Ages 3 through 6
The Dearborn Heights Montessori Center preschool/kindergarten program provides an educational, creative, social, and most importantly, a pleasurable experience for children aged 3-6. Each child will be able to associate with other children and responsive adults in an environment specifically tailored to the needs of small children.
Our multi-age classrooms provide Montessori materials…
We have a complete Montessori program, with full equipment in all areas: Practical Life (polishing, sorting, grace and courtesy, personal care, food preparation, etc.); Sensorial (texture, weight, size, color, shape, sound); Mathematics (proportion, counting, decimal beads, computation); Language (verbal development, pre-writing and writing, pre-reading and reading); Geography (large puzzle maps and related materials); and Botany.
Science and Nature…
Children will have many additional experiences in science, including simple experiments, magnets, magnifying lenses, balance and measuring equipment, plants and animals to care for, and a variety of nature study materials such as rocks and shells. Our school grounds are certified as a National Wildlife Federation Schoolyard Habitat, and provide many opportunities for study.
Art and Music…
Our creative program is complete and varied, with art materials placed where the children may use them freely. There are also teacher-directed art projects, where new media and techniques are introduced. Prints, paintings, and sculptures are shown to the children, and left in the classrooms to be enjoyed. The music program includes singing and dancing, sound and motion games, use of rhythm band and Orff instruments, music appreciation, and the traditional Montessori music materials. Each spring the children present a music program for family and friends.
…and Lots More!
Large muscle needs are met in the gymnasium and gross motor room, which the children use on a regular basis, and on the large, fenced playground adjacent to the school building. Equipment includes climbing, riding, balancing, sliding, and other physical apparatus, as well as outdoor sandboxes. There are large and small group activities and games, poetry and singing, books for free and group reading, regular cooking experiences, and guests who give informative demonstrations and talks. Mid-morning, mid-afternoon, and late-afternoon snacks are served.
Half-day preschool classes meet from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Full-day preschool offers an academic program for children younger than kindergarten age and meets from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Day care is available for enrolled children beginning at 7 a.m. and closing at 6 p.m.
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