2017-2018 Montessori Preschool Plans

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.

Materials

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

Language

Culture

  • Continent boxes
  • Geography
    • Sandpaper globe
    • Continents
    • Composition of the Earth
    • Land and Water Forms
  • Holidays
  • Family history/family tree
  • Birthday Celebrations

Science

  • Space
    • Names of planets
    • Introduction to planets
  • Weather
  • Light vs Heavy
  • Sink vs Float
  • Magnetism
  • Zoology
    • Parts of animals
    • Life cycles
    • Names of animals
    • Classifications
  • Botany
    • Parts of plants
    • Life cycles
    • Names of plants
    • Classifications
  • Living things
    • Senses
    • Body Parts

Mathematics

Sensorial

Practical Life

  • Gardening
  • Tying shoe laces
  • Sewing
  • Lacing
  • Gross Motor – climbing, heavy work
  • Fine Motor – cutting complex shares,
  • Care of environment
    • Setting the table
    • Cooking
    • 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.

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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

September

October

  • Continents and Geography (Russia Theme)
  • Humans Body Systems and Human Life Cycle
  • Mini Introduction to bats

November

  • Grace and courtesy
  • Extreme weather
  • Holiday-themed activities

December

  • Holiday-themed activities continued
  • Catch up
  • Break

January

February

  • The Animal Kingdom – Types of Animals
  • Endangered Animals

March

  • Botany – Flowers and Gardening (life cycle of a plant)
  • Types of Insects (including several life cycles)

April

May

  • Peace and Grace and Courtesy
  • Mother’s Day
  • Community Helpers

June

  • Ocean themed activities

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By | 2018-06-22T21:13:44+00:00 September 6th, 2017|3-6 years old, Activites, Kindergarten, Montessori, Parenting, Preschool|4 Comments

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  2. Anji October 12, 2017 at 7:04 am - Reply

    Do u plan for the whole year? Or do you just set the themes at the start of they year.

    June and July are they summer holidays? I’m in NZ, summer holidays are December and January – my son was upset when I said I wasn’t going to do a theme for December as do advent calendar activities & elf on the shelf but he wants a nutcracker theme.

    • Yuliya Fruman October 12, 2017 at 7:22 am - Reply

      I plan for the year more or less, but I know that things can change and that’s okay. I plan out themes based on my work (teaching English at a local school) and more importantly for at home, based on questions my son has and his interests. I keep a notebook where I jot down ideas as we go, or topics that I just don’t have time to answer fully in one go – like when he asks “mama, can you explain the sun to me”. It’s those types of things that I like to review more in depth with these thematic units. I also like to plan new materials that he wouldn’t otherwise know about.

      A nutcracker theme sounds so fun! Will you do one now that your son has asked? I find myself going away from my plans throughout the year, which is really fine! I think it’s more important to follow the child. Like I said, I do like to plan because it gives me a chance to go back to questions that my son has asked or things I see him drawn to throughout the year if that makes sense.

      Have you visited Montessori Nature and Montessori Kiwi blogs? The authors are located in Australia and New Zeeland respectively and I believe they both have printables/materials that fit with your seasons better. I know, I need to go back and add variants for some of my seasonal materials, but they do already and they are wonderful blogs 🙂

  3. Anji October 13, 2017 at 8:05 am - Reply

    Hi,

    Ok that’s good, I had seen a few other blogs that have a plan for the year as well. Do you leave planning the acitivities themselves till time to do them since skills etc change?

    Keeping a notebook sounds like a good idea. Most of the ideas I’ve written are things he said he wants to learn more about. Yes planning by going back and see what questions etc makes sense.

    Yes I am going to do a nutcracker theme, not sure what to do for it thou.

    Thanks, I didn’t know Montessori kiwi had a blog- though I had found their printables on teachers pay teachers. I hadn’t seen the Montessori nature blog, it looks quite good though.

    I asked if they were holidays as I noticed ur plan had nothing for those times, guessing ur summer time & a break? 🙂 I haven’t looked as seasons but found quite a good range of things for Halloween that could be also possibly be used for other units later on.

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