This course is designed to develop within the Elementary adult learner a deep understanding and appreciation for the basic principles of Montessori philosophy, and sequence of development and needs of young children (2 1/2 to 6). The role of the Early Childhood environment and directress in connection with freedom of movement, grace and courtesy, discipline and sensitive periods are examined. Early Childhood materials from the four core areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language and Mathematics are presented and practiced. This course will further teach the Elementary adult learner how to implement the principles of practical life at the Elementary level of a Montessori classroom.
This course is 36 clock hours in residence and is typically held the first week of training. In addition 4 hours of observations are required within Early Childhood environments. The course is led by the Early Childhood faculty.