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Zero to One Download plus printed labelsZero to One — Electronic Download Plus Printed Labels

Have you found staying true to teaching fractions and decimals with materials to be challenging? If so, you are in good company! Many have been frustrated by how easily problems that are computationally straightforward exceed the capacity of the Montessori fraction materials, and by the lack of brain-engaging follow-up activities for impressionistic or experiential lessons.

Fear not! Zero to One addresses all of these issues and more.

Activities and problems are carefully sequenced to isolate each detail of fraction and decimal exploration to reveal both the computational process and the sometimes-subtle relationships hidden within fraction and decimal operations.

This product includes not only Montessori-material-friendly command cards and problem sets, but a review for teachers of the process of teaching fractions with materials (a frequently requested refresher), tags and charts for giving lessons, masters for paper-pencil activities for the children, and Controls of Error. Most of this comes to you as a downloadable .pdf (87 pages) with ready to print Command Cards, Charts, and Activity Sheets.

The Tags (194 tickets on 14 pages) and the Problem Cards (127 problem cards + 12 section labels on 24 pages) are printed on labels that will be mailed to you – we have found that the formatting that is so critical to getting the print to align with the tickets varies from platform to platform, so printing these yourself could be frustrating. When the labels arrive, simply adhere them to card stock and laminate!

87 page Downloadable Digital File (pdf) plus printed labels. Price: $165.00

 
 
IMPORTANT NOTE: Until construction of our new website is complete, we will manually send links to the “Zero to One” and “Divided Fractions Skittles” PDFs since our current system is not able to send these links automatically. We will send the links as soon as we see completed orders, but it may be up to 24 hours before we see the orders come in. We eagerly anticipate a seamless and instantaneous link delivery when our new site is online! Please email me (John, the website guy) at johnerwin(at)juno(dot)com if you have any problems related to ordering or receiving your products. Thank you!

 
 

Zero to One Download only Divided Fraction Skittles
 
 
Teaching fraction division with materials is a phenomenal way for children to discover the real relationship to fraction multiplication, but the number and types of problems that we can give to the children is limited by the fact that most wooden divided skittles only go as small as 1/4 or 1/5. This downloadable .pdf has photographs of a unit skittle with a fraction superimposed on it to represent fractional skittles from fifths to tenths. It also includes blanks so that you can write in whatever fraction you wish. Expand the number and types of problems that you can give the children and lead them to the real reason that “invert and multiply” works!

 
 

14 Pages — Downloadable Digital File (pdf). Price: $10.00

 
 
 

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LANGUAGE

Not Your Grandma’s Grammar
Not Your Grandma’s Grammar Charts
American Indian Naturalists
Not Your Grandpa’s Composition
Un-Vilifying Verbals
Homophones
Syllabication

MATH

The Fine Art of Deciphering Stories
Solving Story Problems – Math Facts
Hierarchy of Numbers
Streets in Infinity
Making Math Facts Memorable

SCIENCE

Physics of the Earth
Botany Nomenclature Cabinet
Map Studies

CLASSROOM LEADERSHIP

Monograph Volume I
Monograph Volume II
Monograph Volume III
Monograph Volume IV
Monograph Volume V
Monograph Volume VI
Monograph Volume VII
Monograph Volume VIII
Monograph Volume IX

 

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LANGUAGE

    Not Your Grandma’s Grammar!

Teach your children to be Grammar Detectives! Use this systems-based approach to Montessori Grammar to reason out grammatical constructs. Logic and predictable patterns help make symbolizing and analyzing especially fun and accurate. More importantly, when parts of speech and sentence analysis are woven together rather than being taught in isolation, they produce a gestalt – an understanding of language that is greater than the sum of the knowledge of the two isolated parts. Lessons are arranged in a spiral-staircase sequence in which topics are revisited at higher levels of sophistication as the sequence progresses. Most lessons have a suggested follow-up that incorporates generative writing activities so that the children get immediate practice implementing the language constructs that they have just studied – the ultimate “third period”! Not Your Grandma’s Grammar! is suitable for children from grades 3-7, and presumes prior exposure to Montessori Grammar, including facility with recognizing and symbolizing nouns, articles, adjectives, and verbs.

