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Early Childhood Course Content

  
Adult Learners on first day of Mathematics Curriculum
 
Montessori Philosophy and Educational Theory
Designed to give the adult learner a thorough grounding in Montessori theory and an understanding of its practical
application. The role of environment, freedom, movement, discipline, sensitive periods, and precepts of order are examined in terms of a total methodology.
 
Child Development/Psychology
Designed to give the adult learner greater insight into child behavior and democratic techniques for the development of a healthy self-discipline in children. Emphasis on practical psychology and early child development. Child development and discipline theory is explored as developed by Dreikurs, Bruner, Kohlburg, Erikson, Bowlby, Piaget, as well as Montessori.
Moral development is covered as well.

Observation
Designed to develop the observational techniques required of the Montessori directress/director. Emphasis placed on the
relation of theory to practice in meeting individual children's' needs.
 
Practical Life / Peace Education
The adult learner becomes versed in how to help children develop self-reliance, concentration, hand-eye coordination and
small muscle maturation. Emphasis is placed on “work cycle” theory. Taught through lectures, demonstrations, observations and supervised lab practice sessions.The introduction to a peace curriculum based on the individual child and community. 

Sensorial / Sensory Education
The theory and technique necessary to insure the development of sensory growth and the refinement of perception. Adult learners develop familiarity and ease with the materials through relaxed practice sessions with each other in supervised lab. 

Language
Analysis of the art of writing and reading, using the didactic materials. Adult learners learn a systematic approach to the teaching of phonics and are presented the dynamics of whole language through exposure to good literature, poetry, role playing, vocabulary enrichment, problem-solving skills, and handwriting. 

Mathematics
Presents the didactic apparatus for the teaching of numeration. Emphasis on the developmental process from the
sandpaper numbers through the decimal system. Flow charts and curriculum handbooks have been developed by MMTEC for adult learner mastery of the materials and their sequence. 

Classroom Management
The techniques for individualizing instruction and the strategies for the management of classes of mixed ages in the
"prepared environment" are introduced. The skills and procedures of "starting" a class with emphasis on ground rules, teacher modeling, record keeping, sequencing of the academics, observation skills and the ability to assess group and individual needs are explored. These techniques are internalized as the adult learners put them into practice in the classroom.

Sciences: Botany / Zoology / Physical Science
Develops the philosophy of the science curriculum. Examines the material for botany and zoology and the experience
with earth elements and earth phenomena. 

Geography and History
Presents the 2½-6 curriculum for geography and history. In geography, the materials for land forms and water forms,
globes, maps, flags, and supplementary activities are presented and practiced. In history, the time line and the epochs of life on earth are introduced in developmentally appropriate presentations for 2½ to 6 year old children. 

Art
Provides theoretical and practical understanding of art as it relates to child development and Montessori methodology. 
Includes curriculum development for art making and art appreciation. 

Music and Movement
Emphasis on skills and techniques for the "non-musical" director or directress. The Montessori materials for ear training
and music theory are presented. Movement explores the body awareness/line activities and the development of a repertoire for locomotive, stationary, and music games. 

Parent Involvement and Education
Explores parent attitudes and perceptions of Montessori and Montessori schools. Illustrates how teachers and parents
can develop common goals. Emphasizes the development of strategies for parent involvement and parent/school collaboration. 
 
Administration
Deals with defining the requirements for starting a school. Includes licensing procedures and legal structuring;
marketing techniques; business management; budget; advertising and related business management.