Montessori Christian Homeschool Preschool Curriculum
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The Raising Kingdom Warriors Montessori Christian Homeschool Curriculum is a complete program for primary aged children (2.5 to 6 years). Year 1 can serve as both a preschool and kindergarten curriculum.
Montessori homeschooling is made fun and easy with daily lesson plans, a full scripted Teacher's Guide, student printables, and engaging lessons!
The curriculum includes Bible devotionals and learning trays, as well as Montessori lessons in: beginning phonics, handwriting preparation, math, sensorial, shapes, and colors.
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The Raising Kingdom Warriors Montessori Christian Homeschool Curriculum is a complete program for primary aged children in preschool or kindergarten, falling in the age range of 2.5 to 6.
Montessori home education looks different than a traditional preschool or kindergarten homeschool, and it looks different from a Montessori school. Different is good, and this curriculum is written specifically for you to succesfully guide your child at home!
- Acting as the homeschool directress, you will guide your child through hands-on, Sensory Bible Devotionals at morning time.
- The Teacher's Guide walks you through how to create a Bible Basket.
- At your first circle time of the work period, children will be presented with Bible Songs, a retelling of the week's Bible Story, and a Sensorial, Math, or Bible Tray presentation.
Free Choice Time
- In true Montessori fashion, your child will then enjoy a "work period" at home where he or she gets to experience freedom within limits while choosing the activities for the day from your prepared environment.
- There are plenty of "helps" in the Teacher Guide to aid in establishing a productive work period, including defining "yes" choices and "no" choices in a child-friendly way.
- To close your work period, you will meet again for "second circle" where your child will be invited to listen to a carefully chosen picture book read aloud then to a language or color/shape presentation.
The vision of this curriculum is to help homeschoolers leap over the learning curve and dive directly into implementing Montessori at home with a step-by-step guide.
In the pages of the Teacher's Guide (TG), you will find an Annual Scope and Sequence, a full Materials List categorized by month, a biweekly preparation guide and materials list, a Weely Lesson Grid showing each day's lessons, and individual lesson presentation notes for each day.
Annual Scope and Sequence
The Annual Scope and Sequence is the easiest way to see an overview of what will be introduced to your child throughout the year. This is a great way to keep a succinct record for homeschooling evaluations, too.
Full Materials List
A full materials list for each subject (Language, Sensorial, and Math) is included and categorized by month. You can choose to shop for materials annually or buy in chunks to avoid a large up-front cost.
You can also do most of the curriculum without any materials whatsoever, so please don't let the cost of Montessori Materials be a hindrance to you employing the Montessori Method at home!
Links and prices are included for four different online Montessori shops, as well as Amazon.
Preparation Guides are included biweekly to help you prepare your environment. You will find lists of materials and supplies needed for each subject plus a list of Student Printouts that need to be printed and/or prepared for the two-week period.
Weekly Lesson Grids
Weekly Lesson Grids break down the day's lessons by subjects within the following four categories: Bible Devotional (Morning Time), First Circle, Free Choice, and Second Circle.
You will know exactly what to present and when to present it! For the how, you can turn to the Daily Lesson Presentation notes (see next section)!
Daily Lesson Presentations
- The Daily Lesson Presentations are your guide to streamlined Montessori homeschooling!
Instead of lugging around several bulky albums and fumbling to find the right lessons at the right time, all that work has been done for you and placed into an easy-to-follow guide, broken down by day!
- Lesson Presentaton Guide Sample
Setting up a Montessori learning environment is no small task, but using this curriculum makes it very doable for the busy homeschooler!
Every two weeks, the Teacher's Guide will prompt you to set up your shelves for the upcoming lessons. Preparation is extremely important in a Montessori environment, so don't skip this step!
You can use under-bed storage boxes, a shelf in your living room, or a whole homeschool room! The materials introduced each month are of a very manageable quantity, and you can rotate out materials as you finish with them or as your child loses interest in them.
Montessori Materials are a vital component of the Montessori curriculum, but they do not completely define Montessori education. In fact, you can do Montessori without expensive materials!
