Frequently Asked Questions

Purchasing Magellan Montessori’s Guide to Homeschooling Early Elementary (Ages 6-9 Years):

All of our guidebooks are available exclusively from Amazon.com. Published as e-books, they can be read on the Kindle, iPad, desktop, laptop, and a variety of other devices enabled with free Kindle Reading Apps.
Magellan Montessori's Guide to Homeschooling Early Elementary (Ages 6-9 Years) is available in its original form as a comprehensive guidebook, or as part of a guidebook series with each topic sold separately.
• The original, comprehensive guidebook
Original list price: $124.99

We are extending the promotional offer of $87.49 for the comprehensive guidebook.
For a limited time only.

• Guidebook Series:

List price: $21.99 for each guidebook within the series:

Book 1: Montessori Theory and Practical Life $21.99
Book 2: Language Arts $21.99
Book 3: Physical Sciences $21.99
Book 4: Life and Social Sciences $21.99
Book 5: Mathematics $21.99
Book 6: Art $21.99

We are offering a special introductory price of $9.69 for each of the individual guidebooks within the series (Books 1-6).
For a limited time only.

Magellan Montessori invites families to do some comparison shopping for other homeschooling curricula to understand the value of its e-book. Traditional homeschooling curriculum packages typically cost in the range of $250-$900. For example, Core Curriculum of America sells one-year complete curriculum packages that range from $469 to $549 for comparable ages. Timberdoodle Co.'s one-year curriculum packages for the same age group range from $277 to $759. And complete curriculum packages from Sonlight, rated best by HomeschoolFacts.com, range in price from $839 to $889.

The Family Education website offers its own comparison of curriculum packages and among disadvantages, it points out: "These packages can be very expensive. Satisfaction levels vary. Your children may resist the structure or the program's style, and new homeschooling parents may be overwhelmed by the amount of work involved."

Currently there are very few Curriculum Packages for early elementary that use Montessori methodology, but there are some. For example, New Child Montessori has a wonderful curricula based on the seasons, which costs in the range of $125 for four seasonal guides, to $250 for a complete package.

For additional information on Magellan Montessori’s guidebooks or their content, readers are welcome to contact Magellan Montessori directly.

We will not publish on unprotected electronic formats. When DRM (Digital Rights Management) becomes readily available on other e-readers, then we will publish our guidebooks on those platforms. It is the responsibility of Magellan Montessori to protect the work of our authors and to our current knowledge, Amazon is the only e-book publishing company that provides DRM. We think it’s just a matter of time before DRM becomes available on a variety of e-publishing platforms (or a uniform DRM across a variety of platforms), so if you happen to know of other DRM platforms available, please let us know and we will look into publishing with them!

The guidebook series is designed specifically for use in an electronic format, especially given the amount of links to resources contained within each e-book. For this reason, we will not print the guidebooks in traditional paper format.

Magellan Montessori Questions

Our program takes a comprehensive approach, offering a trove of tools to provide early elementary children with a Montessori based education in an alternative setting. The guidebook offers valuable information on the Montessori Method, home schooling logistics, and a full spectrum of lesson plans and extensions. Families that use our program have access to online support from fellow Montessori parents, homeschoolers, and a certified Montessori directress.

Magellan Montessori LLC was developed by Suzanne Rouaix, MBA. As an enthusiastic Montessori parent who sought to educate her child during excursions to distant locations, she wanted to explore the possibility of educating her son using the Montessori method and engage the world as his classroom. To develop her vision of combining homeschooling and Montessori, Suzanne worked with Miriam Coates, M.Ed., a scholar of Montessori education and certified Montessori Directress, to create a program that combines Montessori philosophy and methodology with the endless opportunities home schooling offers.

Montessori education is holistic and based on trusting in the child’s natural instinct to seek perfection through work, and mastery. Each child develops at a different pace, guided by an internal drive to seek appropriate activity. Our program offers resources for you to work with your child for a three yearperiod, covering the Montessori early elementary span. If you are interested in having your child tested for alignment with state standards, please contact your Superintendent of Public Instruction or local school district.

