Montessori Basics 11: Materials and Resources for Elementary 9-12

I get more and more questions about 9-12 all the time, and I think it’s great! It means that parents and teachers are so thrilled with the way children progress in 6-9, they want it to continue. I’ve been assembling some helpful 9-12 information and thought it would be nice to put it together in one post.

First, here is a list of essentials for 9-12. Is this everything you need? No, but it’s the basics. You’ll want to look through something like my Comprehensive List for 9-12 to see every concept that’s covered. But if you’re just starting out, this list should be helpful.

Essentials for a 9-12 Classroom


Test Tube Division (Racks & Tubes)
Fraction Circle Box
Decimal Board
Decimal Checkerboard (pictured)
Materials for Squares and Cubes


Equivalence Insets (also used to prove area formulas)
Geometric Solids for volume and surface area


Materials for the study of types and functions of plants (nomenclature cards, plant charts and experiments); materials for studying plant classification (Chinese Box)


Materials for the study of types and functions of animals (nomenclature cards, animal and 5/6 kingdom chart); materials for studying animal classification (Chinese Box)


A copy of the Periodic Table, books for studying the Periodic Table and elements

Physical Geography:

Geography Charts for 9-12, materials for the Geography Experiments


Timelines (Humans, Language, Math), materials for study of Ancient Civilizations, Middle Ages, Renaissance

Cultural Geography:

Materials and books for studying economics, Advanced Fundamental Needs (the town or the village), continent and country studies

Physical Science:

Materials for the study of forces, simple machines, physics

Reference & Research

Access to a library
Computer/Internet Access (with parental control program installed)

Where can you find all these resources? Surprisingly, there are a lot of places that carry 9-12 Elementary materials.

Resources for 9-12:

Montessori Math Cards – 900 cards, with answer booklet, that cover 90 different math concepts

ETC Montessori – Materials and albums (manuals) for language, math, geometry, and more

namc_zoologyNAMC 9-12 Albums – Gorgeous, full-color albums (manuals) for every 9-12 curricular area (pictured: NAMC 9-12 Zoology Album)

Montessori Research & Development 9-12 Albums – Well researched albums (manuals) for 9-12

9-12 Timelines from Alison’s Montessori Beautiful timelines for math, language, humans, civilizations, and more

Cultivating Dharma – Free printables created by a 9-12 Montessori teacher (see curriculum categories on the right)

Keypress Math Curriculum – Easy to use math curriculum that is full compatible with 9-12 Montessori

Taking a Closer Look at 9-12 Materials – all of the 9-12 PDF files available from us at Montessori for Everyone

Nienhuis Math Materials – High-quality wooden materials for the study of powers, hierarchy, decimals, fractions, and more (see categories on the left)

Albanesi Advanced Elementary Materials – materials and curriculum for 9-12 language, math, geometry, and cultural

One great thing about Montessori elementary is that appropriate resources can be brought in that are not necessarily “Montessori”. For instance, when it comes to studying something like the Periodic Table, resources can be found online or at teacher stores that are very compatible with Montessori.

I’m sure there are more places to find 9-12 materials, so please share!

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15 Responses to “Montessori Basics 11: Materials and Resources for Elementary 9-12”

  • Fani Fadillah said at April 23rd, 2011 at 7:41 am :

    Thank you!

  • Lori Bourne said at April 23rd, 2011 at 7:42 am :

    You are very welcome, glad to help!

  • Dominic Altieri said at April 23rd, 2011 at 7:43 am :

    I teach the 12-15 age group at my school… Any list for that group?

  • Lori Bourne said at April 23rd, 2011 at 7:45 am :

    Hi, Dominic! Maria Montessori did not leave materials and curriculum for ages 12-15. Instead, she left the outline of a plan called Erdkinder, where high school age children live on a farm and run it themselves, while studying all the different subjects.

    You can find out more here: Erdkinder – The Montessori Answer to Adolescence.

