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    How Elementary Students Benefit From Montessori's Cultural Lessons

    Last updated 9 months ago

    The Montessori Method fosters an innate sense of respect for all. Students in a Montessori school learn to enjoy exploring other cultures and traditions, and they learn tolerance and acceptance of ideas different from their own. Although the Montessori Method embraces self-directed education, known as auto-education, children do proceed through certain curricular areas. One of those curricular areas involves cultural lessons. Continue reading to learn about the benefits of these lessons.

    Promoting Cognitive Skills
    Montessori students are encouraged to develop their problem solving skills and hone their creative thinking abilities. Cultural lessons facilitate this process by introducing new concepts and ideas to children. For example, students working on the social studies curricular area who choose to learn about the Mexican culture might brainstorm ideas for a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Children learning about the Turkish culture might choose to exercise their problem solving skills by finding out how to prepare a traditional Turkish dish, such as homemade yogurt.

    Encouraging Cultural Awareness
    Learning about different cultures in a Montessori program fosters a foundation of cultural awareness. As young children develop a stronger sense of self, they also begin to develop a heightened awareness of what is different from or outside of themselves. They learn about belief differences, physical differences, and language differences. Learning to embrace those differences and to be accepting of other cultural traditions nurtures a child’s sense of respect and facilitates communication skills.

    Teaching Advanced Concepts
    Cultural lessons offer a good opportunity for children to work on advanced concepts, such as geographical concepts. While very young children have a limited perspective, they begin to understand the vastness of the world as they grow. Cultural lessons help children learn about global geography and promote an understanding of complex scientific theory. For example, children can improve their ability to compare and contrast by considering the differences and similarities between two cultures.

    The Elementary Program at Starwood Montessori in Frisco offers cultural lessons for children ages six through 12. Our Montessori teachers introduce multiculturalism in the science and social studies curricular areas. If you would like to learn more about enrolling your child in our private school, call (972) 464-2597.

    Why Students Enjoy a Montessori Education

    Last updated 10 months ago

    The benefits of a Montessori education are practically limitless. Montessori students are eager to go to school because they understand that they can direct their own learning experience. A Montessori education is highly personalized; students are in control of their environment and their learning activities. They work at their own pace until they develop a mastery of the material.

    Watch this video to learn more about the many benefits of a Montessori education. This administrator explains how students develop a sense of self-confidence and the realization that they can devise solutions to problems, rather than waiting for an adult to show them how to do something.

    If you feel your child would benefit from an individualized approach to education, call Starwood Montessori of Frisco at (972) 464-2597. Our Montessori school nurtures and supports lifelong learners.

    Winter Activities to Try at Home with the Kids

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Montessori students understand that learning is a wonderful, lifelong adventure. You can encourage your child to keep learning over the winter break by suggesting some fun activities to do at home. Take a look below to get some great activity ideas.

    Household Decorating
    Visit your local stationery store and select a range of plastic document pockets in various colors. If there are none available, try using colored cellophane. Provide your child with a pair of child-friendly scissors and have him cut out various shapes. Help your youngster adhere the shapes to a window that receives plenty of sunlight, and then admire the colored patterns reflected on the floor.

    Crafting Ideas
    Although families in Texas may not see a lot of snow, your child can enjoy a craft activity that involves creating wintry landscapes. Provide your child with a selection of paper in various colors. Encourage him or her to tear out shapes or cut them with child-friendly scissors. The torn paper can be glued onto a piece of construction paper to form a landscape with snowflakes, pine trees, and snowmen.

    Musical Activities
    The Montessori approach to education recognizes the value of encouraging kids to explore various musical approaches. You can expand on this by creating your own homemade instruments this winter. Place beans in a couple of bottles, secure the lids, and shake them. Turn a coffee can into a drum. You can also assemble a variety of objects, such as a cooking pot, a wooden block, and a basket, and then have your child close his or her eyes and drum on the objects with a stick so he or she can guess which objects make which sounds.

    Language Games
    If your child is learning how to read, consider playing language-stimulating games. Arrange photos or magazine clippings of common household objects, and discuss what the objects are and how they are used. Discuss which letters the names of the objects begin with. Your child might also sort them into groups based on which rooms of the house they are found in.

    Starwood Montessori, which is conveniently located in Frisco, closely follows the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori. Our Montessori-certified teachers serve as guides for children to encourage them in their quest for knowledge and mastery of skills. For more information about our private school or the Montessori approach to education, contact us at (972) 464-2597.

    How to Stop the Spread of Germs in School

    Last updated 10 months ago

    For many kids, the start of the school year also means the start of colds, flu, stomach bugs, and more. Germs thrive in school environments, thanks to the close quarters and constant contact between kids, but there are ways to curb the spread of bacteria and viruses. Here are some ideas.

    First, prevention starts at home. Teach your kids to sneeze or cough into their elbows, not into their hands and certainly not without covering up at all. Encourage your kids to reach for tissues when their noses are running. At school, kids should frequently wash their hands throughout the day. Teachers can discourage the sharing of food and drinks and ensure that students wash their hands before eating.

    Are you looking for a learning environment that is designed to instill a love of learning in your child? Then consider Starwood Montessori. Our Frisco Montessori school boasts technologically-advanced classrooms and a unique curriculum. Learn more about our private school by calling (972) 464-2597. 

    Your Guide to a Fun Family Thanksgiving

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with family and friends. At Starwood Montessori, our faculty and students alike look forward to this special holiday and break. What can you do to make this Thanksgiving the best one yet for your family? Give these tips a try.

    Share the Duties
    Thanksgiving is an opportunity to create cherished memories with loved ones, and you can’t do that if you’re chained to the stove all day. Instead of putting the entire burden of preparing the meal on one person’s shoulders, share the responsibilities. Ask all of your guests to bring a favorite Thanksgiving side and get the kids’ involved in making a simple dessert. Not only will you get a chance to try lots of different dishes, but you will also ensure that everyone gets some time to relax and enjoy the day.

    Battle Kid Boredom
    Bored kids are never a good combination with a Thanksgiving celebration. Make plans to keep all of the younger guests at your gathering entertained. Set up a table for Thanksgiving crafts filled with paper, crayons, glue, and all of the other supplies kids may need to create a seasonal masterpiece. Have a selection of games on hand that are suited to the age groups of your guests. For a post-meal slow down, get one or two holiday movie classics and settle the kids in front of the TV while the adults enjoy conversation at the table.

    Plan Cross-Generational Fun
    Thanksgiving is a unique opportunity for kids to bond with their older relatives. Instead of keeping all activities separate, come up with some fun ideas that everyone can do together. You could play a board game together, head outside for a game of kickball or tag, or simply take a stroll with the entire family.

    Thanksgiving is also a great time for your child to share all of the wonderful things he or she has been learning at Starwood Montessori. Our Frisco private school provides an environment where kids can uncover their own love of learning and become self-confident, self-reliant students. Get answers to your questions about our Montessori educational style and our curriculum by calling our school at (972) 464-2597. 

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