• Studying the Benefits of Montessori Schooling [INFOGRAPHIC]

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    The choices you make about your child’s education will have a profound impact on his or her life. The traditional public school education system focuses on a structured curriculum and evaluates students academically with tests and grades, but what about the rest of the child? Montessori schools take a different approach. Montessori classrooms are geared towards the students. The teachers are there to encourage and facilitate learning while the students electively immerse themselves in topics they find interesting. As a result, students build not only academic knowledge, but also improve their social skills and gain self-confidence. The Montessori Schools of Allen and North Dallas devised this infographic to explain the benefits of keeping your child in a Montessori program. Please share these facts with your fellow parents to help them make informed choices about their children’s elementary education.

  • Busting Myths About Montessori Education

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    Despite the growing numbers of Montessori schools across the U.S. and around the world, many myths and misconceptions about this approach to education persist. The Montessori Method is a creative approach to education that nurtures a child’s freedom, self-esteem, healthy development, and sense of responsibility. Parents who are seeking a well-rounded, enriching education for their children can contact a Montessori school to learn the truth behind the myths.

    Myth: The Montessori Method Is Limited to the Classroom

    The Montessori curriculum can only be implemented by a specially trained Montessori teacher. However, the Montessori approach can be integrated into a family’s daily life to encourage the child’s healthy development. For example, a Montessori education teaches children that they are capable of performing tasks themselves. You can follow this philosophy at home by placing tools and other objects within easy reach of your child. For example, your child can place his or her own jacket on a hook that is placed at a proper height for him or her. Your child can learn to serve his or her own breakfast by choosing from items placed on lower levels of the refrigerator and pantry. Your child can also learn how to care for his or her own possessions and maintain orderliness in his or her room.

    Myth: Montessori Schools Limit Social Interactions

    Visitors to Montessori schools may remark that the children most often seem to work by themselves, rather than interacting with others. Parents can rest assured that the Montessori approach does indeed facilitate healthy socialization . Children often do work by themselves; however, they also learn to work in groups. When they work together, students learn to treat each other with mutual respect.

    Myth: Montessori Schools are Unstructured

    A Montessori education is self-directed by the student; however, it is indeed structured. Lesson plans integrate specific subject areas and children receive guidance from the teacher as needed. Students work at their self-selected lessons in long blocks, in addition to scheduled enrichment activities, meetings with the teacher, and study groups.

    The Montessori School at StarCreek welcomes questions from parents who are interested in learning more about our integrated and enriching approach to education. We encourage prospective families to contact us for our current tour dates. You can call our campus in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or our school in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

  • Tips for Helping Your Child Build Self-Confidence

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    When you raise your child to have high self-confidence, he or she will be more likely to succeed in all of life’s challenges—even if there are some missteps along the way. Self-confidence is not about arrogance or always making the right choices; it is about your child knowing who he or she is so that there is a solid foundation for growth in any avenue of life. Below is a look at what you can do as a parent to build up your child’s confidence from an early age.

    Let your child be independent

    Learning independently is important for self-confidence, because children benefit from seeing a trial-and-error process from an early age. However, you may want to keep practicing new skills limited to times when you are not in a hurry. For example, learning to tie shoes may be practiced when you are not in a time crunch to get out of the house.

    Encourage your child’s creativity

    Children are naturally curious and creative, and they thrive when they are able to discover their talents on their own. Whether your child likes to draw, sing, or even make up new activities, it is best to let him or her take on these hobbies freely.

    Offer consistent reassurance

    Praising your child is necessary to help him or her feel valuable and loved. Be sure to recognize when your child does accomplish something or learn something new, and use his or her name in these acknowledgements. Attaching praise to your child’s name will reinforce a positive self-image. When your child is struggling with a new skill, encourage him or her to keep trying or use a different approach to the problem.

    A Montessori education can provide your child with a great start in life along with a positive attitude and self-image. To look inside the Montessori classroom , connect with The Montessori School in Dallas or Allen. You can reach us online or at 972-727-2800 for our Allen location or 972-985-8844 for Dallas. 

  • Understanding the Role of Montessori Teachers

    When you walk into a Montessori classroom, you may be surprised to see children working on different tasks around the room with a teacher observing from a distance. Unlike a conventional classroom, the Montessori classroom encourages children to work independently as the teacher observes their progress and offers a helping hand where needed.

    Benefits

    Teachers do still have a very active role in how each child learns, but they do not stand in front of the classroom to deliver lessons. The Montessori teacher also performs a great deal of work when school is not in session. They maintain communication with parents, prepare materials for activities, and reflect on the progress of each student. They provide a bridge between the Montessori materials and the student, making sure to step in only when a child is struggling or asks for assistance.

    To learn more about the difference a Montessori education can make for your child, visit The Montessori School at one of our north Texas campuses. You can schedule a tour of our Allen or Dallas schools by calling 972-727-2800 or 972-985-8844. For  a closer look at our programs, visit our website today.

  • Cognitive Milestones In Childhood Development

    Developmental milestones provide a general guideline for parents and teachers. However, it’s important to bear in mind that every child develops at his or her own pace. Generally, by the age of six or seven, children are capable of working through more complex problems. They start to fine tune their problem solving skills, moving from learning through observation to learning through reasoning skills.

    Watch this video for more information about the typical cognitive milestones of this exciting time in your child’s life. You’ll also hear some tips on playing games with your child that encourage logic and reasoning skills.

    The Montessori School uses specialized Montessori learning materials that are designed to guide children through the process of learning . If you would like to learn about the enrollment process at our private school, call our North Dallas office at (972) 985-8844 or our office in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

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