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151 Pages — Instant Download Digital File (pdf)   Price: $40.00 

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Lockhart Learning Not Your Grandma's Grammar Charts Thumbnail    Not Your Grandma’s Grammar – Charts

Sixty-five full-color charts illuminate parts of speech and sentence analysis. Paperless classrooms can keep these charts on an i-Pad for teachers’ use during lessons and for children’s reference during follow-ups; consider asking children to copy them into their language folders as part of the work of the hand.  Paper-based classrooms can print out the charts as needed for lessons, and post them on the wall for children’s reference.  These charts are indexed to track with the lessons in Not Your Grandma’s Grammar, but can be used in conjunction with traditional Montessori grammar lessons from other sources; it is suitable for children from grades 3-7, and presumes prior exposure to Montessori Grammar, including facility with recognizing and symbolizing nouns, articles, adjectives, and verbs.

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70 Pages — Instant Download Digital File (pdf)   Price: $30.00 

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American Indian Naturalists
Ten short paragraph sets for symbolizing describe Native American practices, revealing a bit of their deep understanding of the natural world long before the advent of modern scientific studies in agriculture, astronomy, and medicine.  Some paragraphs also include interesting botanical facts.  All information within this material comes from The National Museum of the Native American in Washington DC, thus ensuring that content is authentic and stereotype-free. These ready-to-use symbolizing activities can be an individual or partner activity. Print and hand out for immediate symbolizing work or laminate for children to transcribe and then symbolize.
Note:  for an informative article on the use of  terms American Indian and Native American, please see http://www.learnnc.org/lp/editions/nc-american-indians/5526 and others.

What does each 3-4 sentence paragraph include?


Writing mini-lessons (Extensions) with this material

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76 pages containing 10 paragraph sets, each at two levels, with Controls of Error and corresponding isolated sentences for activities in paragraph / essay construction.

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Not Your Grandpa's CompositionNot Your Grandpa’s Composition!

Literacy is like a spider’s web.  Not Your Grandpa’s Composition isolates the foundational skills underpinning the writing process, beginning with a discussion for teachers about skills associated most closely with reading.  Activities that enhance children’s  working vocabulary, along with lessons on the writing process systematically empower children to weave their own web of literacy.  Writing instruction builds skills systematically from writing sentences, to expository and narrative paragraphs, to essays; each lesson isolates a particular skill leading children to be confident, capable writers.  Please refer to the table of contents in the Sneak-a-Peek to see the full range of topics covered.  Not Your Grandpa’s Composition is suitable for use with Montessori or traditional educational models, with children of grades 3-6.

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68 Pages — Instant Download Digital File (pdf)   Price: $30.00

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Un-Vilifying VerbalsUn-Vilifying Verbals: Infinitives, Participles & Gerunds

If you allow children to write and symbolize their own sentences, you have undoubtedly run into verbals, an essential part of spoken and written language! What are verbals? Quite simply, verbals LOOK like a verb but ACT like something else: nouns, adjectives or even adverbs. (Take a Sneak-Peek to see sample sentences and their controls of error). You may have first been introduced to infinitives, participles, and gerunds in middle school or high school; there, many of us were told that verbals were hard and complicated. Properly presented, verbals are great fun because of their puzzle-like nature.
Give the gift of verbals to the most inquisitive linguists in your class! Un-Vilifying Verbals begins with a discussion of each of the three types of verbals and a rationale for how to symbolize them. There are then 22 pages of sentences and controls of error providing three levels of challenge. Sentences have all been written to reinforce Montessori elementary cultural content in the belief that cross-curricular application provides relevance and reinforces key learning.

This material is geared towards Upper Elementary and Middle School students.

