• What Children Get Out of Montessori Education

    With a Montessori education, children grow into lifelong learners with a strong sense of self-confidence, independence, and compassion. The Montessori Method teaches children to be genuinely respectful of everyone and everything around them, including the environment. Children learn the value of community engagement and develop a strong ability to think through problems creatively.

    To learn more about the many benefits of a Montessori education for your child, watch this video. You’ll see many children happily engaging in learning activities on their own initiative.

    For more information about raising a self-motivated young learner, contact The Montessori School. Call (972) 727-2800 to speak with a Montessori administrator at our Allen campus or call (972) 985-8844 to reach our campus in North Dallas.

  • The Benefits of Music Education

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    A comprehensive education program includes enrichment activities, such as music education. Even while many public schools have reduced availability of these activities, private schools such as Montessori schools have embraced music education as an integral component of schooling. Music is a highly stimulating activity; children use many different skills at the same time. They read sheet music, listen to other instruments around them, manipulate small and large muscles, and coordinate their fingers to make the sounds.

    Researchers have found that children who participate in music education perform better academically. These enrichment activities build upon a child’s language development. Music education can also sharpen a youngster’s memory capacity and spatial intelligence. Furthermore, the creative process builds a child’s self-confidence and sense of self.

    At The Montessori School, our educators offer a variety of enrichment programs , including music education, outdoor gardening, fine arts, and computer instruction. Parents in North Dallas can contact a Montessori administrator at (972) 985-8844, while those in the Allen area can call (972) 727-2800.

  • The Benefits of Staying In a Montessori Environment

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    A Montessori classroom is artfully arranged into various curriculum areas. In this tranquil environment, children are allowed freedom of movement. Each child works on lessons at his or her own pace to facilitate a deep understanding of the material. A Montessori school nurtures each child’s sense of self-worth, encourages graceful living, and seeks harmony in a child’s emotional, social, cognitive, and physical well-being.

    Social Skills Development
    Traditional public schools tend to focus on a child’s achievements as measured by their grades and test scores. In contrast, a Montessori school assesses a child’s overall growth and progress. This whole-child approach lends itself toward greater maturity and social skills development, even among younger children. One study published in the journal Science demonstrated that children attending a Montessori school were able to exhibit positive responses to adverse social situations, for example.

    Academic Achievement
    The same study published in Science also evaluated the cognitive advancements of children attending a Montessori school as opposed to traditional public schools. The researchers found that children in a Montessori environment had more advanced mathematics and reading skills, and that they had better executive function. Executive function refers to the ability to organize, make knowledgeable decisions, adapt to changing circumstances, and plan ahead.

    Character Building
    By staying in a Montessori environment, children gain much more than just academic and social skills development. They also build strength of character. The Montessori Method teaches respectfulness, self-motivation, and self-confidence. Children learn that they can devise creative solutions to problems. Furthermore, they learn the importance of civic engagement through activities such as community service.

    The Montessori School invites parents to learn more about the Montessori Method and how this type of school environment supports lifelong learners. Contact our campus in Allen at (972) 727-2800 or our school in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844. Ask us about our wealth of enrichment programs for students.

  • How Learning a Second Language Is Beneficial to Your Child

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    Speaking another language is a complex process that involves articulating abstract thoughts and communicating them to others. As children develop mentally and physically, they learn to express themselves more freely. Acquiring a second language at an early age introduces them to the fact there is more than one word to describe a specific concept, and therefore more than one way to communicate. Learning a second language does not impede normal language or speech development, and may even help facilitate better pronunciation and comprehension.

    Of course, there are also practical advantages to learning a second language. More than 21% of school-aged children speak another language besides English at home, and the number of bilingual speakers is projected to increase. Learning a foreign language is an invaluable job skill in virtually any career path and can broaden a child’s cultural awareness.

    The Montessori School in Allen and North Dallas honors the time-tested tradition of independent and proactive learning in young children. Visit us online to learn more about our preschool and elementary programs and call (927) 727-2800 to speak to a representative at our location in Allen, or (972) 618-8844 for North Dallas.

  • The Different Learning Styles of Children

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    Children may develop their mental and physical abilities in similar milestones, but that doesn’t mean that their educational needs are also similar. As with adults, different children excel at retaining, retrieving, and processing new information in different ways. Below is an overview of the major learning styles of children and how a Montessori education can help.

    A visual learning style involves storing and retrieving information primarily through images. Children who are adept at visual learning may be detail-oriented or enjoy reading and writing, but may find noise easily distracting. Rather than rote instruction and repetition, Montessori classrooms rely on a variety of teaching devices to help children develop valuable skills in the way they are most comfortable with.

    Auditory learners may be more extroverted and sociable, preferring to exchange information directly and explore abstract concepts with others. Children with this learning style may be restless over long periods of time, instead preferring to explore creative outlets such as music or arts. A Montessori classroom is typically an open-ended and unstructured study space, where children may freely move around and learn with—and from—others.

    Learning by doing is a concept that most people can easily relate to, but children with a kinesthetic learning style may be very restless. They may find it easiest to express themselves physically and to explore new skills without instruction. Unfortunately, this often results in behavioral conflicts within a traditional class structure. One of the biggest advantages of the Montessori curriculum is that it encourages children to independently seek out new subjects to test and to “self-regulate” behavior.

    Montessori teachers understand that each child is unique, and that fostering a keen and active interest in learning is crucial during early childhood development. The Montessori School in the DFW Metroplex prides itself on providing a positive learning atmosphere catered to your child’s individual needs. Just follow the link to see what some of our parents have to say and contact our Allen offices at (972) 727-2800 or North Dallas offices at (972) 985-8844 today.