Is there a general order that teachers use for giving Montessori lessons?
Is there a general order that teachers use for giving lessons? The montessori method follows the child and observes what is next for that child. Therefore, I have read in many places that there is no set curriculum to follow. But there are albums that Montessori teachers create. There may be no set time to teach something, but what I am thinking and wondering is, is there a general order or pattern which a teacher might use. I have noticed in the math materials that the pink tower comes before the brown stair and the red rods. I am thinking that I could have the "next" lessons or activities prepared, tucked away, and taken out when the child is ready for it. But how do I know what lessons and activities to tuck away? ~Laura S.
Here is what other Montessorians had to say!
"When Montessori teachers go through training, there's a whole curriculum that goes through each area of the classroom and specifies a lesson progression to follow for each area. It encompasses each three-year age span and beyond."--Samie Facciolo
"Montessori teachers have to be well versed in the sequence of lessons in order to understand the big picture of how a skill is broken down into its component parts. This big picture awareness allows the teacher to introduce the right lesson to a child based on the child's needs at that moment."--Seemi Abdullah of Trillium Montessori
"Here are a few steps I usually follow when giving the child a lesson: 1) It continues the sequence of lessons the child had previously accomplished. The child has to master skills that lead to the next step, the next lesson. 2) I make the decision if this particular lesson can be taught in a small group of children and may benefit someone else, then invite them to join - some lessons are more fun to do in a group of peers. 3) Present the lesson according to the Montessori lesson plan. 4) Ask child/ren if they enjoyed the lesson and then invite them to work on it on their own when they wish in the future. 5) Take a couple photos to include in observation. 6) Make a record in a child's record book 7) Write down what's next for the future reference."--Anastasia Saenko of Montessori Nature
In a Montessori preschool classroom, many of the materials are out and children can choose what they've had a lesson on... advanced materials are brought out throughout the year (for the five and six-year-olds) when they are ready for them.
When is a child ready? If they have mastered other activities, first, or when they show an interest and you suspect they are ready for a lesson.
But what if your child shows little interest in, let's say, the pink tower, but really wants to use the brown stairs. You can still give a lesson on the brown stairs. And if the child is really young, maybe use only five or six brown stairs.
The red rods are a lot harder than the pink tower and brown stairs, so maybe only have three or four small ones out if you are not sure if the child is ready, then gradually add them in. If you have older children who can do the red rods, then only show the younger child how to take one out and carry it across the room, then put it back. They take another one, out, carry it, put it back, etc.
You have wiggle room, sometimes it is common sense! Other times it is based on your observations. And sometimes you just don't know until you try (whatever it is) out. That is, you learn as you go!
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