909, Dr. Montessori released a book on her findings.

Early Movement

By 1910, the Montessori Method was already attracting interest around the world. Dr. Montessori taught the earliest Montessori educators herself, which gave rise to the founding of Montessori schools on five continents. The first to open in the U.S. was founded in New York in 1911. The movement quickly picked up steam in America, thanks in part to the accolades from Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, and other notable figures. Unfortunately, a number of factors led to a sharp decline in Montessori education in the U.S., including World War I and xenophobia. However, Dr. Montessori persisted in refining her approach, turning her attention to the developmental needs of adolescents. Before her death in 1952, Dr. Montessori added peace education to her approach, which was undoubtedly inspired by her experiences living through World Wars I and II.

Revival Movement

It wasn’t until 1960 that renewed interest in the Montessori Method flourished in America. That year, the American Montessori Society (AMS) was founded by Dr. Nancy Rambusch. AMS supports teacher training initiatives and the founding of Montessori schools in the U.S.

Today, The Montessori School is pleased to continue to educate children with Dr. Maria Montessori’s Method. Parents who would like to raise a lifelong learner are encouraged to explore the Montessori approach further by scheduling a tour of our school. You can reach our Montessori school in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

Spotlight on Our Learning Kitchen

The Montessori School is pleased to introduce our students to a wealth of enrichment opportunities. In addition to spending time in our outdoor garden, students are invited to explore the learning kitchen in our Montessori school. A Montessori education encourages children to take ownership of their learning and our enrichment activities support this process. After caring for the plants in our outdoor gardens, students may bring in fresh ingredients to the learning kitchen to explore healthy ways of preparing nourishing food.

Working in the learning kitchen at our Montessori school empowers students to gain mastery of the academic skills they’ve learned, including mathematics, chemistry, and physics. The hands-on work engages students and stimulates the senses. Additionally, sampling the fruits of their labor encourages students to expand their palates.

Parents can learn more about our enrichment opportunities by visiting our website. Or, call The Montessori School in North Dallas, Texas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 618-8844.

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