• Healthy Fall Snacks for Kids

    Caramel Apples

    Kids need nutrient-dense foods and a well-balanced diet to help them reach their full potential. This fall, make some healthy snacks with your children after they return home from their Montessori school . Use the time spent in the kitchen together to ask them about their Montessori learning activities and to let them experiment with new culinary skills.

    Apple Chips
    Apple chips are a healthier take on potato chips. Core a few apples and slice them very thin. Have your child help you sprinkle the slices with cinnamon. Then, bake them at 200 degrees Fahrenheit until they achieve a crunchy texture and the edges begin to curl a little bit.

    Yogurt Maple Balls
    This recipe may help your child develop patience, as it takes at least four days to make. Ask your child to mix together one kilogram of plain Greek yogurt with half a cup of maple syrup. Double a square of muslin, add the mixture to the center, and gather the edges tightly together. Tie the edges with string to create a bundle. Tie the other end of the string to the middle of a chopstick or skewer, which should be placed over a bowl to suspend the bundle. Place your child’s creation in the fridge for four days to strain. Your child will have fun forming the doughy substance into bite-sized balls, and rolling them in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Then, toss them with some chopped hazelnuts and enjoy!

    Mini Dipped Apples
    For this delicious and nutritious apple recipe , help your child learn how to use a melon baller to create spheres of apples. Then, cut lollipop sticks at an angle and insert the pointed end into the spheres. Melt peanut butter or butterscotch chips and dip the apple spheres into it. Your child can sprinkle his or her choice of chopped nuts, shredded coconut, or other toppings onto the spheres.

    Montessori schools promote the overall well-being of students by nurturing their creativity and giving free rein to their curiosity. The Montessori School at Starcreek is dedicated to creating a stimulating, dynamic learning environment for preschoolers and elementary school students throughout the Metroplex area. You can reach our Montessori school in Allen at (972) 727-2800 or in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844.

  • Helping Your Child Enjoy School

    Cute Little girls walking to school together

    Montessori educators find that the orderly, inviting atmosphere of the Montessori classroom combined with the spirit of self-discovery and self-motivation encourages students to develop a lifelong love of learning. However, if your child is just beginning school, he or she may need some help to adapt to the changes. Your child may begin to enjoy school more if he or she feels secure in the knowledge that you’ll be there promptly at the end of the day. Try to arrange your schedule so that you’ll arrive for the pickup on time, which can prevent your child from feeling anxiety.

    Teachers also recommend that parents become involved in the school community as much as possible. Doing so sends a message to your child that learning is an enjoyable and integral part of life. Speak with the front office about volunteer opportunities. Additionally, it’s helpful to follow Montessori principles at home. Your child’s teacher can help you understand the benefits and methods of incorporating the Montessori Method into everyday life.

    The Montessori School at Starcreek welcomes students from six weeks through sixth grade. You can reach our private elementary school at our Allen location by calling (972) 727-2800 or at our North Dallas location by calling (972) 985-8844.

  • Common Questions about Montessori Education

    Elementary Pupils In Geography Class With Teacher

    Parents who are looking for alternatives to public schools for their children have many different options available to them. One of those is a Montessori school, which follows the principles established by Dr. Maria Montessori. Montessori schools implement innovative and effective teaching strategies by empowering the students to direct their own education. If you’re considering a Montessori school for your child, you may be wondering about the following questions.

    Does research support the Montessori Method?
    Although the Montessori Method was established over a century ago, modern research into how the brain works has finally begun to catch up with Dr. Montessori’s astute observations. For example, the latest research suggests that forcing a child to study a textbook or engage in rote memorization is far less effective than allowing self-paced study with dynamic learning activities.

    Why are students allowed the freedom of choice?
    In a Montessori classroom, students can choose which learning activities to work on. This is born of Dr. Montessori’s observations that children who are granted freedom of choice become inherently motivated to learn. However, some limitations do apply to these freedoms. Students must choose from among the particular materials and activities in a given area of study. Additionally, the Montessori teacher guides students in developing learning goals and personal work plans.

    How does working at one’s own pace help students?
    With other educational approaches, students are required to keep pace with the rest of the class. Teachers dictate the speed at which the students progress through the curriculum. This often results in some children falling behind. The Montessori Method recognizes that children develop skills in a cumulative fashion. Before a student can move on, he or she must first master the prerequisite skills or knowledge, and this demands a course of self-paced study.

    If you have further questions about the Montessori Method, The Montessori School at Starcreek invites you to schedule a one-on-one tour. You’ll learn about our admissions process, meet with your child’s future teachers, and develop an understanding of how a Montessori education can inspire and empower your child. Parents in North Dallas can call (972) 985-8844 and those in Allen can call (972) 727-2800.