All Five Albums (EC)
These albums are designed for teachers in primary/early childhood classrooms (ages 3 to 6+). Click below to see a preview of the contents and selected lessons from each album.
Practical Life album preview
Language album preview
Cultural album preview
Sensorial album preview
Math album preview
These albums are grounded in the Montessori primary training (early childhood, ages 3 to 6+) but they go well beyond that. They are infused with the teachings of cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology, neurobiology, and MBE (mind, brain, and education). The albums are based on over two decades of work with children (in private and public schools), teacher trainers, and parents.
The Maitri Learning albums were written by Julia Volkman who holds her AMI primary Montessori credential and a master's degree from Harvard University. She has been a recurrent teaching assistant and guest lecturer in Harvard's Neuroscience of Learning course since 2012. Harvard awarded Julia the Dean's prize in 2017 for her research on the Movable Alphabet.
"I am offering these albums because science can not study what is hidden. If we want the Montessori method to be validated through research, we must make the method known to those who would study it. We can look to the success of other manualized programs (like cognitive behavioral therapy) as a model to help improve our teacher education programs."
- Julia Volkman, ALM (Harvard), AMI (3 to 6+)
Unified Presentations Across the Environment
The lessons we offer in each area of the environment build upon and rely upon the others. For example, the way we present the red rods in Sensorial is foundational for how we present the number rods in Math.
But the same can be said for how we present fine art cards in Cultural and how we present vocabulary cards in Language or how we layout flower arranging in Practical Life and how we layout the decimal system beads and cards in Math. If we want to be of the most benefit to the young child, we must embrace the precision and choreography of our lessons across content areas. The lessons in these albums do just that.
Unfortunately, because many teacher training programs employ different trainers (who each use a different album) for different curricular areas, this synergy is lost.
What are Montessori Albums?
Montessori albums are THE resource that all Montessorians look to to support their classroom practice. They contain step-by-step instructions on how, when, and why to present all of the Montessori materials.
In some training programs, teachers-in-training write their own albums. In others, teachers-in-training are given prepared albums. While it may be more advantageous for the adult learner to write their own albums, it is not always feasible for them to do so. An alternative is needed that neither sacrifices the deep learning of the student nor the needs of schools to prepare teachers in summer-based courses. The challenge here is that the training program must adapt to the culture. We must follow the needs of the adult just like Dr. Montessori taught us to follow the needs of the child.
The burden on teachers, particularly those in public schools in high poverty districts, is too great to ask them to leave their training course in the evening only to go home and spend hours writing up their albums. We must not burn our teachers out before they set foot in the classroom.
The new approach that we present gives teachers in training the text-based part of the album but asks them to add both the theory and all illustrations/photos. They are not asked just to take a photo of a material on the shelf, but must take many photos/draw several illustrations of key steps in the presentation of each material: from layout to clean up.
These early childhood albums are a great support for:
- School leaders who need to create a common, school-wide approach across classrooms where teacher's have diverse trainings
- Montessori Instructor's/Teacher Trainers and their students
- Trained Montessori guides looking to increase their knowledge and understanding of the pedagogy and align their practice with the authentic teachings of Dr. Montessori
These albums alone are no substitute for a teacher preparation program. For that reason, when you order, please list your existing credential or training program in the comments field.
The Instructor's albums include:
- All theory
- Photos/illustrations clearly showing the key parts of every lesson
- All text-based information for each lesson
- Suggested age to offer the presentation
- Prerequisite lessons (e.g., the Sound game before the sandpaper letters)
- Purpose (also known as the aim, direct or indirect)
- Materials needed
- Step-by-step instructions for the Presentation
- Step-by-step instructions for all following exercises
- Pedagogical notes
- Accommodations (for select materials)
Guide (teacher-in-training) Albums
Montessori teacher's are called Guides because they don't do a lot of direct teaching. Instead, they guide the child to use the materials/do the activities they need in an intelligent way. It is the materials/activities that teach.
The Guide's albums include:
- All text-based information for each lesson (just as in the Instructor's album)
- Placeholders indicating where theory or other album elements should be added
- Photos and theory are intentionally omitted so that the guide-in-training will add their own
You can purchase a digital or physical copy of these albums. The hard copy of the albums are printed on high-quality, 3-hole punch paper. No binders or tabs are included. All print-versions come with free access to the viewable PDF of the album.
Viewable Digital Albums
If you don't need a hard copy, you can purchase just the digital albums. These digital albums provide internet-based access to a viewable PDF (non-printable). You will receive an email with a link to a shared google drive. Only your email will have viewing privileges. Contact us if you need access for a group.
Made in the USA; 1,176 pages; full color
ITEM #: ALBALL