Magellan’s uniqueness is grounded in respect: respect for Dr. Montessori’s work, respect for family choice in education, and at the pinnacle, respect for the child. We are also rooted in reality, understanding that not only is every child unique, but so too is every family’s situation. Our integrated curriculum is coupled with applicable information on Montessori philosophy and practice. It is designed to guide you in learning to guideyour child.

Your role as a Montessori parent is to observe, prepare the environment, engage the child’s interest in productive activity, and then remove yourself to act as a protector of labor, ensuring that your scholar is free to work.

Yes. You do not need Montessori training or classroom teaching experience to administer the Magellan program. You do, however, need to have the desire to learn, to follow your child, and to integrate Montessori into your family’s life. Our guidebook covers environmental and material set up, presentation styles, and classic lessons and Montessori theory to support and explain the work. We also provide a rich list of resources for you to learn more about Montessori and home based education.

Yes. The Magellan guidebook and lessons are a respectful blend of Montessori pedagogy, Cosmic education curricula, and tried and true homeschooling tips. It serves well as a complement, contrast and supplement to other programs. Many families that educate at home follow a mixture of Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, Classical, or Unschooling practices to best suit the unique needs of their child.

Magellan Montessori’s Early Elementary program covers a three-year span. It is geared for children between the ages of six and nine, or first to third grade. The materials used during this period become your homeschooling resource foundation and many can be used as reference materials in later grades.

Yes. Our program is designed for children within the six to nine year span, with or without Montessori or homeschooling experience. You can begin using the program with your early elementary child at any time, adjusting the depth into which you delve in each subject. Depending on your child’s previous educational experiences, you may wish to offer remedial or advanced lessons. We offer suggestions for both and include an overview of the Montessori Pre-Primary (3-6) curriculum.

The answer for this question is different for every family and is dependent on preferences and resources. Our program is sensitive to financial concerns and offers suggestions for materials and experiences at all price points. For example, your child may satisfy their interest in boats by either reading about, sailing on, our building one- that is up to you. The world is your classroom.

This varies, from family to family and from time to time. It is reasonable to expect that you will probably spend around one to two hours planning, preparing the environment, or working directly with your child per day. Your child, on the other hand, will spend a larger portion of their day devoted to independent educational pursuits, as our program is self-directed and allows for auto education. Spontaneous, informal education also occurs and some families choose to participate in scheduled activities, classes, or volunteering. These engagements and pursuits will add additional time to your schedule as a home schooling adult. So the answer really is that it depends on your child, their learning style, and your family’s lifestyle.

Yes. Many families choose to use Montessori education at home even if their children participate in another type of schooling. Worldly and self-directed, our approach allows you to add a Montessori outlook to any subject, complementing other studies and leading to new paths of interests.

Honestly, yes. You will. But what you choose to spend will be entirely up to you. We know cost counts, and our program’s lessons offer choices for budgets of all ranges. We take great efforts to connect homeschooling families to free and low cost options, as well as provide innovative suggestions for making materials. Understanding that high quality need not be synonymous with high cost, our program is designed to take maximum advantage of what your child’s world has to offer.

You should keep records. Recordkeeping is a valuable for a homeschooling family. Our guidebook explains the role of observation and recordkeeping, giving you detailed tips on methods of documentation. Transcripts are not provided,homeschooling families that enter public or private school may be subject to admission reviews for placement. For this reason (and others), it is smart to keep records and some samples that document student work.

Our program is not affiliated or associated with any Montessori accreditation or certification organizations. The use of the name “Montessori” is not regulated, and all associations,accreditations or certifications are voluntary programs, not mandated. Our homeschooling program is derived from the writings of Dr. Montessori and Montessori traditions, and the discussion board is moderated by an American Montessori Society certified directress, but we are unaffiliated.

Magellan Montessori’s Early Elementary guidebook contains a detailed overview of Montessori Pre-Primary (the 3-6 age span) that highlights the skillset introduced at the start of the 6-9 year span. Using this review, families can revisit or introduce subjects or concepts as needed. We offer practical guidance in observing and assessing your child to determine if they possess the prerequisite skills and concepts for introducing new content but parents are advised to seek consult with a doctor, local health department or school district regarding developmental concerns.

