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Montessori Curriculum Scope and Sequence

Montessori Curriculum Scope and Sequence

This is a very useful document developed by the Montessori Foundation and included for IMC member reference. An even more robust version of this scope and sequence has been aligned to the Common Core State Standards and is exclusively available as part of Montessori Compass, an excellent Montessori student record keeping solution (www.montessoricompass.com) Download File

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Using Internet Resources in a Montessori Classroom

Using Internet Resources in a Montessori Classroom

This is a first step to begin to identify good resources for online learning in Montessori settings. Digital technology must not be thought of as something which replaces the conventional materials and modes of interaction, but as something that enhances the possibilities of exploring and enhancing exploration of the learning generated by Montessori “keys”. I […]

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Montessori Mathematics

Montessori Mathematics

The Challenge of Mathematics We use mathematics in almost every aspect of our everyday lives. As Dr. Montessori would often point out, much of our civilization is based upon mathematics. Science and technology depends upon mathematical calculations. Computers are totally mathematical devices. Businesses, research, and governmental agencies all rely upon the collection and interpretation of […]

Teaching Science and Math to Young Children

Teaching Science and Math to Young Children

Christoph: I am a physics professor, so I was naturally interested in trying to teach science and math to my twin boys as early as possible. My wife has a PhD in physics, too, so she shared this interest. I didn’t just want to transmit content knowledge, although that is definitely important to me, but […]

The Curve Of Work: First Year Primary

The Curve Of Work: First Year Primary

The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. It lays the whole basis for his character and social behavior”  Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) believed that children have an inner directive for their optimum self-construction and that concentration was the key to their natural development. This was perhaps one of her major contributions to the […]

Math Without Workbooks

In this session, “Math Without Workbooks,” Cheryl Allen shares many opportunities for practicing math which are right there in front of us in our everyday lives if we just take advantage of them. Hands-on experiences help children internalize concepts that might otherwise seem difficult to understand or unimportant to them. In addition to great ideas […]

Montessori Early Childhood & The Three-Year Cycle Of Primary

Montessori Early Childhood & The Three-Year Cycle Of Primary

In Montessori Primary communities the children are referred to as first years, second years, and third years. The children are on a journey that is designed to take three years. The newest two-and-a-half to three-year-old children are considered first years. The first years have never been in Primary before. Children who complete that first year […]

Montessori and STEAM Education

Montessori and STEAM Education

In this session Sue Fitzpatrick discusses each of the six interconnected components of STEM that in 2016 the US Department of Education described as key to putting the program into classrooms. She gives actual photos and examples of Montessori students in action for each of the components. Participants will go away with lots more information […]

Arithmetic In The Elementary Montessori Years: An Overview Focusing on the Lower Elementary Years

Arithmetic In The Elementary Montessori Years: An Overview Focusing on the Lower Elementary Years

In the Montessori program, mathematics is introduced to children as a world of wonder. Properly offered by Montessori guides, mathematical concepts should generate great enthusiasm in children. With just a few numbers at their command, children discover mathematical procedures, algorithms, formulas, and geometrical figures. Mathematics also serves our needs when we need to ask: How […]

The Montessori Checkerboard for Long Multiplication

The Montessori Checkerboard for Long Multiplication

The Multiplication Checkerboard is one of the most popular materials in most elementary Montessori classrooms. The colorful checkerboard materials are a step up the ladder of abstraction in the Montessori math curriculum. Think back to your own years in school. Did you ever really understand what is going on in long-multiplication? Oh, you probably memorized your multiplication tables [like […]

Montessori and STEAM Education

STEM and Montessori

Do you ever question or are asked, “How do STEM and Montessori overlap?” or “Should I choose a STEM or Montessori school for my child?” We’ll take a look at how Montessori incorporates STEM philosophy, and what you can do next.

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Montessori and STEAM Education

Summer Ideas

Are you wondering how to keep your child not only busy during the summer months when school is out, but also keep her learning? Are you worried that if your child is not enrolled in a summer program called “Little Genius’s” or the Center for Brighter Children that your child will be behind when he […]

Second Language Goals, Montessori Methods

Second Language Goals, Montessori Methods

          by M. J. Rosanova, Ph.D. The Montessori Bilingual Institute (MOBI) The children are playing outside. I can hear them outside my window. They’re singing and calling out to each other in Japanese. No, our school isn’t located in Japan. InterCultura Montessori is located in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of […]

Book Review:  Ordinary People Change the World

Book Review: Ordinary People Change the World

Ordinary People Change the World Written by Brad Meltzer illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos his is a great set of books! I checked with our elementary teacher and she said definitely for Lower Elementary age children (6-9 years old). The four books that are in this gift set are: I am Rosa Parks; I am Amelia […]

Creativity in Geometry: Star Polygons-You can be a “star” in geometry

Creativity in Geometry: Star Polygons-You can be a “star” in geometry

Hitch your wagon to a star — Emerson “Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are.” he words above were the opening lines of Jane Taylor’s classic work The Star (1806). Famous today as a nursery rhyme and song, Taylor’s timeless poem refers to the twinkling stars high above us. Fascinating stars also […]

Montessori Homework

Montessori Homework

omework is intended to support children and their development. This can sometimes mean familiar homework like regular practice on memory work, such as basic math tables. It should also mean expanding the creative and integrative work that the children do from the classroom to the wider world. In this sense ‘homework’ is any activity that […]