Elementary I Course Descriptions
(ages 6 through 9 years)
Montessori Early Childhood Overview
For all applicants who do not hold an accredited Montessori Early Childhood Certificate a 45-hour overview of the Montessori Philosophy and major areas of the Early Childhood curriculum: Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language, and cultural subjects is required. This overview is offered in conjunction with the Elementary I training.
During this course component the adult learner will: write a paper explaining how the Early Childhood curriculum is a foundation for the Elementary class and make observations in Early Childhood classrooms.
Montessori Philosophy /Child Development
Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy for educating children to their potential and the stages of child development are explored. It includes historical background on Maria Montessori, the four planes of development and how the principles of Montessori’s philosophy effect the environment, the child and the role of the teacher.
During this course component the adult learner will; create a Montessori Philosophy and Child Development Resource Album, create a Timeline of Maria Montessori's life and accomplishments, write a Montessori Philosophy paper, conduct a Parent Information session and compose a Parent Newsletter.
Observation, Curriculum Design & Management
Dr. Maria Montessori’s process of scientific observation is studied in relation to the physical environment, the daily routines, social interactions, and the community of the classroom and how these work together in Montessori environment. This course looks at the role of the teacher as initiator, role model, designer, presenter, group leader and record keeper. It also looks in-depth at the structuring of Montessori lessons and activities to understand the learning process involved. The sequencing of materials and curriculums, the interdisciplinary approach and integration of curriculum areas is explored.
This course component includes; creating an Observation, Management, and Curriculum Design Resource Album which includes a written rationale, observations in Montessori Elementary I classrooms, developing and implementing a Yearlong Project, and the development of a Proficiency Portfolio.
Montessori Language Arts and Reading
Course includes: initial sound activities, phonograms, non-phonetic sight words, simple nomenclature, exercises for correct expression, spelling, word study (compounds, roots and affixes, antonyms, synonyms, etc.), comprehension exercises, punctuation, grammar, oral games and activities, reading and writing, grammar, and literature.
During this course component the adult learner will: create a Language Resource Album, create original Language lesson(s), and integrating the adult learner's home school course of study with the Montessori language curriculum.
Montessori Biology (Biology & Zoology)
Topics include: five kingdoms, nomenclature, classification, characteristics, external parts, and habitat for both botany and zoology.
This course component includes; creation of a Biology Resource Album, creating original Biology lesson(s), and integrating the adult learner's home school course of study with the Montessori biology curriculum.
Montessori Geography and History
The History component includes: Fundamental Needs of Humans, Time concepts, Introduction to the cosmos, History of the country and state or province. The Geography component includes study of the five themes of geography, location, place, human-environment interactions, movement, and regions.
During the course component the adult learner will; create a Geography and History Album, develop a Cultural (Geography or History) unit, write a Cosmic Education paper and integrate the adult learner's home school course of study with the Montessori cultural studies curriculum.
Topics include: shapes, geometric nomenclature, relationship between shapes, solids, fractional parts, and working with fractions.
The adult learner will: create a Geometry Resource Album, create original lesson(s), and integrate the adult learner's home school course of study with the Montessori geometry/fractions curriculum
Movement, Art, Music, Peace & Practical Life
Topics include: the principles of art, artists and their work, making art, the principles of music, singing, kinds and ways of moving, group games, practical life skills for the elementary child and role of peace lessons in the classroom. These curriculum activities are presented so they integrate with other Montessori Curriculum areas.
This course component includes; the creation of a Resource Album, and creating original lesson(s).
Topics include: concept of number and quantitative relationships, the four operations, the laws of arithmetic, measurement and problem solving.
This course component includes: the creation of a Math Resource Album, creating original lesson(s), and integrating the adult learner's home school course of study with the Montessori math curriculum.
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.
“The teacher’s task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange a series of motives for cultural activity in a special environment made for the child.” - Maria Montessori