Our Curriculum

Basic Montessori Curriculum

8-12A good Montessori school provides a solid and balanced program for age 3 – 6. Subject areas typically include:

  • Practical Life
    • care of self
    • care of the environment
    • grace and courtesy
  • Sensorial
  • Math
  • Language / Preparation for Reading
  • Science
    • botany
    • zoology
  • Art
  • Physical Geography
  • Cultural Geography
    • music
    • cooking
    • crafts

Extra subjects that we include are:

  • Foreign Language
  • Music
  • Movement
  • Art History / Appreciation

Below is a detailed listing of our more detailed curriculum (specifically Geography, Science, Sign Language, Music and Art History):


CK Montessori’s Detailed Monthly Curriculum

At CK Montessori we have a few subject areas that change every month.  We have a 2 year science curriculum that we rotate.  Every other year we either teach about Plants and Insects or Animals.  See the details of the science curriculum below.  We have also laid out our geography curriculum in more detail in addition to the sign language words that we teach each month.

(You can look up the sign language words on this online ASL dictionary.)

*2018-2019 School Year*

Plants & Insects Curriculum

  • September: 
    • Geography
      • Land / Air / Water
      • Transportation
    • Science
      • Plant Introduction
      • Fruits,
      • Living / Non-Living
      • Plant / Animal
    • Sign Language Words – please, thank you, excuse me, manners, nice, work, sit, walk, listen
    • Music
      • High / Low sounds
      • Mozart – Mozart’s 12 Variations on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
    • Art History – Still Life / Portrait / Landscape, van Gogh
  • October: 
    • Geography – Land Forms (island, lake, bay, peninsula, strait, isthmus)
    • Science
      • Leaves
      • Spiders
    • Sign Language Words – weather, today, sunny, windy, rainy, cold, cloudy, foggy, I, my, wait, patience, turn, bathroom, hungry, thirsty, again, clean
    • Music
      • Loud (forte) / Soft (piano) sounds
      • Intro to the Montessori Bells
      • Vivaldi – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Fall)
    • Art History – Still Lifes – flowers, van Gogh
  • November: 
    • Geography -Names of the Continents
    • Science – Deciduous Trees
    • Sign Language Words – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, brown, black, white, grey, gold, circle, square, triangle
    • Music
      • Fast (allegro) and slow (andante)
      • Rimsky-Korsakov – Flight of the Bumble Bee
      • Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata
    • Art History – Still Lifes – fruits and vegetables, Cezanne
  • December: 
    • Geography – Europe
    • Science – Evergreen Trees
    • Sign Language Words – bear, bird, duck, horse, frog, cat, dog, sheep, fish, children, teacher
    • Music
      • Stomp/clap (pre-rhythm reading activity)
      • Tchaikovsky – Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker (March of Trepek)
      • Percussion
    • Art History – Portraits, Vermeer
  • January: 
    • Geography – Asia
    • Science
      • Stems & Vegetables
      • Insect Intro / Ants
    • Sign Language Words – finished, yes, no, help, like, don’t like, want, don’t want, good, bad, with, without
    • Music
      • Quarter notes
      • Vivaldi – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Winter)
      • Strings
    • Art History – Portraits, Avercamp
  • February: 
    • Geography – Africa
    • Science
      • Worms
      • Roots
      • Root vegetables
    • Sign Language Words – feel, how, happy, sad, love, I love you, heart, valentine, sorry, grumpy, excited, scared, eager, lonely, ashamed, proud
    • Music
      • Eighth notes
      • Strauss – Strauss’ Tritsch Tratsch Polka
      • Woodwinds
    • Art History – self portraits, Cassatt
  • March: 
    • Geography – South America
    • Science
      • Seeds
      • Ladybugs
    • Sign Language Words – shirt, pants, dress, skirt, shorts, shoes, socks, jacket, hat, flowers, hearts, stripes, polka dots
    • Music
      • Half notes
      • Vivaldi – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Spring)
      • Brass
    • Art History – Landscapes, Monet
  • April: 
    • Geography
      • Australia
      • Antarctica
    • Science
      • Bees
      • Flowers
    • Sign Language Words – boy, girl, brother, sister, mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, cousin, family, firefighter, police, artist, doctor
    • Music
      • Quarter rests
      • Korsakov – Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumble Bee
      • Tchaikovsky – Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers
      • Writing rhythms
    • Art History – Landscapes, Seurat (Pointillism)
  • May: 
    • Geography -North America
    • Science
      • Butterflies
      • Flowers
    • Sign Language Words – eat/food, drink, water, pizza, fruit, apple, banana, orange, grapes, milk, beard, cheese, popcorn, breakfast, lunch, dinner
    • Music
      • Beethoven – Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, 2nd Movement
      • Britten – Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
      • reading rhythms
    • Art History – Landscapes, van Gogh (in depth)
  • June: 
    • Geography
      • Mapping
      • Solar System
    • Science – Weather / Clouds
    • Sign Language – review and practicing sentences
    • Music
      • Vivaldi – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Summer)
      • reading and writing rhythms
    • Art History – Art style sorting
  • July & August (Summer School): 
    • Geography – United States of America
    • Science
      • Gardening
      • Magnets
      • Taking Care of Me – Health / Fitness
      • Taking Care of the Earth / Recycling
    • Music
      • Experiencing various rhythm instruments
    • Art History – Matisse, Mondrian, O’Keefe