One of my goals with this curriculum was to make it as Budget-Friendly for homeschoolers as possible. One way you save money is knowing exactly what to purchase and when by using the Materials Shopping List.
Below, you will find other ways to save money. Choose one of the five Options that works best for your family to get you started with your materials purchase!
Option #1: Budget-Friendly
Don't buy anything! Use all of the printables included in the curriculum. Some of the Montessori Materials and lessons will need to be skipped if you cannot DIY them, but there will still be plenty to do with your child!
Option #2: Limited Monthly Budget
Purchase the materials on a monthly basis, as they are needed in the curriculum. Use the Montessori Materials Shopping Guide as a reference to know what to purchase each month.
Option #3: Necessities
Only purchase the Montessori materials that are absolutely necessary and cannot be made easily at home. If a material is available as a Student Printout or a simple DIY material, it will not be included in this list.
Purchase the following:
- Knobbed Cylinders (Month 1)
- Pink Tower (Month 2) - you can make with woodworking tools
- Brown Stairs (Month 3) - you can make with woodworking tools
- Red Rods (Month 4) - you can make with woodworking tools
- Geometric Solids (Month 8) - you can use a non-Montessori version!
Option #4: Whole Package
Purchase all of the materials yourself using the Materials Shopping List.
Option #5: Customized Package
Purchase only the materials you want! Use the Montessori Materials Shopping List as a guide!
This is a Christian Montessori Curriculum. We cover one Bible story every two weeks, allowing ample time for review and discovery with each story. The Bible story is told via a set of Sensory Bible Devotional Cards, then followed up with an oral storytelling of the Bible story, and reinforced with Bible Learning Tray activities. We also sing a Bible Song each day that corresponds to a letter sound we are learning that week.
Sensory Bible Devotional Cards
The Sensory Bible Devotional Cards were made for little hands and little hearts, but they can be used with every member of your family, as God's Word is timeless. The devotionals are scheduled for Morning Time.
There are five cards for each Bible story.
On the back of each card, you will find a Memory Verse (stays the same all week), a Sensory Item Supply List (super simple - I suggest placing these in a plastic sandwich bag along with that day’s card for easy access in the mornings), a Bible Reference directing you to your real Bible (not a Children’s Bible) to read aloud the corresponding verses telling part of the Bible story, and a short Devotional of what exactly you can say to your child to bring out scriptural truths in a kid-friendly way! There are also directions on how to use the sensory items if it is more than just “handling” them. Lastly there is a one sentence Prayer to conclude your time together!
We start our work cycle with a Bible song each day! The songs correspond to a letter sound we are learning that week. There are links to YouTube videos for each song in the Annual Scope and Sequence Grid, as well as the Daily Planning Grids.
Each phonetic sound group has a Bible Song Booklet (found in the Student Printouts) with lyrics for each song.
One of the goals of this curriculum is for you and your child to become storytellers.
In ancient Hebrew culture, parents and grandparents would tell these same Bible stories - from memory - to their children and grandchildren.
In addition to the devotionals, the parent-guide will practice telling the Bible story in the first Circle Time with hand gestures, props or a felt board (optional), and voice dramatization.
In each week’s guide, you will find page numbers for reading the Bible story from The Complete Illustrated Children’s Bible (TCICB) by Janice Emmerson and the Betty Luken’s Through the Bible in Felt Teacher’s Manual (BL). If you want to use one of these two options, you will have to purchase the book separately.
To make telling the story even easier, the Bible stories are also printed in the Teacher’s Guide (TG) from The Children’s Bible by Henry A. Sherman (1922). You can choose one of the three methods to tell the story multiple times each week.
Bible Learning Trays
Lastly, to go along with each Bible story, there are three Montessori-Inspired Bible Learning Tray Activities to reinforce learning. These are meant to be set out on your Bible shelf presented with formal Montessori-style lessons that are scripted in the Teacher’s Guide (TG). These Bible trays cover a variety of topics and subjects, and each one relates to the Bible story of the week.
The goal of Montessori math is to give your child a sensorial experience of the language of mathematics before the age of 6 that can be built upon her entire life.
