• Montessori Shelves for 4-Year-Olds

    Classrooms in Montessori schools are orderly, thoughtfully prepared environments with neatly arranged learning activities on shelves. Many parents like to replicate this approach in their own homes. Choose shelving units that are at the right height for your child to access by him- or herself. Every few months, you can remove learning materials your child has mastered, and add new materials.

    You can see some examples of Montessori shelves when you watch the accompanying video. The shelves featured here were designed for a four-year-old child, and they include practical life and sorting activities.

    The classrooms at The Montessori School are carefully prepared to support the natural learning process . You can request a tour of our elementary school in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

  • Exploring the Montessori Approach to Discipline

    Dr. Maria Montessori’s Method is, above all, one that nurtures graciousness and respectfulness for all. Students are expected to have respect for each other, for themselves, and for the teacher. The Method also has innovative thoughts on discipline. When parents first tour a Montessori school, they’re often amazed to see young students earnestly working with only gentle guidance from the teacher. No one shouts or interrupts others, and every student puts the learning materials in the appropriate place when finished with them. How do the teachers achieve this, and how can parents use these techniques at home?

    Understanding Dr. Montessori’s Thoughts on Discipline

    Dr. Montessori developed her Method by observing the way in which children grow, develop, and learn. Her philosophy was born of her observations, and because of this, her thoughts on discipline are naturally suited to the true way children grow. Dr. Montessori realized that blind obedience isn’t true obedience because the child isn’t willingly complying. First, children must learn the differences between right and wrong. Then, they can work on developing the willpower to make the right choices. Until a child is given the freedom to make choices within a carefully structured environment , he or she cannot practice inner discipline.

    Developing a Structured Environment

    It takes a great deal of persistence and patience on behalf of parents and teachers to nurture a child’s self-discipline. It starts with a carefully structured environment that only gives a child as much freedom as he or she can handle. In other words, the environment itself teaches the child how to make appropriate decisions.

    Redirecting Troublesome Behavior

    In a Montessori school, teachers redirect or refocus a child’s energy when he or she has trouble making an appropriate choice. Parents can also use this technique at home. The process of redirecting non-peaceful behavior starts with an unapologetic reminder of the rules, followed by gentle guidance that helps the child make the right choice.

    The teachers at The Montessori School look forward to welcoming new students and their parents to our close-knit, supportive learning community. We understand that you’ll have lots of questions for us about Montessori education. Please take your time exploring the information on our website, and when you’re ready to request a tour of our Montessori school, call us in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

  • Why Multi-Age Classrooms Are Part of Montessori Education

    A core component of Montessori education is the multi-age classroom. Unlike traditional classrooms, in which children are grouped by grade level, Montessori schools put children together in three-year age blocks. Working in these multi-age classrooms gives students advantages over simply being with children of the same age throughout their educational careers. Here are some of the benefits of multi-age classrooms in Montessori schools.

    Observation is part of learning.

    Younger children can learn a great deal from being grouped with older children, simply by observing them. Observation plays a key role in both learning and emotional development. Watching older children perform learning tasks as well as seeing their behavior, including how they interact with each other, can be critical for development. Mimicking the behavior of older students can help younger ones build maturity faster than they would otherwise.

    Collaborative learning builds confidence.

    Montessori education stresses self-paced learning, and within multi-age classrooms, this encourages collaborative learning experiences. Older children often guide younger children through activities, and younger children get to express their opinions as equals. For older students, being able to share their knowledge with younger students helps to increase their confidence in their skills and abilities. For younger students, this experience helps them get used to interacting with different groups of people and teaches them that it is OK to reach outside of their usual groups or comfort zone.

    Curriculum is multi-dimensional.

    Within multi-age classrooms, students learn about the same topics, but they study them in different depths. Students get to see how knowledge builds when they see other students who are older them diving deeper into the topics that they are studying. Students are more likely to see their lessons as dynamic and get excited about learning when they can see how their knowledge will expand.

    At The Montessori School, we are committed to giving students a robust learning experience by providing the tools for guided independent learning and self-exploration. To learn more about our Montessori program please dial (972) 908-5055. To reach our Allen campus, call (469) 685-1732, or for our North Dallas campus, call (469) 685-1732 .

