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The Great Lessons are the unifying principle of the Montessori elementary school program. Traditionally the five Great Lessons include The Story of the Universe, The Coming of Life, The Coming of Human Beings, The Story of Writing, and The Story of
Subjects:
Ancient History, European History, World History
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Teacher Manuals, Homeschool Curricula, Montessori
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This 3-part card set (picture, label, paragraph) supports The Story (or History) of Writing. Included are: 12 pictures illustrating the development of writing from cave art to the 15th century; 12 corresponding labels; 12 corresponding "stories" or
Subjects:
Ancient History, European History, World History
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Printables, Montessori
$4.00
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By Open Door Press
The Great Lessons are the unifying principle of the Montessori elementary school program. Traditionally the five Great Lessons include The Story of the Universe, The Coming of Life, The Coming of Human Beings, The Story of Writing, and The Story of
Subjects:
Ancient History, European History, World History
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Teacher Manuals, Homeschool Curricula, Montessori
$0.99
32 ratings
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By Open Door Press
This 3-part card set (picture, label, paragraph) supports The Story (or History) of Numbers. Included are: 12 pictures illustrating the development of numbers from prehistory to the 15th century; 12 corresponding labels; 12 corresponding "stories"
Subjects:
Ancient History, European History, World History
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Printables, Montessori
$4.00
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The Complete Montessori Language Arts Teacher's Manual includes the complete Montessori language arts curriculum for ages 3 to 12 years (preschool through grade six). This manual for teachers describes the rationale for and use of the beautiful
Subjects:
Reading, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Teacher Manuals, Homeschool Curricula, Montessori
$28.00
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This printable timeline (dates 40,000 BC to 2000 AD) can be used for any purpose–sequencing pictures and information about the great civilizations, historical events or personages, world art, or any other development. I used it to show the history
Subjects:
Ancient History, World History, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Printables, Montessori
$4.00
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The story of the English language is a nice extension to the History of Writing (Montessori Great Lesson). This short ebook for teachers contains the story of English, from its roots in German dialects, through the adoption of Latin vocabulary, to
Subjects:
European History, Middle Ages, British History
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Teacher Manuals, Homeschool Curricula, Montessori
$0.99
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One of the most popular Montessori geography activities is "Study of a Country." This national symbol card set is a nice extension to a study of the United States. Included are: 16 printable national symbol pictures; 16 corresponding labels; 16
Subjects:
Civics, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Printables, Montessori
$4.00
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This set of printable spelling rule cards and word lists introduces the child to 25 spelling rules. For hands-on engagement, the child sorts and matches word-cards under each spelling rule heading. Also included are instructions for presenting and
Subjects:
Reading, Spelling
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Printables, Montessori
$4.00
4 ratings
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What exactly is meant by "biodiversity" and "invasive species"? Children will hear these words, but may not have a clear concept of their meaning. This Ecology 101 study introduces children to 22 key ecology concepts that are part of our everyday
Subjects:
Basic Principles, Biology, Environment
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Unit Plans, Homeschool Curricula, Montessori
$7.00
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A phonogram is a letter or combination of letters that represent a sound. This set of printable flashcards and word lists introduces the child to 19 key sounds and the various ways to spell each sound. A word list for reading practice accompanies
Subjects:
Spelling, Reading Strategies, Phonics
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Printables, Montessori
$4.00
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Knowledge of word families helps the child to gain reading fluency and to learn common spellings. These word family cards are a fun twist on the typical word list or worksheet. The child moves word-endings along a column of beginning sounds to
Subjects:
Reading, Reading Strategies, Phonics
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Printables, Montessori
$2.00
3 ratings
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By Open Door Press
Just as we tell The Story of Writing to inspire language studies and The Story of Numbers to excite enthusiasm for mathematics, we can offer our students The Story of Art, giving them a foundation in art appreciation. These art history heading cards
Subjects:
World History, Art History, Visual Arts
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Printables, Montessori
$2.50
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Instructions on using the small movable alphabet to divide words into syllables to help the child with "word attack" skills in reading. Printable word lists for each syllable division pattern and printable small movable alphabets allow the child to
Subjects:
Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Printables, Montessori
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One name is synonymous with birds: John James Audubon. This Audubon cameo is a lovely extension to your study of birds. Included are: 48 printable Audubon bird paintings from his masterpiece The Birds of North America; 48 corresponding picture
Subjects:
Reading, Biology, Art History
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Printables, Montessori
FREE
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By Open Door Press
My elementary students loved looking at and making scientific drawings. For some, art was the beginning of their interest in science. This 2–part card set introduces 12 famous scientist-artists through their beautiful illustrations. Included are 12
Subjects:
Visual Arts, General Science
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Printables, Montessori
FREE
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By Open Door Press
This lesson elaborates on the concept of a map with two presentations: a short history of maps (The Story of Maps) and then a demonstration showing how one can make pictures on a sphere lay flat. Included are: the story to be read to the
Subjects:
Ancient History, European History, World History
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Teacher Manuals, Homeschool Curricula, Montessori
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

20 years as a Primary (ages 3-6) and Elementary (ages 6-12) Montessori teacher, school administrator, and school founder.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Montessori. I've also read the works of Charlotte Mason and Rudolf Steiner, as well as many treatises on classical education. I've read about Kurt Hahn's schools and the founding of Outward Bound, which led to the expeditionary learning movement. And I like E.D. Hirsch's Core Knowledge approach. I see overlap in all of these philosophies, and have incorporated compatible elements into the Montessori environment, while staying true to Montessori principles.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Education: Magna Cum Laude, B.A. Summa Cum Laude, M.A. Practice: The greatest "honor" I have received has been the privilege of serving children in their development with the help of the lovely Montessori philosophy. There have been innumerable "shining moments," as when a child expressed great joy at a new discovery, an unsettled child found peace and comfort in a new activity, or when I could finally step back and watch a room full of children hum with meaningful work.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A., double major in History and Philosophy. Montessori Primary Certification. Montessori Elementary Certification. M.A.Ed.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Many years ago as a young 20-something, I was invited to visit a Montessori school. I instinctively recognized those elements which I had missed in my own education. I quickly noticed the beauty in the environment, the freedom of movement and of choice, the quiet enthusiasm of the teacher, the attractive and seemingly advanced learning materials, and the calmness of the children. Intrigued, I set out to learn more about the method. Since that time, I have studied and practiced the Montessori method as a teacher, administrator, and school founder. After more than two decades in the field, I continue to be inspired by the clarity, order, and beauty of the Montessori materials, and by Dr. Montessori’s profound insights into the developing child. Her innovations grew out of experimentation and keen observation of children across her lifetime, an approach she called scientific pedagogy. I hope you will find these materials helpful in your own pedagogical endeavors. P.S. I love collecting educational ideas and resources on Pinterest! http://www.pinterest.com/meholley/ Also, please visit my blog, A Montessori Lexicon: http://montessorilexicon.blogspot.com/

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