Homeschool Resources | Lesson Plans
Using the guides in the
curriculum has been in use in Montessori
schools for the past ten years and in home
schools for four years. It was developed over a period of
fifteen years by a Montessori teacher, led and directed by the needs
and interests of the children in her classrooms. A Montessori
classroom is a home-like environment where children of varying ages
function as a small community. This makes it well suited and easily
adapted to the home school environment.
set of four teaching guides
provides suggestions for every day of the year with flexibility and
options for use each year as it grows with the child.
It is based on Maria Montessori's cosmic education theme. See Bird’s
Eye View of the Year for an overview of the year's themes.
Supplement to the Guides
was developed in
response to homeschool parents. It gives simple and concise
instructions for the Montessori materials, Grace & Courtesy, the
Great Lessons, for making many of the materials, as well as an
overview of Montessori philosophy, a list of recommended Montessori
material resources, and guidelines for using with ages 3 to 12.
[Please note: The guides include detailed lessons for use with ages
3 to 6. However, we have received three returns from homeschool
parents who have felt there is not enough information in the guides
and the supplement for them to use them with the elementary level,
ages 6 to 12. While the guides are used by Montessori
teachers in 6 to 9 and 9 to 12 classrooms it is more difficult for
homeschool parents to apply it without training in the elementary Montessori materials. The Supplement to the Guides includes
instructions for many but not all of the Montessori elementary
materials. Please see
Using the guides with ages 3 to 6
and 6 to 12.
Using with the elementary child allows even more freedom to explore and further develop the
curriculum according to the individual needs and abilities of the child. Some
parents and students love this and run with it while others find it
too lacking in
Montessori Method is based on respect and observation of the child
and the preparation of an environment based on the needs of the
child in which the child takes an active part in directing his or
her own learning. The child is allowed to learn through
self-discovery at his or her own pace. Maria Montessori’s emphasis
was on world peace by giving the child an overview of the whole
world and universe. Our curriculum is based on Maria Montessori’s
philosophy and peace curriculum, also called "cosmic education."
Montessori materials are introduced sequentially throughout the four
guides. It is not necessary to have all the materials to use the
curriculum and many of them can be hand made.
using the Montessori manipulative equipment (not included) no other teaching texts are needed for ages 3 to
6. Math, Language, and other areas of study are built into the
equipment and the curriculum. The older child will use research books to further
explore areas of interest. If the homeschool budget is limited
it is possible to use the curriculum with handmade materials only or
combined with traditional methods.
is preferable to have Montessori training, this is not always
possible for parents making the choice to home school. Many parents
don’t have access to a Montessori school or simply choose the
homeschool alternative. Freedom of choice being a basic Montessori
principle we respect this decision. An overview of Montessori
philosophy and a recommended reading list for understanding the
philosophy is included in the Supplement to the Guides. Each of the guides include
an invitation for
one-on-one questions and suggestions with the author by email.
Explore the pages on
this site to see sample pages from all the materials.
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