The Missing Manual

Who we are

At Sunrise Montessori, our vision statement is “Where your family belongs.” We want every family at our school to feel like they are part of a greater community of families and Sunrise team members. Being part of a family means that when one of us needs help, we offer it, willingly and with an open heart.

Why we’re starting a blog

Being in business for over 12 years, we have seen many things change, but one of the constants is children displaying the same type of developmentally appropriate, and sometimes inappropriate, behaviors —  and parents asking for guidance on how to encourage them, reduce them, or even if they should do anything at all. A question we often hear is, “Is this normal?” As my husband and I tell our teenage son when he gets frustrated with us, “John, they didn’t give us an instruction manual when you were born. We’re doing the best we can.”

Parenthood can feel overwhelming at times, but we’re in it together

Which is why we decided to start this blog! Both myself and other Sunrise Team Members will post about once a week on pressing topics that we hear from our Sunrise families, like specific stages of child development and how to support them, how to incorporate the independence we teach in our Montessori curriculum at home, funny anecdotes on parenthood, and general information from other professional resources we will cite. We hope you find The Missing Manual useful and if a particular blog post really resonates for you, share it with others! This blog is for our current families as well as a vehicle to help other families find us and discover that there is another option for child care. It can be done right, with loving care and a stimulating, advanced learning environment. You CAN have it all for your family at Sunrise Montessori Preschool.

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We hope over time that our blog gives you at least a chapter of the instruction manual on your child. 😉  And if you would like to hear about a particular topic, please let us know. Thank you for reading and your support. Let the blogging adventure begin!

~ Shannon

Shannon Black is the proud creator and owner of Sunrise Montessori Preschools. When she’s not embarrassing her teenage son or trying to read her husband’s mind, she is leading her team of fabulous Sunrise Team Members who want to make a difference in the lives of others. She also enjoys reading, all things sci fi,  playing board games with friends, and hanging with her two Australian Shepherds and calico cat.

Sunrise Montessori Preschool has two locations in Round Rock. Interested in learning first hand what we can offer your child? Then book a tour on our website at or call us so you can discover why Sunrise Montessori Preschool is where YOUR family belongs!