In the Plano/Dallas community, there are many choices for schools and daycares. In order to make a selection, parents first must determine if they are looking for a school or merely childcare. If education is a priority, then they must decide the type of education they want for their child. Montessori vs. traditional education is one key choice. Parents also need to think about whether they want a large institution or a smaller more home-like environment. And, most importantly, parents need to be sure that the school they select has an excellent safety record and satisfied parents and students. Some Schools offer multiple programs, Infant Program, Toddler Program and Pre-school program.
If you are not familiar with Benefits of Montessori, there are numerous information sources available. You may have friends or family members who have now, or previously had, a child in a Montessori school. This can be a good source of information, but remember that not all Montessori schools are alike, so experiences may be different at different schools. The ideal way to really develop an understanding of how a Montessori classroom works and the benefits of a Montessori education is to visit a school and observe a classroom.
Information about the safety record of a school is available on the Texas Department Family Service Child Care Licensing website – www.dfps.state.tx.us/child_care/search_texas_child_care Of course, inspections don’t always tell the whole story, so visit schools in which you are interested, ask questions, and talk with the parents of current students. To schedule to Tour or talk to our Director at Precious Beginnings Montessori Academy,
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Montessori is “right” for a wide range of personalities, temperaments and learning styles. Children who are consistently waiting for adult direction and those who have difficulty choosing and staying engaged in activities may have some initial difficulty transitioning into a Montessori class, but usually, they learn to trust themselves and gradually strengthen their concentration as they meet with successful learning experiences and develop independence.
Children who are loud learn to use their “indoor voices,” and those who are messy learn to put away their work neatly. In most cases, parents and teachers work together between home and school to help them develop these new habits. One of the strengths of Montessori is the atmosphere of cooperation and respect, as children with a variety of personalities and learning styles find joy in learning.
Parents who are particularly concerned about high standards and achievement may find Montessori difficult to understand and support.
While we all want the best for our children, Montessori really represents another way from the more conventional thinking found in most schools.
Montessori schools believe that children are normally born intelligent, curious, and creative and that all too often, parents and schools make the process of learning stressful rather than natural. We do not believe that most children need external or artificial structure and pressure to make them learn.
We also believe that the current emphasis on testing and a state-established curriculum ignores common sense and the true nature of how children learn. The result is all too often students who are more stressed and apathetic about their educations than ever. Montessori children never seem to lose the joy of learning!
Montessori is “right” for families with a range of communication styles and learning expectations; however, families who are generally disorganized (arrive late in the morning, pick up children at varying times, and have difficulty reading and responding to school correspondence with consistency), may experience frustration in a Montessori setting.
The program is carefully structured to provide optimal learning opportunities for children. There is a place for everything, and everything is generally in its place! Children from somewhat chaotic families often cling to this structure and find it very reassuring. But the transition from home to school and back home again can be difficult.
Montessori schools have various expectations regarding parental involvement. Research consistently demonstrates a strong connection between parental involvement and overall student achievement. Be aware of your school’s expectations and strive to be as involved as possible.
If based on the evidence of your time spent visiting Montessori schools, you believe these basic fundamental principles are true, then Montessori is probably going to be a wonderful fit.
On the other hand, if you find yourself concerned, then you may be more comfortable selecting a more conventional school or daycare for your child.
We hope that these guidelines will assist in your decision to enroll or not to enroll your child in a Montessori program.
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The reason being, Montessori Teachers need to be certified, Teaching materials need to acquired and student to teacher ratio need to maintained at optimum level.