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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 If you find anything out of date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.

Math Equation Masters
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.

Dot Game Paper
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 game.

Geography Map Labels
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.

Puzzle Words
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.

Room Labels
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.

US Presidents List
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.
Natural World Chart
Dot game paper
Geography Map labels
Puzzle Words
US Presidents List
Audio Language Lessons
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)
Sorting (mp3)
I Spy (mp3)
Matching (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).

Organizing the Classroom
Here are guidelines for sequencing the shelves in a 3 to 6 Montessori environment. Remember that 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.
Practical Life Material Organization & Sequence
Sensorial Material Organization & Sequence
Language Material Organization & Sequence
Math Material Organization & Sequence

Natural World/Zoology Chart
    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.

Phonetic ABCs
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."

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

Math Overview
    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.

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.)
References For Adults
free downloads
Maitri Learning: Setting the Standard for Montessorial Language Materials