  • Fun Montessori Tray Ideas to Try with Your Toddler

    Activity trays are often used in Montessori schools, and you can extend that practice to home with your own DIY trays. The ideas in this video will help you set up Montessori education-inspired trays for your toddler at home.

    Your trays should have activities that help your child practice his or her motor skills and should incorporate different colors and textures. Sorting different materials is a great leaning activity for toddlers and embraces the Montessori method.

    The Montessori School’s toddler program helps little ones start their learning journeys with the benefits of Montessori-focused education. Call our Montessori school in North Dallas at (469) 685-1732 or in Allen at (972) 908-5055 for more information about all of our programs.

  • Is Montessori the Right Choice for Your Family?

    Choosing a school for your child is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. As you explore your options and encounter Montessori, you may wonder if it could be the right fit for your child. Montessori schools are successful for students of all learning styles, since they are centered on self-paced learning. However, there are things to consider about Montessori as a family before you make your choice. Here is what you need to know.

    Movement

    Parents with active children frequently worry about how their children will do in the classroom, and when visiting a Montessori school, you may see a classroom of quiet, hardworking students. However, Montessori actually allows and encourages much more movement than a traditional classroom. Students are allowed to get up and move around as they need to, unlike traditional schools, where opportunities to move are limited and scheduled. Students who need to move around a lot to feel comfortable and focused can thrive in Montessori schools.

    Home Discipline Style

    Some people envision Montessori classrooms as completely child-led, without rules or restrictions, but this is not the case. If you don’t have rules in your home, then your child may face a period of adjustment when coming into the Montessori classroom, just as they would in traditional school. On the other hand, if your home is very regimented, then your child may at first find it difficult to manage his or her behavior with the freedom in Montessori programs. Keep in mind, these adjustments periods are usually temporary, but many families are surprised when they do occur.

    Learning Styles

    There is a place for all learning styles in Montessori classrooms. Children learn at the pace that works for them, in the way that works for them. Different learning styles co-exist and thrive in Montessori schools.

    Are you considering Montessori education for your child? At The Montessori School, we are happy to answer all of your questions and arrange a school tour. Call us in North Dallas at (469) 685-1732 or in Allen at (972) 908-5055 to learn more.

  • A Brief Overview of Our Primary Curriculum

    The Primary program at The Montessori School is for kids between the ages of the three and six. These important years are a time of incredible growth for kids, and our classrooms are dedicated to letting them build skills and gain enthusiasm about learning.

    In our Montessori school, kids in this age group have freedom to learn at their own pace, with gentle guidance from our teachers. Each classroom is filled with learning materials to support their learning and exploration, as they move from concrete concepts to abstract learning processes. The curriculum is broad and includes math, language arts, geography, history, cultural awareness, foreign language, music, movement, and nature studies. At their own paces, kids will learn and grow in knowledge and maturity.

    At The Montessori School, we’re always available to answer questions about our curriculum and our approach to Montessori education . Find out more by calling our campus in North Dallas at (469) 685-1732 or in Allen at (972) 908-5055.

  • Spotlight on Sibling-Friendly Montessori Activities

    Siblings love to work on the same projects together. But even if your kids are twins, they may be at different developmental stages. Take your cue from Montessori schools, which offer hands-on learning materials that teach sequential skills. For example, the more developmentally advanced child could work on assembling a model vehicle. This activity may require the use of child-safe tools and fasteners. It engages the child’s fine motor skills and problem-solving skills.

    At the same time, the other sibling can work on assembling a different vehicle, which doesn’t require the use of tools on very small parts. Instead, this sibling can figure out how to put things together using magnetic connectors. As this second sibling grows and learns, he or she can move on to the more advanced model vehicle that requires the use of tools.

    The Montessori School features carefully prepared classrooms full of beautifully designed, engaging learning materials that students can work on independently or collaboratively. To find out about school enrollment , call our campus in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

  • How Montessori Can Support Kids with Special Needs

    A child with special needs is much like any other child in that he or she is naturally curious, has likes and dislikes, and wants to be accepted by his or her community. Montessori schools are the perfect environment for children who are progressing developmentally at any rate. Watch this video to hear from Montessori educators and parents about why special needs students thrive in these settings.

