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Preschools in Indianapolis

Having children doesn't mean your world stops. Whether you are a stay at home parent or career oriented, for one reason or another, you may find yourself looking at preschools in Indianapolis. However, you may discover that it is not easy to find openings after the start of the school year. It is especially hard to find preschools in Indianapolis which are affordable preschools but also provide high quality care and education. Fortunately for you, this need in our community encouraged us to expand and open a new classroom. Right now we have guaranteed placements for children ages 3 months to five years of age. Let me introduce you to our early education Montessori school – Maria Montessori International Academy. MMIA has locations conveniently located to I465 in Indianapolis. These locations provide convenience for parents who work or live in the area by ensuring easy accessibility and providing peace

The Montessori Method: 15 Tips to Make Your Baby Smarter

As a parent, you want your newborn or toddler to grow in a safe and healthy way. If you're looking for answers that could help your child's development, consider the Montessori method. This method has proven to be effective from infancy, so your child can learn and develop in a way that meets their needs. Here are 15 simple tips to help your baby become both smarter and healthier, using key lessons from the Montessori method.   Teaching Your Baby with the Montessori Method 1. Talk to your infant or toddler constantly. By speaking to your newborn or toddler in a gentle, but natural way, you are showing them how to communicate. The act of communicating also strengthens the bond between you and your child. 2. Play melodic music and sing to your child regularly. Music can play a strong role in a newborn's development. You should never feel self-conscious about singing

The Process of Normalization: Is My Child Normal?

Every parent is familiar with this thought: "is my child normal?" The word "normal" has become synonymous with what is considered typical, average, or standard. Many assume that the process of normalization is about conforming to expectations. However, the Montessori educational philosophy emphasizes something quite different. In her observations of childhood development, Dr. Maria Montessori (founder of the Montessori method), observed a unique process that she termed "normalization." This process occurs as your children achieve various, specific milestones. It's yet another way in which the Montessori method can benefit your child more than traditional daycare. Read on, to learn more about Montessori's findings and the process of normalization.   What is the Process of Normalization? After observing children for a long time, Dr. Montessori noticed a fascinating trend: children who were allowed independence in an environment suited to their needs learned and experienced personal growth on their own. She concluded that

The Montessori Toddler Guide: Dressing and Toilet Training

As your child grows, you will find them display an increasing need to be independent. "I'll do it myself" is a very common phrase among toddlers. Rather than discouraging them, it's important to nurture their independence and ability to take care of themselves. The Montessori toddler guide seeks to help your child complete basic tasks on their own and give them tasks that they can successfully accomplish. Read on, to learn about the Montessori toddler guide to dressing and toilet training!   Montessori Toddler Guide: The Dressing Frame At Maria Montessori International Academy, we utilize a dressing frame in an effort to make dressing easier. A dressing frame is a very important tool for toddlers, helping them hone their fine motor skills, especially the ability to grasp and pinch with their fingers. This method allows your child to learn to button, zip, velcro, and snap. In other words, toddlers will

Early Childhood: Avoiding Technological Distractions

In today's digital age, it seems counterintuitive to keep technology away from your children, but there is good reason for doing so. Early childhood development is stunted by digital distractions. In fact, your toddler or infant will learn and retain information primarily through their senses. Computers inhibit the natural use of the senses, and do not provide the natural and positive stimulation your young child requires. At Maria Montessori International Academy, we provide your child with the tools that foster creative and critical thinking. We also aim to instill a love of learning that will transcend the need for electronic distractions. We are proud to offer far more than traditional childcare, basing our practices in the wonderful Montessori method. Read on, to learn more about our educational techniques.   Early Childhood Benefits of Sensory Play Sensory exploration is a vital process in how children learn. For example, babies learn how

High Quality Childcare: Give Your Child Every Advantage

As parents, we all want the best for our children. In our search for the best, we seek out the best schools, the most educational toys, and, of course, high quality childcare. In particular, high quality childcare provides a great advantage to younger children. This avenue helps them develop social skills while preparing them for future education. However, not all childcare is equal. Not only are you looking for exceptional care, but also a great learning environment. Learning comes naturally for children, but the guidance they receive will factor into how quickly they learn and how much they absorb. The options we offer at Maria Montessori International Academy (MMIA) aim to foster that natural love of learning. We hope to give your child an advantage that lasts a lifetime.   The Nuances of High Quality Childcare Perhaps the best way to educate children is to allow them to embrace discovery

Why Parents Choose Maria Montessori Preschool Over Traditional Daycare

Life happens. And for one reason or another, you now find yourself needing childcare near you. Unfortunately, finding space in an affordable preschool after the start of the school year is not always easy. Fortunately for you, right now we have guaranteed placements for children from ages 3 months to five years of age. Let me introduce you to our early education Montessori school – Maria Montessori International Academy. MMIA has locations convenient to Indianapolis, Zionsville, and Carmel, Indiana. So no matter where you are, we've got you covered. Montessori Method For those who are less familiar with the Montessori Method of education, here are some things you will want to know. Montessori education has been practiced for over 100 years in many parts of the world. Because of its proven success and growing popularity, traditional educational environments are incorporating aspects of the Montessori way of teaching. Based on scientific

Is it too early for 4-year-olds to learn how to read?

