• Spotlight on Lower and Upper Elementary in Montessori

    Students at a Montessori school attend a lower elementary classroom for ages six through nine. The upper elementary program is designed for students ages nine through 12. All students attending the elementary school are introduced to an enriching, challenging curriculum, which the students work through at their own individual pace. The Montessori approach emphasizes hands-on learning, and enables students to develop their own capacity to be independent, creative thinkers. Montessori materials are the preferred learning tools, although textbooks are introduced to upper elementary students.

    All of the core subject areas are covered within a Montessori elementary school, including mathematics, language arts, social studies, and science, which includes nature studies. Students are introduced to foreign languages, and they develop a greater appreciation for the different cultures in the world around them. They also have the benefit of enrichment programs, including music, art, and movement activities.

    At The Montessori School , our highly trained educators look forward to meeting your family and welcoming you into our Montessori school community in Allen. Call our campus in Allen at (972) 727-2800 or in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844.

  • Understanding the Montessori Mixed-Age Classroom

    One of the cornerstones of a Montessori school is the mixed-age environment. For example, students aged three to six years learn together within a primary classroom, and students aged six to nine years go to a lower elementary classroom. When you watch this featured interview with a Montessori educator, you’ll understand the value of a mixed-age environment.

    She explains that younger students observe the older students working on various tasks. This lets them form positive memories of the work, and to look forward to progressing to that level. The older students have the opportunity to guide their younger classmates, which cultivates empathy and patience. In short, the mixed-age classroom in Montessori schools allows a true spirit of community to flourish.

    The Montessori School closely follows Maria Montessori’s Method, including the carefully planned environment of mixed-age classrooms . For questions about enrollment in our Montessori school in North Dallas, call (972) 985-8844, or call our location in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

  • How Montessori Can Change a Frustrated Student’s Outlook on School

    Contrary to popular opinion, it isn’t natural or normal for a child to dislike learning. Children are born explorers who actively learn from the world around them. As a child enters elementary school, however, this may start to change if the conventional classroom stifles the child’s curiosity by requiring that he or she do the same exercises at the same pace as the rest of the class. Montessori schools are different—they offer child-led and curiosity-fueled education that guides students in becoming self-motivated achievers.

    Self-Directed Education

    A dynamic, effective education doesn’t involve memorizing long lists of facts, as this doesn’t teach students how to think. True learning requires critical thinking and problem solving. And in order to be genuinely engaged in learning concepts , students need to have their interest piqued. In a Montessori classroom, students direct their own education, within certain limits. If a student becomes engrossed in long division, the classroom guide lets the student work uninterrupted until he or she is finished—rather telling the student that it’s time to move on to another assignment.

    Self-Paced Learning

    Another common reason why students grow to dread going to traditional schools is that they are required to cover the material at the same pace as every other student. Montessori schools provide individualized education. Students only move on to the next lesson when they have fully grasped the concepts presented in the previous one. As a result, no student ever falls behind. Students who grasp material more quickly can move on to the next lesson, without becoming frustrated about any delays.

    Supportive Social Setting

    Bullying is a serious problem of epidemic proportions in most school systems around the country. When children are fearful of going to school, they can’t learn well, and their emotional health suffers. Montessori classrooms are supportive communities, in which every child knows that respect and courtesy are required at all times.

    If a curiosity-driven education sounds right for your child, call The Montessori School in Allen at (972) 727-2800 or in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844. We accept applications for Montessori school enrollment in Allen and North Dallas year-round. Under the gentle guidance of our educators, your child can learn to love school again.

  • Exploring the Social Benefits of a Montessori Classroom

    The social skills learned by children at Montessori schools build a strong foundation for their future. They learn to respect others and themselves, and they learn that cooperation and collaboration lead to achievement and personal satisfaction. For proof of the unique social benefits offered by a Montessori education , all parents need to do is observe a classroom at work. They’ll see students of multiple ages helping each other, and letting their fellow students concentrate on their work without interruption.

    Building a Positive, Supportive Community

    Unlike most classrooms, Montessori classrooms welcome children of various ages, within a certain range. This more closely mimics real-world communities, and allows children to interact with peers who are a little younger, the same age, and a little older than they are. Montessori schools do have a few requirements. All students within the classroom community (and the educator) are expected to treat every other person with respect and courtesy. Students learn how to avoid conflicts whenever possible and resolve conflicts peaceably when necessary. They are also expected to contribute to the community, such as by keeping it orderly. By putting learning materials back where they belong, students help maintain a distraction-free environment, and they enable their peers to learn from those materials.

    Growing in Self-Confidence

    It may seem counterintuitive, but an important part of building social skills is growing in self-esteem and self-confidence. Only when an individual feels secure within his or her self-identity, can that individual work peacefully with others without “baggage,” like fear of ridicule or self-consciousness. The Montessori approach cultivates self-confidence by letting students direct their own education . Students make mistakes, learn from those mistakes, and realize that they have the ability to correct themselves. It’s the process of learning that is emphasized, not the end result. And because students are encouraged to figure things out for themselves, they can feel confident with their own abilities and self-identity.

    Montessori classrooms are unique learning communities that welcome students from all backgrounds. Parents can inquire about enrollment in The Montessori School in Allen by calling (972) 727-2800. Or, get in touch with our North Dallas campus at (972) 985-8844.