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28 Pages — Instant Download Digital File (pdf) Price: $10.00

 

 

Homophones    Homophones

One of the most difficult tasks teachers face is inspiring children to use conventional spelling for homophones.  Yet proper spelling of homophones is critical to success in communicating in a way that inspires respect for our ideas.  A misplaced homophone, where we fail to choose the write spelling in our righting, can cause the reader to think less of the content of our message.  Homophones uses a multi-modal approach and higher-order thinking to help children internalize the spelling–meaning connection for pairs (or trios) of sound-alike words. Homophones is suitable for use with Montessori or traditional educational models, with children of grades 3-5. Spelling by the Rules, a parallel spelling program, is under development.

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77 Pages — Instant Download Digital File (pdf)   Price: $15.00 

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Syllabication     Syllabication

Over the course of a 9-week period, children encounter 7 types of syllables in words of increasing complexity. This analysis slows the children down to think about why a syllable (and thus, a word) is spelled in a given way. While Syllabication was designed to help those who struggle with decoding and spelling, accomplished spellers enjoy the puzzle-like feel of the process and become more attentive to roots and affixes. Those who struggle with spelling look upon it as a welcome break from spelling, without realizing that they are learning to be better spellers! Teachers who have adopted this program have commented that there is an unanticipated benefit of vocabulary enrichment, as children tackle words of greater and greater sophistication.  Syllabication is suitable for use with Montessori or traditional educational models, with children of grades 4-6. The first 4-5 chapters may be introduced to children in grades 2 or 3. Spelling by the Rules, a follow-on spelling program, is under development.

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MATH

 


Deciphering Stories  The Fine Art of Deciphering Stories

This work teaches children a system for translating story problems from words to symbols.  Four detailed, sequenced lessons take children through isolated difficulties: equating keywords with an operation (+, -, x, /, =); recognizing those keywords in story problems; writing equations from information in stories; and linking the information from a story to a question to solve the problem.  Stories are written at two vocabulary levels; young children can be introduced to the process using keywords that they can easily recognize and then build to more complex keyworks.  Older children can combine card sets or use the more advanced set to address the same concepts.  Once children have mastered the process with manipulative cards, they can transfer these skills to paper-and-pencil by using highlighters.

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 53 pages — 194 cards, 8 Controls of Error, 4 Detailed Lesson Plans
for Sequenced Lessons and Activities at Two Levels

 Instant Download Digital File (pdf) Price: $30



Story Problems Number FactsThe Fine Art of Solving Story Problems – Level One: Math Facts

This work extends “The Fine Art of Deciphering Story Problems” into solving mathematical problems. Level One gives children practice with basic math facts using cross-curricular subject matter. In this manner, children apply acquired deciphering skills to select the proper operation to be used while reinforcing knowledge from biology, astronomy, geography, geometry, grammar, and more. This work provides a segue to more advanced operations stories with whole numbers.

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40 problem cards, 4 Controls of Error

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Lockhart Learning -- Hierarchy of NumbersHierarchy of Numbers Command Cards and Story Problems

Nothing better enables a passion for math than a firm foundation in numeration.  Montessori materials support this with the elegantly simple system of color-coding according to place value within a number family.  Montessori children work with these materials successfully every day, and yet some do not internalize the physical reality of numeration.

This card set (sized to fit into a drawer organizer for pencils or spoons) contains thirty leveled, engaging, mathematical and cross-curricular activities using traditional Montessori materials designed to help children become better grounded in numeration.  Please click the Sneak-a-Peek button to read more about these cards and see several sample command cards and story problems.   Suitable for ages 6-11.

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30 Command / Story cards with Control of Error

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Streets in Infinity Lessons

Streets in Infinity

This is a creative, engaging story-based pair of lessons designed to teach numeral nomenclature while reinforcing place value.  This version extends the original whole-number lesson (variously credited to many people) to include a second presentation introducing decimal nomenclature.  Lessons are available as a free download.  The material sets have been designed with precision to work with the Montessori connected nylon bead bars when delivering these lessons. The material sets are described below:

 

 

Streets in Infinity foam people set* Streets includes all of the pieces that require precise cutting, professionally die-cut from primary and pastel hierarchical-colored craft foam: 42 skittle-shaped cuts to assemble 21 “people”, and 4 mailboxes with comma posts. White glue is required to prepare this material. The digital lessons PDF will be delivered to your email address after you check out.

