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    Helping Children Avoid Winter Learning Loss

    Last updated 3 days ago

    The holiday break can lead to learning loss that could have students spending more time on review in the New Year rather than exploring new material. It can only take a week or two out of the classroom for students to fall out of positive routines and forget lessons covered in the fall. To help your student stay sharp and eager to learn through the holiday break, try using these helpful strategies for preventing winter learning loss.

    Ask What Your Student Learned Over the Last Semester
    Students are often excited to share the new facts and skills they’ve learned in the classroom, so be sure to ask about your student’s favorite subjects of the year so far once the break starts. If your student struggled with a certain lesson or is excited to continue practicing new skills, the break may be a great opportunity to let your child catch up or get ahead for the next semester.

    Set up Interactive Lessons at Home
    If your student is enrolled in a Montessori school, he or she will be used to having hands-on materials for learning a variety of subjects. You can continue this type of learning at home with some backyard science experiments, cooking lessons, or art projects. Remember to encourage your child to use these materials as he or she pleases and clean them up on their own, since this will mimic the atmosphere of the Montessori classroom.

    Take a Trip to Local Museums or Libraries
    You can get your student excited to learn by taking a winter break field trip to a museum or library. You might make the experience even more special by organizing an outing with other parents so that students can socialize with peers during the break.

    Avoid Too Much Television Time
    Because winter break should be a vacation, you might let your child watch more television or spend more time on the computer. Just remember that you shouldn’t go overboard and let your child spend the whole break in front of a screen.

    To explore the benefits of the Montessori Method for your child’s early education, connect with Starwood Montessori School. You can reach us on our website or at (972) 712-8080 to discover our classroom environment and supplemental curriculum that can accelerate your child’s learning. 

    A Brief Look at Our Acceptance Process

    Last updated 10 days ago

    Are you interested in sending your children to Starwood Montessori? We welcome parents to tour our school and learn about the advantages of Montessori education. Our acceptance process has multiple steps that we encourage parents to begin early to avoid placement delays.

    Taking a school tour is the first step in applying to Starwood Montessori. We ask that both parents attend the tour, during which time we will discuss our curriculum and tuition. We then ask children five and older to spend time in one of our classrooms so we can determine the best placements. We give priority acceptance to returning students and their siblings, and the remaining spots are open to the public. Before accepting a student, we take time to ensure our school’s goals and expectations match those of the parents. If we don’t have enough spaces for all accepted students, students will be placed on a waitlist.

    Start the process of joining the Starwood Montessori family today by calling (972) 712-8080 to schedule a tour. We look forward to answering all of your questions about our school and helping you find the right place for your children. 

    Tips for Getting Your Kids Talking about School

    Last updated 17 days ago

    At Starwood Montessori, our classrooms are filled with exciting learning activities, but you may not hear about them if your child is the type to stay mum about his or her school day. Getting kids to open up about school isn’t always easy, but opening a dialogue about education is a great way for parents to get involved while keeping kids engaged in and excited about learning. If your kids are hesitant about sharing details about their days, here are some suggestions for getting them to speak up.

    Start with Hello
    Younger children, in particular, look forward to reuniting with their parents at the end of the school day and may simply want to focus on you before turning to the subject of school. Instead of kicking off with questions about school when you pick your kids up, start off by greeting them enthusiastically and letting them know that they were missed. This gives your kids a chance to unwind and enjoy some time with you without the pressure of answering questions.

    Know the School Schedule
    Talk to your kids’ teachers about the things that happen during the day so you can coax your kids into talking by asking pointed questions. For instance, if you know your kids learn music every Wednesday, ask them about the songs they learned that day instead of open-ended questions about what happened in school.

    Listen First
    As a parent, it is tempting to want to fix your kids’ problems or correct them when you hear about something that happened at school that you don’t like. However, resist the urge to pounce and listen first. Then, engage your kids in a conversation about potential solutions. Offer suggestions, but encourage them to come up with their own ideas as well. It’s easier to keep the lines of communication open if your kids see you as a trusted ally.

    We prize school and parent communication at Starwood Montessori, and help parents feel engaged with what their children are learning. We strive to instill a love of learning in kids through our Montessori approach to education that shines through at home as well as in the classroom. Contact our school today for more information by calling (972) 712-8080. 

    Healthy Breakfast Tips for Kids

    Last updated 24 days ago

    A good day at school starts with a good breakfast at home. While sugary cereals and breakfast pastries may fill your kids up temporarily, they also set them up for mid-morning crashes. Of course, for busy parents, time is also an issue. This video offers tips for serving up healthy, kid-friendly breakfast options that won’t take a bite out of your schedule.

    Protein should be included in every breakfast, whether from yogurt, eggs, milk, or lean breakfast meats. Avoid foods with lots of added sugar and instead sweeten things like oatmeal with fresh fruit and a drizzle of maple syrup. Prepping foods in advance will make breakfast a breeze.

    A good breakfast will help your child make the most of his or her day at Starwood Montessori. Our Montessori school helps kids discover the pleasure of learning. Find out more about our educational approach by calling (972) 712-8080. 

    Reasons Movement Is a Central Part of Our Curriculum

    Last updated 1 month ago

    School is about more than learning to read and write. Physical activity is also an important part of a balanced education. Although PE classes are sometimes considered to be less essential than other subjects, numerous studies have shown the benefits of movement during the school day to academic success and overall health. At Starwood Montessori, we embrace the role of movement in education. Here are just a few of the reasons movement is such a central part of our days.

    Increased Concentration
    The academic benefits of physical education have been established in a range of studies. In addition to higher standardized test scores, students who are active during the day come back to other academic subjects with renewed levels of concentration that help them succeed. At Starwood Montessori, we capitalize on this boost in concentration provided by physical activity by incorporating movement into many of our academic pursuits.

    Improved Health
    At a time when childhood obesity is skyrocketing, many schools are actually cutting physical education classes. The danger of this policy is that PE may be the only activity kids get in a day. During PE classes, children improve their fitness levels and learn to develop healthy attitudes towards physical activity. PE also gives children the chance to experience different sports so that they can find ways of being active that appeal to them. Discovering a love for volleyball, for instance, may encourage your child to stay active outside of school hours.

    Better Cooperation Skills
    Teamwork is at the root of many movement activities at school, so kids learn valuable lessons about working together. PE also teaches children the importance of effort, being supportive of their peers, and both winning and losing graciously.

    Starwood Montessori is home to a fully equipped children’s gym to encourage our students to move throughout the school day. Could our private Montessori school be right for your child? Contact us to schedule a school tour and to find out more about our Montessori curriculum.  To reach our school, call (972) 712-8080. 

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