Faculty members at Northwoods Montessori are required to follow the Association Montessori Internationale standards of teaching. This creates 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 teacher is prepared to observe a child’s explorations and to offer learning exercises, encouraging the children to pursue their distinctive interests.
Our Montessori Toddler Curriculum focuses on 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 together. A Montessori education for toddlers is unique, and includes baking bread and setting the table. The next step for a child who has found joy in walking upright is to achieve independence with the hands and engage in a dynamic functional social group.
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 learn about the physical world, animals and people, language and measurement. They learn to care for each other and for their environment, to write and read, and to carry out simple arithmetic operations within the decimal system.
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 with children to ensure equivalent topics are being covered. Teachers guide each child, meeting with them individually to discover what material should be reviewed and what additional lessons they require.