EARLY CHILDHOOD: OVERVIEW

The Montessori Early Childhood Curriculum covers the rationale underlying Montessori materials, method, philosophy, the design and dynamics of the prepared environment, the catalytic role of the Montessori teacher, the unique interplay of freedom and discipline, psychology of the child, factors influencing a child’s self image, effective teacher-child relations. Laboratory sessions with presentations and hands-on experience with the materials help foster the development of Montessori skills and insight.

PREREQUISITE:

Four year College Degree for full Early Child Credential. High School Diploma plus one year of College Credits for Early Childhood Associate Credential.

EARLY CHILDHOOD: SYLLABUS

REQUIRED READING

“The Montessori Method”, “The Absorbent Mind”, Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook”, The Discovery of the Child”, “The Secret of Childhood”, “Advanced Montessori Method Vol I”. All are by Maria Montessori and available at your local bookstore or Nienhuis Montessori, 1-800-942-8697.

PRACTICAL LIFE

This area includes activities which assist the child in developing practical living skills. Exercises include: the care of person and environment, social behavior and exercises to develop balance and coordination. The goal of Montessori’s Practical Life is to develop the child’s order, concentration, coordination and independence.

SENSORIAL

Dr. Montessori stated that “Our sensory material, in fact, analyzes and represents the attributes of things: dimensions, forms, colors, smoothness or roughness of surface, weight, temperature, flavor, noise, sounds. It is the qualities of the objects, not the objects themselves which are important” The Pink Cubes, Brown Prisms and Red Rods are examples of some of the materials that will be presented during this area of study.

CULTURAL SUBJECTS

The areas of Geography, History and Science are components of the Montessori curriculum. They encompass ideas of Cosmic Education and the inter-relatedness of all things. This is the area where peace education is introduced. Montessori believed it was the desire of every human being in their intelligence and endless curiosity to know and explore the world around them.

MATHEMATICS

Working with 1-10 quantity/numeral relationships; the concrete conceptual composition of teens, tens etc, the concrete representation of the decimal system, fractions and the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are all part of the math curriculum in a Montessori environment. Montessori speaks of the “mathematical mind” of the child- that part of the mind “which is built up with exactitude” and reflects a natural tendency in the young child toward precision, classification and measurement.

LANGUAGE

Language is present at all times in the Montessori classroom, but is formally introduced through a phonetic approach. The children are introduced to the sounds of the alphabet using sandpaper letters which expose the child not only to the visual representation of the letter, but also to its sound.The process of combining the sounds into words is introduced through the use of the moveable alphabet. This is the Montessori approach to the beginning of formal reading.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Montessori’s philosophy is based on observing a child in a prepared environment. This course covers Montessori’s psychology of child development and relates it to other psychologists amid current research.

MONTESSORI PHILOSOPHY

Dr. Montessori’s ideas of education were based on her observations of how children learn. She believed that education was an aid to life and she was the first educational philosopher to develop a curriculum which supported her philosophy. Montessori philosophy introduces the student to these ideas and how they are applied and related.

EARLY CHILDHOOD: SCHEDULE

PHASE I (Summer 2018)

Monday, June 18 - Friday, July 27, 2018

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm with 1/2 hour for lunch.
July 4th Holiday – no class on Wednesday, July 4th.

Location: Midwest Montessori Demonstration School, 926 Noyes Street, Evanston, IL 60201

PHASE II (School Year 2018-19)

August 2018 – June 2019

  1. Regular Practicum – 3 hrs/day, 5 days/week for an entire school year. Those 3 hrs/day must be during the morning work session supervised by a qualified Montessori Director/Directress.
  2. Self-Directed Practicum – Self directed means you will be a lead teacher in a classroom which requires a 2 year practicum. NOTE: This option is only considered if a sponsoring school requests it - Contact MMTTC before choosing this option..
  3. Institutes – Three, 3–day institutes held during the practicum year in Evanston. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM.

PHASE III (Summer 2019)

Monday, June 10 – Friday, June 14, 2019 (second summer Assessments)

Hours: Daily 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Location: Midwest Montessori Demonstration School, 926 Noyes Street, Evanston, IL 60201

Note: MMTTC will appoint a consultant to visit the adult learner at their practicum site as indicated on the Practicum Site Agreement and in the Adult Learner Handbook. Written requirements include:

  1. Five Montessori Albums
  2. One essay on Montessori Philosophy
  3. Reading assignments from Montessori books
  4. Four school visitation reports
  5. A year – long child development project
  6. Montessori theory and curriculum examination

EARLY CHILDHOOD: FACULTY

LOUISE KUNERT

Louise received her Early Childhood and Elementary I certification from MMTTC. She has been Director of two Montessori schools and along with her husband, Michael, has directed MMTTC since 1989. Louise is the Director of Education for MMTTC and she teaches Montessori philosophy.

DR. W. MICHAEL KUNERT

Dr. Kunert, the Administrative Director of MMTTC, lectures on Montessori philosophy. He also presents workshops on personal and professional development. Dr. Kunert holds the AMS Administrator certification.

NEELA JOSHI

Neela is an experienced Early Childhood, Elementary I and Elementary II teacher. She is currently teaching at Country Meadows Montessori School in Gurnee, Illinois. Neela is the Early Childhood Practical Life instructor for MMTTC.

PAMELA ZIRKO M. ED

Pamela teaches Cultural Subjects and Child Development in the Early Childhood course . She has received her Early Childhood and Elementary I certification from MMTTC. With more than 30 years teaching experience, Pamela is currently the Administrator at Crystal Lake Montessori School in Woodstock, Illinois.

MARGARET COMBS

Margaret Combs received her Early Childhood certification from MMTTC and is an experienced directress currently teaching at the Alcuin Montessori School in Oak Park, Illinois. Margaret teaches the Sensorial and Mathematics curriculum at MMTTC

KATHLEEN KASSER

Kathleen Kasser teaches Language in the Early Childhood course.  She received her Montessori Early Childhood Certificate from MMTTC and has more then 30 years teaching experience.   Kathleen is currently an administrator at the Park View Montessori School in Chicago.

 

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