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    A Look at Developmental Milestones for Young Children

    Last updated 2 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 2 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.

    Computer-Based Learning at Starwood Montessori

    Last updated 2 months ago

    It’s never too early to teach your child computer literacy. The computer has become fundamental to both professional and personal life, and children who understand how to use it will be better prepared for their educational careers. Starwood Montessori provides computer literacy services for our Frisco private preschool students. We introduce our students to computers and help them explore their benefits so that they can quickly and easily become proficient with basic computer skills. Computers can also prove effective at helping children learn beyond traditional book, blackboard, and lecture methods. By providing our students with diverse learning means, we help them become eager for greater academic success.

    Would you like to learn more about the private preschool options that our Frisco location provides? Then call Starwood Montessori today at (972) 464-2597. Our representatives would be happy to address your questions and provide additional information about the comprehensive academic resources that we offer Plano, McKinney, and Carrollton families. 

    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.

    The Life and Teachings of Maria Montessori

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Starwood Montessori bears the name of the person who pioneered a new way for children to learn. Maria Montessori introduced the Montessori teaching philosophy in Italy little more than 100 years ago, but her impact on education has been felt around the globe. The personal life of this important educational figure underscore why she felt compelled to improve the academic landscape for children.

    Upbringing

    Maria Montessori was born before the turn of the 20th century, a time when women normally weren’t encouraged to cultivate their academic aptitude. Montessori’s family was different. Her parents supported her passion for knowledge. Not only did they allow her to enroll into an all boys’ school, but they also backed her decision to pursue medicine. Becoming a physician was an undertaking that very few women followed at that time in history. Montessori eventually completed her studies, which paved the way for her interest in psychiatry.

    Career

    Montessori’s career put her in a position to forever change the way in which children learn and experience the world around them. Her focus on special education brought to her attention deficiencies regarding how children are given instruction and information. Montessori soon realized that children can become avid learners when given the chance to engage in a variety of subjects according to their own interests. Hands-on experiences also increased their learning capabilities. These findings prompted Montessori to open her first school in 1907.

    Legacy

    Montessori’s school produced impressive results; its teaching methods helped children of all aptitudes become better learners. Her success encouraged the spreading of her teaching philosophy and the openings of other Montessori schools. More than 60 years after her passing, Maria Montessori has left an indelible mark on the landscape of modern education. More than 20,000 Montessori schools across the world are helping the youngest generations to become successful students and adults.

    See for yourself how Starwood Montessori can encourage your child’s academic passion. To schedule a visit to our Frisco private school, call (972) 464-2597. You can also go to our website to find out more about our programs and supplemental curriculum for our Frisco, Carrollton, and Plano students. 

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