Price: $45.00 plus S/H  For orders to be shipped to U.S. addresses, shipping and handling charges will be added during checkout. For international orders, we will invoice you for additional shipping costs after we receive your order.

Streets in Infinity foam cutouts* Complete Streets includes everything needed for the lessons except the bead bars and hierarchical numerals: all materials from StreetsPLUS 5 houses and 6 apartments drafted onto brown craft foam, as well as nomenclature labels and signs printed onto card stock. White glue and simple straight-line cutting are required to prepare this material. (Laminating is left to the discretion of the teacher). The digital lessons PDF will be delivered to your email after checkout.

Price: $60.00 plus S/H  For orders to be shipped to U.S. addresses, shipping and handling charges will be added during checkout. For international orders, we will invoice you for additional shipping costs after we receive your order.

 

Making Math Facts MemorableMaking Math Facts Memorable

Do you feel that mastering math facts (+, x, -, ÷ tables) is harder for children now than it once was? You are not alone! Recent research indicates that activities with manipulatives are important in developing automatic recall; however many children will not spontaneously memorize facts solely from experience with them, nor from problem-solving activities.

GOOD NEWS: we can use current thinking on brain-based learning to better support children without significant increase to the teacher’s record-keeping or instructional time! We can mindfully use Montessori materials to greater advantage while fostering independence and interdependence amongst the children, and get better results in the process.

This 74 page monograph is peppered with minor modifications to lessons that you are undoubtedly currently giving, as well as new games and activities. It describes stages in the child’s development of math facts mastery, a scope and sequence based on those stages, a simple structure for children helping children in the classroom, and fun activities for home to increase number sense and to practice facts. Whether you simply use this monograph as a resource for appealing new lessons and activities, or fully implement the suggested structure within your classroom, you are sure to see renewed interest and greater success with facts mastery!
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74 Pages — Instant Download Digital File (pdf) Price: $25.00

 

SCIENCE




Users Guide to Physics of the Earth     A User’s Guide to Physics of the Earth

Montessorians are trained to present lessons in the concrete – but who has access to an equipped science lab? And what if science isn’t my thing? Who has time for all that research!? And what if I teach it wrong? User’s Guide to Physics of the Earth is a collection of over 70 lessons including presentations, diagrams, charts, experiments and follow-up activities that can be done mostly with things found in the kitchen and garage. In these lessons, physical science concepts are experienced concretely, through experiments, while Earth science concepts are experienced more abstractly through models and diagrams.The title, Physics of the Earth reflects the overall approach of the lesson collection and of Montessori education in general: teach from concrete to abstract. Children experiment with forces and simple machines (physical science) before studying the effects of forces within the Earth like faulting and folding (Earth science). Children’s experiments with light and sound give them a concrete basis for understanding the abstract concept of energy moving through the Earth in earthquakes. Experiments in chemistry make the rock cycle more understandable. Work with static and current electricity arcs (pun intended) to studies of weather.

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414 Pages — Instant Download Digital File (pdf)   Price: $65.00 

BOTANY CABINET

 

Lockhart Learning Botany Card SetsBotany Nomenclature Cards

Nomenclature fascinates elementary age children.  Developmentally, they are ordering their world in an effort to better understand it abstractly.  Four-part botany nomenclature cards (name, definition, drawing with an isolated feature, and control card) lead the child to explore the rich diversity of botany while learning valuable terminology.  The sequence of cards models the Montessori philosophy of progressing from broad concepts to increasing levels of detail.

These card sets use the more current nomenclature system, which segregates the root as a separate system from the above ground shoot system.

 

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Lockhart Learning Nomenclature for Beginning BotanistsNomenclature for Beginning Botanists includes an introduction to the plant systems below the ground (roots) and above the ground (shoots).  Five introductory card sets include Plant Systems: Roots and Shoots, Parts of the Root System, Types of Roots, Parts of the Shoot System, and Growth Forms of the Shoot System  (total 22 nomenclature concepts).  Also included are black-line masters of the pictures for each Parts of . . . card set to enable children to create their own booklets as a follow-up activity.Note that for emergent readers, teachers may elect to make only the picture and name cards accessible to the children, reserving the definition cards for lesson presentation and/or for more advanced readers.

