• Spotlight on Montessori Toys for Infants

    It is never too early to bring the Montessori approach to education into your child’s life. From infancy, toys designed using the principles of Montessori schools can support your child’s development of specific skills that will help him or her later in the classroom and beyond.

    Watch this video for a look at Montessori toys for infants. Montessori toys are wooden toys designed to help kids develop fine and gross motor skills. Because they don’t have lights and sounds, they also help with mental development and creativity.

    At The Montessori School , movement and independence are the cornerstones of our Montessori school curriculum. Learn more about our programs by contacting us with your questions. To reach our North Dallas school, call (469) 685-1732, or for our Allen location, call (972) 908-5055.

  • FAQs About Mixed-Age Classrooms

    One thing that sets Montessori school programs apart from traditional schools is the use of mixed-age classrooms. If you’re considering a Montessori school for your child, you may have some questions about classrooms with different age groups. Here are the answers to some of the questions parents frequently have about this classroom style.

    What age ranges are in the classroom?

    Typically, students are within two to three years of each other in a single classroom. For example, three to six year olds may share the same class. This structure allows classes to be mixed in age but doesn’t put students with extremely large developmental differences in the same room, so that closer peer bonds are likely to develop.

    What are the benefits of mixed-age classrooms?

    In mixed-aged classes, students are able to learn at their own paces instead of following a strictly defined curriculum based on their age. It also helps kids learn to build a community with people of different ages, interests, and abilities, which allows them to learn cooperation skills. Being in a mixed-aged classroom also encourages the students to help each other. Younger children get the benefit of guidance from their older peers, while the older students benefit from the leadership experience they gain.

    Will being in a mixed-age classroom stunt learning?

    Some parents worry that being in a classroom with students of different ages will impede their children’s progress, especially if their students are advanced learners. In reality, this classroom design frees students from the constraints of a rigid curriculum to learn at a pace that is right for them. Students often have more opportunities to progress in mixed-age classrooms than in traditional settings.

    If you are considering a Montessori education for your child, The Montessori School is available to address any questions you may have. Please contact our Dallas campus by calling (469) 685-1732 , or call us in Allen at (972) 908-5055 to make an appointment for a school tour.

  • A Look at Formative and Summative Assessments in Montessori

    Student assessments in Montessori schools are different from the assessments conducted in most traditional classrooms. However, contrary to a common myth about Montessori education, students do undergo assessments. The difference is that assessments are viewed as a tool for understanding where students are in their learning and where they should be going, rather than the strict, pass-or-fail process that is typical in traditional classrooms. Like other types of educational approaches, Montessori schools use both formative and summative assessments. Here is what you need to know about both of these approaches.

    Formative Assessments

    Formative assessments are the most frequently used kinds of assessments. They are used to evaluate a student’s progress at various stages of learning as they move towards a larger curricular goal. Through formative assessments, teachers can determine how well students are learning various concepts and skills through low-stakes assignments. In Montessori schools, formative assessments are constantly ongoing, and teachers perform them daily to determine each individual student’s mastery of ideas and skills. These assessments let teachers know when a student is ready to move forward with new material or if the current material needs to be presented in a different way to increase competency.

    Summative Assessments

    Summative assessments are designed to evaluate a student’s success at reaching a specific educational milestone, such as completing a unit of study. In traditional classrooms, these assessments typically include things like tests, quizzes, and papers that determine if students can move on to a new grade. In Montessori classrooms, summative assessments are simply another tool teachers have to determine where a student is in his or her education. These assessments don’t determine if students will pass or fail but rather help teachers understand what their students need.

    Montessori education includes both accountability for students as well as permission for students to learn at their own paces without the stigmas associated with traditional classrooms. At The Montessori School, our classrooms empower students to embrace curiosity and be active learners. Are you interested in learning more? To reach our school in Allen, please call (972) 908-5055. To contact our North Dallas location, dial (469) 685-1732.

  • Music Education and Montessori

    Music education is a central part of every day at The Montessori School. Through music, our students get to explore their creativity, build self-confidence, and develop their coordination and rhythm skills. Like all of the classrooms at our Montessori school, our music room is filled with age and size-appropriate instruments and other materials to give students everything they need to explore their interests.

    Our specially designed music room is part of the day-to-day curriculum at our school. Students are able to listen to and appreciate music as well as compose and perform their own songs. To build confidence, our Montessori students take part in several performances throughout the year. Bells and tone bars designed specifically for Montessori classrooms are used to help children learn about tonal relationships and harmony.

    The Montessori School offers extensive enrichment education opportunities as part of our Montessori curriculum. We’re here to answer your questions about enrolling your child in our Montessori school. For more information about our Montessori location in North Dallas, call (469) 685-1732, or call our campus in Allen at (972) 908-5055.