Woodland is a traditional, authentic Montessori program. Our curriculum and materials adhere to the rigorous standards set by AMI (Association Montessori International). AMI is the organization founded by Dr. Montessori and her son Mario in 1929. If you would like to find out more about AMI USA please visit https://amiusa.org/.
Practical Life activities mirror what a family does in the home: pouring, washing, dressing, preparing food, watering plants, and more. These activities offer opportunity for purposeful movement and concentration. The child learns how to control their movement, work through a sequence, and become responsible in their actions.
Sensorial materials and activities isolate and identify various sensory elements for exploration: shape, size, color, texture, weight, smell, and sound. These materials give children a concrete experience with abstractions like big, little, long, short, thin, and thick. These lessons help create categories in the child's mind for gathering and storing information about the world in which we live.
Beginning with spoken language, children transition, orient and adapt to their new classroom with language. Many aspects of the language area are invisible and social life is a constant motive for spontaneous language work. Once a child has a foundation in spoken language, they begin to use materials to write and progress into reading.
A guiding precept in developing understanding of mathematics is Maria Montessori's caution: "Never give the mind more than the hand can handle."
Math concepts are conveyed through the use of special materials (such as number rods and golden beads) which show quantity from one unit up to one thousand. With these activities, children gain concrete understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. This early manipulative practice prepares the child for future mathematical abstractions.