Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Organizing Elementary Montessori Presentations

Elementary Suggested Scope and Sequence

This is a starting point – to help the adult feel a structure in which to follow the child. Follow your child’s needs and interests – interest trumps age and prerequisites every time!

Some tips:
  • First mention of a topic/thread: that area CAN be introduced in the year listed.
  • Final mention of the topic/thread: the topic is ideally being reviewed, recapped and any final mastery happening.

Points for Emphasis: 

1) Follow the child's needs and interests. I can't tell you each day or even which year what your child will be interested in. I can only provide you with the guidelines given by Maria Montessori based on universal development. There is universal development, then there is individual need. 

2) This is a PLANNING GUIDE - not set in stone, or even hardly in play-dough ;) It should serve as a starting guide for what is likely to happen first - then build from there. You can see areas that typically don't come until later. Your child might want those sooner, but when you realize that, you'll have already prepared and laid a foundation for the current year, so you'll be able to be more flexible. 

3) As a planning guide, use it to focus in on certain areas to prep. Consider in each area listed "what does my child need in this area right now?" and prep for that. 



Music and History are not necessarily year-specific at all - introduce some concepts each year!
Art: Provide for art skills as needed for your child. Provide key art experiences very early on, with personal work including continued art exploration and application. To reiterate - children need to know basic art skills (not projects), how to use art tools and media - and from there, they can be exploring art based on the subject matter they research from below: 




Year 1

Math: Numeration

Math: Operations

Math: Squares and Cubes

Math: Fractions

Math: Associated Word Problems


Biology: Botany

Plant Parts
Biology: Zoology
Discussions and Story Material
Biology: Ecology

Language: History

Language: Word Study

Language: Parts of Speech (Grammar)

Language: Logical Analysis
Begin with similar to primary
Language: Written

Language: Spoken

Language: Literature

Language: Style


History


Geometry: Congruency, Similarity, Equivalency I

Geometry: Polygons

Geometry: Angles I

Geometry: Lines

Geometry: Angles II

Geometry: Circle I
When interested

Music



Geography: Universe

Story, follow-ups, Composition
Geography: Nature of Elements

Geography: Sun and Earth
2 options:
1)      Introductory work in each chapter
2)      Children select one based on interest each year
Geography: Work of Air
Geography: Work of Water
Geography: Human Geography Cards




Year 2

Math: Numeration
Review and fill in
Math: Operations

Math: Squares and Cubes

Math: Fractions

Math: Decimal Fractions

Math: Squaring & Cubing

Math: Associated Word Problems


Biology: Botany

Plant Parts, continue
Biology: Zoology
Dissection and Body Function
Biology: Ecology


Language: History

Language: Word Study

Language: Parts of Speech (Grammar)

Language: Logical Analysis

Language: Written

Language: Spoken

Language: Literature

Language: Style


History


Geometry: Angles II

Review and fill in
Geometry: Equivalency II
(only time this is listed)
Geometry: Polygons II
(only time this is listed)
Geometry: Equivalency III

Geometry: Circle I
When interested

Music


Geography: Universe

Review, go deeper per interest
Geography: Nature of Elements

Geography: Sun and Earth
2 options:
1)      Some work in each chapter
2)      Children select one based on interest each year
Geography: Work of Air
Geography: Work of Water
Geography: Human Geography Cards




Year 3

Math: Operations
Review and fill in
Math: Decimal Fractions

Math: Fractions
Review and fill in
Math: Squares and Cubes
Review and fill in
Math: Squaring & Cubing

Math: Signed Numbers

Math: Associated Word Problems

Math: Word Problems


Biology: Botany

Plant Parts, continue
Biology: Zoology
Dissection and Body Function
Biology: Ecology
Review and fill in

Language: History

Language: Word Study

Language: Parts of Speech (Grammar)

Language: Logical Analysis

Language: Written

Language: Spoken

Language: Literature

Language: Style


History


Geometry: Equivalency III

Geometry: Area

Geometry: Circle I
Review and fill in
Geometry: Circle II

Geometry: Solid


Music


Geography: Universe

Further details, Formation of Mountains
Geography: Nature of Elements

Geography: Sun and Earth
2 options:
1)      Some work in each chapter
2)      Children select one based on interest each year
Geography: Work of Air
Geography: Work of Water
Geography: Human Geography – Taxes/Government




Year 4

Math: Decimal Fractions

Math: Squaring & Cubing

Math: Signed Numbers

Math: Powers

Math: Word Problems

Math: Number Bases

Math: Algebra

Math: Ratio & Proportion


Geography: Human Geography other areas


Biology: Botany

Fill in nomenclature
Biology: Zoology
Dissection and Body Function
Biology: Classification


Language: History

Language: Word Study
Last bits; Review and fill in
Language: Parts of Speech (Grammar)
Finish verb; Review and fill in
Language: Logical Analysis

Language: Written

Language: Spoken

Language: Literature

Language: Style


History


Geometry: Equivalency III
Review and fill in
Geometry: Area
Review and fill in
Geometry: Circle II

Geometry: Solid


Music


Geography: Universe

Further details, Formation of Mountains, additional Creation stories
Geography: Nature of Elements
Finish up initial work – invite lots of follow-up ideas
Geography: Sun and Earth
Finish up follow-up presentations; continue personal work
Geography: Work of Air
Currents; Wind as Sculptor
Geography: Work of Water

Geography: Human Geography – Taxes/Government




Year 5

Math: Decimal Fractions
Review and fill in
Math: Squaring & Cubing

Math: Signed Numbers

Math: Powers

Math: Word Problems

Math: Number Bases

Math: Algebra

Math: Ratio & Proportion


Biology: Botany
Personal experiments
Biology: Zoology
Dissections and Body Function
Biology: Classification


Language: History

Language: Logical Analysis

Language: Written

Language: Spoken

Language: Literature

Language: Style


History


Geometry: Circle II
Review and fill in
Geometry: Solid


Music


Geography: Universe

Further details, Formation of Mountains, additional Creation stories
Geography: Work of Air
Currents; Wind as Sculptor; Personal work
Geography: Work of Water

Geography: Human Geography other areas




Year 6

Math: Squaring & Cubing
Review and fill in
Math: Signed Numbers
Review and fill in
Math: Powers
Review and fill in
Math: Number Bases
Review and fill in
Math: Algebra
Review and fill in
Math: Ratio & Proportion
Review and fill in

Biology: Botany

Finalize nomenclature
Continue experiments
Biology: Zoology
Dissections and Body Function
Biology: Classification
Review and fill in

Language: History

Review and fill in
Language: Logical Analysis
Review and fill in
Language: Written
Review and fill in
Language: Spoken
Review and fill in
Language: Literature
Review and fill in
Language: Style
Review and fill in

History

Review and fill in

Geometry: Solid

Review and fill in

Music

Review and fill in

Geography: Universe
Further details, Formation of Mountains, additional Creation stories
Geography: Work of Water
Review and fill in
Geography: Human Geography
Review and fill in – other areas in this topic


4 comments:

  1. How did I miss this post?! Very useful for my beginning of the year planning.

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    1. I am happy to hear that is useful :) Please let me know how it goes for you! :)

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  2. Excellent site, still missing History and Music. When will be updated? Thanks.

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    1. Thank you!

      And thank you for the reminder about history and music. They are not really year-specific or have just too much specific order, so I added a note above about that :) The table of contents for each one can be found in other posts on this site ;)

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