INFANT AND TODDLER: OVERVIEW

The Montessori Infant and Toddler curriculum is based upon a respect for the unique individuality of each child, and that the appropriate methods for engaging with young children are based upon ongoing observation. In preparing an environment for young children, beyond safety and respect opportunities for each child to freely explore, engage, absorb and develop at his/her own pace is essential. The role of the adult is to “assist life” through deeply respectful and responsive engagement with the child – child centered, and not adult dominated. A format of lectures, discussion, hands on experiences and practice help foster the development of Montessori skills and insights.

PREREQUISITE:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university or its equivalent for full AMS Infant and Toddler credential
  • High School diploma or GED for AMS Associate Infant and Toddler Credential.  Note: Please check the requirements for a lead teacher with your individual state.
  • Adult Learners without Montessori Early Childhood certification must take the one week Montessori Early Childhood Overview.  This session starts one week before the Infant and Toddler starting date at an additional cost of $400.00.

Tuition and Fees:

$7,000* - See Academic Catalog for details

INFANT AND TODDLER: SYLLABUS

REQUIRED READING

“The Montessori Method”, “The Absorbent Mind”, Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook”, The Discovery of the Child”, “The Secret of Childhood”, “The Child and The Family”.  All are by Maria Montessori.  In addition, "Understanding The Human Being: The Importance Of The First Three Years Of Life" by Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro, and "Oneness and Separateness" by Louise J. Kaplan.  Books are available at Amazon, your local bookstore or Nienhuis Montessori, 1-800-942-8697. 

MONTESSORI PHILOSOPHY

This course presents Montessori’s philosophy and method of education.  It introduces the learner to Maria Montessori and the historical timeline of the Montessori method as well as all of the philosophical concepts that she developed through her scientific observation and work with children.  This includes an overview of how this method and these concepts apply to infants through three year olds.

PEDAGOGY

The adult learner will learn the importance of the basic human tendencies, sensitive periods of development, and the child as a spiritual embryo as described by Maria Montessori.  Additionally, an overview of techniques to develop positive relationships with children and utilize additional tools to support the child’s optimal development will be presented.  This course prepares the adult learner for understanding the importance of the Infant and Toddler environment being designed to be aesthetically pleasing, calm and well organized.  Daily living is at the heart of Infant/Toddler curriculum with an emphasis on movement and language.

ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN

This course presents the specific focus of the Infant Toddler environment as a safe, healthy and stimulating setting both at home and at school.  The outstanding characteristics of the environment must be simple, beautiful and organized in order to meet the infant and toddler needs in awakening the spiritual embryo and addressing the sensitive periods in these early years.  This course helps the adult leaner understand that the child’s care must respect the individual needs physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

CHILD, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY

This course prepares the adult learner for work with the parents to support their journey in educating their child and fostering a loving relationship of mutual respect, support, and cooperation.  This section informs the adult learner of the importance of how to communicate with parents about child development, the importance of the family in the child’s education of life, and how to best support the child’s overall health and well-being.

OBSERVATION

This course presents Dr. Maria Montessori’s concepts of education based on the scientific observation of the child.  Montessori’s child-centered approach to education was based on developing the ability to observe, evaluate the child’s needs, and respond to those needs by: (1) working together with the child’s family, and (2) implementing the philosophy through the curriculum and the prepared environment.  Specific techniques of observation will be discussed, and program staff will supervise the adult learner as he/she engages in some observational experiences using these techniques.

PERSONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

This course gives an overview of the skills, mannerisms and ethics expected of a professional in this field.  Introspection and continued spiritual growth of the adult is highlighted.  Additionally, a brief overview of school structures, professional opportunities and professional societies will be discussed.

PROGRAM LEADERSHIP

This course presents ideas for developing strong Montessori birth to three programs.  These components include: the prepared environment/ classroom design/ sequence of materials classroom management guidance and discipline needs and requirements of extended day and full day programs a diverse, multi-cultural community parent communication, personal and staff development, and general school administration.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT: PRENATAL TO THREE YEARS, AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT YEAR LONG OBSERVATION PROJECT

This course presents Montessori’s theory of human development.  In addition other prominent developmental theorists (such as Piaget and Erickson) will be explored.  Additionally, the adult learner will use observation techniques presented during the program to observe and record his/her observation of 3 children each month, for nine months.

INFANT AND TODDLER: SCHEDULE

MONTESSORI EARLY CHILDHOOD OVERVIEW

Introduction to Montessori Early Childhood.  This overview is required for adult learners who do not have Montessori Early Childhood certification.

Monday, June 10 - Friday, June 14, 2019 (one week before Infant and Toddler Program begins)

Hours: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm daily with 1/2 hour for lunch.

Location: Deerfield Montessori School, 760 North Avenue, Deerfield, IL 60015

Introduction of Montessori Early Childhood curriculum and philosophy.

Please Note: There is an extra fee of $400.00 for this one week introduction course in addition to the total tuition fee.

PHASE I (Summer 2019)

Monday, June 17 - Friday, July 26, 2019

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm with 1/2 hour for lunch.
July 4th Holiday – no class on Thursday, July 4th & Friday, July 5th.

Location: Deerfield Montessori School, 760 North Avenue, Deerfield, IL 60015

PHASE II (School Year 2019-20)

August 2019 – June 2020

  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, 2–day institutes held during the practicum year. Friday and Saturday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM.

INFANT AND TODDLER: FACULTY

W. MICHAEL KUNERT PhD

Michael is the Administrative Director of MMTTC, lectures on Montessori philosophy, physical education and personnel development.  Michael received his PhD from Northwestern University and the AMS Montessori Administrator certification at MMTTC.

LOUISE KUNERT

Louise received her AMS Early Childhood and Elementary I certification at 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.

LISA KAMBICH

Lisa is an experienced AMS certified Infant and Toddler, and Early Childhood teacher.  Lisa has many years of experience as a Montessori administrator, and is a Past President of the Association of Illinois Montessori Schools (AIMS) and is the long time Director of Schools for North Shore Montessori Schools.

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