Downloadable pdfs related to the Theory Album.  Please notify if a link is missing or not functioning correctly. The Student Handbook is the primary resource for information regarding the Theory Album and general Academic Requirements.


Theory Check Sheet

Glossary of Theory Terms (Word document)



(All other Theory TExts can be found in the MNW Bound Theory TExt Collection) 


Montessori Education - Historical Perspective

Four Planes of Development:

  • Four Planes - Addendum
  • Four Planes - Charts (Print in color for inclusion in your Album)
  • Four Planes - Loose Pieces (Print in color.  Cut out and bring for in-class activity.  Do not include in Album.)

Sensitive Periods - Addendum

Development of Independence:

  • Independence (handout)
  • Development of Independence - chapter from What You Should Know about your Child

Introduction to Observation:

  • On Observing Children - Notes from Montessori's 1921 London Course
  • How to Record an Observation Event

Harmonizing the Indoor and Outdoor Environment

Adult Work / Child Work

Introduction to The Montessori Presentation

Science in the Casa - Article by Laura Johnson

Positive Phrasing


The Collective Stage of the Group:

  • Collective Stage - handout
  • Collective Stage - lesson planning sample
  • Collective Stage - lesson planning blank form


School Organization:

  • Employment Resources (document also present on MNW Job Board. Do not include in album.)


Inclusion in Montessori Communities:

  • Inclusion in Montessori Communities - Outline
  • Introduction to Inclusive Education
  • Story about Sid
  • Giving Thanks for Katie Godoy
  • Inclusion in Montessori Communities - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Inclusion in Montessori Communities - Autism Spectrum Information


Working with Parents:

  • Working with Parents - Outline
  • Working with Parents - Parents as Partners Article by Sarah Werner Andrews
  • Working with Parents - Bridge of Trust Article by John Snyder


Working with Assistants:

  • Working with Assistants - Teacher Assistant Communication
  • Working with Assistants - Worksheet for Collaboration
  • Working with Assistants - Roles article by Annette Haines


Observation - Lesson Planning - Record Keeping


Getting Started:

  • Normalizing the Conditions
  • Guidelines for Functional Independence
  • Guidelines for Limits
  • Guidelines for the First Days



Concept Bibliography

Supplementary Bibliography