Course Components

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Curriculum Components of the   Early Childhood Montessori Course


Practical Life/Everyday   Living:

Practical   life as classroom management

Practical   life throughout the environment

Elements   of practical life

Precision,   Refinement

Order,   concentration, coordination; and independence

Grace   and courtesy; Care of the person

Care   of the environment; and Grasping and controlling




The   principle underlying alphabetic writing;

Hook-up   written language with oral language

Word   parts, words, strings of words, and how they relate

Selecting   strategies for each student and Individual lessons

Multi-sensory   approach

The   sensitive period of language

Vocabulary   enrichment and development

Word   study and the function of words

Sandpaper   letters and the moveable alphabet 

Preparation   of the hand for writing


Phonemic Awareness: 

Listening activities 

Phonemic Segmentation 

Phoneme Deletion

Phoneme Matching 

Phoneme Counting 

Phoneme Substitution 



Metal   insets

Pencil   grip

Early   reading and early writing 

Auditory   and visual processing

Direct   teaching

Matching,   sequencing, and 


Specific   ways to decode and 

encode   language symbols 

Eye-hand   coordination

The   relationship of sensorial to the whole curriculum

Chinese   Writing




Sensory   learning and the development of the intellect

The   relationship of sensorial activities to other areas of the 


Development   and refinement of the seven sense areas of size 

Discrimination,   color, form, touch, sound, smell, and taste


Montessori Philosophy and   Theory


An   historical perspective

A   strong foundation in Montessori key concepts, including Sensitive   periods

Discipline,   liberty, spontaneity, and

The   physical and mental potentialities of the human personality


The Environment and   Components: 


Design   of the Environment

How to   maintain a child-centered environment

Left   to right sequencing

Isolation   of a single quality 

Control   of error

Aesthetically   pleasing 

The   teacher serves as a link to the environment 

Daily   schedules and curriculum 

Lesson   strategies

Direct   and indirect aims 

Move   from the known to the unknown, from the simple to the complex

Explore the   meaning of multi-sensory, sequencing, order, repetition 

The Three period   lesson




The   basic role of observation in the Montessori experience; 

Techniques   for observation, assessment strategies, and diagnostic interpretation; 

Objective   observation; 

Observation   specifics applied to individual learning styles; and 

Observation   specifics for each curriculum area.


Visual Arts, Music, and   Movement: 


Creative   expression, cultural appreciation, and the connection to intellectual   development

The   art curriculum and activities that build basic skills

Explore   various media

Art   history and appreciation

Rhythmic   skills, various instruments; 

The   bells and simple notation; 

Composers   and their work; 

Games   and line activities that develop balance and coordination; and Dance, visualization with movement.


Child Development: 


Montessori’s   developmental theories and practices

Stages   of development and milestones, ages 2 ½ through 6

Cognitive,   social, and emotional development; 

Behavioral   norms and recommendations for early intervention

Current   research 

Community   resources supporting children and families

Mastering   action and motor development; 

Perfection   of movement 

Learning   styles

Pathways   to the brain and brain development; Action connected to mental activity; and   Language acquisition




The “mathematical mind” 

Development of number concept; Sequence of the   Montessori math materials 

Quantity, quality, association


Linear counting 


Hierarchy of numbers (place value) 

Four operations; static and dynamic with at least   four-digit numeral

Introduction to fractions

Sensorial squaring and cubing




Botany   and Zoology

Study   of nature specimens

Animal   classification and habitats 

Classification   of Earth elements

Simple   experiments emphasizing observation

Study   of physical and life science

Nurturing   the child’s sense of wonder

respect   toward life and nature




Create   a cultural curriculum in response to the classroom population

Montessori’s   philosophy of the interconnectedness of life 

Sense   of geographic space 

Concepts   of time

Multicultural   awareness

Geography   maps and land forms

Observation   and recording activities for the child

Calendars,   personal timelines, and the concept of time


International   festivals and celebrations


People   and places of the world


Peace   education and the oneness of the human family


Leadership   for the Montessori Teacher: 


Child   evaluation, tracking, learning styles, and record keeping

Cultural   awareness and families

Parent   partnerships

communication,   conferences, volunteerism, and guest observation


Positive   discipline and problem solving

Effective   classroom strategies that develop a sense of community and belonging; and school   administration and government requirementStudy of nature specimens

Animal classification and   habitats 

Classification of Earth   elements

Simple experiments emphasizing   observation

Study of physical and life   science

Nurturing the child’s sense of   wonder

respect toward life and nature




Create a cultural curriculum   in response to the classroom population

Montessori’s philosophy of the   interconnectedness of life 

Sense of geographic space 

Concepts of time

Multicultural awareness

Geography maps and land forms

Observation and recording activities   for the child

Calendars, personal timelines,   and the concept of time

International festivals and   celebrations

People and places of the world

Peace education and the   oneness of the human family


Leadership for the Montessori   Teacher: 


Child evaluation, tracking,   learning styles, and record keeping

Cultural awareness and   families

Parent partnerships

communication, conferences,   volunteerism, and guest observation


Positive discipline and   problem solving

Effective classroom strategies   that develop a sense of community and belonging; and school administration   and government requirement