• Parents’ Tips for Summer Learning Loss

    When children take a long break from the classroom each summer, they can forget much of the material they have learned in the previous school year. This means that teachers will need to spend the first several weeks of school helping students catch up with the curriculum they need at their grade level.

    This video explains that math is more at risk for summer learning loss than reading, so math lessons should be creatively incorporated throughout the home. Reading is still important as well, and this can be achieved through designing a summer reading list. Get creative as you spend time with your child and think of ways to challenge your child with higher level thinking.

    The Montessori School with campuses in Dallas and Allen can help you find ways to help your child learn each summer. You can reach us online or by calling 972-727-2800 for Starcreek and 972-985-8844 for Dallas.

  • Spotlight on Children’s Self-Esteem

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    Self-esteem describes the way children perceive themselves, and it is a critical part of the educational process, because kids with low self-esteem may assume they can’t learn complex subjects and refuse to even try. Developing self-esteem begins at an early age with influences from parents, siblings, friends, and teachers. Therefore, it is important for children to be surrounded with positive influences who encourage personal growth.

    Positive reinforcement is the key to developing high self-esteem, and this should be consistently delivered when kids learn new skills or behave well. While parents cannot always provide praise for each good behavior, it is important to set up an atmosphere where good behavior is recognized and rewarded.

    At The Montessori School at Starcreek, instructors know the importance of self-esteem and work to create an environment in which young learners can become confident in their own skills. You can learn more about how we nurture and influence students from 6th week to 6th grade by visiting our website or calling 972-985-8844 for our North Dallas location and 972-727-2800 for Starcreek.

  • What Are the Benefits of Gardening for Kids?

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    This spring, consider heading over to a garden supply store after picking your child up at his or her Montessori school. You and your youngster can pick out a variety of plants to grow and start a garden together. Gardening is a valuable experience for children because it nurtures their emotional well-being and their inquisitive nature, which is why some Montessori students practice gardening as part of an enrichment program at their preschool or elementary school.

    Sensory Exploration
    Preschoolers enjoy healthy development as they explore the world with their senses. Gardening offers a wealth of opportunities for children to use their senses to enjoy various textures, sights, and odors. When building your garden, create opportunities for your children to move freely through it. Construct well-defined walking paths with sand, wood chips, or gravel. Provide a log for sitting or climbing on. Preschoolers can also appreciate a special area of the garden designated as their “digging area,” in which they can explore the feel of dirt, stones, and similar materials.

    Personal Growth
    Having your preschoolers help you with a family garden instills important life lessons. They learn to become smart risk takers. For example, they might experiment by dropping too many seeds in one hole – just to see what happens. They learn to have patience as they watch their plants grow and they learn about responsibility in caring for the garden.

    Academic Inquisitiveness
    Gardening is an excellent introduction to many topics, such as biology and health. Children can learn the names of various plants, the different parts of plants, and the benefits of eating vegetables for good nutrition. Encourage your child to help you prepare a healthy meal using vegetables and herbs the two of you grew together.

    At The Montessori School at StarCreek, your child will have access to a variety of enrichment programs , including outdoor gardening. Children at our Montessori school enjoy creative cooking projects with the vegetables they grow in our organic garden. You can reach our Montessori School in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 727-2800 with any questions you may have.

  • What to Expect from Our Early Infant Program

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    The Nest is the early infant program at The Montessori School at StarCreek. This program accepts children from six weeks through twelve months. In our Montessori school, your little one will receive attentive, loving care within a nurturing environment. Our goal is to facilitate healthy development in each child by building basic trust and engaging in continual communication. Babies begin to develop crucial interpersonal and communication skills as they enjoy watching the smiling faces of our staff, and hearing our nurturing professionals sing and read to them. Babies are introduced to peer interactions, sound recognition, tummy-time, musical instruments, and much more.

    Your baby will enjoy freedom of movement within our safe environment, giving him or her the ability to learn by exploring the surroundings and by using his or her senses. Naps, feedings, and diaper changes are arranged according to a schedule that works best for your baby. Each day, our staff will keep careful records of your baby’s development.

    To arrange a visit to The Nest of The Montessori School at StarCreek, please call our Allen school at (972) 727-2800 or our school in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844. At our private school, our Montessori educators are dedicated to guiding the cognitive, emotional, and physical well-being of each child.