*2019-2020* School Year

Animal Curriculum

  • September: 
    • Geography – Land / Air / Water
    • Science
      • Animal Habitats
      • Living / Non-Living
      • Plant / Animal
    • Sign Language Words – please, thank you, excuse me, manners, nice, work, sit, walk, listen
    • Music
      • High / Low sounds
      • Mozart – Mozart’s 12 Variations on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
    • Art History – Still Life / Portrait / Landscape, van Gogh
  • October:
    • Geography – Land Forms (island, lake, bay, peninsula, strait, isthmus)
    • Science
      • Skeletons
      • Bats
    • Sign Language Words – weather, today, sunny, windy, rainy, cold, cloudy, foggy, snowy, I, my, wait, patience, turn, bathroom, hungry, thirsty, again, clean
    • Music
      • Loud (forte) / Soft (piano) sounds
      • Beethoven – Beethoven’s 5th Symphony
      • Sorting rhythm instruments
    • Art History – Still Lifes – flowers
  • November:
    • Geography – Names of the Continents
    • Science – Salmon
    • Sign Language Words – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, brown, black, white, grey, gold, circle, square, triangle
    • Music
      • Fast (allegro) and slow (andante)
      • Rimsky-Korsakov – Flight of the Bumble Bee
      • Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata
    • Art History – Still Lifes – fruits and vegetables, Cezanne
  • December:
    • Geography – Europe
    • Science – Animal Classifications
    • Sign Language Words – bear, bird, duck, horse, frog, cat, dog, sheep, fish, children, teacher
    • Music
      • Stomp/Clap cards
      • Tchaikovsky – March of Trepek
      • Percussion
    • Art History – Portraits, Vermeer
  • January: 
    • Geography
      • Australia
      • Antarctica
    • Science
      • Fish & Sea Life
      • Four Seasons
    • Sign Language Words – finished, yes, no, help, like, don’t like, want, don’t want, good, bad, with, without
    • Music
      • Quarter notes
      • Saint Saens – Carnival of the Animals (Aquarium)
      • Woodwinds
    • Art History – Portraits, Avercamp
  • February:
    • Geography – North America
    • Science
      • Reptiles
      • Amphibians
    • Sign Language Words – feel, how, happy, sad, love, I love you, heart, valentine, sorry, grumpy, excited, scared, eager, lonely, ashamed, proud
    • Music
      • Eighth notes
      • Saint Saens – Carnival of the Animals (Tortoises)
      • Strings
    • Art History – Self portraits, Cassatt
  • March:
    • Geography – Africa
    • Science
      • Mammals
      • Elephants
    • Sign Language Words – shirt, pants, dress, skirt, shorts, shoes, socks, jacket, hat, flowers, hearts, stripes, polka dots
    • Music
      • Half notes
      • Saint Saens – Carnival of the Animals (Elephants and Lions)
      • Strings, continued
    • Art History – Landscapes, Monet
  • April:     
    • Geography – South America
    • Science
      • Birds
      • Rainforest
    • Sign Language Words – boy, girl, brother, sister, mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, cousin, family, firefighter, police, artist, doctor
    • Music
      • Quarter rests
      • Saint Saens – Carnival of the Animals (Aviary and Cuckoos)
      • Woodwinds – clarinet
    • Art History – Landscapes, Seurat (Pointillism)
  • May:
    • Geography – Asia
    • Science
      • Pandas
      • Extinction
    • Sign Language Words – eat/food, drink, water, pizza, fruit, apple, banana, orange, grapes, milk, beard, cheese, popcorn, breakfast, lunch, dinner
    • Music
      • Beethoven – Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, 2nd Movement
      • Britten – Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
      • Writing rhythms
    • Art History – Landscapes, van Gogh (in depth)
  • June:
    • Geography – Mapping
    • Science
      • Volcanoes
      • Dinosaurs
    • Sign Language – review and practicing sentences
    • Music
      • Beethoven – Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, 2nd Movement
      • Britten – Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
      • reading rhythms
    • Art History – Art style sorting
  • July & August (Summer School):
    • Geography – United States of America
    • Science
      • Gardening
      • Magnets
      • Taking Care of Me – Health / Fitness
      • Taking Care of the Earth / Recycling
    • Music – experiencing various rhythm instruments
    •  Art History – Matisse, Mondrian, O’Keefe

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