January 17, 2014
An authentic Montessori school like Dearborn Heights Montessori not only prepares a child for the real world, the curriculum offers many opportunities to experience the real world. A quality Montessori program provides a rigorous curriculum that satisfies the needs of all children no matter what level of ability they may have. Also, one of the primary components of a Montessori curriculum is to move the child to independence. This requires that the student must be self-motivated and learn how to manage his or her time. As a student moves into the upper elementary and middle school grades in our program, these skills become invaluable. Regarding homework, the volume does increase at the upper and middle school grades but does not replace the work required in the classroom. Homework typically includes subject areas that require repetition and practice, i.e. math and reading, and is never simply busy work . If, however, a student is not able to complete required work during the school day, he or she has the choice to take the work home so that a deadline isn t missed. Other at home projects may include finalizing reports, creating presentation boards, etc. The real world of high school and college requires not only homework but also time management and self-motivation. Regarding music and art, we are thrilled to be able to continue to provide these programs when many schools are forced to eliminate them. At Dearborn Heights Montessori Center, music and art are offered in addition to physical education, world languages, technology and a variety of other opportunities both during and after the school day. Our music program, executed by an educated and talented music teacher with many years of experience, provides exposure to many things including learning about famous composers; learning how to use a variety of rhythm instruments; learning to read music through playing the recorder; dance and movement; singing and performance; and much more. Our art program offers students at the elementary level a 75 minute class, once per week, led by an educated and experienced art teacher. The elementary curriculum is presented using the elements of art line, shape, color, and texture with the express purpose of building skills at all levels. Students have the opportunity to learn about famous artists and their styles and the chance to expand their artistic ability, using symmetry drawing, sculpting, still life drawing, performance art, and much more. In addition, art materials are available in the classrooms for use by students in creating presentations and illustrating their work. At the middle school level, art is offered as an elective in which the student creates work in a medium of choice. Art at the preschool and kindergarten level is embedded in the classrooms, with a variety of art materials available at all times. In addition, a weekly art appreciation lesson presents stories about artists and their work in an entertainng way. Visit our website or schedule a tour to see for yourself how a quality Montessori school like Dearborn Heights Montessori Center can benefit your child.
- submitted by a school leader