Can my child stay at a Montessori school through Kindergarten?
Yes, as per Texas education requirements a child is eligible to enter 1st grade at the age of 6. A child must turn 6 years of age on or before September 1st of the academic school year. A child may complete Pre-K and Kindergarten at a private school before enrolling in Grade 1.
At TFM we follow the guidelines for Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Kindergarten
Why Doesn’t My Primary-Age Child Bring Their Work Home Everyday?
On any given day, your child has the opportunity to select his work. Our authentic Montessori environment at TFM provides many opportunities from which to choose. Children are presented lessons for a work and then given the opportunity to practice it themselves until they master it. The teacher records their progress as they practice and master a lesson. Children develop concentration through practice and repetition of a lesson. This can last a short period or span a few days, depending on its complexity. Your child is constantly working, observing, and learning in the room. It just may not be paper work that goes home frequently.
A Parent's testimonial on Kindergarten at TFM
What was the reason you chose to keep your child at TFM for kindergarten?
In my child’s case, she missed the Kindergarten cutoff due to late September birth date so I didn’t have a choice. However, having her spend that year with TFM has greatly shaped her excitement to learn. In addition, she has gained so much not just academically but also with basic life skills of communication, thought processing, compassion that are so critical to a successful future.
Did your child meet the age cut-off requirement for Kindergarten in Texas public schools?
She did not meet the age cut-off however her time at TFM has offered us the opportunity for her to go directly to 1st grade through credit by exam.
What was your experience with the teachers, staff and curriculum and the overall program at TFM?
TFM is such a fantastic Montessori. I have two children and wished I would have moved my older one when she was of the age group to TFM. My child went through two classrooms at TFM and both had equally passionate and dedicated teachers who treated my children exactly like their own, with the right balance between challenging her as well as supporting her with sincere affection. For a parent, this is a big deal in how comfortable I was trusting the teachers to be an extensive of me. The curriculum was equally well organized, regularly communicated upon and clearly provided the right amount of content that her age can and should be held capable of learning. Additionally, the other life skills as mentioned above were the added value my child received. The staff was so well organized, genuinely sincere and always consistently provided such a positive environment from the moment my child walked in the door to when she left. The staff has always been responsive and open to constructive feedback.
Did the TFM program prepare your child for Grade 1?
Absolutely no doubt what so ever.
Would you recommend the TFM program to other parents?
Which grade will your child enter in the school year 2020-2021?
Depending on how she does on the CBE, she will start with 1st grade and I have no doubts she will already be a star student.
Ms Geeta Solanki
Do you provide meals at TFM?
Yes we have a full service kitchen with full time staff. Joining our meal plan is optional for an additional monthly fee. If you prefer to send meals from home, our staff may be given instructions on how to warm it up for serving.
Our meals are prepared fresh daily. We provide nutritional meals for breakfast and lunch. We provide organic milk, fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables.
We do not serve Beef and pork. We do serve chicken, turkey, eggs and fish.
Vegetarian options are provided with each meal.
What is AMS ?
AMS stands for American Montessori Society. A school may apply for the accreditation process. It takes 1-2 years to complete the entire process of application to accreditation. There are rigorous standards to be met in terms of curriculum, teacher accreditation, school set up and equipment etc.
TFM is currently on Step 4 of this 6 step process.
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