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Montessori Scope and Sequence: Geography


Geography is important both as a necessary conceptual framework and spatial orientation, and as a bridge to the development of the child’s understanding and appreciation of the story of humankind and nature. As in other areas of the Montessori curriculum, the children first experience the big picture, then move gradually to the details (ex. names of countries, landscapes, and cultures). With these goals in mind, the sequence of lessons and materials is important. The Geography category is divided into sub-categories that contain lessons sequenced in the order in which they would be introduced for most children in many Montessori classrooms.


The Geography Scope and Sequence is displayed in the following “online magazine” format. Lessons/Materials are listed on the spreadsheet, sequenced the same as they are in the Montessori Compass online record keeping software. Each lesson/material may contain multiple elements, which are tagged to the appropriate cycle year(s). In some cases, parent-friendly descriptions will be listed, designed to help parents gain greater insight into the Montessori classroom.