  • Kathy said at May 17th, 2011 at 11:44 am :

    Hi Lori, Do you have a list like this for 6-9 on your website? I am doing a blog post about elementary training etc. at this level and would like to include your info if you have it.


  • Lori Bourne said at May 19th, 2011 at 1:35 pm :

    Hi, Kathy! Yes, I do! Here it is: Montessori Basics 6: Essentials of a 6-9 Classroom.

  • Casey said at June 9th, 2011 at 6:53 am :

    How do you hold students accountable for their work in a 9-12 classroom? Also, any tips to continue a peaceful classroom in a 9-12 room?

  • Lori Bourne said at June 9th, 2011 at 8:43 am :

    Hi, Casey! I believe 9-12 uses workplans just like 6-9. You can see examples of 6-9 workplans here: Elementary Workplans and actually there are 4th grade workplans there too. I do not have workplans for 5th and 6th grade and do not have plans to add any at this point.

    You can use the 9-12 Comprehensive List to create your own workplans: Comprehensive List 9-12.

    Peace education at this age needs to build on everything a child has learned so far. They need to review conflict resolution skills and continue to role-play conflict resolution so they know what to do when they are in conflict with someone else. The classroom should have ground rules that everyone follows (respect for others, etc) and you can have weekly class meetings to talk over any issues that arise.

  • sarah said at June 26th, 2012 at 7:19 am :

    Thanks a lot, Lori.

  • Penny said at October 26th, 2012 at 10:13 am :

    Are these teachers educated/certified? Or just trained? And do the children graduate with a real diploma or a “special diploma”? After leaving a Montessori school , what other requirements are needed to attend an accredited university?

  • Lori Bourne said at October 26th, 2012 at 10:26 am :

    Hi, Penny! The Montessori 9-12 program goes through 6th grade. “9-12” refers to the ages of the children, not the grades. There is no diploma, just like students in a traditional school leaving 6th grade do not receive a diploma. The school will give each student a transcript with progress reports, test scores, etc. to take with them. They can enter a private or public middle school with no problems whatsoever.

    Montessori 9-12 teachers are educated, certified, and trained. Their education and certification is part of their training.

    It seems like you might be thinking of a Montessori high school program? There are very few of them in the US, but they do the same thing that the elementary program does – provide children with a comprehensive transcript and test scores when they graduate. Requirements to enter a college or university will differ by learning institution.

  • Penny said at October 26th, 2012 at 12:31 pm :

    Thank you so much Lori. I guess what I’m asking is , in order to apply for a job, must I have a valid teaching certificate from the state in which I’m applying?

  • Lori Bourne said at October 26th, 2012 at 1:23 pm :

    Hi, Penny! There’s more than one type of certification and more than one type of Montessori school, so things can be confusing.

    Certification: There is a teaching certificate from the state and there is Montessori certification which you get by completing a Montessori training course and all of its requirements. They are completely different certifications and are not connected in any way.

    School: If the Montessori schools is private, it will require Montessori certification but not necessarily a teaching certificate. If it is public, it will require Montessori certification and a teaching certificate as well.

    However these are just general guidelines; you’d have to contact each school you’re interested in and ask about their specific teacher requirements. It can vary by school.

  • Karen Allen said at March 6th, 2013 at 1:30 pm :

    What is the “Chinese box” you refer to in the materials for zoology and botany?

  • Lori Bourne said at March 6th, 2013 at 3:54 pm :

    It’s a way of showing taxonomy from kingdom all the way to species in Botany and Zoology (and the other kingdoms); you can read about it here: Upper Elementary Montessori Zoology Taxonomy Classification (they use nesting dolls but you can use nesting boxes, hence the “Chinese Box” name).

    It’s a very complicated material usually made by students in the 9-12 training, but you can purchase materials here: Chinese Boxes – Five Kingdoms Complete.

    Or, you can look up any species and the Wikipedia article will tell you, along the right side, its kingdom, phylum, class, etc. The nesting dolls/boxes are just a way to illustrate that concept. The largest box is the kingdom, getting smaller and smaller until the smallest box, which is the species.