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.
Sanjana did fantastic and was able to clear both the reading and Math Kindergarten exams. she moved to 1st grade within the 2nd week of the school year. she did struggle with the virtual learning as did my other daughter who is in 3rd grade, however we put them both back in to face to face learning mid October. Since then Sanjana has been doing outstanding! we credit this to Ms. Suzy and TFM team.
Ms Geeta Solanki
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A Parent's testimonial on Kindergarten at TFM
High standards for Hygiene and Health
A small group size which allows the teacher to monitor each child closely. Restrooms and hand washing sinks inside the classroom so that children can be monitored for practicing good hygiene. llness reporting for each classroom keeps parents informed.
The Montessori curriculum is designed to successfully complete the Kindergarten curriculum until an age of 6 years. A child may remain in our school and continue learning under the guidance of our certified teachers with smaller groups and personal attention. They then can enter Grade 1 in public school at age 6. Children are well prepared for the school experience and adjust well and perform better than their peer.
Children learn advance subjects in Literature, Grammar, Mathematics, Botany, Zoology, Geography and Fine Arts in a calm and focused Montessori classroom. Many of our past students qualified for the GT program in school.
Some highlights of our curriculum include :
Detailed study of the Continents and Biomes, learning Grammar in reading and writing, static and dynamic operations in Mathematics including Multiplication and Division, learning about artists and recognizing masterpieces, Learning about heroes, care of environment with recycling etc.
We offer the unique combination of our Montessori curriculum and peaceful environment. The public school requirements are met for the kindergarten grade level. This gives them the best of both worlds thus making the transition to Grade 1 a smooth one.
The Foundations Montessori Kindergarten Curriculum
Keeping in mind the guidelines for Texas and the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Kindergarten), our curriculum is designed with our Montessori philosophy using hands on didactic learning material.
Our Kindergarten curriculum has five components: language, math, sensorial, practical life, and cultural studies.
The Kindergarten Classroom provides an immersion for the child in language development. In our Primary classrooms, muscular movement and fine motor skills are developed along with the ability of the child to distinguish the sounds which make up language. With this spoken language background the teacher begins to present the alphabet symbols to the child. Not only can children hear and see sounds but they can feel them by tracing the sandpaper letters. In the Kindergarten classroom, letters enable the child to reproduce his own words, then phrases, sentences, and finally stories. Creativity is encouraged and the child grows in appreciation of the power of language. Other materials follow which present non-phonetic spelling and grammar. Because children know what they have written, they soon discover they can read back their stories. Reading books both to themselves and others follow. Children are encouraged to write journals and record their work each day. This develops confidence and encourages creative writing.
A child’s introduction to mathematics in a Montessori classroom begins with concrete manipulatives for introducing numbers, shapes, mathematical operations, and the decimal system which leads the child to abstract mathematical ideas and relationships. Through sensorial experiences, the child has seen the distinctions of distance, dimension, graduation, identity, similarity, and sequence and is introduced to the functions and operations of numbers. A child learns abstract mathematical concepts by learning to add, subtract, multiply and divide with the use of concrete materials.
Sensorial Exercises in the Montessori classroom are designed to help a child’s sensory integration. Sensory integration is the way the nervous system processes information from the senses. Sensory integration is the brain’s and nervous system’s ability to organize stimuli. When sensations flow in an organized manner, the brain can use these sensations to form perceptions, behavior, and learning. Our program includes sensorial exercises such as gradations of color, dimension, sound, tactile impressions, comparisons of smell and taste, geography, and geometry.
The Practical Life area is the foundation of Montessori philosophy. The purpose is to help the child develop coordination, concentration, a sense of personal independence, and a sense of order. The precise movements of the Practical Life materials challenge the child to concentrate, work at her own pace uninterrupted, and to complete a cycle of work which typically results in the feelings of satisfaction and confidence.
In cultural studies, the child’s world is explored through examining nature and the environment. At TFM, cultural studies include the study of our world, the planet, different continents and their cultures. The study of Biomes and ecosystems. Human anatomy, botany, zoology, health and nutrition make up an enriched program.
Our beautiful butterfly garden and vegetable garden provide a year long natural environment conducive to hands on learning.
With our Kindergarten curriculum, the focus is on the whole child and not just simply academics.
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