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Dearborn Heights Montessori Center to Host Open House Feb. 13

School highlights educational programs and workshops for parents of toddlers through middle school students

What makes Dearborn Heights Montessori Center different from other schools?  According to Laura Springer, assistant head of school for Dearborn Heights Montessori Center, this is only one of several questions that prospective parents ask when they attend the school’s winter Open House event.

This year’s DHMC Open House for prospective parents and students is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The school, which serves children from 18 months through eighth grade, is located at 466 N. John Daly in Dearborn Heights.

“What many are surprised to learn is the number of programs and free workshops that we offer parents of children enrolled at each school level, from toddler through middle school,” said Springer.  “These range from workshops about the Montessori philosophy to parenting programs facilitated by nationally recognized speakers and educators.”

Each month during the school year, parents are invited to participate in Parent Perks, a parent education opportunity. Parents select different topics for discussion in an informal setting. Complimentary childcare is also available during these meeting times for parents of younger children who are not yet enrolled.

The school recently announced that it has earned a renewed five-year accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the country’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

“In receiving the NAEYC accreditation, we also received several commendations for establishing and fostering reciprocal family relationships, including our parent education programs,” added Springer

Following the Open House, families and prospective parents interested in receiving more details about Montessori education and the different levels available at DHMC are also welcome to attend for an informative Parent Meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Teachers will explain programs and answer questions about Extended Day kindergarten, lower and upper elementary, and middle school.

Children are welcome to accompany parents to the Open House, and light refreshments will be served. Child care will be available during the parent meeting.

As an independent non-profit educational community, DHMC provides an individualized learning experience, enabling each child to reach his or her potential.  Respect for children, a strong commitment to non-violence, and a deep belief in the value of education are all principles upon which the school functions. 

“Our teachers and staff will be readily available throughout the evening to answer questions that help prospective parents learn more about the special benefits of an authentic Montessori education,” added Springer.

For additional information about the February Open House and programs available at Dearborn Heights Montessori Center, call 313-359-3000 or visit www.dhmontessori.org.

This article was provided by the Dearborn Heights Montessori Center.

Lee Jacobsen February 10, 2013 at 10:21 PM
My daughter attended Montessori, both in Allen Pk, and Dbn hts, until the 8th grade, where she attended Dearborn. Some pluses and negs. Depends on the school. As parents, be prepared to be involved with your child's education. Montessori gave written weekly detailed reports of progress, issues, etc. Sports? Against other schools? Of course. Think your kid is shy? Not after giving dozens of reports verbally, with props, in front of the rest of the class, usually weekly. For a science project, my daughter, with my assistance, made a functional volcano. Other projects were probablility studies, nature stuff, and the usual book learning, at your kid's speed, not the 'class as a whole' speed. By 4th grade, my daughter was into calculus and loving it. The 7th and 8th graders went to Boston, Washington D.C. and a few other places as field trips. Again, be prepared to be involved as parents. Teachers will become friends. Kids need you as role models. It can begin as glorified babysitting, but if your kid is bright, (aren't they all?) they will love it! Montessori does cost money, and if you can't control your kid, Montessori may not be a fit. 9th grade at Dbn was a shuffle, your kid will be smarter, expect a lot of AP (advanced placement) classes, and your kid saying everything 'is too easy'. Have money saved for college, that's a given. Mine is a senior at U of M, next is grad school and a doctorate somewhere. Buddy can you spare a dime?

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