• Make this Fun and Nutritious Snack with Your Child

    Working in the kitchen with your child is a fun and rewarding experience for both of you. The next time your youngster is hungry for a snack after a day at his or her Montessori school, try making some strawberry and cream elves.

    Have your child help you rinse a pint of strawberries, remove the stems, and slice off the tips for use as “hats.” Then, have your child whisk together a quarter cup of whipped cream cheese with two tablespoons of strawberry preserves. Watch the video to learn how to make little elves from these ingredients.

    At The Montessori School at Starcreek, our educators believe in giving children the freedom they need to discover their own innate abilities. Parents who would like more information about our preschool or about Montessori schools in general can call our North Dallas location at (972) 985-8844 or our school in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

  • Tech Innovators with Montessori Roots

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    Many parents have chosen Montessori schools for their children because the Montessori Method promotes self-resiliency, self-confidence, and an intrinsic interest in learning for its own sake. Montessori students learn from the process of exploration, rather than the rote memorization of facts. Many education experts have praised the Montessori approach, including Thomas Edison, who noted that it encourages original thought. Considering all of these benefits, it is perhaps not surprising that many of the brilliant innovators of our time are graduates of Montessori schools.

    Jimmy Wales
    Even if you’ve never heard of Jimmy Wales before, you’ve probably used his creation – Wikipedia. Wales attended a private school that followed the Montessori philosophy of education. As a child, Wales was fascinated by encyclopedias. In adulthood, he sought to bring the concept of encyclopedias into the modern era by providing a means for contributors to Wikipedia to regulate themselves – a concept he undoubtedly learned in his Montessori school .

    Jeff Bezos
    Today, people aren’t limited to the selection they find within brick-and-mortar stores, thanks in no small part to Jeff Bezos. Bezos is the founder of Amazon.com, arguably the most influential online retailer that ships a mind-boggling diversity of products. As a Montessori preschooler, Bezos developed a mentality of discovery.

    Will Wright
    Another proud graduate of a Montessori school is Will Wright, who credited his Montessori education for directly influencing him to create “The Sims” videogame. Not content to follow in the footsteps of others, Wright invented his own genre. His videogame enables users to use simulation tools within a non-violent virtual environment.

    Give your child a foundation for lifelong learning by considering enrollment in The Montessori School at Starcreek. We offer an exceptional Montessori education for infants, preschoolers, and elementary students through sixth grade. Parents can learn more about the Montessori Method on our website, or by calling our Allen location at (972) 727-2800 or our North Dallas school at (972) 985-8844.

  • The Parent’s Role in Montessori Teaching

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    Education experts, including Montessori teachers, agree that parental involvement in a child’s education is critical. Children thrive when they grow within an environment that is supportive and responsive, and that facilitates exploration – both at school and at home. Parents can collaborate with Montessori teachers to develop strategies for creating an ideal home environment for growth and learning. For example, by placing books on shelves at a child’s height, parents can encourage a love of reading in their youngsters.

    Parents are also encouraged to read extensively about Maria Montessori’s Method and to implement Montessori strategies within the home. For example, they may modify how they interact with their child. Instead of pointing out a child’s mistake as he or she works on a puzzle, parents can let the child discover the mistake and correct it independently. In this manner, children grow in self-confidence in their own abilities.

    The Montessori School at Starcreek wholeheartedly welcomes parental involvement in each child’s Montessori education . To arrange a tour of our school, please call our Allen campus at (972) 727-2800 or our North Dallas campus at (972) 985-8844.

  • An Introduction to Montessori Teachings

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    Parents who are looking for a private school for their children may wish to consider one that follows Maria Montessori’s Method. This unique teaching method is based on observations of the way in which children learn and how they thrive. The best ways of learning more about the Method is to visit a Montessori school and to read Maria Montessori’s work.

    The Montessori Classroom
    Montessori classrooms are unlike most classrooms. These learning environments are designed to be inviting for children. Instead of having desks lined up in rows, you’ll see children engaged at learning stations. Learning activities are available on child-accessible shelves to encourage children to select their own project and work on it at their own pace. These spacious classrooms promote orderliness and harmony, and enable children to work independently or in small groups. Another key facet of Montessori teachings is the need for children to experience movement throughout the day. Since children do not sit in desks all day, they have the freedom to move about when compelled to do so.

    The Montessori Teacher
    Montessori teachers are best described as educational guides . They do not sit at a desk at the front of the room, nor do they stand at a chalkboard and lecture. Rather, they move from student to student, closely observing progress and demonstrating learning activities. Montessori teachers are models of correct social behavior and moral values.

    The Montessori Learning Materials
    Montessori schools use specially designed learning materials. Children learn by manipulating these beautiful objects. The Montessori Method espouses the philosophy that children must learn one skill at a time, and that each subsequent skill builds upon the previous one. Montessori learning materials enable children to build their skills in a sequential manner.

    The Montessori School at Starcreek offers year-round enrollment to families who are interested in a creative, dynamic learning environment for their children. We invite parents to schedule a tour of our Montessori school to meet our dedicated teachers and learn more about our approach to education. To arrange a tour of our Allen school, please call (972) 727-2800; to schedule a tour of our North Dallas campus, call (972) 985-8844.

  • Hexagon Box Montessori Visual Activity

    In a Montessori preschool, children are introduced to a variety of learning materials to help them grasp important concepts. Preschoolers can work with the hexagon box to prepare for later geometry lessons. This Montessori activity teaches shape formation, in addition to color matching. As children work on these types of activities, they also learn practical life skills, such as handling materials properly and picking up after themselves in an appropriate fashion.

    You can see a demonstration of the hexagon box activity by watching this video. This Montessori teacher demonstrates the formation of a hexagon, parallelogram, triangle, and rhombus.

    At The Montessori School at Starcreek, your preschooler will thrive within a supportive, nurturing environment. For information about enrollment in this upcoming school year , call our Allen school at (972) 727-2800 or our North Dallas school at (972) 985-8844.