For Small Hands

Montessori for Fours and Fives

Never give to the mind more than you give to the hand.~Maria Montessori

"Thanks for the excellent lessons! They are super. Just the sort of thing we will really enjoy. Wow, a Montessori teacher AND a mind reader!  :) " Monica

What's includes for four- to five-year-olds:

  • Lisa Nolan's Montessori Pre-K and Kindergarten lesson plans and PDFs (Sensorial, Practical Life, Language, Math, and Geography)
  • Lisa Nolan's Montessori articles including Creating a Montessori Classroom/Environment In a Nutshell; Montessori Environment Shelves; The Montessori Adult; and The Three Period Lesson
  • Resources for what to buy or download, and where.  
  • Lisa Nolan's password protected picture galleries
  • Lisa Nolan's suggested monthly time lines
  • Lisa Nolan's outlines with time lines for: The Study of Artists and Their Art; Women Artists, and The Study of Art Styles; The Study of Musical Composers and Their Music; and The Study of Aesop's Fables.
  • One month of free consulting for ages four to nine, via Facebook or email!

Most of Lisa's lesson activities have pictures, some have picture galleries (multiple pictures or photos), and others are text only. The lesson activities are easy to download and save to your computer. Some of the lesson activities can be handmade or prepared with materials from home, others can be bought at Montessori suppliers.

Lisa Nolan's articles:

  • Absorbent Mind: "From birth to six is the stage of the absorbent mind. This is the type of mind with which the human baby, shortly after birth, starts taking in and absorbing the environment in which he finds himself. This is very different from the adult mind. The absorbent mind [of the child from birth to six] is..."
  • Daily Routine and Circle Time
  • The Home Preschool: "The materials you can start with are simple toys, practical life and sensorial materials: also toys, books, simple puzzles, and books that are familiar to the child. Slowly and gradually the young child will be weaned from them and intrigued by more challenging materials. But in the beginning give him..."
  • The Human (Physical) Embryo: "Montessori says the spiritual expresses itself in the physical. Thinkers in every age have been struck by the astonishing fact that a being which at first does not exist should become a man or a woman able to think and to have ideas of his own. The infant starts from..."
  • Independently Working: "Young preschoolers will be exploring their environment sensorially and there are projects you can make for them to do while you work with an older child. The key to it is to have..."
  • Indirect Preparation: "We all learn according to what we already know. One sees, hears, and understands according to what one already knows. Whenever is printed on the subconscious experiences and will determine our reactions, and are a way of handling future experiences. This is the..."
  • The Montessori Adult: "Consistency and continuity are the backbone of the Montessori environment. They are the order which brings security and allows the child to really unfold. The adult’s role in general is to..."
  • Montessori Environment Shelves
  • Nurturing the Child's Home Environment: "The first step is to prepare the child's environment in such a way as to allow your child easy, safe access for both getting out and putting away her belongings, including..."
  • The Sensitive Periods: "The sensitive periods are transitory periods in the child's life during which time she is prompted by an inner urge to focus her attention on certain elements in her environment. The activities and impressions resulting from this activity help the child to..."
  • Siblings and Lessons, and Siblings Working Together
  • The Three Period Lesson: "The Three Period Lesson is a way to present and introduce concepts and new terminology, or the names of  things, to a child: new sounds (letters), numbers (symbols), geometric shapes, colors, and geography forms (like the land and water forms or the continents). It is also a way to..."

Lisa Nolan's other articles:

  • Setting up a Montessori environment
  • Frequently asked questions about how to create a Montessori home environment
  • Creating activities
  • Observing your child in the Montessori environment
  • Get free or cheap materials for making activities
  • Supplies list and a must-have Montessori materials list
  • Recommended Montessori book list (with personal reviews from me)
  • Storing materials & activities
  • Creating a budget for materials & activities

THREE free Montessori ebooks/PDFs by Lisa Nolan (an 11.97 value) included in the fours and fives age group:

1) Montessori in the Home FAQs for Birth to Nine is a 130-page, text-only, printer-friendly ebook (PDF). It addresses the many challenges that parents face when implementing the Montessori Method in a home (or homeschool) environment with children age birth to nine (a 3.99 value)!

The ebook/PDF is divided into several sections:

  • Infant FAQs
  • Toddler FAQs
  • Should You Montessori Homeschool? Questions and Answers
  • FAQs about Montessori Homeschooling
  • FAQs about Montessori Language, Reading, and Writing
  • FAQs about Montessori Subjects
  • FAQs about Behavior-Related Issues when Trying to Montessori Homeschool
  • The Child and the Montessori Environment
  • Montessori and non-Montessori resources

Sample of this PDF:

This ebook/PDF is not a Montessori album.

2) Read and Write the Montessori Way is designed for parents who want to incorporate Montessori language, reading, and writing into their home environment with children age two and one-half to five! This 135 page ebook/PDF (a 3.99 value) includes:
  • over 20 lesson activities
  • a 45-page printer-friendly version (text only)
  • links to password-protected photo galleries
  • resources (like how to make or where to buy)
  • books to read
It is organized by age (three to five), easy to use, go at your own pace!
Sample of this PDF:

3) The Introduction to Montessori Art, Music, and Poetry Plus Planner ebook/PDF is designed for parents who want to incorporate Montessori art, music, and poetry into their home environment with children age birth to nine. This 112-page ebook/PDF (a 3.99 value) also includes an organizer and a three-month planner, as well as:

  • simple lesson activities
  • text only for easy printing
  • links to photo galleries at SmugMug
  • resources (like what and where to buy)
  • suggested books to read

Sample of this PDF:

More info here:


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helps fund Montessori materials, activities, and
books I can get for my special needs son. A big THANK YOU
in advance of any purchases you make! ~Lisa Nolan