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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Lower Elementary (Ages 6-8 years)

According to Montessori philosophy a child enters the “2nd plane of development,” ages 6-9, with an increased interest in the world around him. Outdoor activities takes on a more social aspect as the child spends more time interacting with others and wanting to know how the different aspects of life relate to one another.

In practical terms, a first grade Montessorian enters a whole new world on day one. The classroom changes from one in which most students are engaged in trying to understand the world in front of them, to one in which the imagination and critical thinking become a daily part of the routine.

The imagination is sparked almost immediately with what we call the first Great Lesson. The room is prepared, the lights are dimmed and in a soft voice the teacher tells an amazing story about the creation of the universe and the formation of the stars and planets. The Great Lessons are designed to fuel the imagination and excite the children to do their own research to learn more about the topic. These stories are told every year, so that each time it is heard a child will understand more and ask more difficult questions.

Most students enter the lower elementary classroom with a solid, but basic, understanding of numbers and reading. Those who may still need help with these basics are quickly inspired to action. With so many things to do, and being able to see what the older kids are working on, children constantly want to improve so they may be able to make new discoveries and accomplish more difficult tasks. This greater interest in doing meaningful work fosters the development of self confidence and an increased ability to concentrate.

As the child progresses in his experiences, he is introduced to sounds and symbols which lay the ground work for reading and writing in the future. He is introduced to numbers and the decimal system – with the most amazing concrete materials to show him the way. He learns about land and water forms, geometric figures, the political countries of the world; he learns about the parts of plants and animals and about music and art – at his own pace, in his own time.

It is during his third year (the traditional new entrants or year one) that everything comes to fruition for the child. Reading, writing, and mathematical understanding, blossoms from the many seeds that were planted in the previous two years. The child leaves the program with a strong set of academic skills; but, far more importantly, with the attitude that learning is fun, exciting and boundless. He is now ready to move on to a primary setting or continue on with us in the Montessori 6-9 program.

The Lower Elementary classroom, 1st to 2rd grade, embraces the needs of this child. You will see the following in our Lower Elementary program:

Community Meetings

Children take active participation in the day-to-day inner workings of the elementary classroom.

Independent Study

Children are given work plans and assignments to be completed by the end of each day or week. They learn to organize their time to allow for these lessons

Teamwork

For many students, the first years of the Elementary program are the very first opportunities to work as a team member.

Small Group Lessons

Teachers work one on one or in small groups to deliver specific lessons to each child. These lessons capture the imagination through lots of storytelling and hands-on opportunities with beautiful materials.

Field Trips

Children have many opportunities to go out into the field to learn firsthand how things work.

Research Projects

Research is the course of study in all curriculum areas. Children are empowered to select a topic they are interested in and create a way to teach this information to their friends. Power Point is a favorite for many of our students.

Enriched Curriculum

During the six years of elementary classroom experience, the elementary child moves through exciting studies in History, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Language and Mathematics. Work in the Montessori classroom is supplemented by multi-sensory extensions using such materials as SRA, Primary Phonics, Handwriting without Tears, Hoops and Loops, Albanese and IOWA Test Prep.

Each week includes greatly anticipated “specials” such as Spanish, Music, Art and an excellent physical education program. The end result is the education of the whole child – a child who has the opportunity to be uniquely different and reach his/her academic potential with personal success. We strive to develop a passion for lifelong learning.

NOW ENROLLING : Infants to Elementary