God created children to identify and seek out order. We are helping them to develop their mathematical minds by providing rich, hands-on experiences with the mathematics materials.
Further preparation for mathematics is inherent in the sensorial and practical life activities found in a Montessori homeschool environment.
In the first year of our three year primary cycle, your child will be introduced to
- concrete representations of numbers 0-100,
- the symbols of numbers 0-100,
- adding small quantities,
- relative quantities,
- the concept of even and odd,
- and skip counting by tens.
We introduce one new math work every other week, with many extensions, allowing your child ample time for exploration.
There are specific lessons scheduled in the Weekly Lesson Grids. If your child is not ready for the math concepts as scheduled, just move through in the order they are taught in the TG. The Math Presentation Cards and Montessori Math Workbook are perfectly tailored for moving through them at your child’s pace.
Below you will find three options for using the Math portion of the curriculum. Choose whichever one fits your space, budget, and personality!
Montessori Math Materials (Option #1)
Option #1 is to use the Montessori Math Curriculum as written in the Teacher's Guide. You will want to purchase all of the Montessori Materials using the Materials Shopping List as your guide.
The math lessons are written out in the Teacher's Guide (TG), with the specific day's lesson presentation found within the day's Lesson Presentation Guide section of the TG.
The math lessons can also be found in the Math Presentation Cards in the Student Printouts. These you can cut apart, store on a binder ring, and keep on (or near) your math shelf. This method helps when your child chooses a math material during "Free Choice" and you want to give a new lesson at the time your child shows interest (rather than flipping through the TG to find the next lesson on that material.)
Montessori Math Student Printouts (Option #2)
Option #2 is to not buy any materials at all. There are Student Printouts for all of the materials you will need for the math presentations, with the exception of a few easy to make materials, such as the Spindle Box. (You can use labeled toilet paper rolls and popsicle sticks!)
Montessori Math Workbook (Option #3)
Option #3 is to use the Montessori Math Workbook - Primary Book 1 as a supplement to the physical materials and lessons within the Teacher's Guide or as a substitute for the physical materials. The Workbook pages are fully scheduled within the Teacher's Guide for ease of teaching!
NOTE: You will have the option to add-on the Montessori Math Workbook at a discounted price at checkout.
We follow the Montessori approach to writing before reading. This is the BEST way for a child to learn to write and read, and it is so much fun!
The letter sounds are introduced in groups, using games.
Throughout this first year of primary, your child will be introduced to all 26 letter sounds plus 14 double letter sounds, for a total of 42 phonetic sounds. We do not go in order of the alphabet. We go in an order that offers easier visual distinction between letter sounds, as well as lending to the maximum amount of words that could be constructed.
Along the way, as your child shows interest, you can introduce your child to the movable alphabet. Your child will start building words with the movable alphabet before he starts reading words. Essentially, this is writing before reading. Your child “writes” words with the help of the movable alphabet.
The format of the Montessori Reading Games Workbooks - Level 1 and Level 2 makes preparation and setup a breeze! You can keep all of the work inside the workbook and prepare the activities as you go. Everything you need is included in the Workbook! If you prefer to turn the Workbook into “shelf work,” that is very easy to do with the way the materials are designed. 😀
NOTE: The Montessori Reading Games Workbooks - Levels 1 and 2 are included with the purchase of the Year 1 Curriculum! Both print and cursive versions are included with the digital download. If you order a printed curriculum, you will have the opportunity to choose cursive or print.
To learn more about the Montessori Reading Games Workbooks, click here!
You can’t get the full breadth of the genius of the Montessori curriculum until you experience the sensorial materials. These are physical materials, designed and tested by Dr. Montessori and the scores of Montessorians after her. These materials are truly the “backbone” of the Montessori primary classroom. These are the “sense” materials that help the child distinguish size, shape, texture, smell, taste, weight, sound, temperature, and more. Since we are homeschoolers, I have laid out a scope of materials so you can choose to add them in increments that work for your family and your budget. Many can be homemade, especially if you have access to some woodworking tools!
