Montessori Scope and Sequence: Mathematics
Beginning with lessons intended for the youngest child, and extending all the way to learning about coordinate planes, the Mathematics 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 Mathematics 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.
Students who learn math by rote memorization often have no real understanding or ability to put their skills to use in everyday life. Learning comes much more easily when they work with concrete educational materials that graphically show what is taking place in a given mathematical process. The concrete Montessori Math materials are perhaps the best known and most imitated elements of Dr. Montessori’s work. These elegant and simply lovely materials hold a fascination for most children and adults alike. They proceed through several levels of abstraction, beginning with concepts and skills that are the most basic foundations of mathematics, presented in the most concrete representation, up through the advanced concepts of secondary mathematics, which are represented in increasing levels of abstraction, until the student grasps them conceptually. All of the content for Mathematics is divided into sub-categories that reflect these increasing levels of abstraction. The lessons within each sub-category are listed in order in which they would be introduced for most children in many Montessori classrooms.
Mathematics in Montessori Compass
The Mathematics Scope and Sequence offers a clear and logical strategy for helping students understand and develop a sound foundation in mathematics and geometry. 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 “Spindle Boxes: 0-9,” or to plan for a specific element within the Spindle Box Lesson such as “Demonstrates an understanding of Zero as an empty set using the Spindle Boxes.” The same is true for recording student progress. The guide could mark the student’s progress in the general lesson/activity, “Spindle Boxes: 0-9,” 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 Mathematics Online
The Mathematics Scope and Sequence is displayed on the spreadsheet with the same organization as within MC. For the example given above, the lesson “Spindle Boxes: 0-9" is listed adjacent to the sub-category of "Decimal System: 0-10." 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.