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PROGRAM OF STUDY


Montessori Philosophy and Theory

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.  Instructor:  Mary MacIntosh

Practical Life

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 includes ground rules and courtesy, control of movement, care of the person, care of the environment, food preparation and nutrition.  Instructor:  Vickie Turnamin

Sensorial

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.  Instructor:  Suzanne Trottier

Language

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. Language skills development, writing and reading are presented. The course includes interpretative reading skills, function of word studies, penmanship skills, creative writing, simple research and multi-cultural studies.  Instructor:  Mary MacIntosh

Mathematics

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, and practical math.  Instructor:  Michele Mohar

History, Geography and Cultural

Theory and rationale of the History and Geography curriculum.  Geography studies include components of the earth, physical and cultural geography.  History includes time, calendars, seasons and personal history.  History and Geography are based on language development and sensorial explorations.  Instructor:  Michele Mohar

Physical and Life Science

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.  Instructor: Mary Freed

Child Development

An overview course on child development theories and theorists; stages of development, areas of development including physical, cognitive, emotional and social, and current child development research.  The course provides a basis for comparison with Montessoriís theory within the historical context of changing perceptions of the young child. Instructor:  Annie Coffey

Art

Philosophy and rationale of Art in the Montessori environment.  The course includes basic art skills, two and three dimensional work, art appreciation and history. Instructor:  Anne Stackhouse 

Movement

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.  Instructor:  Suzanne Trottier

Music

Philosophy and rationale of Music in the Montessori environment.  The advanced Montessori bells lessons, music appreciation and history are presented.  The course includes rhythmic skills, singing, and instrumental skills.  Instructor:  Suzanne Trottier  

Peace Education

Overview of Montessoriís 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. Instructor:  Mary Freed   

Observation

An overview of observation and documentation techniques.  The course will include record and planning systems that are coordinated with the observations.  The adult learners will complete internal and external guided observations. Instructor:  Mary MacIntosh

Classroom Leadership

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, diversity and special needs, environment design, problem solving and school community (administration and parent relations). Personal awareness is also an aspect of the course. Instructors:  Mary MacIntosh, Michele Mohar, Janet Gallagher, and Vicki Turnamin

Children's Literature

Overview of Montessoriís 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 is presented.   Instructor:  Mary Freed

Other Sessions and Seminars

Orientation, writing workshops, assignment and course reviews, and oral and written exams.  Instructors:  Mary MacIntosh and Michele Mohar