Course Description & Dates

Clock Hours

MacIntosh and Mohar

Orientation:  June 19

Summer: 4

Mary MacIntosh

Montessori Philosophy & Theory: 

June 20 – 22, 2016  & April 8, 2017  

An introduction to Montessori principles of child development and education, including historical perspective, methodology, transitions and classroom procedures.  The course explores the relationship between the Montessori philosophy, the prepared environment, the adult and the child.

Summer: 24 Seminar: 8

Total: 32

Mary MacIntosh

ObservationJune 23, July 8, Nov. 5, 2016 & April 9, 2017

An overview of observation and documentation techniques.  The course will include record and planning systems that are coordinated with the observations.  The students will complete internal and external guided observations during the practicum. 

Summer: 8

Seminar: 8

Total: 16

Vickie Turnamian

Practical LifeJune 27 – July 1, & Nov. 5, 2016 and Feb. 10, 2018

Philosophy and rationale for the Practical Life curriculum.  The general purpose is the development of concentration, self-discipline, independence, social skills and motor coordination.  Practical Life is the foundation for all the other curriculum areas and the basis for learning practical skills.  Practical Life includes ground rules and courtesy, control of movement, care of the person, care of the environment, food preparation and nutrition.     

Summer: 40 Seminars: 6

Total: 46

Carrie Stevens

Sensorial: July 11 – 15, 2016 & Jan. 21, 2017

Philosophy and rationale for the Sensorial curriculum.  The purpose is the development and refinement of the senses.  Materials are presented for visual perception and discrimination of size, color, form; auditory and tactile discrimination; olfactory and gustatory senses.  This area is the direct preparation for mathematics.  Extensions and application of Montessori Sensorial materials to the environment are introduced.

Summer: 40 Seminars: 4 Total: 44



Mary MacIntosh

Language: July 5, 6, 7, 2016, Oct. 9, Nov. 6, 2016, & Oct. 7, Nov. 4, 2017       

Philosophy and rationale for the Language Curriculum.  An exploration of the materials used for the development of receptive and expressive language experiences, visual and auditory perception and discrimination, vocabulary development and enrichment and oral language experiences.  Writing and reading are presented through the sandpaper letters, moveable alphabet and metal insets.  The course includes interpretative reading skills, function of word studies, penmanship skills, creative writing, simple research and multi-cultural studies.  

Summer: 24 Seminars:28

Total: 52

Michele Mohar

MathematicsJuly 18, - 22, 2016 & Oct., 7, &  Jan. 13, 2017     

Philosophy and rationale for the Mathematics curriculum.  An exploration of the materials for the development of the mathematical mind: introduction to numeration, the decimal system, vocabulary and quantitative values, operations of the decimal system, linear counting, memorization, fractions, money and measurement. 

Summer: 40 Seminars: 12

Total: 52

Michele Mohar History, Geography & Cultural: July 27 & 28, 2016 & Feb. 10, 2018     
Theory and rationale of the History and Geography curriculum.  Geography studies include land and water forms, globes, maps, flags and multi-cultural awareness.  History includes time, calendars, seasons and personal history.  History and Geography are based on language development and sensorial explorations.
Summer: 16 Seminar: 6
Total: 22
Mary Freed Physical and Life Science:  July 29, 2016 Theory and rationale of the Science curriculum.  An exploration of the concrete materials which help young children to understand botany, zoology, earth science, physical science and the relationship of science to their own lives. Summer: 8
Debbie Blackburn Mary MacIntosh Michele Mohar Child Development: June 24, 2016 & June, 26, 27, 28 & 30, 2017     
An overview course on child development theories and theorists; stages of development, areas of development including physical, cognitive, emotional and social, and current research on Montessori education.  The course provides a basis for comparison with Montessori’s theory and an opportunity to view Montessori within the historical context of changing perceptions of the young child.
Summer: 36
Total: 36
HynHui Kim Art:  June 26, 2016
Philosophy and rationale of Art in the Montessori environment.  The course includes basic art skills, two and three dimensional work, art appreciation and history.
Summer: 8
Suzanne Trottier Movement: June 25, 2016     
Philosophy and rationale for Movement activities in the Montessori environment.  The course includes body awareness, basic skills (locomotors, stationary movement, games) and line walking activities. 
Summer: 4
Suzanne Trottier Music:  June 25, 2016     
Philosophy and rationale of Music in the Montessori environment.  The Montessori bells, music appreciation and history are presented.  The course includes rhythmic skills, singing, and instrumental skills
Summer: 4
Vickie Turnamian #4 Peace Education Feb. 12, 2017      Overview of Montessori’s believes about the role of peace education in the development of the child.  Resources and techniques to help children and adults develop self-respect, effective conflict resolution, and cultural awareness and appreciation. Seminar: 4
Mary Freed #6 Children’s Literature:  Feb 12, 2017      Overview of Montessori’s ideas about appropriate literature for early childhood and how this affects the choice of literature used in the classroom.  Literature resources and examples of beautiful books, and lessons for the introduction of books, and care of books. Seminar: 4
MacIntosh, Mohar, & Gallagher, Turnamian, Classroom Leadership: June 23, Oct. 8, 2016 & Jan. 21, April 19, 2017
An overview of classroom leadership responsibilities:  classroom management, preparation of the environment and lesson strategies for effective development, scheduling and planning, positive discipline techniques, assessment, environment design communication, problem solving and school community (administration and parent relations), personal awareness
Summer: 4 Seminar: 16 Total: 20
Michele Mohar and Mary MacIntosh Personal Growth & DevelopmentJuly 8, 2016 & Jan. 22, 2017
This course focuses on techniques the Montessori adult will use to increase self-awareness within the Montessori environment. Understanding the adult’s impact on the class atmosphere and emotional relationships with children will guide the adult actions.  Applying Montessori’s principles of self-reflection and continuous personal development during the practicum will develop the practice to fulfill the adult’s responsibility for personal and professional development
Summer:  4
Seminar:  8
Total:  12
Michele Mohar & Mary MacIntosh & Janet Gallagher Learning Differences June 29 & 30, 2017
This course presents an inclusive approach to understanding and working with children who have learning differences.  The presentations will cover the experience of failure on self-esteem, and provide knowledge of the social barriers for children with learning differences.  Strategies for preparing the environment and adapting delivery systems and materials will be provided.
Summer:  12  
Total:  12
MacIntosh & Mohar Other Sessions & Seminars: June 19, July 25, 2016  & Feb. 11, 2017, June 3, 2017, April 14, 2018 (non-academic hours) Orientations and oral and written exams. 26

R 2 Dec. 2015
  Total Hours: Total Contact: 402 Academic Hours: 376