For Small Hands

Montessori Lower Elementary

Children are not things to be molded,
but are people to be unfolded.~Jess Lair

"I'm thrilled to have found your resources. Your material is fantastic!  I have 5 & 8 yr old boys who have been in Montessori school since age 3. I can't afford it any more so they are at home this year."J. P.

What's included for six- to nine-year-olds:

  • Montessori lower elementary lesson plans and PDFs (Math, Fractions & Geometry, Language & Grammar, Science & Physics, Geography, History & Cosmic Education, Botany & Zoology)
  • Montessori articles including Creating a Montessori Classroom/Environment In a Nutshell; Montessori Environment Shelves; The Elementary Child; The Elementary Environment; The Montessori Adult; and The Three Period Lesson
  • Montessori FAQs and Resources for Homeschooling Children Ages Three to Nine
  • Montessori PDF ebooks
  • Password protected 6 to 9 picture galleries
  • Suggested monthly 6 to 9 time lines
  • 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.

1. Language, grammar, and function of words:

  • Phonograms Part One
  • Capital Letters
  • Cursive
  • Article Game
  • Noun & Adjective Game with Farm Animals
  • Logical Adjective & Noun Game (adjective relations to the nouns)
  • Detective Adjective Game with Triangles
  • Phonogram Word Lists Part Two
  • Poetry Basket
  • Simple Punctuation
  • Making Simple Sentences
  • Writing a Simple Essay
  • Conjunction Game with Roses
  • Preposition Games with Roses and Farm Animals
  • Verb Game
  • Verb Command Cards & Function of the Verb (moving towards interpretive reading)
  • Different Aspects of the Verb, exercises with verb tenses
  • Adverb Game
  • Logical Adverb Game
  • Journal Writing One, Two, Three, Four: keeping a daily journal for writing practice
  • Advanced Phonograms
  • Story about reading: "A Pair of Spectacles"
  • Introduction and Technical Presentation of The Secret Message (a reading exercise)
  • Two Different Levels of Reading (words and sentences and logical reading)
  • Reading Level, Words Activities
  • The Function of Words * Grammar for Reading and Writing Introduction
  • Nouns: Function of the Noun, The Noun Family, and The Multitude Story (the meaning of nouns)
  • Definite and indefinite articles with article box activities including writing labels
  • The Verb Family: verb, adverb, pronoun; and VF charts
  • A World of Grammar: conjunction & preposition
  • Interjection, an Introduction
  • Function of the Interjection: activities, name and etymology and symbol
  • The Grammar Boxes, an Introduction
  • The Noun Grammar box

2. Math:

  • Introduction to Math (brief review for 3-6)
  • Introduction to Golden Beads 1-1000
  • Introduction to Symbols 1-9000
  • Golden Beads & Symbols (Function of the Decimal System & Symbols)
  • Formation of Complex Numbers with Golden Beads and Symbols
  • Simple Addition with Golden Beads
  • Addition or Positive Snake Game
  • Addition Strip Board
  • Subtraction Simple with Golden Beads
  • Addition Charts
  • Subtraction Negative Snake Game
  • Subtraction Negative Strip Boards
  • Subtraction Charts
  • Carrying
  • Dynamic Addition with Golden Beads
  • Dynamic Subtraction with Golden Beads
  • Skip Counting
  • Subtraction Stamp Game
  • Subtraction in Stages
  • Cube Chain of Five
  • 100 Chain
  • 1000 Chain
  • The Stamp Game
  • Simple Addition with the Stamp Game
  • Simple Subtraction Stamp Game
  • Dynamic Addition with the Stamp Game picture gallery here
  • Dynamic Subtraction with the Stamp Game
  • Multiplication Tables with Colored Beads
  • Multiplication with Golden Beads
  • Dynamic Multiplication with Golden Beads
  • Simple Division with Golden Beads
  • Multiplication with the Stamp Game
  • Dynamic Multiplication with Stamp Game
  • Multiplication Board
  • Multiplication Charts
  • Dynamic Division with Golden Beads
  • Long Division with Golden Beads
  • Short Bead Frame
  • The Dot Game Addition
  • Linear Counting with 100 Bead Chain advanced
  • Powers of Numbers (Bead Board of Powers)

3. Geometry:

  • Introduction to Geometry
  • Introduction to the Square of Pythagoras
  • Square of Pythagoras
  • Cones & Cylinders
  • Cubes
  • Polygons
  • Prisms
  • Pyramids
  • Geometry Commands 1-39 (39 activities)
  • The Line and Its Parts
  • Nomenclature and Details of Geometry
  • The Sticks
  • Presentation of the Plane
  • Position of a Straight Line
  • Three Concepts from Space to the Plane
  • Two Straight Lines Lying in the Same Plane
  • Two Straight Parallel Lines
  • Divergent Lines
  • Convergent Lines
  • Prolonging the Lines
  • Study of Angles