    You’ll learn that each class has the same teacher and many of the same classmates for three consecutive years. This reduces the number of transitions for the student, and allows the teacher to become keenly aware of each student’s needs and strengths. In a Montessori school, every student feels included and accepted for who he or she is. Students learn at their own pace with hands-on materials that engage the senses.

    The Montessori School welcomes students with all abilities and learning styles to reach their full potential with Maria Montessori’s Method. Call our Montessori school in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

  • Answering Parents’ Most Frequent Questions About Montessori

    Montessori schools follow the educational approach established by Dr. Maria Montessori. Dr. Montessori’s Method was based on her careful observations of how children use the world around them to learn. This is a time-tested method, which was first founded in 1907 and has been used around the world ever since. Parents are encouraged to visit the school, ask lots of questions, and do some background reading from credible sources to find out more about this unique educational journey.

    Why doesn’t the teacher lecture to the whole class?

    Montessori education is child-centered. During your tour, you’ll see that the classrooms are gracefully arranged into different work areas. Students choose an appropriate learning activity to work on by themselves or in a small group. The teacher carefully observes each student, stepping in to help when needed, and stepping back to allow the student to work through the problem-solving process. Instead of lecturing, the teacher periodically gathers together small groups to present a new lesson. This allows the teacher to tailor the lessons to each student’s pace and style of learning.

    What about school grades?

    Most Montessori schools do not grade student assignments. Instead, parents meet regularly with the teacher to discuss their child’s progress. The child also has the opportunity to present a portfolio of work, and perhaps to give a self-assessment.

    Why are Montessori classrooms so large?

    It’s a commonly held belief that the smaller a classroom is, the better. In fact, Maria Montessori’s Method emphasizes the value of having children learn to work efficiently as part of a larger community. They can learn from the experiences and perceptions of many of their peers, and they can learn to cooperate harmoniously with children of many different personalities. Since a Montessori classroom brings together students of a three-year age range, it is more closely representative of a real world community than a conventional classroom is.

    You can bring any other questions you have to your tour at The Montessori School. Our staff loves to introduce parents to Montessori concepts, as we firmly believe it’s a supportive, nurturing way to help children reach their full potential. Call our Montessori school in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

  • A Guide to Our Enrichment Curriculum

    Education is a delightful journey that lasts a lifetime. Here at The Montessori School, it’s our privilege to facilitate the early years of your child’s education. Children from six weeks through sixth grade explore our curriculum in a self-directed, self-paced manner that sparks their love of learning. Our elementary school students enjoy our enrichment curriculum.

    Computer Instruction

    All primary and elementary school students can learn how to use computers in our multimedia lab. They begin by learning basic mouse and keyboarding skills. Then, students advance in their computer literacy skills with activities that correspond with our Montessori curriculum. All computer use at our school is dependent upon each individual student’s social maturity level.

    Outdoor Gardening

    Students at The Montessori School develop a better understanding of the natural world and their roles as its stewards with daily gardening activities. The organic outdoor garden is located next to our science lab. Here, students develop their knowledge of botany as they grow vegetables and flowers. We firmly believe that outdoor work is essential for a child’s healthy development, as nature helps individuals feel grounded and peaceful.

    Cooking

    The fresh vegetables our students grow in our organic garden are used for our culinary activities. Our learning kitchen offers activities for children of all ability levels. Here, students broaden their understanding of academic topics, including chemistry, math, and physics.

    Music Instruction

    The creative process is important to the Montessori approach. Students learn musical literacy and appreciation through daily activities, including singing, composing, and performing. Our regular school performances allow students to feel confident on the stage.

    Science Experimentation

    The Montessori School features a well-equipped science lab. Here, our students work on hands-on science experiments. They develop an understanding of scientific methodology and processes as they conduct their own experiments.

    Fine Arts Studio

    In our fine arts studio, the emphasis is on the joy of creation, rather than the final result. Students explore a variety of media types, including collage, painting, printmaking, and color mixing. They learn to feel self-confident in their creative expressions and to support and respect the artistic endeavors of their peers.

    If The Montessori School sounds like an ideal environment for your child, we invite you to schedule a tour of our beautiful campuses. Call us in North Dallas at (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 727-2800 to ask about the admissions process. You’ll find that our Montessori school is a close-knit, supportive community.

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