Montessori Method of Education (Curriculum)
The Montessori curriculum is interdisciplinary-subjects are studied as together, not in isolation. This integrated curriculum offers the child learning opportunities which result in a strong foundation in the Core subject areas: Language Arts (reading, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, handwriting, and creative writing), Social Studies (history, geography and cultures), Science, and Math. It is worth noting that while the division of the world into these separate “subjects” is perhaps a convenient way to write about our work at school, it is not the way children experience it. The curriculum complies with all expectations regarding Minnesota’s new Academic Standards.
The Montessori classroom allows children to take responsibility for their own education in a “prepared environment.” Within a framework of order, children are free to choose the activities that will assist them in their process of self construction. The classroom contains self correcting, sequenced Montessori materials.
Yearly Learning Progression Plan
The Yearly Learning Progression Plan document is a “living” document collaboratively worked on by classroom teachers at each age level facilitated by leadership team members. The Yearly Learning Progression Plan delineates the basic topics and standards to be taught during the months of the school year by grade level. This document serves as a guide for all who teach and support the learning of all NDMA students. This document is revised throughout the year by instructional staff and uploaded as revised.
Grade Level Standards Alignment
Local Literacy Plans