• A Look Back at the Origins of Montessori Education

    The Montessori approach has a rich history that is kept alive today in Montessori schools around the globe. The Method was developed by Maria Montessori, who was born in 1870 in Italy. Although it wasn’t customary for Italian women to be well-educated during that time, Maria was an exemplary student who became one of the first female doctors in the country. She later developed a keen interest in educational theory, which ultimately led to her innovative Method.

    Casa dei Bambini

    As the co-director of a training institute for special education teachers, Dr. Montessori studied the effectiveness of various educational approaches. She later put her observances to work when she opened her first Casa dei Bambini (Children’s House) in an inner city district. She continued to carefully observe how children taught themselves by manipulating learning materials. In 1909, Dr. Montessori released a book on her findings.

    Early Movement

    By 1910, the Montessori Method was already attracting interest around the world. Dr. Montessori taught the earliest Montessori educators herself, which gave rise to the founding of Montessori schools on five continents. The first to open in the U.S. was founded in New York in 1911. The movement quickly picked up steam in America, thanks in part to the accolades from Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, and other notable figures. Unfortunately, a number of factors led to a sharp decline in Montessori education in the U.S., including World War I and xenophobia. However, Dr. Montessori persisted in refining her approach, turning her attention to the developmental needs of adolescents. Before her death in 1952, Dr. Montessori added peace education to her approach, which was undoubtedly inspired by her experiences living through World Wars I and II.

    Revival Movement

    It wasn’t until 1960 that renewed interest in the Montessori Method flourished in America. That year, the American Montessori Society (AMS) was founded by Dr. Nancy Rambusch. AMS supports teacher training initiatives and the founding of Montessori schools in the U.S.

    Today, The Montessori School is pleased to continue to educate children with Dr. Maria Montessori’s Method. Parents who would like to raise a lifelong learner are encouraged to explore the Montessori approach further by scheduling a tour of our school. You can reach our Montessori school in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

  • Spotlight on Our Learning Kitchen

    The Montessori School is pleased to introduce our students to a wealth of enrichment opportunities. In addition to spending time in our outdoor garden, students are invited to explore the learning kitchen in our Montessori school. A Montessori education encourages children to take ownership of their learning and our enrichment activities support this process. After caring for the plants in our outdoor gardens, students may bring in fresh ingredients to the learning kitchen to explore healthy ways of preparing nourishing food.

    Working in the learning kitchen at our Montessori school empowers students to gain mastery of the academic skills they’ve learned, including mathematics, chemistry, and physics. The hands-on work engages students and stimulates the senses. Additionally, sampling the fruits of their labor encourages students to expand their palates.

    Parents can learn more about our enrichment opportunities by visiting our website. Or, call The Montessori School in North Dallas, Texas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 618-8844.

  • Play-Doh Activities for Toddlers

    Toddlers love Play-Doh, and parents love the way Play-Doh helps toddlers build fine motor skills. When you child is in enrolled in Montessori school or daycare, he or she will be encouraged to explore many different activities, like Play-Doh, that inspires his or her imagination and helps to build a range of skills. Watch this video for inspiration for making Play-Doh part of your regular playtime at home.

    There are a number of different activities you can do with Play-Doh to help your toddler build motor skills, such as having him or her search for small items, like coins, you have buried in the Play-Doh or using blunt scissors to cut the Play-Doh.

    The Montessori School empowers young learners to explore and build skills using Maria Montessori’s Method throughout our Montessori school and daycare. Find out more about Montessori school in Allen, Texas, including our toddler program, by calling (972) 908-5055 or our North Dallas campus at (469) 685-1732.

  • How to Support Your Primary Student in Learning a Foreign Language

    Learning a foreign language is a wonderful way to explore other cultures and gain a greater appreciation for the differences and similarities among societies. When children begin learning a foreign language from a very young age, their brains build separate, yet strong language systems for each language. This supports language fluency. If your Primary School student will be learning a foreign language at his or her Montessori school this year, consider asking the teacher about ways of supporting learning at home.

    Access to Materials

    Children have an innate desire to learn. Simply providing your young learner with the tools and resources to learn can lead to considerable accomplishments. Look for high-quality foreign language materials or ask your child’s Montessori teacher for recommendations. You can check your public library for children’s books in foreign languages. Whenever possible, it’s recommended that parents provide hands-on, multisensorial learning materials to allow young students to fully explore the lessons.

    Introduction to Speakers

    When a child’s parents are fluent or native speakers of another language, that child already has ongoing access to language exposure in the home . If you are bilingual, speak to your child in both languages. If you are not, look for opportunities to introduce your child to other children or adults who do speak the language.

    Dual Approach to Learning

    To master an academic lesson, students in Montessori schools teach their skills to the younger students. You can use a similar approach at home. Ask your child to teach you the words that he or she learned that day. Have fun together perfecting your pronunciation and regularly incorporate the words into conversations with your child. Learning a foreign language together is one way to strengthen the parent-child bond and nurture the child’s love of learning.

    The Montessori School provides gentle guidance to Primary School children as they explore our academic curriculum, which includes foreign language and cultural awareness. Our Montessori school accepts students from six weeks of age through sixth grade. To request more information or schedule a tour, you can call our Montessori school in North Dallas, Texas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 618-8844.