Does the idea of 4-year-olds learning how to read seem odd? How about 3-year-olds learning how to write? At Montessori schools, it's the norm. That's what Indianapolis parent Andrell Moore found out a few years ago. When Moore arrived at Maria Montessori International Academy to pick up his daughter at the end of a school day, the teachers gave him an unexpected surprise: a recording of the young girl reading an entire book for the first time. He was taken aback. “The thing about it was that was really surprising that it was before her 4th birthday,” Moore recalled. “It was priceless. Normally, you would have to be attending super expensive academies to receive that type of education. What they were able to provide my daughter was really priceless.” Moore’s child wasn’t the only student at MMIA who learned to read at the ages of 3 and 4. Since

Why Does Your Child Hate School?: 5 Reasons to Consider

If your child seems to hate school, dreads getting up in the morning on school days or constantly pretends to be ill, don't ignore this type of behavior. You shouldn't consider it "natural" for your child to hate going to school. When the classroom is stimulating, engaging and welcoming, most children look forward to going to school. Based on numerous studies, your child may be facing challenges in several areas that make attending class an uncomfortable experience. Here are 5 reasons you should explore: 1. Poor performance with math. Don't underestimate the frustration your child has with math. If a child is performing poorly in this subject area, there's a good chance he will struggle in other subjects, according to a recent report published in The Washington Post. That study revealed that many students struggle with academic performance in reading and other subjects — primarily because they struggle with math. According

Read Our Top 10 Montessori Quotes for Inspiration

As she was with her teaching methods, Dr. Maria Montessori is memorable for her inspiring quotes. Many of them are based on her research and observations that shaped the life-changing philosophies of the Montessori Method. Over the course of many years, Dr. Montessori shared her insights in books and lectures around the world. No matter who you are in the life of a child — as a parent, teacher, friend or relative, we’re sure you’ll find our Top 10 favorite Maria Montessori quotes truly inspiring. Please share a few of your own favorite Montessori quotes with us! Here they are … our top 10 Montessori quotes! "The child has a mind able to absorb knowledge. He has the power to teach himself." “A child who has become master of his acts through long and repeated exercises, and who has been encouraged by the pleasant and interesting activities in which he

A biography of Maria Montessori

By Vivian Cain Dr. Maria Montessori was a pioneer in education during the early 1900’s. Born in a time when women were not allowed in the field of medicine, she broke down barriers to become a respected physician and moved on to developing innovative methods for teaching young children. Overcoming Obstacles When Maria reached the age of 13 she had already started to overcome the first challenges she’d experience as a student. She attended an all-boys technical school—having qualified as an applicant based on exam scores. While her father encouraged her to pursue a career in engineering, she had her heart set on becoming a doctor. After applying to Rome’s medical school—she was rejected, but never discouraged. She continued to educate herself in the field of medical science and was admitted after persevering through challenges. Discovery Upon her completion of medical school in 1896, Dr. Montessori began practicing psychiatry. She

Why Montessori teachers follow the child

By Vivian Cain One of Dr. Maria Montessori’s core tenets was the directive to “follow the child.” In the classroom, this means allowing your child to experience and engage in activities that interest them. But more importantly, it means resisting the urge to lead the child. Montessori-certified teachers are trained to practice this principle every day. Unlike teachers in traditional classrooms, the Montessori teacher is not the primary focus for the students. Rather, the teachers are intently focused on each child’s activities and provide assistance to help them learn. If you’re considering a Montessori education for your child, it’s important to learn more about the Montessori teacher’s role in the classroom. Montessori principles are designed to encourage children to explore their natural desire to learn, not to make teachers teach. To facilitate your child’s learning, a Montessori school should be designed as a comfortable environment in which your child feels

Explore why Montessori works for infants

By Vivian Cain Montessori education for infants? Absolutely. When studying children’s development more than 100 years ago, Dr. Maria Montessori, saw the principles of discovery and learning at work in newborns. Dr. Montessori, the founder of one of the leading educational philosophies of this century, saw the benefits of surrounding infants with a calm, nurturing and safe Montessori environment. Here are some of the observations of a Montessori education for infants. Movement. Babies need movement in order to experience the world around them. A Montessori setting provides a safe place for your infant to move about, whether they’re just beginning to walk or haven’t yet mastered crawling. At this stage, infants are learning to control the movement of their hands and feet, support their hands and develop hand-eye coordination. Mastering their coordination and movement is the first step in exploring the world around them and developing sensory skills. At Maria

Make room when your child says, “I can do it myself!”

By Vivian Cain Young children are naturally interested in doing the things they see others do. Sometimes it’s challenging to be patient with your toddler or preschooler as they learn the everyday skills they need to become independent. Children want to pour their own drinks, but the cups are stored out of reach. They want to dress before they completely understand how to dress for the weather. They want to zip their own coats, but you’re in a rush and want to get out the door quickly. However, enabling your toddler or preschooler to do these things on their own has incredible short- and long-term benefits. When children feel more independent and able to do things on their own, they no longer feel the need to fight for control. You also may find that emotional meltdowns become less frequent. The Montessori education philosophy includes a strong focus on independence and

How a multi-age classroom provides multiple learning benefits

By Vivian Cain One of the most striking differences between a Montessori school and a traditional school format is the multi-age classroom setting. For those unfamiliar with the Montessori environment, it can be a bit perplexing to envision your child in a classroom with younger and older students. One of the core beliefs behind the Montessori philosophy is that learning isn’t restricted by age but rather your child’s learning pace, interests, and personal development. This means that not only will your child learn social skills and unique perspectives they wouldn’t normally be exposed to in a traditional classroom, they will benefit from the following advantages of a multi-age classroom. Leadership skills. If your child is older, you may worry that younger children in the classroom will distract your child or that the younger children will receive more attention and assistance. If your child is younger, you may be concerned that

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