Alpha Montessori

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Frances Gonzalez

My husband and I had enrolled our son in a Montessori School at the age of 18 months. We were told that the Montessori program was excellent but little did we know that all Montessori Schools were NOT the same. We were not happy with the Montessori school he was attending so we carefully started interviewing multiple Montessori School Directors to find the best one in the Carrollton, Plano, and Frisco area. At the time we lived in Carrollton and did not mind commuting to Plano or Frisco if we found the right school for our son. After carefully interviewing multiple schools, our last stop was the Alpha Montessori in Plano. We met with Mrs. Rupali, the director and owner of the school. My husband and I were immediately impressed. She took us on a tour; we discussed the truly impressive curriculum. . She performed an evaluation on our son to see where he was in terms of development. The staff was fantastic and friendly. I loved that Mrs. Rupali (owner and director) did not have an office at the school. This is intentional as she does not care to sit behind a desk. She wants to be involved in every single area and program of the school. We had such a GREAT feeling about the school that we signed up our son immediately. It is now a year later since we enrolled our son and my husband and I are just as excited about the school as we were a year ago. The staff is still fantastic! My son's confidence level is sky high. He LOVES walking in every single day. As a matter of fact, he walks in and never looks back. It is such a great feeling to know that he is genuinely happy there. His grammar and speech have dramatically improved. His manners are just amazing. He has become so independent and his personality just shines. His teachers have spent individual time with him to "catch him up". What a phenomenal job they have done! He now corrects our grammar which we find extremely funny! We knew that we were NOT happy with his progress at his old Montessori school (thank God, that school is now closed), but this only confirms that just because they have the Montessori "name" doesn't mean it is the right school for your child. Mrs. Rupali has a background in the Montessori program as well as child development. You have to know the owner and director's background as well their interest in your child's development. This is the right school for our son! We love it and wished we would have found this place when he was 18 months old. Better late than never! He is doing wonderful and that makes us happy as parents. I would recommend this school to anyone.

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Montessori Philosophy

Montessori classrooms are designed for children to learn independently in an environment carefully prepared and monitored by an educator trained to work with children of that specific age group. In a non-graded class of mixed ages, children spontaneously and independently use materials designed by Dr. Montessori. They choose their own activities and develop practical and intellectual abilities through individual discovery and exploration of language, mathematics, geography, geometry, art and music.

The Montessori classroom is indeed a child’s world. It is geared to the size, the pace, and interests of children between the ages of 3 months to 6 years. It is designed to put the child at ease by giving each child freedom in an environment prepared with attractive materials. These materials are arranged on low shelves within easy reach of even the smallest youngster. Tables and chairs in the classroom are movable, permitting a flexible arrangement for many activities. The children also work on small rugs on the floor where they are naturally comfortable.

The Montessori classroom includes children of different ages. By placing a child in such a classroom, they are exposed to a wide range of possibilities. When they first begin school they will have the benefit of learning from older and more experienced children. Later on, they will be able to help others with the learning skills they have already mastered. Your child will thus develop social skills and cultural sensitivity which are essential in today’s world.

The Montessori Method of education places emphasis on the child progressing at their own pace. The child is given a presentation by the teacher, and individual time is spent with the child to ensure that the child understands what is expected.

Students are assessed based on the teacher’s observation and progress at the student’s own pace without undue pressure. Individual plans are formulated for each child and students are assessed on an ongoing basis. Parents are kept informed of the child’s progress via parent Interviews and report cards.

Today there are close to 5,000 private and approximately 200 public Montessori schools in the United States. Montessori schools are respected the world over for creating a learning environment that fosters initiative, self-esteem and a joy of learning.

Famous Montessori educated people include: Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, author, chef, TV cooking show personality Julia Child, video game pioneer Will Wright, co-founder and
promoter of the online non-profit encyclopedia Wikipedia and the for-profit Wikia web-hosting company Jimmy Wales, 1983 Literature Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Amazon founder and CEO founder Jeff Bezos.

To learn more about Montessori education visit www.montessori.edu, www.montessori-ami.org, www.montessori-namta.org, and www.amshq.org

5 main areas in a Montessori classroom

Sensorial Exercises

Children don’t just learn through listening – they also learn through touching, smelling, seeing, tasting and exploring.

Practical Life Exercises

The beginning activities for 18months – to 5-year olds – care of self, care of the environment, and social graces – are designed to help the child acquire a sense of order, independence and concentration essential for later learning.

Language

Children learn the phonetic sounds of letters before they learn the alphabetical names. This phonetic approach takes the children step by step into the world of reading.

Math

Children follow a sequential progression from very concrete exercises to the more abstract. This helps them grasp the concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and provides an introduction to the decimal system.

Culture

Children gain an awareness of the world around them by exploring other countries, their customs, food, music, language and animals.

NOW ENROLLING Infants thru Lower Elementary