Parents who are considering a Montessori education for their children may be interested to watch a lesson as demonstrated by a Montessori teacher. Watch this video to see a Montessori educator discuss a learning activity called matching animals—front and back. She demonstrates how a child can carefully place wooden blocks depicting different animals and match them correctly to their corresponding blocks. She also demonstrates the way a Montessori student learns to carefully handle objects and clean up after himself or herself.
By watching this video, you can grasp the general concept of Montessori learning materials. Learning materials are physical objects by which a child can learn through independent manipulation and handling. They are beautifully designed and made from natural materials, such as smooth wood, wicker, and fabric.
The Montessori School at StarCreek seeks to instill independence and a lifelong quest for learning in our students. Parents can call our school in Allen at (972) 727-2800 or in Dallas at (972) 985-8844 to arrange a tour of our beautiful campuses.
There are many theories and approaches to education, such as the lecture format and rote memorization approach often utilized by public schools. However, a Montessori education is unique. Montessori educators serve as guides for students, who learn through exploration. The nurturing environment and stimulating curriculum gently encourage students to grow in self-esteem and self-reliance.
With a traditional approach, various subjects are compartmentalized and separated from each other. Students attend one class for mathematics and another for history. In a Montessori school, the curriculum is integrated; Montessori teachers recognize that subjects and skills overlap. For example, a student may explore the history of ancient Egypt, the writing system of hieroglyphs, and the mathematical concepts of pyramids. By thoroughly immersing oneself in a subject of interest, students flourish academically and develop an appreciation for the process of learning.
The Montessori Method recognizes that all students learn differently and at their own ideal pace. A Montessori education provides a child with the opportunity to enjoy an individualized learning plan ; he or she progresses to the next lesson only after mastering the previous one. This natural course of progression lends itself to a solid foundation for learning. Within limits, students enjoy the freedom to choose the focus of their education.
Unique Classroom Design
A Montessori classroom is specially designed to support optimum learning. The teacher does not stand at the front of the class and lecture; rather, students work at various learning stations and the teacher guides them as needed. A Montessori classroom is a loving community in which students and teachers alike are respected as unique individuals. The multi-age nature of the classroom allows younger children to learn from older children, and older children to demonstrate their mastery of a subject by teaching it to others.
The Montessori School closely follows Maria Montessori’s vision of laying a foundation for lifelong learning. Families are invited to learn more about our Montessori school and our rich curriculum by visiting our website and touring our campuses. You can contact our Montessori school in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or our location in Allen at (972) 727-2800.
The Montessori School implements a whole-child approach to education; in addition to our academic programs, we offer enrichment programs to enhance students’ development and introduce them to a variety of activities. Our Montessori students enjoy special projects and guest speakers throughout the year, with daily schedule allowances for group lessons, songs, stories, creative endeavors, and movement activities.
Our enrichment programs complement our students’ academic achievements. Some of the programs our students enjoy include music instruction with the Montessori bells and tone bars, which promote sound discrimination and musical composition. When the weather permits, our students connect with the natural world by working in our organic garden outdoors. After harvesting, the children have the opportunity to use their own vegetables in their cooking projects. Our Montessori school also offers science experimentation, computer instruction, physical education, and fine arts. In addition, students are always welcome to improve their reading skills in our library.
The Montessori School at StarCreek accepts children from six weeks through sixth grade at our campuses in Texas. If you have any questions about the Montessori Method or our school, call our campus in Allen at (972) 727-2800 or in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844.