With the sensorial materials, there is a preferred order and a specific way to give your child a lesson on the materials so that the materials are not misused and their purpose is preserved. Just like for the math lessons, I have made “presentation cards” to help you give presentations to your child “on the fly” and with ease. You don’t have to memorize anything, although practicing ahead of time is highly recommended!
As your sensorial collection grows, you can keep the materials set out in your environment if you have the space to do so. You will find your child going back to the sensorial material often, especially when he needs a break from more taxing work this year and in the years to come.
The way we learn shapes in this curriculum is kind of a “Montessori Homeschool” hack. This first year of primary is a great year to have children solidify their knowledge of shapes. Montessori classrooms use a set of metal shape insets with 10 shapes to do two things: 1. Prepare the hand for writing, and 2. Learn the names and forms of shapes in preparation for geometry. These are a beautiful component of the Montessori classroom. We use the insets one at a time to teach shapes and provide a means to prepare the hand for writing.
You can set this activity up however you would like. You can have all of the insets available, choose one each month, or set one out at a time as a “growing” collection available to your child. I suggest you clear a space for your metal insets and introduce one at a time as you get to it each month in the TG. Once you are “done” with that shape, you can add it to the shelf that will eventually contain all of the metal insets.
Each month, you will introduce the listed shape and set up a tray containing paper, a shape book cover, colored pencils, and the inset. You will also demonstrate how to use the inset with the colored pencils. This is a progression in and of itself, which prepares the hand for forming letters.
A cutting and pasting activity goes along with each of the shapes: strips of paper containing real images that match the shape your child is learning each month. She will have more opportunities to strengthen her fingers for writing by cutting and pasting the images into her shape book throughout the month.
To round out the study of each shape, the child will be prompted to find a particular shape in picture books, on nature walks, and around the house.
Each month, we focus on one color and add it to our color box! Use the Color Box #2 tablets or make your own with the provided Student Printout. You can even use paint chips from the hardware store to make your own color tablets!
In addition to the growing color box, we make a color book. You can set up a tray, similar to the shape tray, with the color book, the printable color cutting strips, and different art media that you change out often in the color of the month. Have fun on a color nature walk, indoor scavenger hunt, and finding colors in picture books!
The metal inset work contributes to the child's pencil control, and each month a new way to use the insets is introduced. These insets make beautiful geometric designs. The children create booklets each month showcasing their inset and shape work, as well as their work with colors. The art media used for the color work each month varies according to what the parent-guide chooses to set out for the child.
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Why Montessori + Bible? Why a "curriculum"?
Let me start off by telling you my story. It may or may not sound a little like yours.
Let's face it: preschoolers and kindergarteners aren't that into desk work. You can buy amazing textbooks, print loads of fun, beautiful worksheets, purchase the best packaged curriculum, and even get fancy pens and markers for your child to "learn." I did all of that and more. If you're like me, you ran into a wall. My kid didn't like to sit still. She also didn't like to be told what to do constantly. [She still doesn't.] She definitely didn't like me to help her. [Yes, still true.]
I have a Montessori-inspired homeschool setup for my girls. And I love it. I love it so much. When we were first getting started, I decided to create a Montessori-inspired Bible shelf where my children could freely explore what they were learning in the Bible in an even more tangible and memorable way, and the effects have been life-giving.
This grew into a full-on primary Bible curriculum! We still use real Montessori materials in our prepared home environment for our academics, employ the Montessori Math Workbooks for table time, and I still place emphasis on following my child's interests. But, I have created a Montessori-inspired curriculum that is centered around the stories from the Bible.
Whether you choose to work at your dining room table, in a full classroom, or in a more Montessori-style environment where the activities are set up on trays and placed on shelves, this curriculum will fit seamlessly into your home (or school). Each activity in every subject lends to the "tray" format, where you can choose to set out the work on a tray. The work can be displayed on a shelf or brought out at learning time.
We cover a range of subjects every month in our curriculum. The primary-aged child is in a unique stage of life where her vocabulary is exponentially increasing. By exposing our children to rich learning experiences at this age, we are giving our children the keys to the world - the language to describe, experience, and remember - forever. I had a hard time (and spent a very long time) figuring out how to "do Montessori" at home. There are so many things and so many subjects. Following manuals and setting up for learning took a ton of research. So, I knew I needed a concrete plan in a more traditional "lesson plan" format. That is what I follow, and that is what I offer you in this curriculum.
