Spotlight on Our Admissions Process

Most parents would agree that a child’s education is a priceless investment. Education opens a window to the world, encouraging children to explore, feed their curiosity, and become lifelong learners. At The Montessori School , we welcome the opportunity to share the gift of lifelong learning with your child.

Exploring Montessori Education

Perhaps you’re evaluating your infant’s or toddler’s educational possibilities in Texas. Or maybe you have an older child who isn’t thriving in a traditional classroom. The Montessori School accepts applications year-round to better meet the needs of families in our community. If you’re new to Montessori, you can begin the process by learning about its basic principles as established by Dr. Maria Montessori. Two good places to start are with our own blog and the explanatory articles on the website of the American Montessori Society . You could also read books written by Dr. Montessori herself, although you could certainly request an admissions tour at our school without having any background information about the Montessori Method.

Requesting an Admissions Tour

Our school is pleased to provide one-on-one admissions tours to interested families. A guide will show you our beautiful campus, and you’ll have the opportunity to peek in the classrooms. You’ll find engaged student communities hard at work with carefully designed Montessori learning materials. You’ll also meet your child’s future teachers and learn more about the admissions process. We encourage you to bring your questions.

Completing Your Application

If you decide that our school is the right place for your child, you can fill out an application. The Montessori School has a strong anti-discrimination policy in place. No student will be denied admission on the basis of a disability. If your child requires accommodations for disabilities, please submit your request in writing. Reasonable modifications may be made to our school’s policies, procedures, and practices.

If you have any questions about the process of enrollment in The Montessori School in North Dallas, call (972) 985-8844. Or, you can get in touch with our school in Allen at (972) 727-2800. Our dedicated teachers and administration staff looks forward to welcoming your family to our tight-knit learning community.

Introducing Toddlers to Montessori Principles

Children begin learning right from birth. Consider enrolling your child in a Montessori school intended for infants or toddlers. As your child grows, you can begin introducing the principles of Maria Montessori’s Method at home. Watch this video to find out how one Montessori expert teaches her 17-month-old niece, Zoe.

You’ll see Zoe carefully unroll an area rug on which to work. She takes Montessori materials out of a basket and explores each one. Zoe clearly loves the sensory experience as she works to figure out what each item is capable of teaching her.

Call the Allen campus of The Montessori School at (972) 727-2800 to request information about our Infant Program , which is intended for students ages 12 months through 20 months of age. You could also contact our Montessori elementary school in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844.

FAQs About the Montessori Prepared Environment

At the time when Dr. Montessori was developing her groundbreaking approach to education, traditional classrooms weren’t designed with the unique needs of children in mind. They had adult-sized furniture, with desks bolted into place in rows. They also had shelves out of reach of children. Dr. Montessori observed that a classroom intended for adults doesn’t support the learning of children. Today, Montessori schools follow the principles of the carefully prepared environment in accordance with Dr. Montessori’s observations.

How are Montessori classrooms decorated?

If you were to compare two side-by-side images of a Montessori classroom and a traditional classroom, you’d find several noticeable differences right away. Traditional classrooms often plaster the walls with brightly colored, eye-catching posters. These classrooms are decorated in a “busy” manner. Montessori schools prefer calm, uncluttered, orderly decorations that are evocative of nature. An uncluttered environment supports distraction-free learning . You’ll find clean walls with carefully chosen artwork arranged at intervals. All artwork is displayed at the child’s height. Montessori schools often incorporate natural elements, such as living plants.

How is furniture arranged in a Montessori classroom?

All of the furniture intended for the children’s use is sized appropriately for them. Students do not sit in rows. Instead, the focus is on the learning activities. Students can walk over to shelves positioned at an accommodating height, choose their learning activity, and carry it to a table. Or, they may choose to unroll an area rug and work on the floor.

How does the prepared environment change as a child grows older?

Classrooms intended for infants and toddlers are prepared with safety as the top priority. You won’t find any playpens in a Montessori school, as it’s important for children to develop their gross motor skills. Instead, children have plenty of space to explore learning materials and learn how to do things for themselves. In schools intended for older children, you’ll find the same dedication to order, beauty, and cleanliness. There is also plenty of storage space for older students to store their personal possessions and their works-in-progress.

