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    Fun Valentine's Day Crafts for Children

    Last updated 2 months ago

    This February, eschew the boxes of premade Valentine’s Day cards at the supermarket and instead help your preschooler make his or her own homemade cards. Valentine’s Day crafts such as making cards are a fun way for children to share their artistic talents and decorate the home. Consider asking your child’s Montessori teacher for ideas for craft activities, or try the following ideas.

    Cupcake Cards
    To make cupcake cards, flatten some colorful cupcake liners. Using child-safe scissors, your preschooler can cut out heart shapes from red construction paper and glue the shapes on the flattened liners. One of the wonderful aspects of crafts activities is that your child can customize the project in any way he or she chooses. For example, your preschooler could use scalloping scissors to make a decorative edge for the liner. He or she could write a thoughtful message in the center of the heart and decorate it with bits of ribbon, beads, and similar materials. Or, your child could glue a small spray of dried or fabric flowers to the center of the heart.

    Hand-Shaped Cards
    Help your child trace the shape of his or her hand on several sheets of construction paper. After cutting out the shapes, your child can write Valentine’s Day messages on them. He or she can decorate the hand shapes with stamps or drawings, and glue lollipops on them.

    Lollipop Flowers
    Create heart-shaped petals out of construction paper to frame a lollipop for a thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift. Each lollipop flower requires four heart shapes cut from construction paper. Fold each heart shape in half vertically to make a crease. Stack the heart shapes by lining up their bases and arrange them to form a “flower.” Use a hole punch to cut a hole through all four hearts and stick a lollipop through the hole. Apply glue around the hole to keep the petals in place.

    Starwood Montessori, a private school in Frisco, follows the teaching philosophy established by Dr. Maria Montessori. Our Montessori school provides children with a healthy, nurturing environment in which they can develop a lifelong love of learning. Prospective families are invited to tour our beautiful campus by calling (972) 464-2597.

    Valentine's Day Craft Ideas

    Last updated 2 months ago

    If you’re looking for fun ways to keep your preschooler busy this February, consider setting up a Valentine’s Day craft workshop on a table. Place a white heart doily on a washable tray and provide your preschooler with watercolor paints and brushes. Your little one can decorate the heart doily with any patterns and designs he or she chooses.

    To see a demonstration of this craft idea, watch this video. This early childhood educator also provides some tips on making the doily more durable and turning it into a decoration for your home. Or, you could help your preschooler inscribe a thoughtful message on the project and use it as a card for a family member or friend.

    Parents who are interested in viewing some of the learning projects at Starwood Montessori are invited to click through the photo gallery on our website. You could also call our private school in Frisco at (972) 464-2597 with your questions about the Montessori approach to education.

    How Children Benefit From Fine Arts Education

    Last updated 2 months ago

    These days, many public schools have been forced to reduce or eliminate fine arts education from their curricula. This is unfortunate because the fine arts provide an enriching and uplifting experience for children. Private schools, such as Montessori schools, recognize the critical importance of artistic expression for healthy childhood development. As your child enjoys fine arts education in a private school, he or she will reap the following benefits.

    Nurturing the Creative Spirit
    Children in Montessori schools are introduced to a range of mediums for self-expression. They learn to appreciate the creative process itself, rather than only enjoying the end result. Creative self-expression lays a strong foundation for emotional wellness and a healthy sense of self-esteem. A creative spirit also lends itself to an innovative mind, which serves children well throughout their lives.

    Promoting Hands-On Learning
    According to the Montessori approach to education, hands-on activities are essential for the learning process. Fine arts education provides youngsters with the opportunity to experiment by manipulating physical objects. Whether by sculpting modeling clay or applying paint to a canvas, the fine arts are a visual-spatial learning experience that engages children.

    Strengthening Language Development
    Fine arts education is one way in which children can strengthen their communication skills. Preschoolers will learn colors, shapes, and actions, and these words and phrases are reinforced by the physical manipulation of art supplies. Older children strengthen their communication skills by discussing the processes of their artwork and the emotions that inspired it.

    Encouraging Cognitive Skills
    Fine arts education offers opportunities for youngsters to strengthen their decision making skills and critical thinking abilities. While creating their masterpieces, they’ll need to make many choices, such as which color to use or which medium to explore. These cognitive skills help children reach new heights academically and personally.

    Starwood Montessori is a private Montessori school in Frisco that welcomes children from ages 2 through 12. Our individualized approach to learning includes multiple fine arts learning activities, such as painting, music, dancing, and more. To determine if our private school is right for your child, give us a call at (972) 464-2597 or fill out the convenient contact form on our website.

    How Much Sleep do Children Need?

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Getting adequate amounts of sleep allows children to function, grow, and develop properly. Children who are well-rested are better able to concentrate on their work and to interact well with others. The amount of sleep a child needs varies depending on his or her age and individual needs. In general, however, a newborn will need about 10.5 to 18 hours of sleep. In contrast, a toddler needs about 12 to 14 hours of sleep. These sleep times includes daytime napping.

    When a child is between three to five years of age, he or she is likely to sleep 11 to 13 hours each day. Most children ages five and up no longer require naps; however, each child is unique. Children who are between the ages of five and 12 need about 10 to 11 hours of sleep. During this age, disturbances in the normal sleep patterns are common because children are typically more socially active, with more demands on their time.

    Starwood Montessori welcomes children ages two through 12 at our private school. Our Montessori Method nurtures a child’s innate curiosity with an individualized and self-directed approach to learning. Parents in the Frisco area can call (972) 464-2597 for more information about the benefits of a Montessori education.

    Helping Your Children Get Ready to Go Back to School

    Last updated 3 months ago

    When children are enrolled in a private school that uses the Montessori Method, they develop a lifelong love of learning. Parents often find that their children can’t wait to get back to their Montessori schools after the winter break! However, going back to school after an extended holiday break may require a little adjustment. Consider using the following tips to help your child get ready to learn.

    Adjust to the School Schedule
    During the winter break, your child likely experienced irregularities in his or her typical schedule. He or she may have grown accustomed to going to bed and waking up later, for example. Help your child adjust to the changes in schedule by encouraging him or her to return to the normal bedtime and waking time. Your child may also benefit from eating meals at the times he or she normally would during a school day.

    Organize the Home for Optimum Learning
    The Montessori Method encourages parents to set up a learning space for children at home. If you haven’t done so already, consider working with your child to establish a learning space before the winter break is over. Your child’s learning space should be orderly and organized, with child-sized furniture.

    Review Your Child’s Portfolios
    Your child’s teacher will periodically meet with you and your child to review his or her portfolio of work. However, you may wish to revisit your child’s accomplishments before the return to school. Instill a positive attitude toward learning by praising your child’s progress and discussing what he or she will learn next.

    Go on a Shopping Trip
    Ask your child’s teacher if you need to purchase any new school supplies for the spring semester. You may also want to bring your child shopping for new clothes to prepare for the return to school.

    Parents in the Frisco area who are looking for a Montessori school for their children are invited to call Starwood Montessori at (972) 464-2597. Our Montessori school strives to help each child become a confident, self-reliant, lifelong learner. You can learn more about our curriculum and the Montessori Method on our website.

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