The Great Stories, also known as the Five Great Lessons, are a distinctive part of the Montessori curriculum for children aged 6-12. These narratives aim to instill a sense of wonder about the universe and to provide a broad context to stimulate exploration and learning.
The five Great Stories include:
- The Story of the Universe: This is an overview of the formation of the universe, Earth, and life, aiming to spark interest in physics, chemistry, astronomy, and earth sciences.
- The Coming of Life: This story narrates the evolution of life on Earth, from single-celled organisms to the arrival of human beings, encouraging interest in biology and geology.
- The Coming of Humans: This story introduces the concept of human prehistory and early civilizations, inspiring interest in archaeology, anthropology, and history.
- The Story of Writing: This narrative examines the development of written language, stimulating interest in linguistics, history, and art.
- The Story of Numbers: This story reviews the development of our number system and mathematics, igniting interest in mathematics and history.
- 1Montessori Quotes on Great Stories
- 2Research and Critiques on Great Stories
- 3Comparison to Other Methods
- 4Glossary of Montessori Terms
- 5Please help to translate this page into your local language