The Montessori School offers welcoming, carefully arranged classrooms for learners from six weeks of age through sixth grade. Parents are invited to call (972) 985-8844 for information about enrollment in The Montessori School in North Dallas. Or, contact our campus in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

A Brief Look at Our Primary Program

The Primary Program at The Montessori School welcomes students ages three through six. If you’re interested in giving your young learner the benefits of a Montessori education, we invite you to look in on our classrooms. You’ll see a multi-age community of eager students, all hard at work on their own individual activities or working in small groups. Each Primary classroom is a carefully planned environment, with hundreds of specially designed Montessori materials.

Within this safe environment, children are given the freedom to capitalize on their interests. They explore the materials at their own pace, moving from concrete lessons to abstract concepts in order to deepen understanding. The Montessori School’s Primary Program includes core subjects like mathematics, language arts, geography, and history. Our curriculum also includes foreign language instruction, nature studies, and enrichment classes in music and creative movement.

We invite your family to learn more about joining our dynamic learning community. To inquire about our Primary Program , you can call The Montessori School in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

Inside The Nest in Our Early Infant Program

If you’re looking for a safe and inspiring place for your baby to grow, choose The Nest at the Montessori School. Our early infant program is run at our StarCreek campus and welcomes children ranging from six weeks to 12 months in age. Within our classrooms, we can tailor a schedule of changings, feedings, and naps according to your child’s needs, so you can feel confident that your baby is being cared for as you would at home.

Our early infant program incorporates offers a wide range of activities to keep your baby happy, including manipulatives, finger plays, movement, songs, language and sound development, and plenty of opportunities for interactions with other babies. We keep careful records of each baby’s activities each day, so parents can share in the growth and development that their babies experience when they are away.

The early infant program is available five days per week at The Montessori School’s StarCreek campus. To reach our StarCreek/Allen location for more information, call (972) 908-5055. For our North Dallas campus, call (469) 685-1732.

Creating Inspiring Learning Spaces at Home

It’s easier than you may think to continue your child’s education at home by making your space Montessori-friendly. In this video, learn some techniques that are used in Montessori schools that you can copy at home to reinforce what your child is learning in the classroom.

Start by ensuring that you have child-sized furniture, including chairs, tables, and shelves. Clear away clutter and stock the shelves with a few activities your child can do. Make it easy for your child to be independent by providing access to child-sized cleaning tools, dishes, and other items they may need during the day.

The Montessori School offers early infant programs up to elementary school programs in a supportive Montessori environment. Call (469) 685-1732 to request a tour of our elementary school in North Dallas, or dial (972) 908-5055 for a campus tour in Allen.

Is Being a Montessori Parent Right for You?

If you’re considering enrolling your child in Montessori school , then aside from questions about what he or she will be learning, you might also be wondering if being a parent of a child in Montessori education is right for you. Montessori is a family commitment, and it’s important to make sure it fits into your vision for your child’s education and your home. Are you ready to be a Montessori parent? Here are some signs that Montessori school could be a good fit for your family.

You prefer hands-on education to memorization.

In Montessori, kids set their own pace and learn things that interest them. Although they do have benchmarks to meet and they learn lessons within parameters, they are free to explore the classroom and engage with lessons in a hands-on way. For parents who are more accustomed to traditional classrooms, this transition can be confusing. Parents who choose Montessori for their children tend to prefer real-life learning situations that are guided by their kids to the rote memorization that comes with traditional education.

You don’t rely on traditional grading.

In Montessori, children have work portfolios and receive progress reports that describe students’ progress in a narrative way instead of assigning letter and number grades. For some parents, having grades is an important way of evaluating the progress and success of their students. Parents who prefer a bigger picture look at how their children are advancing in the classroom appreciate the Montessori approach to grading.

You are willing to leave yearlong grade cycles behind.

In Montessori, children stay in the same classroom for three years at a time. The classrooms are multi-age, so students get to learn from each other and work together cooperatively. Because students in traditional classrooms move to a new grade every year, it’s important for parents to be comfortable without seeing the yearly, formal progression to a new level.

The Montessori School is available to answer all of your questions about Montessori education , so you can make the right choice for your child. Call our Montessori school in North Dallas at (469) 685-1732 or in Allen at (972) 908-5055 to speak to one of our team members.