Dr. Montessori was against segregation based on age (in any setting) and developed a three year span that allowed children to work independently or collaboratively. All of the lessons in our program can be completed with one child or done with children outside of the age span. For socialization, our guidebook’s section on theory offers tips on fostering your child’s social life to create meaningful relationships and social engagement.

No. The Magellan guidebook does offer suggestions on creating an optimal learning environment but does not require you to replicate the traditional school or Montessori classroom model.

Dr. Montessori wrote extensively on the social needs of children and the need for them to take an active productive role in society. Our program acknowledges that homeschooling families are always learning, not only when at home. We offer suggestions in creating outlets for your child to form relationships outside of the immediate family through activities and engagement.

Dr. Montessori’s early experiences in education and the development of her method stemmed from her work with special needs children. That said, our program, is not designed to specifically address the requirements of children with special needs. We respect family choice and a parent’s role in educating or advocating for their child. Ask your librarian for assistance in finding articles or research on Montessori and special education, if interested.

No. Some important points that we make an effort to be really clear about: The guidebook is not designed to be a teacher-training manual. Nor is the guidebook a replacement of Montessori Teacher Albums, which are written by Montessori Directresses/Directors (Montessori teachers) to illustrate their own step-by-step instructions on lesson presentations.

However, the guidebook does provide links to a variety of these albums and other resources. While we strive to make our guidebook the Go-To resource for families homeschooling early elementary, we also recognize the need for multiple resources, which the guidebook provides in abundance (over 300 links in the complete series!).

Our guidebook opens with a detailed overview of the lessons and materials typically presented in pre-primary (3-6) classrooms as well as accessible explanations of Dr. Montessori's developmental theories that relate to the role of the guide and the preparation of the environment. While Magellan Montessori does not advocate or expect families to create a replica of a Montessori classroom in their home environments, we do offer detailed guidance on how to create an educational atmosphere that adheres to Montessori philosophy, including for design, furnishings, and layout tips. Understanding that means and situations vary by family, our suggestions for environmental design and material acquisitions include traditional Montessori materials as well as economical alternatives.

Going beyond the mechanics of the method, Magellan Montessori's Guide to Homeschooling Early Elementary explains why, not just how, each lesson is to be presented and the part it plays in the greater scheme of Cosmic education. The Great Lessons are included next, laying out the basis for the entire curriculum and illustrating the subjects and concepts covered in the early elementary years.

After the presentations and explanations for the Great Lessons, the guidebook then delves into individual subjects, such as practical life, language arts, physical and social sciences, mathematics, and arts and culture. Within each subject area, the content and lessons are laid out in a way that allows the guide to tailor their presentations to the child's interests and abilities without needing to adhere to a particular scope or sequence.

Take math for example; the history of numbers is covered in one of Dr. Montessori's Great Lessons and is the foundation for the exploration of math through a historical and sociological lens. Our guidebook then offers specific lessons plans covering timelines and record keeping, geometry, weights and measures, place values, charts and graphing, operations, fractions, decimals, the Pythagorean theorem, and the Decanomial.

In each curriculum area, each lesson contains an explanation, description, and link to view the traditional Montessori didactic materials (known as apparatus), along with links to options for alternatives that can be found, made, or purchased as needed (we do not endorse any particular products). For consistency and ease, every lesson in every subject is presented in a similar format with easy to follow sections that cover the lessons objective, pre-requisites (if applicable), traditional and alternative material options, methods of presentation, associated nomenclature, and information on extensions or variations that enhance or expand the lesson.

In addition, the Magellan Montessori's Guide to Homeschooling Early Elementary contains helpful information on homeschooling, fostering personal and social responsibility in children, quotes from Dr. Montessori, and a detailed bibliography of recommended books that are organized by subject matter. The entire package is designed to be used either exclusively, with other curricula, or as a supplement to attendance in other programs. To get a better idea of suitability and fit, you are welcome to view the Table of Contents at the book's site on Amazon.com ("click to look inside").