The primary goal of this course is to acquaint the student with the Montessori language/grammar methodology, rationale, scope and sequence of curriculum in the lower elementary classroom. (ages 9-12 years). The student will develop, refine and demonstrate the skills necessary to become an effective Montessori teacher in the area of upper elementary Montessori language/grammar.
This course is designed to prepare the student to understand various developmental theories of human development including Dr. Maria Montessori, her contemporaries and current theorists. Students will become knowledgeable about the complex interaction between hereditary and environmental factors (including school, home and neighborhoods). Students will learn how to observe, record and analyze a child’s physical, motor, social-emotional and cognitive development. An introduction to the philosophical ideas (i.e. absorbent mind, sensitive periods, social, mathematical, mind, spiritual and moral development) of Dr. Montessori as they relate to the child, material, teacher and environment are presented.
Welcome to History and Geography Pedagogy! We begin with this particular subject in pedagogy studies for several reasons. In the elementary classroom, cultural studies become the core of the program. It is here that we begin the year with what has become known as The Five Great Lessons. The elementary child is moving into the sensitive period of imagination. The Five Great Lessons appeal to their imaginations as their focus moves outward into the vast universe. We begin “in the beginning” and build a framework in which all subsequent lessons will find their place and interconnect. It is important for you as the teacher to understand the interconnectedness as it is your job to “introduce all factors of culture...to broadcast the maximum number of seeds of interest.” (To Educate the Human Potential by Maria Montessori, p.5).
Welcome to Elementary I Language! We will begin our first Language Lessons by you reading one of the two text: Montessori, M. (1987). Montessori Elementary Materials. New York: Education Systems Publishing-just the Language Arts sections. or Lillard, Angeline Stoll (2005). Montessori-The Science Behind the Genius.New York: Oxford University Press, pgs. 209-256.
You will need to read one of the above mentioned books, as it will be part of our discussions and the source of a minimum of three quotes for a required rationale paper for the Language Album. You will need to use the Language albums found on the training website as a source to follow lessons. When you come to the Omaha on-campus, you will need to show us your organized album with rationale paper, personal notes and pictures of your practice experience. While you are graded for on time and satisfactory participation in the forums and successful completion of the required practice sheet lessons, your main grades for this course will be your album, and oral, written assessments while you are in Omaha. You can deliver either a paper or electronic album to me when you come to Omaha.
In preparation for the study of Biology, please reread chapters 4 through 9 in Montessori’s book, To Educate the Human Potential. There are more lecture videos in this course than any other course because of the wealth of background knowledge the teacher must have in order to present the material with as much accuracy as possible. You will note that we present 5 kingdoms in our lessons. Classification is not a “set in stone” science as it is continuously evolving. Some scientists believe that we should have a six kingdom classification and some 12 twelve kingdoms. We do not know what it will end up being because we do not know what discoveries will be made in the future. The important thing is to let children know that we have so many things yet to learn about our world and what we learn in the future may change some of the information they are currently receiving. Montessori stated, “We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.” (p. 8)
In this course component, you will be introduced to Practical Life skills for the elementary child, physical education/movement activities and integration of performing and visual arts into the core curriculum. You will need to begin reading “Arts with the Brain In Mind” by Eric Jensen and have completed the text study guide questions by the end of these five arts lessons. Send the completed study guide to me for review.
You will have access to a Practical Life and Arts Album, which you will be required to complete by adding lessons which you will write during this course and which other course participants will be sending to you through the forum. You will be evaluated for the completion of your albums and timely participation in forum activities throughout this component. You can either send your completed album to me or bring it with you this summer in Omaha. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions!
Physical science explores the foundation and laws of the physical universe we live in. This course is not meant to present everything that is known about this subject to the 6-9 child, but to offer basic lessons that will peak their curiosity and inspire them to continue to seek answers and insights into how our world works. As the children explore and ask the questions of how and why more, you will add new lessons to assist them in their explorations. Please refer to the syllabus for the requirements for this course.
The primary goal of this course is to prepare the student with the Montessori practical life curriculum materials, their rationale and sequence in the classroom; and for the student to develop, refine and implement the skills necessary to become an effective Montessori teacher in the area of practical life development at the Early Childhood level.
The primary goal of this course is to acquaint the student with the Montessori mathematics methodology, rationale, scope and sequence of curriculum in the upper elementary classroom. (ages 9-12 years). The student will develop, refine and demonstrate the skills necessary to become an effective Montessori teacher in the area of upper elementary Montessori mathematics.
We will begin our first Math Lessons Thursday, January 9. You will need to read the following book Duffy, Michael. (2007) Math Works: Montessori Math and the Developing Brain, which will be the source of discussion and the required rationale paper. You will need to use the Math and Geometry albums found on the training website as a source to follow lessons. When you come to the Omaha on-campus, you will need to show me your organized album personal notes,practice sheets and pictures of your practice experience. The album can be in an electronic or paper format. While you are graded for satisfactory participation in the forums and successful completion of the required practice sheet lessons, your main grades for this course will be your online participation, and oral presentations while you are in Omaha. Each week we will have a discussion or project sharing experience along with weekly practice sheets with names of those who observed or also participated in your practice session. In place of personal practice, you may instead choose to observe another teacher or children practicing up to three lessons for the day, instead of you personally practicing it. However, I will expect to see a picture of the lay-out in your album, even if you just observed it.