Montessori Scope and Sequence: History
Beginning with lessons on concepts of time intended for the youngest child, and extending all the way to learning about modern forms of government, the History Scope and Sequence was designed to be a comprehensive resource that provides essential information to Montessori guides for classrooms ranging in age from Toddler through Upper Elementary. As was mentioned in the introduction, this scope and sequence was not intended to be a “one-size-fits-all” checklist of all the lessons and materials that should be covered, but instead a resource to select from when planning lessons and recording student progress.
The organizational design of the History Scope and Sequence was created specifically to be used in Montessori Compass. Within Montessori Compass, guides have access to the entire scope and sequence for their classrooms, but can use the organizational structure and search features to efficiently find the exact content they need. It is also important to note that within Montessori Compass, schools and guides can adapt the curriculum, at any organizational level, to meet their own needs.
The History Scope and Sequence provides students with many opportunities to explore various concepts including how the world began, the story of life on Earth and the emergence of the earliest humans. Students also learn about the development of civilizations and about the universal needs of all humans. With these goals in mind, the sequence of the use of lessons and materials is important. All of the content for History is divided into sub-categories and these sub-categories and the lessons within them are listed in the order in which they would be introduced for most children in many Montessori classrooms.
History in Montessori Compass
The History Scope and Sequence is designed to help children explore, understand, and grow into full and active members of their communities. The sub-categories reflect that purpose in their areas of focus. In addition to parent-friendly descriptions, lessons are accompanied by defined measurable learning objectives, referred to within MC as "elements." A guide may choose to plan a lesson such as “Montessori Birthday,” or to plan for a specific element within the Montessori Birthday Lesson such as “Displays an understanding of concept of a year as the time it takes for the Earth to revolve around the Sun through participation in the traditional Montessori Birthday Ceremony.” The same is true for recording student progress. The guide could mark the student’s progress in the general lesson/activity, “Montessori Birthday,” or mark progress within a specific element. *It is important to note that elements, with defined measurable objectives, have been aligned to the CCSS; not the individual lessons.
Viewing History Online
The History Scope and Sequence is displayed on the spreadsheet with the same organization as within MC. For the example given above, the lesson "Montessori Birthday" is listed adjacent to the sub-category of "Exploring Concepts of Time." The parent-friendly descriptions and the associated elements for each lesson are included as well. Please note that when multiple elements are present, the lesson and lesson description are present multiple times. Lastly, the recommended cycle years for the lesson/activity is indicated by an 'X' in the columns on the right.
The viewer contains controls to help you better navigate the S&S. The 4 horizontal lines = Table of Contents, Magnifying Glass = Search, and the Square on right = Full-Screen.