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Natural World/Zoology Chart
Make copies of these and cut them into small slips for the children to use when they perform
mathematical operations using the golden beads and/or stamp game. There are two pages: one
for addition, multiplication, and subtraction; and, the other for division.
|Materials to Make for Children
|These are the masters I used to create materials for my primary (3 to 6) classroom. If you find anything out of date or
have your own master you'd like to add to this collection, please send us an e-mail. If we all work together, we can
make setting up a classroom much easier for those who follow!
Keep in mind that our primary role in guiding the children through the curriculum is to free them to become
independent in every way. With this in mind, we try not to rely on black-line masters. We want the children to be free to
create their own art, their own work without being required to "stay within the lines." Rather than discourage their
pencils, glue, chalk, watercolors, paints) so they can create whatever their hearts inspire.
The Dot Game is an activity that helps prepare the child for abstract (memorized)
addition. It is used after the child has a good deal of experience doing hands-on
dynamic addition (with borrowing and exchanges) with the golden beads and stamp
Dot Game Lesson Plan
This is a PDF of pages are straight from my AMI Montessori Album. They present basic information on how
to present the dot game. If you are not a trained Montessorian, always seek the aid of one who is before
presenting materials to the child. (Download Dot Game paper below.)
These pages include labels for political geography for all continents and topical
geography/land and water forms (eg, lakes, mountains) for the globe, North America,
and the United States. Considering the turmoil of governments, these labels may not
be up to date. Also, there may be labels worth adding. If you find an error or have
something to add, please send us an email and we will update the attached.
This is a PDF of high frequency American English words that do not follow the
phonetic rules. They must be memorized. Move on to these once the child is a strong
phonetic reader (including phonograms). Use the 3-step lesson (described in
Maitri's Lesson Plans) to present 3 or 4 of these at a time.
Labelling the classroom is a wonderful activity for your students who are reading. It
helps to build vocabulary, deepen their connection to their environment, and spark
renewed interest in the materials.
Planning Book/Record Keeping (3 to 6+ Curriculum)
These books list the entire Montessori primary curriculum as I have it in my albums (extensions included).
At the end of each day I made notes in these books. I made one book for each child and was more or less
able to keep them up-to-date. On the front cover I wrote the child's name and put his/her sticker (the sticker
matched their cubby hook and storage drawer sticker). Sometimes the child would bring me his/her book
when s/he was looking for work. Sometimes I would ask them to bring me their book if they needed
redirection and I couldn't think where best to send them or recall which lesson they needed. My assistant
was also able to use these books to redirect children (I would write a sticky note and post it on the inside
cover with a list of specific lessons I wanted to give or thought the child would like to repeat.)
PDF FILE 2 per page
This is a PDF of a photo presentation of some of the main math materials in use in my old 3-6+ classroom
(faces are obscured to protect anonymity of my students). I use it when I try to help non-Montessorian's gain
some insight into the incredible intelligence of the concrete Montessori Math materials. More details on the
sequence of the curriculum (eg, which materials presented first and what next) are included in the planning
book link above.
I bought a book with photos of all US presidents and made cards out of them. The older
children would use this list to set the cards in order. What an impressive work! The list
includes names and dates of each president's term in order.
|(c)2009 Maitri Learning, LLC. All rights reserved. Photographs in our materials may change as we work to continually improve our products.
All card sizes are approximate.
This MP3 file sings the alphabet song using the sounds each letter makes instead of their names. Sing it
this way with your children! You can also use this as a reference to understand which sounds are meant
when people say "phonetic."
Click here for a PDF you can print out in color as your own personal reference to the
divisions of the natural world. Great for use in lower elementary classrooms too.
Please note: the chart is a simplified depiction of zoological classifications; it differs
from a taxonomic chart in that it does not list all of the invertebrate phyla (there are
over 30 of them) and it uses the term vertebrates instead of chordates.
Math Equation Masters
Dot Game Paper
US Presidents List
This series of talks provides some of the basic theory behind the language program in the 3-6 Montessori
classroom and specific instructions on how to give language lessons, including presentations for all Maitri
Learning card materials. These are MP3 files that you can download for free below or you can order a CD by
clicking here. You can read an overview of the Big Picture of Language Development by clicking here.
As you listen, keep in mind that these presentations go in sequence. The talks for each assume that you
have already given the lessons described in the previous sections.
|Reading Road map (mp3) (overview of the main steps on the road to literacy)|
|General guidelines for giving Montessori lessons/presentations (mp3)|
|Building vocabulary (mp3)|
|I Spy (mp3)|
|Phonetic Reading Cards (mp3)|
|3-Part Reading Cards (mp3)|
|Zoology/Natural World Cards (mp3)|
|"Parts of" Cards (coming soon)|
|Foreign Language cards (mp3)|
|Definition Cards (mp3)|
Note: Before a child can become a true master of our language, s/he he needs self-confidence, an
|organized mind, a knowledge (internal dictionary) of words, endless opportunities to practice |
speaking/using words, phonetic awareness (knowledge of the sounds/symbols in our language), endless
opportunities to create/write words, and the desire to write/read. The complete Montessori 3-6 curriculum
directly meets each of these needs of the child. The information presented in these talks will be most
effective only when the rest of the Montessori curriculum is being implemented. Specifically, if you are
observing disorder in the child's ability to master our language, your first remedy is to address the
disorder in the child's environment (both the physical space and his/her routines). Organizing the child's
space and routines is a rich art that is an integrated part of the Montessori 3-6 practical life/everyday living
curriculum (which includes specific lessons on caring for the self, caring for the child's environment,
learning gracious/courteous behavior, and mastering motor skills (control of movement).
Here are guidelines for sequencing the shelves in a 3 to 6 Montessori environment. Remember that the
child absorbs the input s/he receives from the environmental directly into the neuronal framework within the
brain. The structure of the brain is directly altered by the child's interactions with her environment. Really! So
don't skimp on your work to prepare and maintain the classroom. It is critical that the environment we offer
children be organized, free from clutter, logical, and aesthetically just plain lovely. If there is anything in your
room above the child's eye level, take it down or cover it up. We must allow the eye to focus on what we have
prepared for it. If you have storage or things only meant for teacher use, put them out of sight. We must not
distract the eye with extraneous information.