Shrewsbury Montessori School has aligned the Montessori Curriculum with the Massachusetts State Standards. The SMS Scope and Sequence is similar to the Massachusetts State Standards and Common Core in reflecting what is essential for children to learn in developmentally appropriate periods of time.

The significant difference is Shrewsbury Montessori School does not teach to the test!

Guide to Reading the Shrewsbury Montessori School Scope and Sequence

The SMS Scope and Sequence lists the major concepts that taught in all areas of the curriculum for children attending Shrewsbury Montessori School from preschool through grade six. The document aligns the Montessori curriculum at Shrewsbury Montessori School with the curriculum set forth by the State of Massachusetts.

We listed SMS Scope and Sequence for language, math, cultural studies, indicating by color code typical levels of introduction. We then positioned the MA State standards indicating by number the standard for each concept. For example, within the Math Curriculum, you will see ‘2N5’ in the Lower Elementary 2 column. This is the number for the Massachusetts standard ‘Identify odd and even numbers/numerals and counters (1-10).

While reading this document, it is important to bear in mind the important features of the Montessori Philosophy, which are distinct from traditional methods of teaching.

1. The Montessori science and cultural curriculum is presented in a three-year cycle. Children typically work with the same teacher for three years. Thus a child may receive lessons in a different order depending on when the child enters the three-year cycle.

2. The Montessori Method offers many lessons and hands-on materials to teach the same concept; the teacher observes the child’s readiness and presents the lesson and sequence to suit the child’s individual needs. The child’s individual learning style and development determines the order of lessons, extensions, and practice periods.

3. Montessori curriculum begins with the whole and then progresses to the parts. This approach is exactly the opposite of the traditional system, where children study the parts and see the whole picture only in higher grades. Hence we notice that in areas of science, history and geography the two curriculums differ in the sequence and content of some concepts.

For example, in history and geography, Montessori curriculum begins with the study of the Universe and then focuses on creation of the earth and life on earth. In a traditional system, children learn about their town in younger grades and learn about the world in higher grades.

This document demonstrates the richness of the curriculum that children are exposed to throughout the program levels at Shrewsbury Montessori School for your information and reference. Please contact the school to discuss further!

2011 SMS Scope and Sequence

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