The Three Period Lesson

One of the most powerful Montessori techniques ShillerMath embeds in its lessons is the
Three Period Lesson

In general, use the Three Period Lesson when the student doesn’t understand the meaning of something. Here is an example using the definition of “armadillo”:

1

This Is

Show the picture of an armadillo
"This is an armadillo."

2

Show Me

Place pictures of several animals and things in front of the student. "Can you show me an armadillo?" Student points at the picture for "armadillo."

3

What Is

Point at a picture for an armadillo.
"What is this called?"

If at any point the student answers incorrectly or doesn’t know, act like you’re introducing the concept for the first time and go back to step 1.

The Montessori Three Period Lesson has many benefits:

  • Parents no longer get upset when their child forgets something - they just go back to step 1!
  • Children no longer feel the pressure to do something they're not capable of. Without that pressure they learn at their own pace, which is often faster than that in school.
  • It's the perfect way to ensure a student has the 2 Cs: Competency and Closure on every lesson.
  • As the parent, you don't even have to know what the Three Period Lesson is or how it works: It's all scripted for you.

Using the Three Period Lesson found in ShillerMath helps parents create a stress-free and enjoyable learning environment for their children.