This was one of my biggest questions when I began my obsessive research on the Montessori method.
I became frustrated finding programs that appeared to be “Montessori”, but were not authentic. All too often just slapping the name on their program for marketing purposes. I finally found the clear cut answer through conversations with with Montessorian homeschoolers – there is NO Montessori “curriculum”.
Montessori guides (teachers) in a classroom use what is called an album for each subject. The albums are essentially the curriculum.
In a primary classroom, (ages 3-6) the subjects are practical life, sensorial, language, mathematics, and cultural. An album contains:
- The instructions on how to present the various lessons.
- What materials are needed for each lesson.
- The purpose (direct aim and indirect aim) of each lesson.
- What the control of error for each material is (Montessori materials are self correcting).
- Often they also contain extensions (exercises to do beyond the inital lesson).
As my friend Bree @kindlingkids_montessori puts it: “The album is the guide’s, guide.”
The album that was first recommended to me for the primary years is called infomontessori.com
The best part about it is that it’s FREE! It’s thorough and well put together. Check out this blog post if you’re searching for more album recommendations for primary and elementary.
If you already clicked the link to check out the Info Montessori Album, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed. There’s a lot of info! So many lessons!! Keep in mind this album contains 3 years worth of lessons. Most traditional curriculums for other educational methods only contains one school year’s worth of instruction at a time.
Even after months of research, what finally made me feel like I could successfully implement Montessori homeschooling was finding a scope and sequence. If only I had found this first! The scope and sequence ties everything together. It allows you to see the big picture as well as what lesson comes next.
Viola Montessori has a lovely timeline styled scope and sequence.
Here is a list of various scope and sequences that are availble:
**You don’t need all of these different ones, just figure out which one works best for your brain!
Another option is to make your own via the table of contents of whichever Montessori albums you pick to use.
I personally enjoy having Viola Montessori’s scope and sequence displayed in our home classroom. On a clipboard I have a checklist style scope and sequence that I use and markup while planning.
Stay tuned for the next post this series “Essential Montessori Materials”!
Previous posts in the Montessori Homeschooling Series: