Part of The Montessori philosophy is that early learning is essential for the cognitive and emotional development of children. At The Montessori Schools in Starcreek, North Dallas, and West Plano, we offer early learning programs for infants and toddlers. Here are a few of the benefits that early learning can provide.
Toddlers develop a sense of trust in their surroundings when nurtured properly. This nurturing involves responding appropriately to a child’s verbalization of the desire to be cared for. In addition, infants learn through observation and interaction with the people and environment around them. Thus, freedom of movement and activity are essential for infants’ learning.
Development of Personality
Early learning is essential for toddlers, as they develop 80% of their personalities as at this stage. Enrollment in an early learning program provides children with the chance to become familiar with themselves and their learning environment. In addition, a toddler’s natural curiosity can be stimulated and further developed through an early learning program.
Refinement of Motor Skills
The development and refinement of children’s gross and fine motor skills occurs largely between the ages of 18 months and 3 years. During this time, it is essential that children have access to tools and activities to help them enhance their mobility.
Building a Foundation for Learning
One of the most important aspects of early education is the establishment of a foundation for lifelong learning. By encouraging children’s cognition and curiosity from a young age, early learning programs allow them to prepare for the next stage of their education.
The early education programs The Montessori Schools are designed to help each infant and toddler develop as a whole person. If you are interested in enrolling your child in our early learning programs, contact one of our three schools in the greater Dallas area. Dial (972) 727-2800 to reach our Starcreek location, (972) 985-8844 for our North Dallas location, or (972) 618-8844 for our West Plano location.
At The Montessori Schools, our teaching philosophy nurtures the whole child. The Montessori way can extend beyond the classroom to help parents more effectively raise and nurture their children. Here are a few of the highs and lows that come with parenting and the ways that the Montessori philosophy can help you through them.
Establishing an Emotional Connection
There is an innate connection that we form with our children. As children grow, the bond becomes stronger and more complex. This emotional connection can be a source of both joy and pain for parents as the watch their children develop. As children grow, they learn to use this emotional connection to push their parents’ buttons, a behavior that is difficult for some parents to overcome.
Raising a Child in the Modern World
It can be difficult to discover the best way to nurture your child so that they grow to be a kind and considerate person in today’s world. Advances in technology have established a wealth of new information for your child to explore. However, that same technology can stunt your child’s emotional growth and make it easy for your child to isolate him or herself. Many parents feel lost when trying to establish a balance in today’s world.
How the Montessori Way Can Help
The Montessori way encourages children to explore the world around them and to consider their own place in that world. The Montessori Schools establish guidelines for children to maintain good behavior and a neat classroom. However, children are given freedom in all other aspects of learning. Parents can extend this idea into the home by providing children with a set of basic rules while promoting exploration and curiosity. These principles can help children develop respect for those around them and become well-adjusted in a changing world.
If you are interested in The Montessori way, then please contact one of The Three Montessori Schools in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. You can reach our school in StarCreek by calling (972) 727-2800, our school in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844, or our school in West Plano at (972) 618-8844.
For more than a century, the ideas of Maria Montessori have been helping children grow and develop into thoughtful, creative people who are fully engaged with the world around them. The return on your investment in Montessori will be enhanced if there is a consistency between your home and your child’s classroom.
“From conception to age 4, the individual develops 50 percent of his mature intelligence; from ages 4 to 8 he develops another 30 percent…This would suggest the very rapid growth of intelligence in the early years and the possible great influence of the early environment on this development,” said Dr. Benjamin S. Bloom of the University of Chicago.
Bringing The Montessori Philosophy into your home does not mean putting Montessori materials in your living room, it means taking the Montessori perspective. With this perspective your attitudes, your pace, your expectations and the limits you establish for your child will be in keeping with the principles that Maria Montessori developed for her teachers-principles that came from her lifelong observation of the nature of children.
To gain this perspective you can read Montessori’s writings attend parent information nights at your child’s school or join a Montessori discussion group.
There are more than 8,000 Montessori Schools in the United States and more each year as parents learn about The Montessori Philosophy.
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.
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