• How to Help Your Child Maintain a Positive Self Image

    Superhero kid

    For your child to succeed in school and work, she will need plenty of confidence in her abilities. Since you are your child’s first and greatest teacher, it’s up to you to reinforce a positive self-image early and often.

    You must teach your child that it’s okay to love oneself. You can do this by example—instead of disparaging yourself, show your child what it means to have self-confidence so she may follow suit. You should also try to smile every time you see your child, and show her that you love her by giving her plenty of affection. Give your child the respect she deserves by bending to her level and looking at her when she speaks. Praise your child’s accomplishments from an early age—whether it’s a piece of artwork or a gold star at preschool—and let her overhear you brag about her deeds.

    Another way to boost your child’s self-esteem is to send her to a high-quality school. Call The Montessori School Allen campus at (972) 727-2800 or the North Dallas campus at (972) 985-8844 to find out how your child can benefit from a Montessori education

  • The Evolution of Mobile Apps and Early Learning for Children

    Child laying in hammock with tablet

    For the last several decades, technology has evolved at a dizzying pace. More often than not, you’ll see people walking along the sidewalk with their heads buried in their phones. Mobile applications, or mobile apps, have provided unprecedented opportunities for businesses; but how have they affected the education of youngsters? If you’re thinking about enrolling your child in a Montessori school, you may have questions about the role of technology in a Montessori classroom. It’s a good idea to talk to the teachers at the Montessori school about their approach to the integration of technology in the curriculum.

    How Young Children Learn
    From her observations, Italian educator Dr. Maria Montessori discovered that children learn via hands-on, sensory activities. For example, if you observe an infant, you might notice that she explores an object with she hands, then tries to put it in her mouth to engage multiple senses. A child in a Montessori classroom learns in a similarly exploratory fashion.

    The Evolution of Mobile Apps
    The first touchscreen device was sold by IBM in 1993. This innovation facilitated the release of the first iPhone in 2007 by Apple, which included some basic apps for weather, maps, and photos. While the first apps were quite basic, they have evolved rapidly to address concerns in practically every area of life, from teaching a child vocabulary to finding restaurant reviews.

    Apps to Aid Your Child’s Education
    Exposing your child to mobile apps is a great way to help her explore new ideas and reinforce her preschool education at home. The Montessori Crosswords app for iPhone and iPad includes small crossword puzzles that help children learn words and sounds. One of the most popular apps for preschoolers is Monkey Preschool Lunchbox, which helps develop spatial awareness. Duck Duck Moose can help the budding mathematician with counting, addition, subtraction, pattern recognition, and much more.

    At The Montessori School , your child will receive useful and practical computer instruction. Our philosophy of technology is that computer literacy skills should be applicable to the Montessori curriculum and moderated with regard to each child’s social maturity. If you have any questions about our Montessori school, please call our Allen campus at (972) 727-2800 or our school in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844.

  • Famous Montessori Alumni – Actors, Educators, Politicians, Musicians

    Peter Drucker

    A Montessori education can open doors for your child later in life because he or she will develop a lifelong love of learning. Montessori educators nurture children’s natural curiosity and encourage them to learn by exploring hands-on activities. The effectiveness of this approach is reflected in the many actors, educators, politicians, and musicians who attended Montessori schools.

    A Montessori education fosters creativity in children, so it’s no surprise that many famous actors and actresses are Montessori alums. Melissa Gilbert is one notable example. Gilbert made her name as a child actress, appearing in television films such as The Miracle Worker and The Diary of Anne Frank . She proved her versatility by later competing on Dancing with the Stars and serving as the President of the Screen Actors Guild. Other notable actresses who went to Montessori schools include Sara Gilbert, Helen Hunt, and Dakota Fanning.

    Inspired to love learning itself by their Montessori teachers, Peter Drucker and T. Berry Brazelton later went on to become famous educators in their own right. Peter Drucker enjoyed a remarkable career that encompassed multiple disciplines. He became known as a consultant, writer, and teacher, particularly for his work in modern management theory. T. Berry Brazelton attained fame as a notable pediatrician who authored 24 books and 200 scholarly papers. While his primary fields were in pediatrics and child psychiatry, his love of teaching was reflected in his efforts to educate parents about children.

    With the renewed interest in the British Crown following the royal wedding of William and Kate, it may interest some parents to know that Princes William and Harry are alums of Montessori schools. Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is another notable alumna.

    The nurturing of the creative process in Montessori schools can clearly be seen in many remarkable musicians. Sean P. Combs, the famous music producer and business mogul, attended a Montessori school, as did country music sensation Taylor Swift and pop star Beyoncé Knowles.

    If you would like to learn more about the benefits of a Montessori education for your child, we invite you to contact The Montessori School for information about tour dates and informational sessions. Please call our location in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or our campus in Allen at (972) 727-2800. Parents are encouraged to visit us on the Web to learn more about the Montessori approach to education.

  • Brief History of Montessori Education

    Maria Montessori

    The first Casa dei Bambini , or Children’s House, was established in 1907 in Rome by Dr. Maria Montessori. Dr. Montessori was an Italian physician and advocate for early childhood education. Through scientific observation, she discovered that the young children under her charge learned phenomenally well when they pursued their own interests in areas such as food preparation. Her observations formed the basis for the Montessori Method of education. She began teaching other educators her methods, and by 1910 the Montessori philosophy was spreading throughout Europe.

    The Montessori philosophy reached the U.S. rapidly. By 1911, the first U.S. Montessori school was established in Scarborough, New York, and more than 100 schools espoused the approach by 1916. Although the Montessori Method experienced a setback in America in subsequent years, it was revitalized in the latter half of the 20th century.

    Today, many parents embrace the time-tested benefits of a Montessori education for their children. To learn more, you can contact The Montessori School in Allen at (972) 727-2800 or in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844.