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Lockhart Learning Nomenclature for Flora FansNomenclature for Flora Fans builds upon the basic set for Beginning Botanists with additional card sets delineating five “parts of …” elements of the shoot system, including Parts of the Stem, Parts of the Leaf, Parts of the Flower, Parts of the Fruit,  and Parts of the Seed.  This card set also includes Parts of the Bulb  (total 39 nomenclature concepts).  Also included are black-line masters of the pictures for each Parts of . . . card set to enable children to create their own booklets as a follow-up activity. Teachers please note that bulbs are a type of subterranean stem rather than a part of the shoot system.  They are included in this card set simply because bulbs are often brought into the classroom for dissection for young children.

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20 Pages — Instant Download Digital File (zipped pdfs)   Price: $29.00

 

 

Nomenclature for Ecology Enthusiasts completes the studies initiated with Beginning Botanists and Flora Fans, with up to thirty additional card sets detailing each part of the shoot system. These advanced card sets provide not only source material for lessons, but also resources for children to research specimens that they bring to class or observe in nature.  Card sets within a given part of the shoot system are organized such that the student can progress independently to levels of greater sophistication and finer detail if his interests so lead him.  See individual and bundled pricing for this set, below.

Builder’s Single-Part Approach: add the card sets one part-of-the-shoot-system at a time for those building their botany curriculum over several years.

 

Lockhart Learning Stems Nomenclature CardsStems: stem placement; growth form of aerial stems; types of erect stems; types of buds; bud placement on the stem; types of subterranean stems (total 18 nomenclature concepts)

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11 Pages — Instant Download Digital File (zipped pdfs)   Price: $12.50

 

 

Lockhart Learning Leaf Nomenclature CardsLeaves: types of leaf shapes; types of leaf margins; types of leaf veins; leaf placement on the stem; types of leaves; types of compound leaves; compound leaves and leaflets (total 34 nomenclature concepts)

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18 Pages — Instant Download Digital File (zipped pdfs)   Price: $24.00

 

 

Flower Nomenclature Cards -- Lockhart LearningFlowers: types of flowers; types of flower symmetry; types of flower placement; types of flower arrangement; types of inflorescence; types of calyxes; types of  sepals; types of petals; parts of the stamen; parts of the pistil; positions of the ovary (total 34 nomenclature concepts). Also included are black-line masters of the pictures for each Parts of . . . card set to enable children to create their own booklets as a follow-up activity.

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Fruit Nomenclature CardsFruits: types of fruits; types of pericarps; types of succulent fruits; types of dry fruits (total 11 nomenclature concepts)

 

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Nomenclature Cards for Seeds -- Lockhart LearningSeeds: types of seed plants; types of angiosperms (total 4 nomenclature concepts)

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2 Pages — Instant Download Digital File (zipped pdfs)   Price: $3.00

 

 

 

Ecomonical Approach: (save 10 % over the single-part price of $71): add the full complement of 30 card sets to the teacher’s digital resources in its entirety, printing card sets as the changing seasons trigger children’s interest.  (Some like to study stems and leaves in the fall, saving flowers, fruits and seeds for spring studies.)

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30 Card Sets — Instant Download Digital File (zipped pdfs) Price: $64.00

 

 


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MAP STUDIES

 

“Bird’s Eye View”: Perspective Drawings as an Introduction to Map View

Map reading is a practical life skill, often assessed in standardized testing.  Bird’s Eye View leveled lessons and 4-part cards provide children with experiences that transition from concrete to abstract, looking at familiar items from a variety of perspectives.

Children begin this process examining manipulative items found in a classroom (“Can you hold your pencil in a way that makes it look like a pink circle?” ).  Soon after, they graduate to medium scale items such as playground equipment, and then to large scale items like buildings and roads, providing an easy transition to the abstract and symbolic process of map reading.

