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Montessori Early Childhood Curriculum Samples [Ages 3–6 Years]
Our 3–6 Montessori Teacher Training Diploma Program includes six superior quality, full-color Montessori curriculum manuals that cover the critical stages of development for this age group, setting out step-by-step activities for the Montessori educator to introduce to the children. We encompass ideas past and present that can truly enrich a child's educational and social experiences including, but also extending beyond, a prepared environment and a succinct view of early childhood education.
Six professionally written, full-color Montessori manuals, demonstration videos, and over 1,500 pages of printable support material prepare you to present Montessori activities and materials to children three to six years old.

Theory

Montessori 3–6 Classroom Guide

This is the most extensive guide to the Montessori 3–6 classroom ever published, covering the ideas, principles, techniques, and materials that inspire, inform, and guide all Montessori programs. This indispensable informational companion for the other five curriculum manuals provides detailed, essential topics surrounding the theory, philosophy, and methodology of Dr. Montessori. Some of the topics covered are:

  • Dr. Montessori and the Montessori method
  • Sensitive periods, planes of development, absorbent mind
  • Growth and development
  • The Montessori materials
  • Presenting lessons the Montessori way
  • Organizing a Montessori classroom
  • The typical day
  • Work periods and normalization
  • The role of the teacher
  • Parental involvement
  • Information and resources for new graduates

Montessori Blog Articles

NAMC has created a library of close to 750 articles on Montessori education. Since 2007, we have been building this resource and the articles are searchable by topic. VISIT THE BLOG



Practical Life and Sensorial

Montessori Practical Life Manual

The Practical Life manual begins with an in-depth introduction to the practical life philosophy and methodology to ensure a thorough understanding of this essential part of Montessori education. This includes an extensive focus on the areas, aims, and benefits of practical life, as well as the prepared environment and the method of presentation. Following the introduction, a wide range of practical, real-life activities are offered that assist the child in developing a sense of order, concentration, personal pride, independence, respect for others, fine motor skills, grace and courtesy, confidence and self-esteem. The practical life activities are key in guiding children toward independence and being able to proudly say, “I can do it myself.” The activities are divided into four main areas:

  • Preliminary activities and body movement
  • Care of self
  • Care of the environment
  • Grace and courtesy

NAMC's Printable Support Material on CD

Included with your program, the NAMC curriculum support material CD provides you with hundreds of pages of printable material that correspond directly with the curriculum manuals.


Sensorial Manual

The curriculum outlined in the 3–6 Sensorial manual is unique and significant to the Montessori method of education. Never is the growth potential for sense development greater than during the early years, and Dr. Montessori developed the sensorial curriculum to make the most of this period of development. The iconic and beautiful sensorial materials isolate and provide concrete examples of abstract concepts that are perceived through the senses. The activities presented in this manual help children understand their world through the information received from the environment and lay the groundwork for intellectual life by refining the senses and promoting the development of cognitive skills. This manual covers key Montessori sensorial concepts and activities including:

  • Sensitive periods and the senses
  • The development of the sensorial materials
  • Characteristics and benefits of the sensorial materials
  • Sensorial activities and methods of presentation
  • The three-period lesson
  • Nomenclature Cards
  • Visual activities
  • Tactile activities
  • Auditory activities
  • Olfactory activities

Montessori Early Childhood Videos

Key presentations demonstrating activities and extensions in the areas of sensorial, language arts, and mathematics; all designed to provide you with a visual tool for the early childhood classroom.



Language and Math

Language Arts Manual

The Language Arts manual comprises an active writing and reading program that is based on phonetics and is enriched with a broad range of activities that are dynamic, interactive, and fun. Including all of Dr. Montessori’s original activities, this is a fully integrated program in which all of the materials and resources support each other in a cohesive manner. Starting with oral language development and progressing to associating sounds and symbols and experiencing the function of grammar, the program guides the child toward fluent reading. Some of the topics and activities included are:

  • Oral language activities build a wide range of skills, and focus on vocabulary enrichment, language training, visual discrimination, sounds games, and classification
  • An outline of the natural development of writing before reading, fostering the development of fine motor skills, and facilitating sound consciousness
  • Presenting Montessori language materials and activities, including the Sound Pouches and Games, Metal Insets, Sandpaper Letters, and Movable Alphabet
  • Implementing a sequential phonetic reading program, including comprehensive materials for the Pink Material, Blue Material, Green Material, action words, and sight words
  • Materials and activities that introduce and reinforce the parts of speech, including nouns, articles, adjectives, conjunctions, prepositions, verbs, and adverbs
  • Encouraging and supporting creative writing
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Mathematics Manual

In math, children first explore numbers 1–10, learning about quantities and symbols, and how to associate the two. Through hands-on, incremental learning, the children systematically build on this foundation to learn about the decimal system, numbers to 100, and solving four-digit addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division equations. The activities incorporate Dr. Montessori's carefully designed concrete materials to help children truly grasp and understand abstract mathematical concepts in a gradual and concrete manner. This manual covers important Montessori concepts and activities including:

  • The history of mathematics
  • Presenting mathematics activities
  • Number Rods and Number Cards
  • Sandpaper Numbers
  • Spindle Boxes and Math Step Board
  • Decimal System Bead Material
  • Change (Bank) Game
  • Ten, Teen and Hundred Boards
  • Stamp Game
  • Short Bead Stair
  • Snake Game
  • Skip Counting with Short and Long Chains

Culture and Science

Culture and Science Manual

All children have an inherent curiosity about our world, and the hands-on and exploratory activities and experiments included in the 3–6 Culture and Science manual build upon the children’s connections to the earth, to nature, and to others. Montessori’s early childhood program supports children in their quest to understand the world and themselves by allowing them to explore the world directly, both within the Montessori environment and in the larger world. This curriculum demonstrates the scientific method as the means to explore the world objectively and provides an organized scientific account of the world covering all the major fields of study, including:

  • Cosmic education and peace in early childhood
  • Montessori activities such as circle time, the three-period lesson, matching Nomenclature Cards, and exploring the nature table
  • Geography – explores physical and cultural geography with Montessori Globes, Land and Water Forms, Puzzles Maps, and Flags of the World
  • History – explores the passage of time and appreciates personal history by examining birthdays, personal timelines, family trees, and the changing seasons
  • Zoology – explores living and non-living things, differences between plants and animals, caring for classroom animals, and the five classes of animals
  • Botany – explores the role and purpose of plants in the world. This child centered curriculum introduces the plant and its parts using live plants
  • Science – exciting, hands-on experiments provide active participation with trial and error, exploring natural laws such as magnetism, buoyancy, evaporation, chemical reactions, and light and color
I am very pleased about the 3-6 program I have completed - it is very thorough and truly amazing. I have learned a lot about teaching using the Montessori Method and feel that every program should implement Montessori! The program tutors are exceptionally helpful when needed and are always there quickly to answer any questions. The program format and resources were very easy to follow and cover a lot of information regarding the Montessori Method of teaching. Not only does NAMC have great manuals to follow but also has online videos on how to implement the practices. If anyone is considering taking this program, I highly recommend it !
Tammy Mollison, NAMC 3–6 Graduate
British Columbia, Canada


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