Novi Woods offers the following programs:
Center hours are 7am-6pm Monday-Friday. Our class time is from 8:30am-3:30pm for Preschoolers & Kindergarten. The Toddler Program starts at 8:30am. We offer childcare before and after school where children can play, draw, use puppets and other activities that may not be included in our academic day’s curriculum.
In addition to our Montessori Curriculum, we offer 2 foreign languages- Japanese and Spanish- all included in your tuition. All students are exposed to all 3 languages weekly or bi-weekly from experienced and energetic foreign language teachers.
Optional Programs such as Dance, Tumble Tots and Yoga are offered as Enrichment and require an additional charge if you choose to enroll.
The Toddler Curriculum
Novi Woods Montessori’s Toddler classroom helps support self-development in a school atmosphere. Often this is the child’s first experience beyond the family, so it must be a nurturing place where the child can connect with an adult who makes him feel loved, and who fosters an ongoing relationship that supports his quest for independence.toddlers
The Toddler environment is focused on supporting the child as he acquires the skills to “do it myself.” Children are allowed freedom of movement to explore and manipulate the objects in the environment, and they are given the time they need to accomplish their work. Activities change and evolve as the child grows. The specially prepared classroom allows the toddler to develop and refine movements, increase language, and launch into social relationships with peers. Basic ground rules—respect of self, respect for others, and respect for the environment are taught and reinforced, and once learned, will be beneficial for a lifetime.
The Preschool & Kindergarten Curriculum
Preschool and Kindergartners start their day with a circle time. Their teacher guides them through music & movement, a discussion for the day, calendar, weather and a large group lesson. She will present a ‘work’ to the children to demonstrate how to use it. Finally, she will send them off to work in the classroom! During that time, teachers observe & give small group and individual lessons.
The Montessori classrooms are composed of 4 major areas:
Practical Life– Children love the Practical Life area because it enables them to do adult work in a child-size environment all while preparing their bodies for academics, specifically strengthening their fine motor skills and pencil-holding grip. Practical Life skills are the foundation of all other areas in a Montessori environment. Practical Life activities build children’s concentration, coordination, order, and independence enabling them to master other Montessori curriculum areas. Examples are pouring, slicing, scooping, sweeping, washing, using tongs, etc.
Sensorial– The Montessori Sensorial curriculum promotes the development and refinement of the five senses. Children learn through their senses and the materials in a Montessori environment provide learning through touch, taste, smell, hearing, and sight or hands-on manipulation. Examples of Sensorial learning activities are sorting objects, matching colors, matching the same tastes or same smells. A popular Montessori Sensorial work is the pink tower where pink cubes are built from the largest at the bottom to the smallest cube at the top. The pink tower cubes are a concrete representation of the Decimal Numeral or Base Ten System of Mathematics. Children love to build the pink tower!
Math– Learning mathematical concepts in a Montessori classroom begins concretely and progresses towards the abstract. For example, children will eventually see the number 1000 and know what it looks like on paper (abstract), however, it is very important that they visually see a physical 1000 to hold and compare to 100, 10, or 1 (concrete). This is why we have the unit bead, the 10 bar, the hundred square, and the thousand cube. In all our maths lessons, the process is taught first and facts come later.
Numbers to Ten- the foundation of math is numbers to ten
The Decimal System- students learn that zero can give a greater value to a number, and they also learn the language of the larger numbers.
The Teens and Tens-students learn to associate quantities, names, and symbols of the teens and tens. This is the foundation for when they work on the linear and skip counting
The Exploration and Memorization of Tables- focuses on the exploration and memorization of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division tables
The Transitional Materials-these materials allow students to re-examine all the concepts he has already learned. Students begin to realize that the materials hinder their efficiency and they no longer require the materials to do the operations. When the child reaches this point, he can now think abstractly.
Fractions-the last section of the math area introduces the child to fractions and has the child explore the materials in order to discover the rules of each fraction operation.
Language– The Language curriculum is phonetic in nature and utilizes powerful teaching tools to help children learn to decode phonetic words and high frequency/sight words. It promotes early reading and writing skills. Dr. Maria Montessori realized that there is a sensitive period of language development and that the richer the learning environment, the more language skills the child will acquire. Montessori promotes the love of reading and writing. Because we start with a small set of letters that can be grouped together to make words, students in Montessori classrooms learn to read basic phonetic words very quickly. Showing them they can read, even at this basic level boosts confidence and excitement for more! The sky is the limit when it comes to our language program!
Cultural Studies, Science, Art, Music and Foreign Languages– In addition to our 4 core areas, Novi Woods Montessori’s curriculum is well known for its impressive units in Cultural Studies, Science, Art, Music and Foreign Languages. It is important to note that the whole curriculum is tied together. For example, when we study Asia in Cultural Studies, children will be exposed Asian art, Asian food in Practial Life, Asian Music, and an Asian animal that can be studied in science. Perhaps there will be rough and smooth objects from Asia to discover in the Sensorial area and books from Asia to look through in our Language area. Finally, teachers could add small objects from Asia to the math area for 1-1 counting. It is this integration that makes the Montessori classroom so special and will stay with your child for years to come.
Kindergarten- The third (or Kindergarten) year is the time when many of the earlier lessons come together and become permanent part of the young child’s mind. We call this year ‘the explosion year’! By this time, most Montessori children will be reading, and many will be introduced to higher math concepts. As a five-year-old, they are now the “Leaders,” rich with experience and knowledge and may be able to teach their younger classmates lessons. Research proves that this experience has powerful benefits for both the mentor and the mentee. This also encourages empathy, increased self-confidence and enthusiasm for the learning process, which they can leave Novi Woods with, and carry with them the rest of their life.
Foreign Language Programs
Novi Woods Montessori offers 2 foreign languages to our Preschool & Kindergarten classes! These are included with the price of your program. Students learn basic vocabulary, phrases and songs! We have enthusiastic teachers who visit our school to give lessons in:
1st – 5th Grade Child Care & Online School Support
Next year’s elementary school curriculum is uncertain, however, everything hints towards an online or hybrid approach. We realize this is a difficult time for our families that need childcare during online learning. Novi Woods would like to support our families with the care and support they need. Below you will see an option we have available for our school age children for the upcoming semester starting August 31, 2020
For those choosing online learning, Novi Woods will offer five-day care. We will assist children in their online learning and facilitating zoom calls.
Children must provide their own technology (laptop, ipad, headphones, etc.) and anything else required by their school.
Children must provide their own school supplies (such as paper, pencils, rulers, etc.) and anything else required by the school to do their work.
Novi Woods Technology & Internet Waiver must be signed.
Novi Woods will assist students in online learning; however, the family is ultimately responsible for their child’s performance.
Parents will be responsible for communicating with their child’s teacher and providing Novi Woods with assignments or Zoom call schedules that need to be completed.
Daily temperature check will be done prior to entry
No parent entry other than vestibule to check in and check out.
Increased cleaning and disinfecting measures.
Increased hand washing
Limiting non – essential visitors
We will follow the health department guidelines for child care centers.
We will follow the governor’s executive orders for child care centers.
Teachers will wear masks.
Novi Woods will follow the governor’s orders with regards to children wearing masks, however, if it is not required for students to wear them, but a parent would like their child to, parents may provide a mask and we will do our best to help them keep it on.
At times, school age children may share common space. This includes school age children and preschoolers.
Novi Woods will be implementing increased precautionary measures to keep children safe. Please see our full COVID procedures and drop off/pick up document available from the office.
Please contact the office for price information.
A deposit of $100 will be required to hold your child’s spot. A two-week notice of withdrawal is required.