• Why Playdates Are Important

    Playdates aren’t just fun and games for kids; they’re also important learning opportunities. At Montessori schools, children learn to cooperate with others and they develop respect for all. However, children need time outside of Montessori school to develop lasting friendships. Scheduling playdates after your child returns home from elementary school can help your child develop peaceful conflict resolution skills, communication skills, and creativity.

    You can hear more about the importance of playdates by watching this video. This mom explains why she wishes she had placed a greater emphasis on scheduling playdates for her children when they were younger.

    The Montessori School nurtures the independent spirit of children while providing opportunities for positive social interaction. Parents are invited to learn more about Maria Montessori’s Method by visiting our website. Or, call our North Dallas location at (972) 985-8844 or our Montessori school in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

  • What Are the Benefits of Multiage Classrooms?

    There are numerous differences between Montessori schools and typical public schools. For example, in a Montessori school, students direct their own learning experiences, whereas in a public school, students are expected to follow the instructions of the teacher. Another significant difference is the classroom composition. Montessori students remain in the same classroom with the same teacher and peers of varying ages for a set number of years. This may seem a little unusual for parents who are accustomed to the typical public school model; however, multiage classrooms offer significant benefits for students.

    Individualized Learning Experiences

    The Montessori Method emphasizes each child’s unique nature. Given that personalized learning experiences are essential for each child to reach his or her full potential, it only makes sense that the Montessori classroom supports this flexibility. Within a multiage classroom, students are not expected to reach certain thresholds of academic progress at the same time. They work at their own pace, without the burden of being labeled according to their ability level.

    Child-Teacher Relationships

    Since the children remain in the same Montessori classroom for several years, the students and the teacher have the opportunity to get to know each other on more than just a superficial level. The teacher develops a deep understanding of each child’s needs and strengths. In turn, the student develops trust and respect for the teacher, which adds to the sense of security in the classroom environment.

    Cooperative Learning Models

    In a multiage classroom at a Montessori school, the younger students look to the older students for mentorship and assistance. As they grow older, they become responsible for helping the younger students. This model of cooperative learning facilitates strong social skills, personal responsibility, and leadership skills.

    Maria Montessori’s Method is appropriate for children of all abilities and skill levels. To find out more about Montessori school enrollment in Allen, parents are invited to contact The Montessori School at (972) 727-2800. You could also call our North Dallas Montessori school at (972) 985-8844 with any questions you may have about our admissions process.

  • Comparing Lower and Upper Elementary Education

    At The Montessori School, students ages six through nine are in our Lower Elementary curriculum, while those ages nine through 12 work through our Upper Elementary curriculum. For both programs, our teachers closely follow Maria Montessori’s Method. Montessori school involves self-paced, student-led education, with the introduction of concrete learning activities before exploration of abstract theory. Students in our Lower Elementary Montessori school are encouraged to work through problems by themselves, which supports independence, personal responsibility, and creativity. The curriculum includes mathematics, language arts, foreign language, geometry, sciences, music arts, and social studies.

    In the Upper Elementary program at The Montessori School, students are first introduced to textbooks. However, Montessori materials are still the preferred method of learning concepts and textbooks are looked upon as secondary aids. Our Upper Elementary students study mathematics, language arts and grammar, history and geography, foreign language, art, and musical instruments. At this stage of development, reading is not a separate subject, but rather is fully integrated in the curriculum.

    Our Montessori school enrollment is ongoing throughout the year. If you’re looking for elementary schools for your child, consider calling our Allen location at (972) 727-2800 or our North Dallas location at (972) 985-8844.