• How Kids Benefit from Well-Rounded Enrichment Courses

    Whether your child is enrolled at a Montessori school or not, she should be exposed to enriching extracurricular courses . Children can benefit from extracurricular education in many ways, so you should not overlook non-academic coursework when searching for a private elementary school for your child.

    Broaden Their Horizons

    Children will always learn about math, science, and reading. These are constant subjects in all schools, because they are the foundations for standard school curriculum. However, children may not always learn about music, art, or how to garden and cook. Giving children the opportunity to learn something different—something they may not find at home or in other schools—allows them to learn more about the world around them. They can learn earth science through their fingers, rather than through a book. They can learn about mathematics through cooking measurements, instead of a worksheet. Enrichment programs, often found in Montessori schools, can give children these extra skills in learning.

    Help Them Become Creative

    It has been proven that children learn well when they have music and art in their lives. They can understand mathematic principles better; they can find more creative solutions to problems both in and out of the classroom. With comprehensive enrichment courses in elementary school, children can take the basic artistic skills they learn and apply them throughout school and life. They may become better at critical thinking and find different, creative solutions to various problems they may encounter through their lives.

    Teach Them Necessary Skills

    Some naysayers may not believe art and music provide necessary skills, but learning to garden and cook will definitely provide lifelong benefits. Well-rounded enrichment programs and courses in education can give children these skills that will follow them through life. They can learn how to garden and grow living things in their backyard. They can learn how to take those things they have grown and cook them into wholesome meals. These skills can eventually help children change the world.

    If you are curious about enrollment at The Montessori School in Dallas, Texas call us at (972) 985-8844 or at (972) 727-2800 in Allen. We have several enrichment courses to offer your child. From computer instruction to cooking, he or she will find their place with us at The Montessori School.

  • Exploring The Montessori School for Your Child

    The Montessori School is devoted to providing your child with a challenging academic environment that fosters hands-on learning within a diverse community. Our school places significant value on mutual respect and strives to offer support for your child’s development. At The Montessori School, your student can acquire the necessary skills and knowledge that will give him or her a platform for creative problem-solving, lifelong learning, and independent thinking.

    If you think that The Montessori School would be an excellent academic fit for your child, we provide one-on-one admissions tours to let you explore the unique aspects of Montessori education and to communicate your family’s educational needs. During your tour, the admissions process will be reviewed, and you’ll have the chance to speak with our teachers and ask any questions you may have. If you’d like to learn more about our curriculum or admissions tours, call The Montessori School in Allen at (972) 727-2800 or in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844.

  • Exploring the Benefits of Mixed-Age Classrooms

    It’s common for parents to wonder why Montessori schools emphasize the need for mixed-age classrooms. Organizing children into groups that span at least three years of age offers several benefits for your child.

    Better Results

    Effective teaching requires that the teacher understands the individual needs of each child, academic and otherwise. Montessori schools provide children with an environment where they have the same teacher for three years, giving the teacher time to observe and help the child throughout the cycle. This added time allows the teacher to gain a better understanding of the child’s needs and to use more effective teaching methods.

    Fewer Transitions

    If you take a moment to think about the major changes that you’ve gone through in your life, such as marriage, divorce, a move, or a new job, you’ll realize how stressful these transitions can be and how long it takes to adjust your lifestyle and habits to accommodate them. When your child is forced to change teachers and classrooms every year, she can face unnecessary challenges that are avoided with the three-year Montessori cycles.

    Greater Interest

    When children are exposed to several levels of an educational subject, it can inspire a greater interest in learning. Montessori education benefits younger children by keeping them around older children who are still close in age and can stimulate their interest and curiosity in a topic. Older children in Montessori classrooms benefit by discussing and sharing their knowledge of a subject with their younger classmates.

    Fostered Leadership

    Parents sometimes assume that mixed-age classes favor younger children more than the older students. However, some of the greatest benefits created by the three-year classroom are the leadership skills and sense of responsibility that the children gain in their third year. These students develop complex mental capabilities, such as explaining, motivating, and relating, as they interact with and guide their younger classmates.

    If you’re interested in the Montessori approach to education , call The Montessori School in Allen at (972) 727-2800 or in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 to learn more about our elementary school programs and enrichment curriculum.

  • A Look at the Social Development Stages of Children Ages 9-12

    Middle childhood begins at age 9 and continues through age 12. Spanning the traditional elementary school grades 4-6, this stage corresponds with significant social growth and is marked with several major developmental milestones.

    Social Development: Age 9

    A child’s attention span begins to increase at the beginning of middle childhood, and children frequently demonstrate the ability to resume a task where they left off despite being interrupted. At age 9, children display a desire to finish projects and to develop new skills. 9-year-olds begin to show an awareness of the difference between right and wrong, and can also handle multiple concepts at once.

    Social Development: Age 10

    At age 10, children are unable to consistently distinguish right from wrong and will look to adults for help with these decisions. It’s at this stage that they begin developing a conscience, but they also consider their personal beliefs to be correct and accepted by everyone else.

    Social Development: Age 11

    It’s at age 11 that most children begin to realize that other people’s views naturally differ from their own. 11-year-olds develop an increasing ability for abstract thinking and social conscience, and can begin to understand more complex issues such as poverty and equality. At this age, a child will begin to use deductive reasoning to anticipate the future consequences of their actions and can weigh multiple outcomes against each other.

    Social Development: Age 12

    At the older end of this age group, children often demonstrate the ability to apply logic to arguments and situations. They display better decision-making abilities and develop stronger organizational capabilities. By age 12, it’s common to see children excelling in a particular subject and showing interest in high school or even future careers.

    At The Montessori School, our Upper Elementary program covers the traditional grades 4-6 and is structured to support the education and development of children ages 9-12. To learn about our Upper Elementary school curriculum, contact The Montessori School in Allen at (972) 727-2800 or in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844.