It’s that time of year again! We are planning our Montessori Homeschool Preschool year! The planner in me adores thinking up our fun activities and getting organized! Bring on the lamination sheets!
Before we dive in, I want to add a disclaimer. As I say each year that I post our plans and goals, these are based 100 percent on Y specifically, his interests, things he asks me to learn, and what I see him being drawn to. When planning for your own Montessori at home activities, it is important to think about what your children specifically need, want, and are developmentally ready for.
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Montessori Homeschool Plans: Preschool 2017-2018
Y asks me questions all the time. No joke. All of the time. I keep a notebook with the bigger questions that I don’t have the answers to, that need to be discussed more thoroughly, or the topics he finds very interesting. When I sit down to plan for our year, it is these things that I take into consideration.
When you plan your unit studies or themes, I highly encourage you to present themes that are based on observing your own children and their specific needs. These themes are not random, nor are they forced, but are based on careful selection of what I think my son needs from me.
- Metal Insets
- Montessori Sandpaper Letters and sand trays
- Montessori Movable Alphabets
- Miniature Language Objects
- Montessori Color Tablets (3rd Box)
- Montessori Globe
- Montessori Golden Bead Material
- Montessori Teens and Tens Boards
- Hundred Board
- Geometric Solids
- Assorted 3 Part Cards
- Art Supplies
- Items for presentations – Mats, Trays, Bowls
Big Goals for the year
- Language – beginning writing and reading in English and Russian
- Math – hundreds board and introduce the decimal system
- First great lesson*
*Y is five years old, and I am really noticing his transition into the second plane in many ways. In other ways, he is very much so a first plane child. However, with these changes coming, I think that I will be introducing him to the great lessons sometime this year. I’m in no rush and haven’t planned anything yet, but at some point during this academic year, I will be introducing the first great lesson!
“So, from the age of three till six, being able to now to tackle his environment deliberately and consciously, he begins a period of real constructiveness.” Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind, p. 152
- Visual discrimination (category objects/cards, what is missing, patterning, sequencing)
- Letter sounds
- Matching objects to Montessori Sandpaper Letters
- Writing letters
- Matching upper and lower case sandpaper letters
- Vowel Tree
- Using the Montessori Movable Alphabets to write simple words (Pink Series and CVC)
- Missing Letters in words
- Pink Series printables and materials
- Consonant blends and digraph introduction
- Plural vs singular
- Farm game introduction
- Word lists
- Assorted 3 part cards
- Continent boxes
- Sandpaper globe
- Composition of the Earth
- Land and Water Forms
- Family history/family tree
- Birthday Celebrations
- Names of planets
- Introduction to planets
- Light vs Heavy
- Sink vs Float
- Parts of animals
- Life cycles
- Names of animals
- Parts of plants
- Life cycles
- Names of plants
- Living things
- Body Parts
- Counting with numeral cards (up to 100)
- Montessori Teens and Tens Boards
- Decimal system (Montessori Golden Bead Material)
- Introduction to multiplication
- Beginning fractions work
- Less than, greater than
- Tying shoe laces
- Gross Motor – climbing, heavy work
- Fine Motor – cutting complex shares,
- Care of environment
- Setting the table
- Folding laundry
This is not an exhaustive Montessori scope and sequence, nor is it a strict plan for us to follow. These are the topics and goals that I have created for my child by thinking about his needs, interests, and developmentally where he is. When deciding on your own plans, it is important to follow your child and focus on what your child’s needs are.
Montessori Homeschool Preschool Plans: Monthly Themes
This year, just like in the past, we will be using unit themes. I love using them because they keep me organized. As far as Yvann goes, I always follow his lead when it comes to our activities and themes. I often gather a few materials to give him an overview of a topic. I gage if I need to go more in depth based on his reaction. If I get 1086 questions (a slight hyperbole) about a topic, I will prepare more works for him to explore. If he is disinterested, I retire the materials for another time.
I do sometimes prepare themes or activities that contain new information for Yvann even if he hasn’t asked about a particular topic. In a Montessori school, you see many different types of activities present at any given time because there are children of different ages and needs present. At home, we do not have such a luxury. Instead, I must pick and choose which activities and topics to present materials for based on what I think my child will find interesting.
As far as the blog goes, I will use these themes to organize myself and produce printables. Be sure to check both the shop and the free printables page regularly for updates. If you want the newest materials sent directly to your inbox, the easiest thing to do is to subscribe to the Welcome to Mommyhood newsletter.
I am also very excited to announce that I have the privilege of working together with Vanessa from Mama’s Happy Hive this year! Be sure to check both of our blogs for awesome resources, printables, activities! Vanessa has such an amazing blog with the most beautiful activities that she lovingly creates for her children. Please, be sure to read about how her homeschooling journey – I am sure you will find so much inspiration!
“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.” Maria Montessori
- Continents and Geography (Russia Theme)
- Humans Body Systems and Human Life Cycle
- Mini Introduction to bats
- Grace and courtesy
- Extreme weather
- Holiday-themed activities
- Holiday-themed activities continued
- Catch up
- The Animal Kingdom – Types of Animals
- Endangered Animals
- Botany – Flowers and Gardening (life cycle of a plant)
- Types of Insects (including several life cycles)
- Earth study
- Solar System
- Peace and Grace and Courtesy
- Mother’s Day
- Community Helpers
- Ocean themed activities
Download your own free Unit Study Planner
- Monthly overview
- 2 types of weekly planning pages
Free Unit Study Planner
Checkout Mama’s Happy Hive for a look at their Montessori at Home Plans for the year!