EARLY CHILDHOOD COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Foundations of Montessori Education

Clock Hours:  30

Orientation to Montessori Principles, Practices and Programs through guided readings in Montessori text books (these books are included in the fee). Major topics covered in this course are historical overview; formative periods; the study of Montessori concepts of normalization; development of intelligence, discipline, and order; the classroom environment, the role of the teacher, and lesson presentations to children; and the study of teaching strategies used to promote learning such as structuring the environment, demonstrating classroom materials, modeling appropriate behavior and using verbal strategies. Methods of instruction include lecture, group discussion and cooperative learning, observation, group projects, selected readings, written assignments, and quizzes.

 

Early Childhood Methods and Curriculum-Practical Life

Clock Hours: 35

The development of order, concentration, coordination and independence within the young child is rooted in the activities of Montessori's curriculum of Practical Life. Major topics covered in this course are the materials and exercises in Practical Life: care of self, care of the environment, grace and courtesy and control of movement. In this course the student learns how to recognize the needs and abilities of the young child and how to present the specific equipment designed by Dr. Montessori to further the development of the total child. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, supervised hands–on practice, individual presentations, designing and creating original activities for the classroom, and quizzes. 

 

Early Childhood Methods and Curriculum-Sensorial

Clock Hours:  35

Within the Sensorial area of the classroom, the development and refinement of the senses is the purpose. In this course the student learns how to recognize the needs and abilities of the young child and how to present the specific equipment designed by Dr. Montessori to further the development of the total child. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, supervised hands–on practice, individual presentations, designing and creating original activities for the classroom, and quizzes. 

 

Early Childhood Methods and Curriculum-Mathematics

Clock Hours:  35 

The development of the mathematical mind is the direct aim of the Montessori math materials for the young child.   Using the materials designed by Dr. Montessori, the student will learn how to spark the interest of the young child by sequentially teaching mathematical concepts. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, supervised hands-on practice, individual presentations, designing and creating original activities for the classroom, and quizzes.

 

Early Childhood Methods and Curriculum- Language

Clock Hours:  35 

Major topics covered in this course are the materials and exercises that foster reading and writing development in the young child. Included will be skill development in storytelling, literature based reading readiness, phonics, beginning reading activities, poetry and song. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, supervised hands-on practice, dividual presentations, designing and creating original activities for the classroom.

 

Early Childhood Methods and Curriculum- Cultural 

Clock Hours:  35 

Exercises in the Cultural subjects will be introduced. Zoology/Botany includes introductions to the animal and plant kingdom.    Astronomy/Physical Science includes development of classroom activities that will present the fundamental concepts of astronomy, geology, physics, and chemistry.  Geography/History includes materials and ideas to develop classroom activities that will present the fundamental concepts of air, water, and the earth, and land formations.  History will be taught in the format of countries, flags and national costumes.  Art includes a variety of techniques with a wide variety of art media.  Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, supervised hands-on practice, individual presentations, designing and creating original activities for the classroom.

 

Child Development, Family and Community

Clock Hours:  35

Major topics covered in this course are theories of the stages of physical, cognitive, emotional and social development of the child and the multicultural effects of the family and community on a child’s development..  Methods of instruction include lecture, group discussion, development of case studies, selected readings, written assignments, group projects, and quizzes.

 

Observation of the Child

Clock Hours:  45    

Major topics covered in this course are types of observational tools in relation to: children’s responses to the classroom environment, child initiated activities, work cycles, child’s use of materials, levels of concentration, work patterns, atmosphere of the classroom, social relationships, teacher-child interaction, behavior issues, and discipline. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, direct observation of children and instructional personnel in a variety of classroom settings, research, written reports, essays, and quizzes.

 

Classroom Leadership, School Administration and Environmental Design

Clock Hours:  15       

Major topics covered in the course are; strategies of classroom leadership that gain the child’s confidence, cooperation and attention, thereby helping to develop a pattern of respect for authority and the physical environment, fostering parent-educator partnerships that enhance the educational process and techniques of environmental design that can be applied to any classroom situation.

 

Montessori Practicum

Clock Hours:  540

Working in the classroom on a daily basis under the supervision of a master teacher, the student will have an opportunity to observe and to put into practice all of the course work required for the Montessori certification. The student shall develop objectivity and proficiency in observing and interpreting child behavior. Monthly reporting is required and reviewed as an ongoing vehicle of support to the student.


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