  • Introductory Lesson
  • Naming
  • Halves
  • Thirds
  • Fraction Tickets (writing fraction symbols)
  • Equivalents
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division

5. Science preschool 3 to 6 experiments:

  • Bubbles
  • Air
  • Sink & Float
  • Boats
  • Syphon
  • Two Jars
  • Post Card
  • Candle in Glass
  • Shadows
  • Three Stages of Matter
  • Magnet Sort
  • Hidden Magnet
  • Compass

6. Geography

  • Intro to Geography: "The child in the Montessori environment needs to perfect her senses. After six years of age she realizes that there is a larger environment than her family and she wants to..."
  • Needs of People of the World
  • Spiritual Needs of People of the World
  • Environments
  • Flags-
  • Peace Education: "The essentials of education for peace are built into the Montessori curriculum at every level.  At the preschool stage when children are in an absorbent state of mind (Philosophy & Psychology), they are exposed to the Continents of the World and the Peoples of the World (Geography Curriculum), thus providing the basis for a global view of life and humanity's part in it. At the elementary stage students are..."
  • Land Forms Construction
  • Land Forms Presentation
  • Land Forms Make Cards ("Cutting Land Forms")
  • Land Forms and Globe
  • Land Forms Nomenclature
  • Impressionistic Geography Charts Experiments Introduction--text only
  • Impressionistic Geography Charts Experiments 1 to 44--text only
  • Impressionistic Geography Charts Set One 1-28a--access to online picture gallery

7. History, telling time, and Cosmic Education:

  • Birthday Time Line (first introduction to concept of history and time)
  • The Clock first lessons
  • Telling Time lesson
  • Introduction to Concept of Actual Time lesson
  • Hour
  • One Half Hour
  • One Quarter Hour
  • Minutes
  • History Introduction (Elementary)
  • History from Maria Montessori's Pedagogical Anthropology, Introduction
  • Introduction to Concept of Regular Unit of Measure (Time)
  • Calendars, One Year Time Line, Child's Life Time Line and Family Time Line, and A Short History of Child's Life
  • The Year and Its Parts
  • Introduction to Cosmic Education
  • God Who Has No Hands
  • Fundamental Needs of Man/People for 6-9 (Review)
  • History of Fundamental Needs of Man/People: Stages in Progress of Civilization
  • The Clock of Eras
  • Time Line of the Clock of Eras
  • Clock of Eras Definitions
  • Clock of Eras online picture gallery
  • History of Creation: The Story of the Drop of Water for the Clock of Eras (The Second Cosmic Tale)

9. Botany and zoology:

  • Botany Introduction
  • Botany Outline
  • Plant Experiment
  • Mono cot and Di cot
  • Parts of a Real Plant, Leaf, Root
  • Parts of a Plant Cards
  • Parts of a Flower Activities
  • Zoology Introduction (review 3 to 6)
  • Zoology Outline (3 to 6 and 6 to 9)
  • Zoology Animal Classified Cards (review 3 to 6)
  • The Study of Nature--text only: Outings
  • The First Knowledge of the Animal Kingdom: Classified Nomenclature for Zoology: Animal Story Card Games--with pictures (knowledge of animal kingdom and reading practice)
  • The animal stories for the above--text only (46 stories in all, invertebrates and vertebrates)
  • First Classification of the Animal Kingdom: introduction with zoology charts & labels including invertebrates and vertebrates
  • First Classification of the Animal Kingdom continued with zoology charts and definitions
  • Classified Nomenclature for Internal & Other Parts of Vertebrates: a more detailed study of vertebrates as they relate to evolution/creation (fish, amphibians, reptiles)
  • Classified Nomenclature for External & Other Parts of Vertebrates: a more detailed study of vertebrates as they relate to evolution/creation (birds, mammals)
  • The labels for the classification charts (55 labels)

10. Physics 6 to 9 experiments (part of the Great Lessons curriculum and Cosmic Education)

Physics experiments set one:

  • Cold--freezing
  • The formation of the star
  • Solid, liquid, gas
  • Liquid, viscous
  • Passing from solid to liquid to gas
  • Passing from gas to liquid to solid
  • Particles which love each other and which don’t (mix)
  • Chemical combination of gas
  • Crystallization
  • Chemical reaction
  • Precipitation
  • Properties of solids, liquid, and gas
  • Elastic, plastic, rigid
  • Matter changes at different temperatures
  • Law of gravity
  • Rapidity of cooling and mass of bodies
  • Volcano
  • Matter expands when it is heated
  • Quick evaporation

Physics experiments set two (32 experiments, too many to list)

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