The Explosion Year!

At Novi Woods Montessori, 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.

Kindergarten Math Curriculum


Counts by 1’s to 25.

Recognizes and orally reads numbers 1 – 100 out of Sequence

Independently forms numbers

Does 1:1 correspondence

Forms sets

Uses concepts before, between, after correctly

Uses symbols for all 4 mathematical operations orally and written

Able to form and separate sets horizontally and vertically

Able to do Addition Multiplication, Subtraction & Division (Static & Dynamic)


Gives value and exchange of U.S. coins: penny, nickel, and dime

Sequence seasons of the year

Sequence days of the week

Collects simple data from the environment and tallies results in simple graph form

Applies the fractional parts of halves and quarters to the whole

Uses a variety of concrete objects to measure in non- standard measurements

Pours, levels and tracks liquid and dry ingredients using 1:1 correspondence

Knows time intervals today, tomorrow, yesterday, & hours on the clock

Thinking Skills

Creates and repeats patterns using variety of media (3-5 Variables)

Expresses comparative size & spatial relationships:

Taller/shorter, bigger/smaller, left/right, under/over.

Creates own simple symmetrical designs & structures

Distinguishes between open & closed curves

Work puzzles

Reproduces a simple 3-D structure

Sort objects to color, size, shape and describes properties or attributes

Able to verbalize about his or her preference choice

Begins to make quantity guesses

Participates in game situation with teachers and peers

Able to concentrate on games to termination

Draws a conclusion and forms a picture story problem.


Kindergarten Language Curriculum


Listens to others in a small group

Listens to a story with minimum pictures and listens attentively to the end

Gives back the main idea of a story

Hears rhyming words

Hears common sounds at the beginning, end, and middle of words

Follows a two-step direction


Shares some of her outside experiences with peers and teachers

Shares school experiences with the large group at end of day

Dictates short stories

Able to share own dictations with others

Participates in discussions

Speaks in a clear and natural tone


Completes self-initiated tasks

Perceives relationships in stories, main characters, and events

Verifies true and false statements

Draws conclusions from given facts.

Begins a sight vocabulary

Identifies upper case letters

Identifies lower case letters

Has established left to right eye movement

Recognizes consonant sounds in isolation

Identifies vowels & their sounds

Follows through on teacher-directed tasks

Anticipates a word through a picture clue

Is able to read back simple dictations accurately

Beginning Reading


Labels own work with name

Interested in writing

Forms upper case letters

Traces sentence, copies words from board or paper

Uses knowledge of letters and beginning and ending consonant sounds to label own illustrations.

Word building & sentence structure