Elementary I Adult Learner working on her Timeline
Montessori Philosophy and Theory
The fundamental ideas of the Montessori philosophy are examined, including imagination, cosmic education, planes of development, the absorbent mind, the prepared environment, and task of the directress/director. Adult learners are shown how to develop curriculum responsive to the psychological needs of the 6-9 and 9-12 year old child.
Child Development/Psychology/Educational Theories
This course offers a survey of leading educational theorists, from Plato to Piaget, allowing the adult learner the opportunity to compare and contrast these ideas with Montessori philosophy and methodology.
The course will explore the possibilities and variations in the design of the Montessori elementary classroom and the issues involved in classroom management, including (1) starting a new class, (2) preparation of the physical environment, (3) preparation of a schedule, (4) spiritual/psychological conditions of the environment, and (5) the role of the teacher as initiator, observer, group leader and keeper of records.
Language Arts / Literature
The course will acquaint the adult learner with the Montessori language materials, their rationale and sequence in the classroom. The student will explore the key lessons for the parts of speech, word building, sentence analysis, and the need for capitalization and punctuation.
This course will help the adult learner to understand the rationale behind the concrete didactic materials as an aid in developing the child's mathematical mind. The presentations are sequential, beginning with the four operations of math. Various additional topics are covered, with the didactic materials for factors, multiples, squaring, cubing, fraction work, and decimal fraction work, among others.
This course will prepare the adult learner to present all aspects of geometry, including a thorough survey of nomenclature of the basic parts of geometric figures. Emphasis is placed on the key lessons to be demonstrated with concrete materials. Work on area and volume is introduced for later in-depth study at higher levels. The concepts of Pythagoras, Thales and Euclid are presented.
This course presents the importance of the beginning of the universe and our earth with the story of “God With No Hands”. Adult learners are encouraged to use the history sequence in their own classrooms as a base from which various other topics may come forth. For example, zoology and botany may follow the presentation of the Timeline of Life, and the Story of Numbers and Story of Writing may be presented after The Coming of Human Beings.
The political and physical geographic concepts of the earth will be presented, using the Montessori map cabinet and various other materials. This course embraces the rich diversity of the world with the introduction of customs and traditions.
This course is presented using the Montessori nomenclature materials for Botany, and the classification for Zoology of the vertebrates and invertebrates. Botany is explored using experiments and physiological charts. Chinese Boxes aid in the classification of plants and animals. Instruction in Chemistry and Physics is also presented.
This course is presented with an emphasis on experiments that make the concepts of natural science come alive, and charts that will aid the imagination and underscore the importance of these concepts for life on the planet Earth.
The course will acquaint the adult learner with the basic elements of art, develop specific activities to help refine a child's ability to look at, interpret and classify art, and develop a historical and cultural perspective of art.