Understanding the Stages of Intellectual Development

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Maria Montessori was an Italian educator and physician who developed an educational method based on the way a child learns naturally. She devoted her life to advancing the Montessori Method, which was born of her observations of children. The Montessori Method recognizes four planes of development, all of which are characterized by cognitive, emotional, and social achievements.

First Plane
The first plane recognized by Montessori schools follows children from birth through age six. This plane is defined as the period of the “Absorbent Mind.” During this time, a child’s mind readily soaks up information from the world around him or her. The child’s personality undergoes significant changes. Maria Montessori defined “Sensitive Periods ” during the first plane, which includes a child’s intense need for order, movement, language, and physical independence. The child begins to strive toward completing intellectually stimulating activities purposely and independently.

Second Plane
The second plane of development is from ages six through 12. It is known as the “Construction of the Intelligence.” Children begin to grow in their reasoning skills and logical thinking, and they begin to move from concrete to abstract thought. They move from physical independence to intellectual independence. During these years, children yearn for knowledge and they begin to develop a sense of their self in relation to the greater universe.

Third Plane
The third plane, which is “Construction of the Social Self,” is from ages 12 to 18. Children develop emotional independence as they learn self-assessment and self-concern. Critical thinking skills are further honed, and children develop social and moral values.

Fourth Plane
The fourth plane begins at age 18 and lasts throughout adulthood. During the “Construction of Self-Understanding” plane, individuals refine their understanding of right and wrong, construct a sense of spiritual self, and further establish a sense of the individual’s place in the world.

The Montessori School is dedicated to strictly adhering to Dr. Maria Montessori’s approach to education, which nurtures and supports children as they grow. Our classrooms offer a stimulating environment in which youngsters develop a greater sense of who they are and what they are capable of. We welcome parents’ questions about our Montessori school, and invite you to call our Allen location at (972) 727-2800 or our North Dallas location at (972) 985-8844.

The Advantages of Movement In the Classroom

The physical benefits of movement in the classroom are undeniable, particularly considering the alarming upward trend of obesity among even the youngest of children. Many children today lead a highly sedentary lifestyle. According to PediaStaff, most preschoolers are inactive for 89 percent of the day . Furthermore, many public schools are cutting down on the time spent on physical education, with the idea that devoting more time to learning is beneficial. In fact, children in private schools who are free to move about the classroom and engage in physical activities enjoy cognitive benefits.

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Research has shown that physical activity stimulates the brain and improves memory. Children who are physically active are better able to concentrate for longer periods at a time on learning activities. In addition, children who regularly enjoy physical activity demonstrate elevated mood and enhanced creativity.

The classrooms of The Montessori School are designed to allow freedom of movement for children as they work on their learning activities. Our Montessori programs also include enrichment activities, such as physical education. If you have any questions about the  Montessori Method , call our North Dallas school at (972) 985-8844 or our Allen school at (972) 727-2800.

How Montessori Education Develops the Whole Child

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A Montessori education is very different from a traditional education found in public schools. Traditional educational methods emphasize rote learning, focusing almost solely on academic achievements as defined by standardized tests. In contrast, a Montessori school places a high value on nurturing the development of the whole child, including emotional, social, physical, and cognitive development.

Emotional Development
Montessori schools are designed to be highly supportive, providing young children with the love and compassion they need to thrive. Children who grow up in this type of supportive environment develop a strong sense of self and self-worth; they develop the attributes of respect, trust, and gratitude. Children with a Montessori education learn to express their emotions in healthy ways. The Montessori Method emphasizes self-directed educational activities. When children take an active role in their own education, they grow in maturity and independence, and they develop greater resiliency.

Social Development
Montessori schools are arranged in multi-age classrooms, such as a classroom for children ages six through nine. This arrangement allows for a greater diversity of social interactions. Younger children benefit by learning from older children, and older children develop their communication skills as they explain learning activities to younger children. Montessori children learn to work collaboratively and by themselves.

Physical Development
Maria Montessori believed—and science has established—that children who are active throughout the day enjoy cognitive benefits. Physical education through movement and play helps children learn independence and develop self-help skills. A Montessori education guides children in moving with grace.

Cognitive Development
The Montessori approach to education aids children in becoming organized thinkers with an interdisciplinary curriculum and well-designed Montessori learning materials. Children learn in a sequence from concrete to abstract. Complex ideas are learned after the child has already grasped the building blocks for those ideas.

The educators of The Montessori School look forward to meeting your family and discussing how the Montessori Method can benefit your child. To arrange a visit , call our Allen location at (972) 727-2800 or our North Dallas location at (972) 985-8844. Our Montessori programs accept children from six weeks of age through 12 years. 

How Teachers Become Certified for Montessori Education

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Montessori educators are inquisitive, lifelong learners. As opposed to traditional classrooms in which the teacher is primarily a lecturer, the Montessori teacher functions as a guide and role model in the learning process. Each teacher observes the children’s growth and nurtures their capacity to learn through exploration. These educators undergo extensive training in the Montessori Method, materials, and environment.

Choose a Teacher Education Program
Teacher education programs for the Montessori Method are affiliated with the American Montessori Society (AMS) or the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). The specifics of the teacher training will vary, depending on which particular program the educator chooses. There are two forms of AMS-affiliated teacher education programs (TEPs). The first is an independent or freestanding program and the second is a program offered by a university or college. Teachers enrolling in the latter type of program may choose to pursue a master’s degree in Montessori education. Additionally, future Montessori teachers may choose to complete programs for different age ranges, such as early childhood education.

Complete the Program
All AMS-affiliated TEPs prepare the adult learner for certification by the AMS. The programs include an academic component consisting of coursework designed to help adult learners understand the Montessori approach for various subject areas. Future teachers will be asked to demonstrate their understanding of the approach by designing Montessori materials for classroom use. All adult learners must also complete a practicum component, which is a student internship that lasts one year.

Complete Professional Development
In keeping with the Montessori philosophy that learning is a lifelong endeavor, Montessori teachers also complete professional development. AMS requires 50 hours of credits for professional development, to be completed every five years.

The Montessori School adheres to Maria Montessori’s approach to education. To visit our campuses and meet our highly qualified teachers, call our Allen location at (972) 727-2800 or our North Dallas location at (972) 985-8844. We accept young learners from six weeks of age through 12 years.

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