Each of the three leveled card sets comes with both a watercolor and a black-line master for each card.   Color is recommended for the initial presentation, reserving the black-line version for children’s practice to remove what will by then be unnecessary color cues.  Also included is a detailed lesson plan for all three presentations.

Suitable for Montessori, traditional, and home-school settings, for children from grades 1-3.

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Lockhart Learning -- Map StudiesCommon Topographic Features: Recognizing Common Features on a Contour Map

Contour maps add the dimension of elevation to two-dimensional mapping.  They are an invaluable resource for outdoor workers and recreational enthusiasts, and a powerful addition to an orienteering and outdoor–ed curriculum for older children.

These 4-part cards (with lesson plan) familiarize children with contour map representations of common topographic features like hills, valleys, mountains, and cliffs.  They also integrate positive, comparative and superlative adjectives (tall mountain, taller mountain, tallest mountain) to lead children to intuit “rules” of contour mapping such as the concept that more densely spaced contours indicates steeper terrain.

Suitable for Montessori, traditional, and home-school settings.  These cards have been used with children as young as 6 with appropriate preparation, but they are most suitable for children from age 8 to 11.

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CLASSROOM LEADERSHIP




Monograph 1    Monograph Vol. I -Introduction to Montessori at the Elementary Level

 

Explore how Montessori philosophy is implemented in classrooms. Learn how the three elements in Montessori education – the child, the classroom environment, and the adult – work together like three legs of a stool supporting the child’s learning. See how Montessori’s Planes of Development are manifest in 3-year classroom groupings, enabling teachers to simultaneously meet the intellectual needs of individual children and the developmental needs of the whole class. This monograph, Introduction to Montessori at the Elementary Level, is suitable for Montessori teachers seeking a reminder of first principles, for Montessori parents wanting to better understand the philosophy behind the workings of their child’s classroom, or for home school teachers seeking to better understand and embrace strategies for implementing Montessori philosophy in their own classroom.

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Lockhart Learning Monograph Volume IIMonograph Volume II: Designing the Classroom Environments

One of the most fundamental elements in The Montessori Method is the prepared environment.  This monograph is filled with photographs, charts, checklists, and samples of how to talk the children to optimize the four elements of the prepared environment: physical, behavioral, emotional and spiritual. When these four elements are seamlessly designed and implemented, the classroom is transformed from a place to master “reading, writing and ‘rithmetic”, to a place where academic and social maturation is achieved in a safe and nurturing environment; a place where children can find their passion.  Designing the Classroom Environments is suitable for new and experienced teachers who are looking for a fresh outlook with new, proven techniques for creating a more peaceful, more productive working environment.

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Lockhart Learning Monograph Vol IIIMonograph Volume III: Planning Work in the Montessori Elementary Classroom  

The Montessorian’s dilemma: how to structure lessons to keep the child on the leading edge of her learning curve while exposing her to sufficient variety to help her find her passion.  Whether you are looking for a way to synthesize the tremendous volume of potential lessons into a manageable implementation plan, for a way to insure that nothing and no one slips through the cracks, or for a set of tools to initiate conversation between classrooms or levels, this monograph is for you.  Practical demonstrations of the process of long- and short-term planning including considerations and tools, sample curricular plans, and sample benchmarks make this a valuable part of a teacher’s tool-kit.  The companion piece, Structuring Work in the Montessori Elementary Classroom, adds the dimensions of teacher record-keeping and student work structuring leading to a normalized classroom.

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Lockhart Learning Monograph Vol. IVMonograph Volume IV: Structuring Work in the Montessori Elementary Classroom

Montessori education is characterized by individualized lessons and work, only possible when the teacher has a record-keeping system that tracks presentations and follow-up work in a manner that conveys an abundance of information while being simple and straightforward to utilize.  Student work plans that reflect the child’s evolving ability to read and his developing concept of the passage of time are vital to guiding children towards meaningful work while holding them accountable for their use of time.  This monograph provides plentiful samples of all of these vital tools, along with a discussion of structuring the days of the first week of school to establish children’s skill levels and facilitate the normalization of the classroom.

The companion piece, Planning Work in the Montessori Elementary Classroom, demonstrates the process of designing a plan for delivery of lessons, including sample plans, benchmarks and tools.

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Lockhart Learning Monograph Volume VMonograph Volume V: Feedback and Grades in the Montessori Elementary Classroom

How do we provide sufficient respectful feedback to a child to inspire her to dizzying new heights of knowledge and achievement without her becoming discouraged, risk-averse, or dependent upon adult affirmation of the worth of her work?  Feedback is indeed an art.  This monograph discusses techniques for efficiently providing effective, higher quality feedback to the child while maintaining sufficient records on her work to enable reporting to parents or administration.  Succinct discussions and demonstrations of different types of feedback, including how, when and why they work, make it more possible to rely on these alternatives to grades and praise.  This monograph also includes a brief discussion on the merits and hazards of homework, and on integrating specials and specialists into the classroom.

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Lockhart Learning Monograph Volume VIMonograph Volume VI: The Use of Effective Observation in the Montessori Classroom by a Prepared Adult

One of the most vital and most underutilized tools in the Montessorian’s tool-kit is Observation.  Observing children at work (or not at work) from a completely objective viewpoint can bring clarity to the most perplexing problems.  Solutions that arise from objective observation have a much higher likelihood of successfully bringing about change than those that come from frustration or instinct.  This monograph provides discussions and reflections geared to help teachers become the “prepared adult” that Dr. Montessori believed in, and to become more objective and purposeful in observations.  In this way, teachers form visions that are, “at once precise, like that of a scientist, and spiritual, like that of a saint.”  The companion monograph, Formal Observation Tools and Techniques, is filled with samples and instructions for a variety of formats of recording observations for analysis, documentation, or establishing patterns.

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Lockhart Learning Monograph Volume VIIMonograph Volume VII: Formal Observation Tools and Techniques

Experienced Montessori teachers observe constantly, interpreting instantaneously, and reacting purposefully to modify the lesson/ environment or redirect a child fluidly.   Yet there are times when these skills fail us.  Something eludes us.  This is the time for formal observation.  Writing our observations objectively opens us to new interpretations and allows us to document what we see in ways that can be shared with others, free of interpretation.  This monograph provides discussions and samples of many narrative and sampling styles of recording, each with its own merits.  It also demonstrates that even formal written observations need not be time consuming.  All that is required is knowledge and discipline.   The companion monograph, The Use of Effective Observation in a Montessori Classroom, provides discussions and reflections geared to help teachers examine their paradigms to make observations as objective as possible.

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Lockhart Learning Monograph Vol. 8Monograph Volume VIII: Partnering With Parents

Maria Montessori believed in educating the whole child.  To do so effectively takes more than just the classroom teacher; it requires partnership between the teaching team and the family of the child.  This monograph explores the process of teachers developing and strengthening relationships with parents; it walks through time-tested processes to establish trust even before children arrive in the classroom, building parents’ understanding of Montessori and strengthening their confidence in the teacher throughout the year, until a true partnership is built.  There are suggestions and key strategies for conferencing with parents when there is nothing but good news to report and for when there is difficult news to respectfully and empathetically share.  Additionally, there are tips for making effective use of parent volunteers.

The companion piece, The Rest of the Partnership, explores developing partnerships throughout the rest of the team: assistants, specialists, administrative and facilities personnel, with particular emphasis on assistant roles and training strategies, and fruitful teaming with specialists.

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The Rest of the PartnershipMonograph Volume IX: The Rest of the Partnership

Many people contribute to the classroom success of the child: parents, teachers, assistants, specialists, administrators, support staff and others.  If these relationships are managed as collegial teams, everyone benefits; but no one benefits more than the child.  This monograph explores the process of teachers developing and strengthening relationships with assistants and others; it walks through time-tested processes to identify roles of for the assistant, to select and to train her, until a true partnership is built.   It also discusses the role of the teacher in the many other teams that support the child in his elementary years, helping the teacher become ever more responsible and effective.

The companion piece, Partnering with Parents, explores developing a true, effective partnership with parents including building trust, conferencing with parents, and effective use of parent volunteers.

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