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Parents who are new to the Montessori approach often have a lot of questions about what children can get out of this type of education. The Montessori approach teaches children that they have the ability to learn and grow via their own motivation and drive. It also teaches children that they have self-worth and resiliency.
Watch this video to hear some thoughts from Tim Seldin, the president of the Montessori Foundation. Seldin describes how Montessori schools encourage children to become more spiritually alive and self-motivated.
Find out more about the benefits of a Montessori education by speaking with the educators at Starwood Montessori School. Residents of Frisco and Carrollton can give us a call at (972) 464-2597 for more information.
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Physical activity isn’t just beneficial for the body, but also for the mind. Children can learn and express themselves through movement—a philosophy that is shared by Montessori schools. Montessori schools often incorporate physical activity with academic instruction. Once your child gets home from school, encourage him or her to stay active to promote strong muscles and bones, weight control, and a positive attitude. Keep reading for some afterschool tips on encouraging exercise for your child.
Explore Various Activities
Montessori schools adhere to the philosophy that children learn best when they are self-motivated, and to that end, child-led activities are encouraged. The same principle can be applied to physical activity. Your child is more likely to enjoy a sport or activity if he or she chooses it. Encourage your child to explore a range of activities until a preference emerges. If your child isn’t interested in organized sports like baseball or basketball, introduce rock climbing, martial arts, or dancing classes.
Make Fitness a Family Affair
Use physical activity as an excuse to grow closer as a family. Between school and work, it can be challenging to find time to enjoy activities together. Make a habit of going for a walk after dinner or throw a Frisbee in the park on the weekends. By making fitness a family activity, you can lead by example. Kids learn from role models, and you can reinforce the importance of daily movement by letting your child see how much you enjoy sports.
Use Positive Reinforcement
Physical activity should never be seen as a punishment or a chore. Use positive reinforcement to instill a healthy attitude toward movement and motivate your child. Praise your child for learning how to do a somersault, for example.
At Starwood Montessori School, we encourage children to learn to love physical activity. Learn more about our physical activity program and our fully equipped children’s gymnasium at our private school in Frisco by calling (972) 464-2597. You could also visit our website to learn more about the Montessori approach to education.
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The Montessori method of teaching is a unique approach to learning for all ages of children that relies upon techniques developed by Italy’s Dr. Maria Montessori. Dr. Montessori was a physician who believed that children have the capacity to develop their own unique intellectual and creative qualities based upon what they find in their immediate surroundings. As such, she developed a specially prepared, well-organized environment that nurtured independence and emphasized spontaneity. Modern private preschools and grade schools have further developed this innovative teaching method to underscore language development and arithmetic skills while continuing to encourage children to develop at their own pace.
Starwood Montessori School is proud to continue Dr. Montessori’s mission of helping to bring forth each and every child’s creative genius. To learn more about our education programs and curriculum, visit us on the Web today or call our Frisco private school directly at (972) 464-2597.