Early Childhood Course Descriptions
(ages 2.5 through 6 years)
Montessori Early Childhood Teacher Training
The Early Childhood training consists of at least 300 course hours beginning one summer, extending through the school year, continuing during second summer and additional weekends during the first semester of the second school year. The adult learner completes a practicum in an approved school.
Early Childhood Courses
Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy for educating children to their potential is explored. The course examines Maria Montessori, her life and her ideas. It examines the absorbent and mathematical mind, sensitive periods, planes of development, human tendencies, and the spiritual embryo as these relate to the child, teacher and the environment. Montessori's assumptions, beliefs, and ideas are compared to other educational philosophies and relation to curriculum and instruction for early childhood will be discussed.
During this course component the adult learner will; create a Montessori Philosophy Resource album, write a paper on Montessori Philosophy, research and create a timeline based on Maria Montessori's life and accomplishments.
This course will examine the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of typically developing and special needs children ages two and a half through six years. The course will review active listening and positive language skills that are applicable to interactions with children and adults. ls. The student's knowledge in all these areas will be reinforced through a number of activities and exercises including; creating a Child Development resource book, participating in a child development presentation, developing a year long case study report.
The Practical Life course introduces the rationale and theory behind the Practical Life area of the Montessori classroom environment. Emphasis is placed on the design and presentation of a variety of Practical Life activities in relationship to the developmental needs of the child. Skill development is fostered in observing and recording behavior and evaluation/assessment of children's needs, levels, and progress as it relates to the Practical Life area and the child's development.
During this course component the adult learner will; create a Montessori Practical Life Resource Album, develop original Practical Life lesson(s).
This course will examine the philosophy and rationale behind the Montessori Sensorial materials in an early childhood curriculum. It will explore the importance of sensory training of the mind and body during the formative years of young children. Through demonstrations, lectures, discussions, and practice sessions the student will gain and understanding of the purpose and sequencing of the activities and gain experience in giving presentations. The creation of a Montessori Sensorial Resource Album and original Sensorial lesson(s)/extension(s) are part of this course.
This course emphasized the importance of observation to the Montessori Teacher. It will include methods of observation, recording observations, and ways to interpret student behavior through objective observation in a Montessori prepared environment.
During the Early Childhood program the adult learner will do observations in other schools and create an Observation Resource Album.
Parent Involvement /Education
This course will explore ways that the Montessori teacher and parents can form a working partnership. Students will gain an awareness of the concerns that parents have regarding children. Formal and informal ways of communicating with parents and methods of creating school-parent partnerships are discussed.
In this course component the adult learner will:conduct a parent education session and write a parent newsletter.
This course will explore the rationale and philosophy behind an early childhood Montessori math curriculum. It will examine the development of mathematical thinking and the mathematical processes and competencies. A variety of materials, activities and strategies will be explored which facilitate the student’s knowledge of the Montessori math materials.
Creation of a Mathematics Resource Album and original Math lesson(s) are part of this course.
This course will explore Montessori's theories and contemporary ideas on language development in Early Childhood education. Through a variety of materials, activities and strategies; writing, reading and oral language will be explored to facilitate the students' knowledge of the Montessori language materials.
The adult learner will create a Language Resource Album and original Language lesson(s) during this course component.
The art component links Montessori concepts with the creative arts using materials available in American schools today. The course highlights various media, line and spatial concepts along with art history. This program utilizes a process-based approach.
Creation of an Art Resource Album, and Art File and Yearlong project are included in this course component.
Music and Movement
Music and Movement are demonstrated that are appropriate for children ages three to six . The course emphasizes body awareness and line activities, finger plays, and action games, components of musical form, music appreciation exercises, along with standard Montessori Music materials.
Montessori's theory of the interrelated curriculum joins biology, history, science, and geography as holistic "Cosmic Education". Activities are demonstrated that focus on the characteristics, parts, and classification of plants and animals as well as simple science experiments that children can do independently. Students will become familiar with the Montessori presentations in these subject areas as they relate to contemporary educational thought.
During this course component the adult learner will create a Science Resource Album, original lesson(s) and organize a science resource file.
Montessori's theory of the interrelated curriculum joins biology, history, science, and geography as holistic "Cosmic Education". History, geography are explored in this course under the general category of Social Studies. Students will become familiar with the Montessori presentations in these subject areas through study of globes, landforms, puzzle maps, flags, timelines, and the concept of time.
This course will provide the students with an overview of the issues, concerns, and requirements for starting and operating a Montessori school. The organizational structure and licensing requirements of different types of programs will be reviewed.
This course will address the management of a Montessori Early Childhood classroom. Lectures and discussions will cover the preparation of the environment, planning and scheduling, health and safety, along with strategies for working with individuals and groups. Additionally techniques for communicating expectations, staff roles, problem solving, and reporting student progress will be discussed.
Note: In all curriculum courses the materials are presented so the adult learners gain an understanding of and skill in using the materials. These courses also discuss the aims of the materials, their sequence, orderly arrangement on the shelves, and relevance to the adult learner’s home school’s course of study. Assignments listed above are given as an example of assignments for the course components. These assignments may vary by location in an effort to meet the professional development needs of schools and adult learners. Written and Performance tests are also given as part of the evaluation process in the various curriculum components.