Towards Independence: Drop Off and Pick Up

One of the most critical learning outcomes in a Montessori environment is independence.

Here are our top 10 tips for Drop Off/Pick Up that encourage independence:

TIP 1: Send positive vibes. Before going to school, remind your child that school is an exciting new experience. Include a friendly note in their lunch bag.

TIP 2: Drop Off/Pick Up is not Parking. If you need time to speak with our Montessori Directresses, please park in our parking lot and not in front of the school. Avoid speaking about your child in front of them. They are aware of the conversation.

Parents are most welcome to stay and observe the cameras or drop in later during the day. We recommend observing at least one week after the child’s first day to allow time for a child to settle into class. Please drive slowly. Remember to be courteous to parents in the driveway and be aware of children.

TIP 3: Model social graces. It’s important to say goodbye and hello to your child during drop off/pick up. These pleasantries mark a transition from home to school as well as model good social behaviors. We will prompt your child to do the same.

TIP 4: Arrive on time. Tardiness can create anxiety for children. They also miss opportunities for leadership in the classroom. If you’re running late, please let us know. Our school day begins at 8:30 AM.

TIP 5: Be quick and cheerful. We recommend a prompt drop off and pick up. Lengthy drop off/pick up can cause confusion and anxiety and disrupt other children in the classroom. Allow your child to walk independently to their classroom.

TIP 6: Do not walk into the classroom. An adult’s presence may upset other children.

TIP 7: Greet your child respectfully. We recommend giving your child your full/undivided attention. Phones can be a distraction when greeting your child. Meet your child’s enthusiasm to see you with a calm voice. Speak softly and encourage normal behavior.

TIP 8: Engage your child about school. Help your child open up about learning by asking good questions.  Avoid open-ended questions like: What did you do in school today? Ask specific questions requiring reflection such as: What made you laugh today?; Did anyone wear a funny t-shirt?; What is a good thing that happened at school today?; Did you cry today?; and Who is your best friend? Why?

TIP 9: Always Sign In and Sign Out. Don’t forget to sign in on the sheets on the Hall Tree.  Follow the same procedure for pick up. This is required by law. Please ensure an authorized adult is signing the document. And remember, it’s not a children’s coloring book 🙂

TIP 10: Encourage walking indoors. Encourage your child to walk. Walking is one of our ground rules in the Montessori classroom, and it promotes safety, concern of others, and a sense of calm in the classroom. Of course, we have fun and run outside!

Children Launch Campaign to Support YMCA’s #OperationBackpack

Two of our #LeadershipForKids students launched a campaign in support of the YMCA’s #OperationBackpack. They also designed postcards as a thank you for neighbors who choose to donate.

These two young leaders created only 61 limited-edition, handmade postcards. Why? To raise awareness of the 61 million girls who are out of school. And this was all their idea.

School supplies can be dropped off at Montessori Preschool @ Copperfield, 8007 Queenston Boulevard, Houston, TX 77095 until August 11.

The YMCA is collecting backpacks and school supplies to support children across Houston so they can start school with the right tools. All supplies will be given to the Langham Creek YMCA. Drop by and you get your limited-edition postcard!

Recommended supplies include:

  • 1 package of pens
  • 1 package of #2 pencils
  • 1 pencil sharpener
  • 1 eraser
  • 1 24-pack of crayons or 8-pack of markers or colored pencils
  • 1 12-inch ruler
  • 1 pair of child safety scissors
  • 2 pocket folders
  • 2 spiral notebooks (100 sheets each)
  • 1 one-inch wide binder
  • 1 glue bottle or glue stick
  • 1 roll of tape
  • School box for storing supplies
  • 1 12″ Ruler
  • 1 package ruled looseleaf 8.5 x 11 paper (wide ruled)
  • 1 new backpack

28th International Montessori Congress

Our love and best wishes to our friends and colleagues at the 28th International Montessori Congress in Prague, Czech Republic.

The International Montessori Congress is a large-scale educational congress. Ever since Maria Montessori established the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) in 1929,  congresses have taken place regularly to share best practice, discuss new insights, and renew our commitment to Montessori education.  The Congress inspires and encourages growth, development and action on personal, local and global levels.

AMI is the custodian and cultivator of Montessori philosophy and pedagogy, seeking to maintain the integrity of Dr. Maria Montessori’s legacy and increase capacity to serve children around the world.

The goal of the Congress is to raise worldwide awareness and understanding of Montessori
education, as well as to provide a platform for Montessori professionals to connect with one another. Since 1929, only twenty-seven Congresses have taken place around the world. The 2017 Congress will demonstrate that Montessori is an educational approach guided by the natural laws of human development, which enables all human beings to become agents of positive social change. The Congress will inspire a universal effort. Through dialogue, solidarity and collaboration each participant will come away with practical tools to effectively impact their respective social communities.

Text adapted from Association Montessori Interanationale.

An Award-Winning Preschool

As we complete our 20th anniversary, Montessori Preschool @ Copperfield was recognized as one of the best preschools in Houston. And the awards have continued in 2017.

We were  named one of the top Preschools in Houston in 2016 and 2017. Out of 462 preschools, named us as one of the top in the city based on reputation, credibility, experience, availability, and professionalism.

In 2016 and 2017, we were recognized by as one of the top 3 preschools across Houston, and we were the only Montessori school selected in Houston. We were chosen based on our history, parent trust, and general excellence.

We were also nominated by H-E-B as one of the best preschools in Texas as part of H-E-B’s Excellence in Education Awards.  The awards recognize excellence in Kindergarten readiness and education quality.

Thank you to our wonderful faculty, our Montessori families, and local community for their ongoing support to deliver authentic Montessori education to the children of Northwest Houston and Cypress.

Photo ©  Brad.K

Exploring Egypt

We welcomed Samuel’s mom to conclude our study of Egypt. She discussed Egypt’s ancient past and its physical geography, and she also shared cultural artifacts with our children. She brought activity packs – with coloring sheets and a key to decipher Heiroglyphics – for all of our students.

Next week, we’ll start our safari in Kenya! Be sure to check out our mini Montessori camps as we, we travel around the world.


International Doll of the Month: Mexico

Our May 2017 #InternationalDollOfTheMonth represents Mexico, our neighbor to the south.

The presentation was led by Ms. Maribel and Ms. Alma, who both come from Mexico. Children learned about the physical geography of the country – including its hidden beaches and diverse wildlife – popular Mexican food, like tamales and enchiladas, and its famous dances. Our presenters performed two folk dances, and the children were able to touch traditional dance outfits and dance along too!

The International Doll of the Month spotlights our 75+ dolls representing the diverse heritage of the Cy-Fair community. We use the dolls to teach children about ways of life around the world.  

International Doll of the Month: Kenya

Our April 2017 #InternationalDollOfTheMonth represents Kenya, a country famed for its wildlife in eastern Africa.

Children learned about the flag and handicrafts of Kenya as well as its vast geography.

The International Doll of the Month spotlights our 75+ dolls representing the diverse heritage of the Cy-Fair community. We use the dolls to teach children about ways of life around the world.