Q #1- Are your Montessori Lesson Plans an entire year’s curriculum?
A- Yes it is! This curriculum has been taught at over 100 schools and homeschool environments all over the world. I gathered my notes and tweaked what I found worked best and compiled the information into lesson plans. The full year makes one complete cycle through what is traditionally called the Primary Albums. I have completed my AMS Training and am in the process of finishing my AMI Certification. These lesson plans can be taught to ages 3-6 years old. The curriculum is more like a spiral in that each year it is used the child continues to learn at his or her own level and pace. In the classroom or small group situation the older child will be a model for the younger children and become the “expert’ as they themselves continue to learn on new levels, branching out into related areas of interest.
Q #2- Do I need Montessori Training to Teach these lesson plans?
A- It is ideal to have gone through a Montessori training. The lesson plans DO NOT offer the detailed step by step lessons found in the Montessori Albums. These lesson plans assist the Montessori teacher to ensure that he/she is following a reasonable scope and sequence throughout the year, honoring each area of the Montessori classroom in the process.
Q #3- How do I get started? Can I begin the curriculum in the middle of the year?
A- It is ideal to begin with the September guide. The Montessori materials are introduced sequentially beginning in the September guide.
Q #4- How is the Peace Curriculum introduced?
A- Peace is presented throughout the entire curriculum through books, projects, conversations and service projects.
The peace curriculum also includes the Grace & Courtesy lessons.
Q #5- Are the songs, poems, and fingerplays in the guides?
A- Most of the songs are in the guides or links are listed for your reference. Other songs have the words given and a note to put to a familiar melody.
Q #6- How do you get a 3 hour work time?
A- The ideal is a 2 ½ to 3 hour work period, but this will vary according to age, interests, attention span, etc. Early in the year a 3 hour work period is usually not practical as the children have not yet “normalized” and may become restless after two hours or less. As the year progresses they will have received more lessons and developed self discipline and the ability to work on their own and for a longer length of time. In fact, they are often reluctant to put work away when it is time to stop, so give a gentle warning about five minutes before the work period is over. This can be done by softly singing “Time to put your work away, time to your work away, time to put your work away and come to the line (or whatever is next).” Just use a simple melody if you aren’t familiar with this song.
Q #7- Do you give group lessons?
A- This is left entirely up to the person using the guides. Schools where I have been use some initial group lessons in combination with individual lessons. In my experience, children observe better in a group. Whether group or individual, a lesson is given in such a way to entice the child into the process of the work, using words only if they are a part of the lesson with slight exaggeration of movements. A gentle and positive manner of the teacher makes a huge difference in the receptiveness of the children, whether it is a group lesson or an individual one. It also depends on the lesson being given as some are for use in small groups.
Q #8- How can I use the guides without feeling that I need to do almost everything?
A- There is enough material in the guides for about three years, so don’t try to do everything the first year. The curriculum will grow with the child each year it is used. Many schools use a two or three year period to complete the curriculum cycle.