A Closer Look at the Montessori 3-Period Lesson

In Montessori schools , teachers build their classrooms around three-period lessons. The idea behind this approach to teaching is that each child thoroughly learns a concept through three distinct periods of instruction. By the end of the third period, students should have achieved mastery of the material. Here is a look at the three periods and what they mean to the overall Montessori education process.

Introduction

Period one is the introduction period. During this part of the lesson, teachers introduce a new term or concept to students. The topics introduced during this time are referred to in Montessori schools as nomenclature. For example, an image and a label with the name of the image would be considered to be nomenclatures that are introduced during the first period of the lesson. The time spent on introduction varies, but it will not be rushed, allowing each student to develop a basic understanding.

Association

Period two is a more in-depth introduction to the topic. Students are not asked to master any of the material in the lesson but rather practice with it so that they become comfortable with their knowledge. During this second period of learning, students should handle any materials associated with the lesson to facilitate the learning process. As with the first period, this second period can last for as long as necessary for students to achieve the goals the teacher has.

Recall

This final stage of learning occurs when students have mastery of the topic. During this period, students should be able to provide information that they have learned in the other periods without prompting from the teacher. Teachers will not move students to this period until they are sure that the students are ready to succeed.

Do you have questions about what happens in the Montessori classroom ? Schedule a visit to the Montessori School to tour our campuses and find out more about this style of education. Arrange a school visit by calling our school in North Dallas at (469) 685-1732 or our campus in Allen at (972) 908-5055.

Understanding Upper Elementary Level Montessori Education

The Upper Elementary program at Montessori schools welcomes students ages nine through 12. In a traditional school, this would be grades four through six. If your student is preparing to enter the Upper Elementary school , he or she will be pleased to learn that the same cornerstone principles of Maria Montessori’s Method used during the earlier years will carry over to this more advanced program.

Pedagogy

The pedagogical methods used in the Upper Elementary school embrace the concepts of sequential learning, including the natural transition from hands-on learning activities to abstract concepts. Students continue to use Montessori learning materials. However, once they gain mastery of a concept, students can begin to use textbooks to supplement the learning process. Upper Elementary students continue to work individually in uninterrupted blocks of time, as well as in small groups.

Curriculum

Montessori education embraces a comprehensive approach to curricula. By the time a student enters the Upper Elementary school, he or she is a fluent reader who uses books as tools to open the doors to new worlds. Reading isn’t considered a separate subject at this point. Distinct subject areas in the curriculum include:

  • Language arts and grammar
  • Mathematics
  • Geometry
  • Social studies/history
  • Geography
  • Foreign language
  • Science, including nature studies like botany and zoology

Enrichment

Montessori schools pride themselves on offering a complete enrichment curriculum for students. Enrichment programs nurture the soul as well as stimulate the brain, and allow students to express themselves creatively. Some examples of enrichment programs include:

  • Outdoor gardening
  • Computer instruction
  • Musical education
  • Fine arts

Personal Development

Montessori education is unique in that it supports the healthy development of the whole child. It is tailored to support children at every stage of their natural development. From ages nine through 12, Montessori students are learning how to take bigger steps toward independence. They’re learning how to self-regulate their behaviors and emotions, how to grow close relationships with their peers, and how to think in abstract ways. The Montessori classroom supports the students’ development by allowing freedom of choice and movement within a well-structured classroom.

The Montessori School welcomes inquiries from parents who are interested in learning more about our dynamic school community. We accept students from six weeks of age through sixth grade. Questions about Montessori school enrollment can be directed to our office in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

Get Cooking at The Montessori School

One of the many reasons why our students love coming to school is that the Montessori approach embraces a hands-on, sequential learning experience. This approach is carried through to our enrichment curriculum. At The Montessori School, students are encouraged to explore our fully equipped learning kitchen. Here, students put into practice their mathematics skills as they follow recipes, many of which include the use of ingredients grown right here in our outdoor garden by our students!

Cooking is also an opportunity for our elementary school students to see chemical reactions in action. Under the observant eye of a teacher, students are introduced to sequential concepts in cooking, while enjoying the benefits of sensory stimulation. And students aren’t the only ones who like our learning kitchen. Parents are always pleasantly surprised when their students become more adventurous eaters.

The Montessori School is a private preschool and elementary school serving families in Texas. To discuss our school enrollment procedures, you can call our campus in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

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