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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 2 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.

    Keeping Your Kids Interested In Learning Over the Summer

    Last updated 2 months ago

    When your youngsters are home from Montessori school for the summer, keep them engaged in learning by suggesting daily activities. Mondays, for example, could be a day to explore the library and check out new books. On Tuesdays, your children might enjoy arts and crafts activities. Other themed days could include community service activities, outdoor play, culinary adventures, and nature explorations.

    You can learn more about the importance of encouraging kids to learn over the summer by watching this video. This educator also suggests some fun pool games for kids and offers some healthy snack ideas.

    Students enrolled in Starwood Montessori of Frisco learn to develop a love of lifelong learning. Families are invited to call our private Montessori school at (972) 464-2597 or view our curriculum on our website.

    Getting Involved In Your Child's Education

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Numerous studies have demonstrated the critical importance of parental involvement in a child’s education, and this is certainly no different for children enrolled in Montessori schools. In fact, Maria Montessori herself discussed the importance of a harmonious consistency across the home and school environments, recommending that similarities be established in both places. Parents of Montessori students are strongly encouraged to learn more about this approach to education and to talk to the teacher about implementing Montessori principles at home.

    Get to Know the Teacher

    Parents can take advantage of school events designed to bring families and educators together. Discuss your child’s education with the teacher, tour the classroom, and meet other Montessori families. The Montessori Method involves several conferences throughout the year, during which parents and teachers meet, and children present their work.

    Encourage Your Child to Discuss Projects

    Each day when your child returns home from his or her Montessori school, ask questions about what he or she did that day. Children are often eager to discuss what they’ve discovered and to explain their progress on their current projects. Parents who display interest in their children’s activities nurture their self-esteem and encourage a love of learning.

    Use Montessori Principles at Home

    Your child’s teacher can recommend resources for learning more about the Montessori Method and how to implement its principles at home. Setting up an environment that is consistent across home and school can greatly lend itself to your child’s development. For example, encourage your child’s independence by placing items within his or her reach. Placing a pitcher of juice on the bottom shelf in the fridge, along with containers of healthy snack items encourages children to make their own after-school snack. Another important Montessori principle is the use of encouragement for children to complete tasks, rather than a reward system, since true motivation is intrinsic.

    At Starwood Montessori, your child will enjoy a close-knit classroom community, which nurtures and supports youngsters during the learning process. Parents who are curious about becoming more involved in their child’s education are encouraged to call our campus in Frisco at (972) 464-2597. You can also learn more about Montessori principles and curriculum on our website.

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