WITH THE WHOLE CHILD IN MIND
Frisco Montessori Academy offers an excellent supplemental curriculum for all ages and programs which compliment and enhance our overall Montessori curriculum.
The children at FMA have a beautiful garden to explore and experience nature.
The garden consists of seven areas: the Native Texas Garden, the Herb Garden, the Bird and Butterfly Garden, the Vegetable Garden, the Patio Garden, the Outdoor Classroom and the Gazebo.
Children come to the garden weekly for a half hour, weather permitting. A typical class size consists of 12 children. While in the garden, the children participate in a number of fun and educational activities.
Such activities may include harvesting, plant identification, insect observation, bird watching, plant watering, flower or herb cutting, care of the bird bath, leaf rubbings, mulching, temperature monitoring, weeding, seed gathering, seed sowing, and planting just to name a few.
Our Computer Lab is a place where children can learn to develop their computer skills along with the fundamental concepts that are taught in a Montessori classroom. The software helps to build reading, math, language arts, and critical thinking. Each of the software activities has multiple levels so that the programs can progress from simple to more complex concepts at a pace that suits each child.
The Elementary classes learn computer basics, Microsoft Office applications, keyboarding and an introduction to the Internet. The Microsoft Office applications used in the Computer Lab teach word processing, spreadsheet, graphics/multi-media, and present-action software.. By incorporating hands-on experience with written lessons, our students gain the confidence needed to explore various computer applications and work independently.
FMA’s Computer classes are held twice a week for Primary children. Our Elementary students have access to computers in their individual classrooms as well as participating in lessons in the Computer Lab two to three times weekly dependent on grade level. Our computer technology allows our students to access the Internet. A typical computer class size is twelve students.
The Spanish curriculum embraces a broad spectrum of communication skills utilizing the five C's of essential foreign language education: Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons, and Community. The presented materials offer a vision for students to obtain rich curricular experiences through visual aids, songs, literature, and games. The goal is to develop positive attitudes and excitement towards learning the Spanish language. This curriculum is designed to address the specific readiness skills to begin studying a language, foundational skills to continue language development and essential skills to master necessary competencies, giving students a well-rounded foundation and appreciation of the language for further study. Through the skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and mentoring, students are able to broaden their awareness, acceptance, understanding, and confidence of the Hispanic culture. Furthermore, this program is designed to accommodate varying levels of language learners as they progress through the various stages of their academic endeavors.
Elementary and Middle School Art at FMA focuses on fine arts skills that cover techniques, mediums, artists, and art history. Art skills and techniques are expressed through the elements of art: line, color, value, shape, form, space, and texture. Time is spent learning about art materials, specific art mediums such as pencils, inks, pens, acrylic paints, watercolors, and other art sculptural mediums. Famous artists are introduced that relate specifically to an art project. Metal, paper, canvas, clay, etc, are used to create art projects during the year, Each project is designed to engage the student at various levels in an age appropriate manner. Art adds to the whole child. It is a balance to academics, giving students an opportunity to use a different part of the brain, developing outside the box skills and nurturing a love for art. Elementary Art classes meet weekly for one hour.
Primary Art focuses more on process art, not fine art. Primary students have the freedom to explore specific mediums and tools in art. The process is more important in early art than the final art product. Students are encouraged to create with the materials in an open-ended manner. The Primary student works with a variety of materials such as pencils, pens, crayons, scissors, tempera paints, construction paper, glitter, glue, and assorted art tools. Students develop concentration, fine and gross motor skills, independence while at the same time satisfying the inner need for self-expression through art. Each art project skill and art medium builds upon each other throughout the year, consequently nurturing to the whole child. In addition to having art materials available in the Primary classrooms on a daily basis, the Primary students meet twice monthly for Art classes.
Frisco Montessori Academy offers a unique Montessori approach to music study through the use of manipulatives such as bells, tone bars, recorders, and rhythm instruments to foster sound recognition and experience with different tonal relationships. Lessons are built upon the elements of vocal development, listening, movement, notation and concept development. The children also learn to appreciate famous composers and their timeless musical creations. Elementary students meet twice weekly, Primary students meet once weekly, and Pre-Primary students meet four times weekly.
Elementary and Middle School P.E. at FMA utilizes the Physical Education Program, Tandalay All-Out-Play. The emphasis of this program is to help children get fit through the power of positive play. It is a standard-based P.E. curriculum that focuses on student success and enjoyment as they become better movers and more active participants. Elementary and Middle School P.E. meets twice weekly.
Movement To reinforce the Montessori philosophy relating activity as the one factor that stimulates and produces development, FMA incorporates movement as a part of its program. Children participate in activities such as the parachute, ribbons, hula-hoops, jump ropes, and ball games.These activities build on hand-eye coordination, gross-motor skills and teamwork in our well-equipped, half-court gymnasium.