8890 Meadow Hill Drive
Frisco, TX 75034
|Play- based||mostly teacher led||not formally in curriculum||conducive environment|
|Nursery rhymes, poems, songs|
|Emerging literacy skills|
|Math & number sense|
|Time & space|
|Sci. reasoning/physical world|
|Other subjects taught||Nature Study, Computer, Spanish, Fine Arts, Music, Drama, Movement|
From the Director:
"The children at FMA have a beautiful garden to explore and experience nature. The garden consists of seven areas: the Native Texas Garden , the Herb Garden , the Bird and Butterfly Garden , the Vegetable Garden , the Patio Garden , the Outdoor Classroom and the Gazebo. Children come to the garden weekly for a half hour, weather permitting. A typical class size consists of 12 children. While in the garden, the children participate in a number of fun and educational activities. Such activities may include harvesting, plant identification, insect observation, bird watching, plant watering, flower or herb cutting, care of the bird bath, leaf rubbings, mulching, temperature monitoring, weeding, seed gathering, seed sowing, and planting just to name a few. "Our Computer Lab is a place where children can learn to develop their computer skills along with the fundamental concepts that are taught in a Montessori classroom. The software helps to build reading, math, language arts, geography and science skills. Each of the software activities has multiple levels so that the programs can progress from simple to more complex concepts at a pace that suits each child. FMA's Computer classes are held twice a week for Primary children. A typical computer class size is twelve students. "The main focus of our Spanish curriculum is to teach the children common vocabulary, simple phrases and various commands in order to help them obtain the tools and skills needed to communicate clearly using the Spanish Language. The lessons are taught through the use of visual aids, songs, literature, games, Montessori materials and Total Physical Response (TPR) activities. TPR is an approach to second language acquisition through the use of body movement such as pointing, touching, placing, pushing, etc. The children build their own picture dictionary for reference. Spanish vocabulary is also introduced through the use of regular concrete materials found in the Montessori classroom. Early language development affects the ability to distinguish sounds in language; therefore, we begin teaching a second language to our Pre-Primary children as well as to our Primary children. The Primary and Pre-Primary classes are held once a week for thirty minutes. Our typical Spanish class-size is twelve students. "During Art classes, the children learn to express themselves creatively using a variety of different mediums: pencils, paint, clay, etc. They also study important achievements and works of famous artists. Our Primary students meet twice a month. "Frisco Montessori Academy offers a unique Montessori approach to music study through the use of manipulatives such as bells, tone bars, specially designed cards, and musical instruments to foster sound recognition and experience with different tonal relationships. Lessons are built upon the elements of vocal development, listening, movement, notation and concept development. The children also learn to appreciate famous composers and their timeless musical creations. Our Primary students meet once a week, and our Pre-Primary students meet three times a week. "The process of informal dramatization plays an important role in stimulating growth experiences for children. Our Drama program encompasses a great variety of activities since it strongly involves thought, feeling, creative imagination, physical movement and vocalization. Our Primary students meet weekly. "To reinforce the Montessori philosophy relating activity as the one factor that stimulates and produces development, FMA incorporates movement as a part of its program. Children participate in activities such as the parachute, ribbons, hula-hoops, jump ropes, and ball games. These activities build on hand-eye coordination, gross-motor skills and teamwork in our well-equipped, half-court gymnasium." -- Excerpted from school website
"Montessori is a philosophy of education developed by Dr. Maria Montessori during the early 1900’s.
"The Montessori education process is a unique cycle of learning. It is designed to take advantage of the sensitive years (ages 2-6) when children associate an abstract concept with a concrete sensorial experience. The process then continues through the elementary years when instruction begins in concrete realities, adding one difficulty at a time, moving sequentially into abstract theory. Children are allowed to progress according to their individual abilities and skills in a non-competitive atmosphere.
"Montessori classrooms are multi-age environments. Mixed-age groupings encourage a sense of family and community while providing mentoring opportunities in which older students help the younger students, thereby reinforcing their own skills. This setting helps children develop a sense of order within themselves, a foundation for a lifetime of creative discovery and a natural development of critical thinking skills.
"The Pre-Primary and Primary classrooms are equipped with attractive, “hands-on” materials, which along with the Montessori curriculum, stimulate independent learning not just memorization."
-- Excerpted from school website