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Northwoods Montessori Curriculum: “Lifelong Learning and Interdependence”

Montessori curriculum must be sound and implemented properly to achieve the goals set forth.

Children enrolled in the Northwoods Montessori curriculum follow a program aimed to emphasize relationships, development and learning under our directive to “Follow the Child.” In lieu of subject areas, children are offered learning experiences aligned with the Montessori Method that support natural brain development and answer their physical, spiritual and intellectual needs. Our “stated purpose” is to provide a foundation for lifelong learning that enhances personal integration and an understanding of interdependence. The Montessori curriculum maintains unique learning environments for each age level to encourage the advancement of these skills.

Children with a Montessori education are encouraged to pursue individual goals and develop self-awareness, determination and self-control. At each age level, children engage in communication about the natural world and explore art and music. Engaging stories provide each child with an awareness of geography and fellow human beings.

In the Montessori curriculum, areas of study such as language, math, geometry, geography and history are presented in a social setting comprised of children of multiple ages in an ungraded class. Our large class sizes instill a sense of social responsibility, fairness and kindness. The Montessori Method is notable in that it encourages children to treat themselves and others with respect by learning in an atmosphere that allows them to freely communicate.

Principles of Montessori Education

Faculty members at Northwoods Montessori are required to follow the Association Montessori Internationale standards of teaching. This means effective, innovative educational programs and a work environment with a strong sense of support. Teachers following the Montessori curriculum are given the autonomy to creatively implement lesson plans using the Montessori Method. Each is uniquely prepared to observe a child’s explorations and to offer learning exercises, encouraging the child to pursue his or her distinctive interests.

Montessori Toddler Curriculum

The focus of our Montessori Toddler Curriculum is learning language and developing movement. The toddler community is treated as a group – they eat together, listen to stories together, sing, dance and go for walks. A Montessori education for toddlers is unique, and includes bread baking, setting the table, puzzle solving and dancing. A child who has found joy in walking upright completes tasks and engages in a dynamic functional social group.

Montessori Primary Curriculum

Children enrolled in the Montessori Primary Curriculum explore and learn in a sensory way. Their learning tools range from common housekeeping materials to precise representations of mathematical and geometrical relationships. The Montessori curriculum also offers musical instruments and specific vocabulary to apply to observations of the natural world. With the Montessori Method, children engaging in the Primary Curriculum are learning about the physical world, animals and people, language and measurement. They are learning to care for each other and for their environment, to write and read and to carry out simple arithmetic operations within the decimal system of numbers.

Montessori Elementary Curriculum

The Montessori Elementary Curriculum offers “Cosmic Education” to elementary-aged children. In story form, children hear five important lessons at the beginning of each year, including “The Creation of Earth,” “The Coming of Plants and Animals,” and “The Birth of Language.” Because children question the history of the world, the Montessori Elementary Curriculum aims to make basic answers to these questions available, enticing the child to dig deeper to reveal the history and detail of these stories. Information required at grade levels in local public schools serves as a touchstone, and teachers review it with children to ensure it is being covered. Teachers guide each child, meeting with them individually to discover what material should be reviewed and what additional lessons they require.

Montessori Adolescent Curriculum

AMI has officially sanctioned the “Introduction to the Adolescent” training developed by the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association (NAMTA). Currently, this Montessori Method training takes place in the summers and includes time spent on a working farm and Adolescent Community in Burton, Ohio . In schools that include it, the Adolescent Community benefits from a Montessori curriculum that still embraces daily work, production, marketing products and engaging in commerce.

"The purpose of Northwoods Montessori is to provide a foundation for lifelong learning which enhances personal integration and understanding of interdependence."

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Northwoods, an Atlanta Montessori School, celebrates 40 years.