Can I use this Curriculum if I am not a Christian?
Absolutely! Just to be fair, there is a bulk of the curriculum that is rooted in the Bible. You can see the Sample Pages to know if this is a good fit for your family!
I know some families are in need of a "Charter School" version of the curriculum in order to purchase the curriculum with state funds. This is definitely something I am considering for future endeavors. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you fall in this boat, so I can gauge interest!
Where can I learn more about Montessori education?
There is a plethora of Montessori information out there, and I know this can be overwhelming! I suggest starting by reading Montessori Today: A Comprehensive Approach to Education from Birth to Adulthood by Paula Polk Lillard. From there, you can move on to Dr. Maria Montessori's own writings. Start with The Discovery of the Child.
A very helpful organization is Montessori World Educational Institute. Their website, montessoriworld.org, contains free video trainings and some links to Montessori's own writings for the primary level.
How can I make this work with babies/toddlers and older kids in the mix?
Absolutely! But don't think you won't have to put in the work to prepare the environment to suit the range of ages in your house! We have always had babies and toddlers underfoot, and I give some practical tips inside the pages of the curriculum. You will have to figure out if open shelving is an option for you (maybe yes if you can gate off an area or only keep materials in a homeschool room.) You may choose to create "shelves" by placing activities in lidded boxes or in underbed storage containers. You may need to make use of thick rubber bands or higher shelves. You may need to place trays out of reach and bring them out only during work time. However you choose to use this curriculum for your family is the right way. There is no "wrong" way to use this curriculum in your homeschool!
If you have older children who are using Montessori principles or are not using Montessori principles, they will appreciate that the younger siblings have their own work to do to keep them occupied during homeschool time! I find my littles are much more busy with the Montessori curriculum than any other curriculum or program that is completely parent-directed. It helps my older child tremendously to have her younger siblings busy working, too!
Can I use this curriculum with a 2.5 year old?
Many parents are eager to start a home Montessori program as soon as possible! I was this way, and I do not regret any moment I have spent homeschooling any of my children. If you are ready to start, I do encourage you to start! There are some aspects of the curriculum that a child of 2 ½ may not be ready for, so I wanted to give you a few ideas of tweaks you may need to make in the areas of Language, Math, and Practical Life.
Language = Definitely play sound games. Feel free to introduce the sandpaper letters. You may want to wait on the other sound games and any work with the movable alphabet. You could go through the Reading Games Workbook twice. The first time, just play the sound games and introduce the sandpaper letters. Once you go through all of those lessons, start back at the beginning and play the other games: BINGO, Letter/Picture Match, Sound Books, Clip Cards, and My Letter Sound Adventure. You can try introducing the movable alphabet in the second round, but your child may not be ready for this until closer to age 4. You could save the movable alphabet activities until your child is ready or plan on going through the Workbook a third time to hit the movable alphabet activities.
Math = You may want to skip math this first year! I know, I know. It seems crazy to skip math. But the sensorial components of the Montessori curriculum are an excellent preparation for math. You can wait several months to start the math work or you can add math in when you go through the curriculum a second time.* (Year 2 is set to release in July 2024, and it will have options to include the math and language components from Year 1.)
Practical Life = While this curriculum does not have scheduled practical life work in the guide, you are encouraged to involve your child in the day to day activities of managing and maintaining your home: cooking, cleaning, organizing, beautifying, etc. With a 2.5 year old, you may want to include some practical life shelf work like pouring, scooping, transferring, cutting, rolling, squeezing, pasting, etc. I find that it is not necessary even at age 2.5, but it is always an option, especially if you are looking to offer more activities to lengthen your child’s attention span for the work period.
Not quite ready to start?
Check out the 1-Year-Old Montessori Christian Homeschool Preschool Curriculum! It's free, and it can definitely fill in the gaps if you have some time before your child is ready for the primary curriculum.