Fall is one in a set of four teaching manuals for the
classroom or home school. The seasonal title is used to
divide the year into quarters and contains plans for the months of
September, October, and November.
Each guide integrates practical
life, grace and courtesy, sensorial, math, language, science and the
natural world, geography, social studies, sign language, music, art,
yoga, and other learning experiences into a purposeful and
interrelated theme. The themes are based on Maria Montessori's own
writings and her "cosmic education."
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to view the sample page.
Working from the whole to the parts,
subjects in the complete set include pre-geography (human body),
Care of the body and classroom, Senses, Feelings, Human Needs,
Family & Community, Grace & Courtesy, Peace Curriculum, Universe &
Solar System, Montessori's Great Lessons, Time Lines, Our Planet
Earth, The Four Elements, The Oceans, Ecology, Food Webs, Our
Continent, Country, State, and City. A study of each of the 7
continents- its geography, people, art, culture, biomes, plants, and
animals continues throughout the year. The child gains an empathy
with all the inhabitants of our planet, a connection with the
natural world, and a greater perspective of where he or she fits
into the universe.
For an overview of the year click
on the "Bird's Eye View" navigation button.
Topics in the Fall guide include: Introductory Lessons, Our Peaceful
Classroom, Introduction of the Peace Table, Nature Table, Care of
the classroom, Care of the classroom animals, Grace & courtesy, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Senses,
Feelings, Human Needs, Family, Community, The Universe, Our Solar System,
Our Planet Earth, The Lithosphere, Minerals, Mountains,
Drifting continents, Volcanoes, Native America, Oceans, Water Cycle,
Magnetosphere, Gravity, Energy, The Atmosphere, Night Sky,
Weather, and Early America.
Montessori material /equipment
is integrated into the curriculum and introduced in sequential order throughout the guides,
but individual lessons are given according to readiness and needs of
The Fall guide introduces the first 48 of 95 yoga poses. The Yoga With Children Cards
are an extra tool to use with the guides, but instructions for the poses are included in the guides.
See more information
or use the "Yoga With Children" navigation tab.
Developed in the primary classroom (ages 3 to 6), the guides are
also used in the elementary (ages 6 to 12) classroom with minor
modification. Suggestions for use with the age groups are included
in the Supplement and in the 2008 guides.
Instructions are given for making
and presenting Celebration of Life- a meaningful way to honor a
child's life accomplishments and birthday.
The set of guides contain instructions for
non-Montessori work. This includes items that are readily available
or that may be hand made.
A Supplement: Instructions for
the Montessori Work, the companion book for the guides,
was created especially for homeschool parents using the curriculum. To see the
Table of Contents page
click here or use the "Supplement to the Guides"
A daily art lesson is presented Montessori style, to be chosen
independently from the shelf. Emphasis is on the joy of process
rather than product. Instructions explain the materials needed, how
to set up the work, and the process or demonstration.
Teachers and home school parents love the theme related book lists.
To see this month’s list click on
"This Month's Book List"
Inspirational quotes by Maria Montessori are throughout the guide.
An important feature is the weekly journal page for daily notes and
classroom observations, quiet reflection, and planning.
The Fall manual is 8 1/2" x
11" with 163 pages (text on both sides). It is
professionally printed and spiral bound to fold back and lay flat while in use.
Created by a
Montessori classroom director and the children in her classrooms
over a period of 15 years.
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