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    Sensory Art Projects for Young Children

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Summer is a wonderful time to incorporate nature into your child’s art projects. This video presents an easy yet creative way to tie in touch and sight when making art.

    First, have your child select a large fresh leaf from a backyard or neighborhood tree. Next, place the leaf under a piece of white paper. Then let your child choose a colored crayon and rub the crayon over the paper, which will eventually show the outline of the leaf beneath it. Finally, provide your child with watercolor paints. These paints can add to the vibrancy of the art piece without diluting the wax rubbing, as wax and water do not mix.

    Starwood Montessori offers private school services for families in the greater Frisco area. For more information, call us today at (972) 464-2597.

    Elementary Montessori Education 101

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Few things are as important as your child’s education. Success in school starts at the elementary level, where students learn the skills that they will rely on as they proceed through school and the working world. Ensure your child develops those essential skills by choosing Montessori education for his or her elementary school years. In a Montessori classroom, your child will be encouraged to develop a love of learning by studying the topics that he or she is interested in while collaborating with a mixed-age group of students and a supportive teacher, instead of just memorizing facts and competing with other students. Explore the differences of Montessori elementary education in this infographic from Starwood Montessori, a Frisco private school. Help your fellow parents arm themselves with the facts they need to make informed choices about their children’s educations by sharing this information. 

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    Creative Learning Ideas for This Summer

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Summer can provide a vacation from private school, but it doesn’t have to be a break from learning. The warm weather months offer plenty of opportunities for your child to keep up with his science, math, and writing skills. Best of all, he can retain these important abilities and have fun at the same time. The following suggestions offer creative options for making summertime learning exciting and effective.

    Make a Nature Museum

    During the summer, the great outdoors offer a diverse array of flora and fauna for your child to explore and study. You can help your child cultivate his science skills by having him collect leaves, flowers, or other plants. Go beyond the memorization of each plant’s name and have your child research its place in the natural world. Ask him to set up a display area that lists the medicinal and manufacturing uses of each tree leaf or flower as well.

    Go on a Shopping Spree

    You don’t have to spend a lot of money for your child to learn about math. In fact, by giving him only a few dollars, you can help him to figure out how to create a budget and prioritize expenses. Bring him to a dollar store and have him decide how much he can purchase with his cash. You can also use this learning approach when going to the grocery store. Task your child with adding up the expense of your groceries with each item that you place in your shopping cart.

    Become a History Aficionado

    Encourage your child to expand his reading and writing skills by having him investigate an event from the past. Let him decide the time period or person that he wants to research. Then have your child read about his subject and present a written report that highlights the details of the occasion or historical figure that he chose. You can also ask him to use his imagination and write an alternate history account of an event or person.

    Starwood Montessori encourages a love of learning that transcends the classroom. Our staff and instructors provide each student with the resources and support that he needs to become a successful learner. For more information on our private school classes for Frisco, Plano, and McKinney students, call (972) 464-2597.

    Summer Activities for Montessori Students

    Last updated 2 months ago

    As children grow within the Montessori tradition, they develop a keen enjoyment of learning for its own sake. For Montessori students, summer presents an excellent opportunity to further their exploration of the world around them. Parents can encourage summer learning by suggesting the following activities to their youngsters.

    Start a Compost Pile

    Gardening is an oft-utilized activity for Montessori students, both at home and at school. Your child can support his or her gardening efforts by starting a compost pile. Start with a child-sized container and poke holes through the sides and the bottom for proper aeration. Add a layer of soil to the bottom. Your child can collect “brown waste” from the yard, such as small sticks, leaves, and dried grass. Then, add “green waste” from the kitchen, such as carrot peelings. Avoid adding dairy-based or meat-based waste. Your child can add a little water to the mixture to encourage decomposition. He or she can also take on the responsibility of mixing the compost each week and adding new waste to it.

    Create Recycled Bird Feeders

    Talk about the importance of reducing waste, reusing materials whenever possible, and recycling. The two of you can create recycled bird feeders out of toilet paper tubes. Have your child apply peanut butter to the tube and then roll it in birdseed. Then, insert a string through the tube, tie it to create a loop, and hang it from a branch.

    Make Summer Treats

    Visit a strawberry farm with your child and pick some fresh fruit. Then, make a delicious summer treat with your child by mashing a couple of cups of berries with plain yogurt and half a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Add enough yogurt to achieve a thick, smooth consistency. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze.

    The educators of Starwood Montessori gently guide children toward becoming confident, self-reliant young learners. Our private Montessori school in Frisco is pleased to offer an array of enrichment opportunities to stimulate creativity and build self-esteem. Parents in the Frisco area can call (972) 464-2597 to request information about enrolling their children in our Montessori school.

    Transitioning to Public School from a Montessori Classroom

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Many Montessori schools guide children through the preschool and elementary years. After children age out of these programs, parents may look for a Montessori high school in their area or they may transition their children to a public school. Fortunately, studies have shown that students generally transition very well from the Montessori classroom to the public school. In fact, they tend to graduate with higher GPAs as compared to students who have been in public school from the start.

    The Montessori approach to education supports a child’s ability to transition. Montessori educators gently instill core values such as self-respect, respect for others, and resiliency. These character traits enable students to adapt to changing social situations and to thrive with new challenges. Parents can facilitate this transition by encouraging students to discuss their concerns openly at home and with the teacher.

    Starwood Montessori accepts children from ages two through 12 at our private school in Frisco. Parents who are concerned about the transitioning process are welcome to call us at (972) 464-2597.

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