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    Tips for Getting Your Child Back on a School-Friendly Sleep Schedule

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Back-to-school clothes and improved study habits aren’t the only essentials for success this school year. Your child also needs plenty of sleep every night when he or she heads back to the Montessori school. When children suffer from sleep deprivation, they tend to be less able to focus on their work in the classroom. If your child’s Montessori teacher has noted that he or she could benefit from improved concentration, the solution may be to get your child back on a school-friendly sleep schedule.

    Get a Head Start
    Although it’s never too late to improve your child’s sleeping habits, it’s best to start before he or she heads back to private school. Summer vacation often involves a disruption in your child’s sleeping patterns. He or she may stay up later than usual and sleep later in the morning. Gradually adjust your child to getting to bed at the time he or she normally would for school. Likewise, encourage your young learner to wake up in time to get ready for school. Experts advise adjusting your child’s sleep schedule about three weeks before the start of the school year.

    Develop an Evening Routine
    People of all ages can benefit from an evening routine that allows them to wind down and relax at the end of the day. It’s best to turn off the TV, computer, and all other electronics at least an hour before bedtime. Your child may choose a relaxing activity to enjoy before bedtime, such as reading quietly or taking a bath.

    Practice Good Sleep Hygiene
    Good sleep hygiene involves improving the sleeping environment. Make sure your child’s bedroom is at a comfortable temperature. Your child may use a nightlight if he or she wishes; however, the room should otherwise be dark. If your child is a light sleeper and has trouble with noises from outside the bedroom, consider placing a white noise machine in the bedroom.

    At Starwood Montessori of Frisco, our Montessori educators are excited to welcome back students and meet new faces this school year. We encourage parents to become closely involved in our Montessori community and to practice the principles of Montessori at home. To get in touch with our private school, call (972) 464-2597 or fill out the simple contact form on our website.

    The Early History of Montessori Education

    Last updated 2 months ago

    The Montessori Method is often misinterpreted as being a recent educational trend because of its increasing popularity across the U.S. In fact, the movement was officially initiated in 1907 when Dr. Maria Montessori opened her first school in Rome, known as the Casa dei Bambini. Maria Montessori was ahead of her time and made great strides toward breaking the glass ceiling and working tirelessly on behalf of all children, regardless of their background. She developed the Montessori Method after carefully observing the way in which children learn, which is through natural explorations of their surrounding environment.

    Thanks to the tremendous success of her first school, additional Montessori schools were opened in Milan and Rome. Just a few short years after the first Montessori school was founded, educators throughout Europe and beyond were seeking out Dr. Montessori to learn about her approach. In the U.S., the first Montessori school was opened in 1911 in Scarborough, New York. Just five years later, the U.S. boasted more than 100 Montessori schools, thanks in part to support from such luminaries as Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison.

    Parents throughout Frisco are invited to learn more about the Montessori approach to education by contacting Starwood Montessori at (972) 464-2597 or by visiting our website. Our private school offers toddler, primary, and elementary programs.

    Encouraging Your Children to Develop Spanish Skills at an Early Age

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Parents who are looking for private schools, such as Montessori schools, for this upcoming school year have a number of factors to consider. Although core subject courses are important, a private school should also feature a supplemental curriculum with options such as Spanish classes. Increasingly, research supports the idea that learning Spanish or other foreign languages at a very young age has incredible benefits for children.

    Academic and Cognitive Benefits

    When a second language is learned in adulthood, an individual must memorize grammar rules and practice vocabulary drills. When a very young child is introduced to Spanish, he or she naturally learns by absorbing the intonation patterns and other aspects of the language. A child’s brain is a great deal more flexible than an adult’s, and can more readily learn a second language. As children become fluent in Spanish, they begin to display academic benefits such as enhanced verbal development and better skills in their native language. They enjoy cognitive benefits, such as the enhancement of problem solving skills, executive function, spatial relationships, and creativity.

    Career Opportunities

    As your Montessori child graduates and moves on to college, he or she will begin to think about career choices. Achieving fluency in Spanish can greatly increase job opportunities, both at home and abroad. Many employers prefer job candidates who are fluent in Spanish, thanks in part to the significant portion of the U.S. population who speaks Spanish.

    Personal Growth

    Although the end result of achieving language fluency does indeed have advantages, Montessori students acquire even more through the act of learning itself. When they explore another language, they begin to develop a greater appreciation of other cultures. Montessori students understand the importance of respect and compassion for others.

    The educators of Starwood Montessori of Frisco hold weekly Spanish classes to encourage cultural awareness in our young learners. Our Montessori students develop an appreciation for bilingualism while developing a positive attitude toward other cultures. If you’re considering enrolling your child in a Montessori school this upcoming school year, we invite you to call us at (972) 464-2597 to ask us about a tour of our beautiful campus.

    A Look at Developmental Milestones for Young Children

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Each child follows his or her own unique journey, embracing new experiences and discovering new abilities along the way. Although many children do generally meet a set of predictable developmental milestones, it’s expected that some youngsters will be a little behind or ahead of these milestones. When you enroll your little one in a Montessori preschool, which is generally referred to as the preprimary program in the Montessori Method, his or her educators will keep you apprised of their observations. In the meantime, observe your youngster for the following achievements.

    By Four Months

    By the time most babies reach four months of age, they start to copy the facial expressions of others, smile spontaneously, and cry in different ways to communicate needs. Four-month-olds also typically begin to babble, reach out for toys, and recognize familiar faces. Some youngsters begin to roll over from their stomachs to their backs.

    By Nine Months

    As youngsters reach nine months of age, they tend to display social and emotional milestones such as displaying fear of strangers and attachment to loved ones. Their language abilities experience incredible growth. Nine-month-olds typically understand the meaning of the word “no,” copy the sounds of others, and make various sounds, such as “mamamama.” Youngsters learn by exploring various aspects of their environment. Nine-month-olds typically enjoy putting objects in their mouths, manipulating objects with their hands, and searching for hidden objects.

    By Two Years

    At this age, your little one is ready for the preprimary program at a Montessori school. Most children tend to become excited to play with other children, yet they display growing independence. They may begin to speak very short sentences, name objects in books, and sort colors and shapes.

    Starwood Montessori offers a toddler program to help children ease into the transition to our private preschool. Children ages two through three will flourish within our safe, comforting environment, under the gentle guidance of our Montessori educators. Families in the Frisco area who are interested in exploring the unique benefits of a Montessori education are invited to call (972) 464-2597 to arrange an individual tour.

    Creating an Art Project from Dr. Seuss Books

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Your child can build upon his or her language skills by doing fun art projects that complement the themes of favorite books. An example is a project based on Dr. Seuss’s “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” picture book. Your child can practice fine motor skills by tracing and cutting out hand shapes from red, blue, green, and white construction paper. The hand shapes, which serve as “fish” can be glued onto a background piece of paper and given funny fish faces.

    You can see a demonstration of this clever art project by watching this video. This art expert recommends having your child practice writing by printing the appropriate words (i.e. “red fish”) next to the corresponding “fish.”

    At Starwood Montessori, your little one will be introduced to a broad spectrum of mediums to encourage creativity. Parents in the greater Frisco area can call (972) 464-2597 for information about enrollment in our private preschool or to inquire about the Montessori Method.

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