Affordable History Resources for a Montessori Environment from Montessori on a Budget
In a nutshell, history is first introduced in a Montessori environment by using a time line: a long strip of paper or card stock that rolls across the floor. You then place arrows with the date, definition cards, and pictures on the time line…
History Materials from Montessori Materials
Here are a few Montessori History resources.
The History of The Fundamental Needs of Humans (Horizontal Series) from The Albanesi Educational Center
The History of The Fundamental Needs of Humans (2013 Edition – now sold LAMINATED) consists of 11 sets of material and includes 11 full-color control booklets. Each set includes six full color picture cards, six story cards, and 6 labels. Pictures and story cards measure 5.5″ x 5.5″. Each set is stored in custom-designed plastic pocket. The exercises correspond to the study of the six major historic periods of human development in Western Civilization: Prehistory, Egyptian, Greek, Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Modern Time. The Material Needs included are: Shelter, Clothing, Transportation (Land and Water), Nutrition, Physical Health, Defense, and Communication. The Spiritual Needs included are: Social Acceptance, Art, Religion and Philosophy. A custom made wooden Box for The History of The Fundamental Needs of Humans is available for purchase. The History of The Fundamental Needs of Humans (CME Notes) are available for purchase.
The History of The Fundamental Needs of Humans (Vertical Series) from The Albanesi Educational Center
Dr. Montessori’s study of the Fundamental Needs of Humans depicts how the most basic needs of humans were met in each major period of Western history. The HORIZONTAL STUDY of the Fundamental Needs of Humans focuses on HOW A PARTICULAR NEED WAS MET, such as shelter, in each of the six major periods of history. Students can easily observe the progression of human innovation throughout history. Dr. Montessori also developed an important variation on this material which she called the VERTICAL STUDY of the Fundamental Needs of Humans. In the Vertical Study, the focus of the exercises is on how the most basic needs were met in A PARTICULAR PERIOD OF HISTORY, such as in the Classical Age of Greece. Therefore, in the Vertical Study, the student observes the conditions of human life as experienced within each specific time frame. Prior to the development of this new Albanesi material, teachers who chose to present the Vertical Study of The Fundamental Needs of Humans had to sort, select, and remove Pictures & Story cards from each of the 11 basic sets of exercises and reorganize them in order to illustrate how the fundamental needs were met in each of the six time periods. The removal of cards made it difficult for other students to use the material for the Horizontal Study simultaneously. The efficiency and organization of the Montessori classroom is greatly enhanced when the new Vertical Study material is provided. This set for the Vertical study of the Fundamental Needs of Humans includes a total of six sets of exercises and six full-color Control Booklets: one exercise for each of the major periods of Western Civilization (Prehistory, Egyptian, Greek, Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Modern Time. Each individual set consists of eleven 5.5” x 5.5” color picture cards, eleven 5.5” x 5.5” story cards, and 11 labels for matching and matching Control Booklet. Each exercise is stored in colorful, custom-designed plastic pocket.
U.S. History – Advanced Elementary (2013 Edition) from The Albanesi Educational Center
U.S. History – Advanced Elementary (2013 Edition). This material is suitable for students ages 9-12+ (grades 5-8 and up). It consists of 71 digitally printed Picture Cards,* 71 Story Cards and 71 Labels to match. A vinyl Time Line is now included (T-101-USA). The picture cards begin with the migration of humans across the Bering Strait from Asia to North America and conclude with the Obama Presidency. Nine spiral-bound Control Booklets are also included. To isolate difficulty, students may focus on one set of pictures, stories and labels at a time. * 5.5″ x 5.5″ Light Box Compatible Pictures. Essential Coordinated Materials (Sold Separately).
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