Montessori Episcopal School Music

Montessori Music Education

Montessori Music Education

Music is one of our favorite cornerstones of education here at Montessori Episcopal School! All of our classes enjoy a half hour of dedicated music time each week where they practice singing, playing instruments and moving to the beat.

Our mission is to instill a love of music and inspire joyful expression while teaching the basics of tempo, tone and rhythm. In education, music helps integrate all areas of learning. Music connects us not only to those around us and to other areas of learning, but to ourselves as well. It connects an individual’s mind, body, ear and feelings. It helps wire a young child’s brain for acquiring reading, math, physical and social skills.

Music also helps memory and according to Longfellow, it is the universal language that draws us together despite vast differences between cultures, nations, generations and even centuries. Music is fun for all of us.

Our Montessori Musical Education focuses on the following areas:

  • Steady Beat with Musical Instruments: We use drums, claves, triangles, bells, shakers, maracas and tambourines to practice making a steady beat. Echo songs are played and patterns are practiced. Children march and play at the same time to increase concentration and focus.
  • Singing: Music is a powerful force that can be used to persuade or encourage themes or ideas. Our songs are carefully chosen to reflect themes of patriotism, traditional American folk music, religious chapel themes and cultures from around the world. American Sign Language is also taught to the children.
  • Movement to Music: Circle games and movement songs encourage large motor development. Children are asked to express themselves as they respond to various types of music. Many marching and clapping activities support this area of emotional and physical growth. We also work on crossing the midline of the body which is essential for learning to read.
  • Instruments and their Sounds: Our children begin the journey to recognizing orchestral families such as brass, woodwind, strings and percussion. We also introduce folk and cultural instruments.

Carolyn Ely

MES Music Teacher

Montessori Music Education

Montessori Music Education

In 2017, MES students joined in as part of International Day of Peace and sung “Light a Candle for Peace” with other children all over the world…

Top 3 Differences Between Preschool and Montessori

If you’re looking for a preschool in Lewisville, Flower Mound or the surrounding areas, you may have wondered about the differences between all of your options. As new parents tour our school, we’re often asked, “What’s the difference between Montessori and a traditional preschool or daycare?

Here are three of the top differences to consider as you search for a preschool in Lewisville that’s the right fit for your family…

1. Learning and the Role of the Teacher

lewisville preschoolIn traditional preschools, learning is teacher-centric—meaning its led and directed by the teacher. There is often a predetermined curriculum, regardless of student’s needs or interests, and learning happens more passively and as a group, while students are in their seats.

In a Montessori classroom, the teacher serves as a guide for learning and follows the lead of the student (e.g., student-directed learning). Curricula expand in response to a student’s needs or interests and lessons are individual, active, and hands-on.

2. Structure and Environment

In a traditional preschool you often find a highly structured schedule and a more loosely structured environment with many toys and stations based on activities or themes. Depending upon the schedule, students will move between play and learning many times throughout the day.

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A typical Montessori classroom is highly structured—what we refer to as a “prepared environment”—with a more loosely structured schedule during the student’s core work time. The classroom is typically organized into five core areas of Language, Math, Practical Life, Sensorial and Culture/Science. During their core work time, students are able to freely move about the classroom, making selections based on lessons they have previously received from their teacher. The result is a quieter, calmer and less stressful learning environment.

3. Purpose of Education

preschool flower moundPreschools are structured like traditional elementary schools and their purpose is to get students ready to attend public or private school.

The purpose of a Montessori school, and more specifically, Montessori Episcopal School, is to turn preschoolers into independent, creative thinkers. For us that means our goal is to foster a love of learning in your child and help them to think critically – essentially teaching them how to learn. We also believe strongly in whole-child education, so in addition to covering the core Montessori areas of Practical Life, Cultural/Science, Sensorial, Math and Language, we also provide weekly art, music, library, PE, chapel and Godly Play lessons.

We’ve highlighted three of the top differences between a traditional preschool or daycare and Montessori education. While there are many more, we believe the best way to learn more and figure out what’s right for your family is to visit different campuses, tour the facility, meet the director and teachers and have your questions answered.

We would love the opportunity to show you around Montessori Episcopal School and help you make a decision about your child’s educational future. Click here to Schedule a Tour or contact the office today.

 

 

Montessori art program

Montessori Art Education – Why Every Child is an Artist

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I truly believe there is an artist in every person. There is a creative, imaginative part in each child that needs to be nourished to thrive. That inner artist has definite preference for certain shapes, forms and colors, whether molded by that person’s hands or simply chosen.

Unfortunately, too many adults think they have no artist living in them because they or someone else let them think that. Amazingly enough, some children are already convincing themselves that they lack artistic talent.

The purpose of our Montessori Art Education program is to fortify the inner artist of each child; to stimulate their creativity. We explore as many methods and materials as are appropriate. Color, design and shape are constants. Mixing colors, planning design, confidence in their opinion and taste, making something from mistakes, appreciating unplanned designs along with feeling comfortable with cutting, gluing, painting and drawing are just the beginning.

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I try to incorporate recycling by seeing possibilities in found objects. Using natural materials is a personal favorite as well. Let me know if you have anything you can’t use or have in abundance!

We touch on famous artists and Art History as we go. Towards the end of each school year we have an Art Show of work done in Art Class as well as projects done in the classroom. This is very exciting for the students and parents.

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As loving parents, anything your child does is a treasure. Please remember the process rather than the product is our focal point. And, as always, we consider our hands as our most important tools and our art as a wonderful gift.

~ Lina Eisman, MES Art Teacher