Montessori Scope and Sequence: Language Arts
Beginning with lessons intended for the youngest child in oral language development and extending all the way to lessons in formal debate, the Language Arts portion of the Scope and Sequence was designed to be a comprehensive resource that provides essential information to Montessori guides for classrooms ranging from Toddler through Upper Elementary. As was mentioned in the introduction, this 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.
This Language Arts Scope and Sequence may seem daunting in its print form. We prefer to think that the length of the scope and sequence in print speaks to the depth and comprehensive nature of the Montessori language arts experience. The organizational design 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 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 overall Language Arts category is broken down into sub-categories. Each sub-category contains many lessons pertaining to that general area of study. The sub-categories and the lessons within the sub-categories are listed in the order that they would be introduced for most children in many Montessori classrooms. This will be particularly helpful for guides of Primary classrooms, where children learn to write and encode before they learn how to read, and in Elementary classrooms, where order is important in the continued focus on grammar, vocabulary development and writing mechanics.
Language Arts in Montessori Compass
Language Arts is organized into sub-categories based on 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 "Sequencing a Story with Pictures," or to plan for a specific element within the lesson, such as "Arranges the pictures in the correct sequence to tell a story." The same is true for recording student progress. The guide could mark a student’s progress in the general lesson/activity "Sequencing a Story with Pictures," or 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 Language Arts Online
The Language Arts Scope and Sequence is displayed on the spreadsheet with the same organization as within MC. For the example given above, the lesson "Sequencing a Story with Pictures" is listed adjacent to the Sub-Category of "Concept Development." 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.