• A Different Vision: The Montessori Education

    The Montessori education was founded by Dr. Maria Montessori in 1907, and this type of learning was designed with the natural developmental stages of children in mind.

    This video discusses some of the history of Montessori Schools and shows children actively learning with the unique curriculum. Children are encouraged to try new activities every day so they are always excited to come to school. Parents can become more involved in their child’s Montessori education with the Montessori Foundation , which works to train the instructors working in the schools.

    Contact Montessori Schools of Texas at one of our three locations by calling 972-727-2800, 972-985-8844, or 972-618-8844. We offer programs from preschool to grade school in Allen, Dallas, and West Plano.

  • The Montessori Curriculum: Five Steps to Mathematics

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    Math is one of the most important subjects a child can learn because it is used virtually everywhere. Children are aware of math and numbers from a very young age, but translating the abstract concepts of math into tangible, concrete ideas can be difficult. In the Montessori curriculum, children overcome the challenges of learning math through specially designed materials that teach mathematical concepts through multi-sensory lessons. Below are the 5 steps to solving a math problem that children will learn to master from the level of arithmetic to calculus:

    1. Understand the problem: In order for a child to comprehend what a problem is asking, she must know what numbers represent and how they work with each other. During early curriculum , children will work with number tiles and differently sized rods that correlate to numerical values. These teach children to identify numbers so they can begin to work with them.
    2. Identify the unknowns: Every math problem has an unknown that needs to be found. In arithmetic, the unknown is the result of adding, multiplying, subtracting, or dividing a number. Children are provided with many counting materials to help them discover the unknown in these types of problems so that more complex problems can be given.
    3. Translate the unknown into mathematical language: As children work with the sensory devices for each problem, they will make associations with the written problem these materials represent.
    4. Solve the problem: As children discover what each new activity is representing, they will be able to work through new problems faster and build on this knowledge.
    5. Check the answer: Repetitive activities are crucial for learning, because children need to memorize core concepts that remain true in every equation. By getting the same answer over and over, children will recognize how to correctly solve any mathematical problem.

    If you think that the Montessori curriculum is right for your child, contact the Montessori Schools of Dallas (972-727-2800), Plano (972-985-8844), and Allen (972-618-8844). We offer programs from preschool through grade school so that your child can get a great start in her education.

  • For More Information on Educating Your Children, Take a Look at These Resources

    Group Of Elementary Age Schoolchildren In Music Class

    The Montessori philosophy of education believes in helping every student attain her full potential and learn to be comfortable in the world. For more information about our pedagogical principles, check out these resources.

    • From this collection of quotes from Maria Montessori, you can get more information about what a sensitive period is and why it is so vital to a child’s development.
    • From approximately one to three years of age, children are in a sensitive period for learning about order and how to organize the world around them.
    • Your child can learn a lot about science by helping you in the kitchen .
    • This pamphlet from the Department of Education is full of suggestions for helping your child learn about science in day-to-day life.
    • What makes a Montessori education unique? Find out from the American Montessori Society .

    To schedule a tour of one of The Montessori School ’s campuses, call Starcreek at (972) 727-2800, North Dallas at (9720 985-8844, or West Plano at (972) 618-8844.

  • Sensitive Periods for Learning

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    Montessori pedagogical methods are based on the potential for learning and absorption of skills in young children, particularly at times known as sensitive periods. For more information about what a sensitive period is and when they take place in a child’s development, read on.

    What Is a Sensitive Period?
    According to Montessori founder Maria Montessori, a sensitive period is a time in a child’s development before the age of 6 when he is especially driven to learn about a certain aspect of the world. During a sensitive period, learning a skill is effortless and natural, but learning it after the sensitive period will be much more difficult.

    Examples of Sensitive Periods
    Children master methods of interacting with the world in certain steps. According to Montessori education, sensitive periods of learning can be organized as follows:

    • Language. Because language is such an important skill for interacting with the world, this sensitive period lasts longer than any other: from birth to age six. During this time, children become aware of and attuned to the sounds of human language, stimulating language-centered areas of the brain.
    • Order. Between ages one and three, children learn to organize and impose order on the world around them. They work to create a system for the ways things “should be,” and they want to establish and follow patterns.
    • Sensory refinement. Until age four, children are constantly taking in new information about the world around them and learning to discriminate between relevant and irrelevant stimuli.
    • Motor skills refinement. From eighteen months until four years of age, children refine their fine motor skills, like picking up small objects and writing or coloring, which creates muscle tone. They also master more difficult gross motor skills, like balancing.

    The Montessori School creates an environment that encourages your child to make the most of his natural drive and focus during these sensitive periods, so he can be mentally and physically engaged with the world around them. For information about enrolling in one of our schools, call Starcreek at 972-727-2800, North Dallas at 972-985-8844, or West Plano at 972-618-8844.