The Elementary Years at Montessori Schools

In Montessori schools, the elementary program consists of classrooms for children ages six through nine and for children ages nine through 12. Just like the toddler program, the elementary years at a Montessori school are based on the principle of “follow the child.” That is, children are responsible for their own education. They have a highly individualized learning experience and they progress through lessons at their own pace. No child is moved to the next task before he or she is ready for it.

You can hear more about the elementary years at a Montessori school by watching this video. You’ll hear from Montessori teachers, who emphasize that they serve as guides for students, rather than lecturers. You’ll also see elementary students hard at work using hands-on learning materials to master concepts.

The Montessori School invites future families to learn more about Montessori school enrollment in Dallas. You can reach our campus in Allen at (972) 908-5055 or in North Dallas at (469) 685-1732.

Answering Your Questions About a Montessori Education

Montessori schools offer a model of education that is suitable for every child because each child’s education plan is customized to his or her own needs, learning styles, and academic interests. If your family has no prior experience with the Montessori approach ; however, it’s understandable that you would have a lot of questions about enrolling your child in a Montessori school.

When Can Students Enroll in a Montessori School?

This depends on the availability of early childhood Montessori schools in your area and your own preferences for your child. Since children are natural born learners from the very first day of life, it only makes sense to enroll them in a Montessori school as soon as possible. There, the youngest of children will have the freedom to explore within a safe, nurturing classroom. Contact your Montessori school to inquire about enrollment policies. Your school may accept children as young as six weeks of age; however, older children who have previously been enrolled in conventional schools can thrive when they transition to Montessori schools.

Why Are Montessori Class Sizes So Large?

It’s commonly thought that small class sizes are best for children because they enable more one-on-one time with the teacher. However, in a Montessori school, teachers are more like guides and the students become responsible for their own education . Montessori class sizes are purposely larger because each classroom encompasses a three-year age range of students. The large class sizes facilitate the development of a true spirit of community and give students opportunities for varied interactions.

Will My Child Follow a Curriculum?

Montessori schools do follow curricula. The Montessori curriculum uses an integrated approach to demonstrate to students the interconnectivity of the world. Students are free to enjoy in-depth work in academic areas they are passionate about. They only move on to the next lesson when they are ready, which means no child ever falls behind.

If you still have questions about enrolling your child in a Montessori school in Allen, you can schedule a tour of The Montessori School. On your tour, you’ll find that our teachers are dedicated and caring, our classrooms are filled with stimulating learning activities, and our students are engaged, active learners . Call our campus in Allen at (972) 908-5055 or in North Dallas at (469) 685-1732.

A Montessori Approach to Discipline

In a conventional school, students are expected to adhere to a long list of dos and don’ts. It’s not uncommon for children as early as the elementary years to receive a lengthy school handbook filled with policies, procedures, and rules. Parents who attended conventional schools are likely to be familiar with the dreaded commands, “Go to the principal’s office” or “Stay after school for detention.” In sharp contrast to this disciplinarian culture, a Montessori school is likely to have two very simple rules.

Understanding the Nature of Discipline

While each Montessori school is different, the basic rules involve taking care of all people and other living things within the environment, and taking care of all material things. Montessori schools do not need the threat of detention to keep their students from straying from these rules. Dr. Montessori recognized that true discipline is internal, just like true motivation. Just as Montessori students do not need gold star charts or other external motivators to learn, they do not require elaborate systems of punishment to conduct themselves with grace and courtesy .

Fostering the Inner Discipline of Students

Children do not acquire inner discipline immediately or automatically. One of the roles of the Montessori teacher is to gently foster their self-discipline. The Montessori Method recognizes three levels of discipline. The first level occurs at the toddler stage, when children are capable of obeying, but may not always do so. At the second level, children understand the wishes of their teachers and parents and are capable of following them. Montessori schools take this normal progression of discipline a step further. The third level is known as joyful obedience. It occurs when children have developed true self-discipline. They understand the value of obedience and they eagerly embrace it while preserving their own freedom.

The Montessori School closely follows Maria Montessori’s Method in our classrooms for children ages six weeks through sixth grade. We accept year-round Montessori school enrollment in Allen and Dallas. Interested parents can get in touch with us by calling our office in Allen at (972) 908-5055 or in North Dallas at (469) 685-1732.

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