For parents who are accustomed to the norms of the public school system, learning about the Montessori Method can take some adjustment. The Montessori Method was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori as a way to help each child reach his or her full academic and personal potential. Montessori schools are child-centered programs in which students learn to become self-motivated, resilient learners. An effective way to find out more about Montessori schools is to visit one and observe a classroom.
Why Are Children Allowed to Move Around In the Classroom?
The Montessori Method emphasizes the importance of freedom of movement and independence because it recognizes that students learn best by engaging in hands-on work. Within the safe environment of the classroom, students are free to explore learning activities through physical manipulation, either independently or with other students.
Why Do Classrooms Have Multiple Age Levels?
Montessori schools typically have children of a three-year age span within the same classroom. This allows the younger children to learn from the older children and the older children to demonstrate mastery of a subject by helping the younger children learn. Multi-age classrooms also facilitate a strong sense of community since children remain with the same classroom longer than one year.
Is a Montessori Education Appropriate for Children with Special Needs?
The Montessori Method is unique in that each child learns at his or her own pace, within his or her unique learning style. Many children with learning differences and other special needs thrive within the Montessori environment .
Will My Child Transition Well to a Different School?
Many Montessori schools do not extend to the 12th grade, which means students must transition to another school, often after sixth grade. Students will go through a period of adjustment during which they may be a little puzzled as to the structure of the new school, such as why they must sit at desks for the majority of the day. However, children are resilient and parents often find that they thrive throughout their academic careers after having been enrolled in a Montessori school.
If you have any other questions, please contact The Montessori School at StarCreek . Parents can reach our North Dallas school at (972) 985-8844 or our Allen school at (972) 727-2800. Our Montessori school accepts children from six weeks through sixth grade.
In a Montessori school, books are viewed not as required tasks for students, but rather as gateways to exploring exciting new worlds. Since children become self-motivated students when directing their own learning experiences, it’s always a good idea to let your little ones choose the books they’re interested in reading. Take a family trip to the local library each week and let your children select informational and entertaining material that entices them to read.
As you’ll learn by watching this video, it’s also a good idea to be a role model for your children by letting them see you read every day. This reading and learning specialist explains the benefits of setting aside a special reading place for your child. She also discusses how children can have fun reading under the covers with a special book light.
You can introduce the wonders of learning to your child by enrolling him or her in The Montessori School at StarCreek. For information on our private preschool and elementary programs, call our North Dallas location at (972) 985-8844 or our Allen location at (972) 727-2800.