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Montessori School of North Dallas

18303 Davenport Rd
Dallas, TX 75252

Phone:
(972) 985-8844

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

In the Montessori environment, students are introduced to lessons on a one-on-one basis so that children are allowed to progress at their own pace. Students who need more time for lessons are given it as well as those that are ready to proceed to the next lessons are not hindered by those needing more time to master the lesson.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Montessori School of North Dallas and West Plano Montessori School strive to harness and develop the child in a loving environment, which will feel like home. In our ever-enduring commitment to Dr. Montessori's method of education, your child will grow to meet his potential and his dreams will become reality.

"As we strive to meet this mission, we recognize the importance of the partnership between the home and school. The teamwork and sharing of the responsibility and shaping of young minds is crucial to the success of each child and to a lifetime of learning."

-- Excerpted from Montessori School of North Dallas website.

A Typical Day

Children generally arrive at school between 8:00-8:45am. We receive children and escort them to their classrooms. The school day begins at 8:30 am. The morning time consists of a individual learning period with the montessori materials, two group times with singing and reading, a snack time and an outside play time. During the group time we also will engage the children with Spanish lessons and songs, computer instruction, gardening lessons with parent volunteers, cultural instruction and grace and courtesy lessons. After the morning time, lunch is generally served and children will have a nap time or another sessions of the individual learning time with the Montessori materials. After 3:00 pm, is our enrichment period, in which children will have more time for free play and creative arts such as drama and theater. The teacher will engage the children with songs, reading books, arts and crafts and other group activities until parents arrive for pick-up. The children have a very full day with a great balance between academics and fun!

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Your child’s experience at school depends on the relationship you help to build with his or her teachers. Parent and teacher communication includes both formal and informal communication. Formal communication occurs twice a year at our school in the form of parent-teacher conferences. Formal communication strengthens the relationship that you have already developed with your child’s teacher and adds to your shared understanding of your child’s social and academic development and needs. Conferences are meant to be a positive tool for the teachers and parents to learn from each other.

Informal communication happens everyday, with greetings and the exchange of information between home and school. Informal communication creates the cornerstone for your relationship with your child’s teacher. We encourage all parents to become more knowledgeable about your child by observing them during the work period. At MSND, we have an open door policy for all our parents to come and observe your child’s classroom. We also ask that you take time to read all notices sent home at the beginning of each month and in Thursday go-home folders as these notes contain a wealth of information.

Also, we encourage all parents to communicate with your child’s teachers whenever you feel necessary. Our teachers are always willing to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have. As every family requires a different level of informal communication, we ask that parents take the initiative to communicate with teachers in order to satisfy your family needs.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation