Albums

Click on the elementary Montessori album title for a table of contents where available. Join Us Here! Samples of elementary album pages are also listed where available. The scope and sequence for each album covers the album page titles; it does not cover each individual exercise (this detailed information is provided to Keys of the Universe participants).

All elementary Montessori albums cover both lower elementary and upper elementary – ages 6-12. AMI Montessori albums do not have a distinct line between the two overlapping sub-planes. Please note: there are no 6-9 and 9-12 albums – all albums are ages 6-12, including everything for ages 6-12.

Each album now also has a corresponding support album with additional printables, material guides and a conversational sharing of ideas, tips and tricks to doing elementary Montessori at home and in smaller schools. These resources are available to those who participate in the online support.

Purchase the albums individually, add individual support albums with online discussion community access, or sign up for the “course” and get all albums and all support for one low cost.

MathematicsMathematics sample - Mathematics Scope and Sequence
GeometryGeometry sample - Geometry Scope and Sequence
Geography (earth sciences) - Geography sample - Geography Scope and Sequence
HistoryHistory sample - History Scope and Sequence
Biology (life sciences) – Botany sample - Biology Scope and Sequence
● Astronomy (additional album, not part of the core)
Language and LiteratureLanguage sample - Language Scope and Sequence
● Art and Music
Theory and Support Materials – no scope and sequence for this one, it’s all for you, the adult!

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All elementary Montessori albums will be provided as the course progresses – at your own pace – all at once or a bit at a time.

Looking for individual elementary Montessori albums? Individual elementary Montessori albums by subject area can be found in the following places:
Keys of the Universe Elementary Course Access Site - Select the individual album section; additional service for online support is available here as well.
Garden of Francis - downloadable and printed/mailed options available.
Keys of the World - Album Shop page where all albums may also be purchased in addition to AMI Primary Montessori albums.

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So what are the elementary Montessori children going to study? At primary, the keys of the world were given to the young child; the second plane child at elementary is given the keys to the universe. “The universe is an imposing reality and an answer to all questions. We shall walk together on this path of life for all things are part of the universe and are all connected with each other to form one whole unity.”[1]

The universe is our curriculum!

At the second plane of development, the child has to be given a complete vision in order to understand. He is not satisfied with just the parts. If the adult gives a vision of the whole to the children, then their reasoning minds can start to look for the parts that make up the whole.

In order to give a complete vision to the children, one cannot teach one subject isolated from the others. If one thinks about the various subject areas in a traditional school, such as biology, geography, history, math, language, geology, music, art, architecture, etc. they are all actually intertwined and connected. They are all components of the universe. So they need to go hand in hand with one another. In the casa, the material contains keys to the world. At the elementary level, the presentations contain keys to the universe. Sometimes, those keys are going to be material presentations. Other times, they are going to be story-form presentations.

The task of the adult at the second plane is to give the keys to the universe and how it functions and to the lives of the plants and animals which furnish the earth; that earth that is one part of the universe. Keys like this can only be given by appealing to the imagination.

The vision of the universe is not sensorially available; one cannot just go out and experience the creation of the universe. The only way to help the children experience and understand these things is through imagination. If the imagination is allowed and encouraged to function, then the intellect is helped to grasp these ideas and to understand the universe and how it functions.

Many of the presentations given in the elementary class are, to a large extent, imaginative stories. The stories are often illustrated by maps or charts, sometimes photographs or timelines; sometimes they are done by experiments or demonstrations. These presentations are to give impressions to the child; they are not designed to be exact, precise or entirely factual, as demonstrated in the Story of the Creation of the Universe and in the Story of the Coming of Life. These are two of the Great Lessons given early on in their elementary school year. The children’s minds can work on these impressions and the teacher has piqued their interest; the teacher then helps them to investigate and discover the exact facts for themselves.

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[1] To Educate the Human Potential.