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Montessori Early Childhood Curriculum & Resources [Ages 3–6 Years]

Continuing the groundbreaking tradition we began with our first publication in 1998, NAMC’s Early Childhood curriculum manuals remain unparalleled as the best Montessori curriculum available worldwide. NAMC’s Montessori manuals include clearly written Montessori theory and philosophy, detailed step-by-step instructions, and beautiful full-color images. Professionally produced demonstration videos and full-color curriculum support material complement the comprehensive manuals.

Innovative, beautifully designed, and packed with Montessori theory, NAMC’s curriculum manuals are an essential resource for your early childhood environment.

NAMC Early Childhood Montessori Curriculum

  • Montessori 3–6 Classroom Guide  
  • Montessori Practical Life Manual  
  • Montessori Sensorial Manual  
  • Montessori Mathematics Manual  
  • Montessori Culture and Science Manual  
  • Montessori Language Arts Manual  
  • Curriculum Support Material  
  • Training Videos on DVD
Early Childhood Curriculum Bundle
6 curriculum manuals, training video DVDs, CSM
Full Set of Early Childhood Manuals
6 curriculum manuals
Individual Early Childhood Manuals
Full Set of Curriculum Support Material
Full Set of Training Videos on DVD

NAMC's Individual Early Childhood Curriculum Manuals

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 history and philosophy of the Montessori method
  • Sensitive periods, planes of development, and the absorbent mind
  • Growth and development in early childhood
  • The Montessori materials used in the early childhood environment
  • How to present lessons and activities the Montessori way
  • Organizing an early childhood Montessori classroom
  • The typical day in the early childhood environment
  • Work periods and normalization
  • The role of the Montessori teacher
  • Parental involvement
  • Information and resources for new graduates

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

Montessori Sensorial Manual

The curriculum outlined in the 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, 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 Culture and Science Manual

All children have an inherent curiosity about our world, and the activities and experiments included in this 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 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

Montessori 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

Montessori 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
  • Stamp Game
  • Short Bead Stair
  • Ten, Teen, and Hundred Boards
  • Snake Game
  • Skip Counting with Short and Long Chains

NAMC's Early Childhood Curriculum Resources


Early Childhood Curriculum Support Material

NAMC’s Early Childhood curriculum support material includes over 1,500 pages of full-color printables that correspond directly with the activities presented in our curriculum manuals. The curriculum support material includes Nomenclature Cards, language arts materials, charts, equation slips, practice sheets, templates, and much more. A valuable addition to any Montessori early childhood environment, the curriculum support material provides you with:

  • Full-color, beautifully illustrated Nomenclature Cards that include print and cursive cards for each set
  • The Pink, Blue, and Green Material, a Montessori reading program that includes over 800 pages of printable resources that coordinate with NAMC’s Montessori Language Arts curriculum
  • Math printables that include charts, number slips, equation slips, and practice sheets with corresponding control sheets for self-correction

Early Childhood Demonstration Videos

NAMC’s professionally developed demonstration videos provide you with over 15 hours of key Montessori presentations, conveniently available on DVD. Demonstrations of activities in practical life, sensorial, culture, language arts, and mathematics correspond with the activities in the NAMC curriculum manuals and are clearly presented for you by experienced Montessori teachers. Another tool to help you fully understand the amazing Montessori method!

  • Key Montessori activities are presented in a clear, friendly, and easy-to-follow manner by skilled Montessori teachers
  • Engaging narratives provide supplementary information about the material or activity at the beginning and end of each demonstration
  • Featuring children in many of the demonstrations gives you a realistic look at how teachers present in the Montessori early childhood environment
  • Several extensions are presented in each curriculum area to further enhance your learning

NAMC’s Montessori 3–6 Classroom Guide has helped me immensely, from setting up my classroom to building my routine and schedule. I have shared some of the resources with my assistant teacher and used many of the strategies the first week of school. The background knowledge of child development and Montessori history was extremely helpful for my first parent night as I gave a presentation on what Montessori is and what parents should expect to see throughout the year. I felt confident in my presentation even though it is my first year and I am learning along with the parents. I see this guide continuing to benefit my teaching.
Nicole Lamb, NAMC 3–6 Graduate
Alaska, USARead more testimonials ►

Be ready to guide a child’s keen interest in active learning with over 1,000 pages of Montessori early childhood activities that focus on physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development.