Q. Why are the classrooms so quiet, and the children so serious?
A. The Montessori school day is divided into work periods and play periods. Work periods usually last about two hours in the morning for the youngest children, with another two hours in the afternoon for those older students who stay a full day. During these times, you are likely to see children intent upon learning their alphabet using letters cut out of sandpaper. One may be studying basic math concepts using beads strung together in groups of five, ten, etc., while another student is painting or making a collage. This is a busy time for the children, and that serious look you see is a focused look. An adult playing tennis isn't always smiling, but is usually having fun. It's the same with these children. You also need to remember that these children are choosing to do whatever it is they are doing. They have many options, and are empowered to do what interests them most, presumably, what is most fun for them.
Q. Why should you choose a Montessori education for your child?
A. Between the ages of 2½ and 4½ is when most of your child's intelligence and social characteristics will be formed. This is also when your child is most receptive, curious, and excited about exploring the world around him or her. A Montessori classroom nurtures that excitement and curiosity by offering a variety of materials to stimulate and intrigue your child. The Montessori teacher is trained to recognize when a child is ready to learn a new skill, and to foster his or her natural instincts and abilities. Your child is valued as an independent thinker, and encouraged to make choices on his or her own. A Montessori education provides students of all ages with information in a way they can understand it and enjoy it -- learning is fun, empowering, and custom-fit to suit your child's individual learning style.
Q. What do you have to offer that my child that can't get at other local schools?
A. The Montessori approach to education is unique. You will see that the minute you walk into one of our classrooms. The materials used to teach reading, writing, arithmetic, geography, science, social studies are all unique to the Montessori classroom. Maria Montessori, a physician who developed the materials and educational philosophy upon which our school is built, recognized the important impact that physiological and neurological development have on a child's learning. The classroom materials she developed for our youngest students, for example, take abstract ideas and put them in a concrete form that makes sense to these developing minds. Unlike other schools, your child will also share his or her Montessori classroom with older and/or younger students. Our Primary classrooms have children age 3 to 6 learning alongside each other. This way, students learn to learn from their peers, and respect their own and each other's ability to be a teacher as well as a student. Finally, our teachers use few didactic approaches; they are primarily observers of their students, stepping in when they see a child is "stuck" or ready to learn a new skill. This allows the children to learn independently, with the guidance and support of a teacher whose primary focus is observing how your child learns, and tapping into those styles and approaches that work best for your child.
Q. What makes your school special?
A. We are committed not only to helping your child learn the information and the skills he or she needs in order to cope with the challenges of today's world; we are committed to nurturing your child's love of learning, and to make education a fun, relevant activity for your child. Because we believe that education is more than strong academics, our school is a place to learn not only facts, but also to learn respect for the rights of others, and to learn to make choices that reflect a healthy self-confidence as well as a social conscience.
Q. What are the families like who make up your school community?
A. Most of our families live in the Dallas County areas. Our school is located on 1613 N. Garland Ave., between Buckingham Rd. and Walnut St., making us geographically convenient for commuters. We are a culturally diverse community, with a significant international population, as the Montessori approach is recognized worldwide. Our families share a common commitment to quality education that fosters a love of learning, a deep sense of self-esteem and respect for others. Our families are also strongly committed to understanding the Montessori approach and supporting the development of their children into independent, creative thinkers.