IT101 – Montessori Philosophy and Pedagogy


History, sensitive periods, role of the teacher and role of the child, prepared environment, and process of normalization

Montessori Philosophy and Pedagogy

Theory of Montessori Method including history, sensitive periods, role of the teacher and role of the child, prepared environment, and process of normalization.  Also includes discussion of developmental theories of other major theorists; Absorbent mind, logical/mathematical mind, spiritual & moral development; and how the above relate to child, materials, teacher, and environment.

Schedule: Montessori Philosophy and Pedagogy

  • June 19th – June 23rd

Assessment: Montessori Philosophy and Pedagogy

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals as directed.

Readings: Montessori Philosophy and Pedagogy

  • The Absorbent Mind, Maria Montessori
  • Maria Montessori: Her Life & Work, E.M. Standing
  • Oneness to Separateness, Louise Kaplan
  • Understanding the Human Being, Silvana Montanaro
  • Your Self Confident Baby, Magda Gerba
  • Shining Through, Sonnie McFarland

IT102 – Montessori Infant & Toddler Environmental Design


Introduction to philosophy and rationale of environmental design of infant and toddler classrooms

Montessori Infant & Toddler Environmental Design

This course introduces the student to philosophy and rationale of environmental design of infant and toddler classrooms. Movement curriculum, selection and placement of materials, primary care giving, on demand schedules in home or care environment.

Schedule: Montessori Infant & Toddler Environmental Design

  • June 26th – June 28th, 2017

Assessment: Montessori Infant & Toddler Environmental Design

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals as directed.

Readings: Montessori Infant & Toddler Environmental Design

  • The Absorbent Mind, Maria Montessori
  • Maria Montessori: Her Life & Work, E.M. Standing
  • Oneness to Separateness, Louise Kaplan
  • Understanding the Human Being, Silvana Montanaro
  • Your Self Confident Baby, Magda Gerba
  • Shining Through, Sonnie McFarland

IT103 – Child Development (Pre-Natal -3 Years)


Emotional, intellectual, cognitive, physical and social development; stages of childhood

Child Development (Pre-Natal -3 Years)

Explores stage of development and growth of the Infant & Toddler child;  covers emotional, intellectual, cognitive, physical and social development; stages of childhood; current research, communication process between adult and child; guidance approaches; and community resources which provide parent education, family and children services. Also includes discussion of developmental theories of other major theorists.

Schedule: Child Development (Pre-Natal -3 Years)

  • July 10th & July 11, 2017

Assessment: Child Development (Pre-Natal -3 Years)

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals as directed.

Readings: Child Development (Pre-Natal -3 Years)

  • The Absorbent Mind, Maria Montessori
  • Maria Montessori: Her Life & Work, E.M. Standing
  • Oneness to Separateness, Louise Kaplan
  • Understanding the Human Being, Silvana Montanaro
  • Your Self Confident Baby, Magda Gerba
  • Shining Through, Sonnie McFarland

IT104 – Personal Growth and Development


Evolution of the teacher as a critical element of the environment

Personal Growth and Development

This course covers the evolvement of the teacher as a critical element of the environment. It will introduce several stress management strategies and delve into the “Spirit of the Teacher”. There will be included several experiential activities to uncover personal growth opportunities.

Schedule: Personal Growth and Development

  • January 20th & January 21st, 2018

Assessment: Personal Growth and Development

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals as directed.

Readings: Personal Growth and Development

  • Maria Montessori: Her Life & Work, E.M. Standing
  • Oneness to Separateness, Louise Kaplan
  • Understanding the Human Being, Silvana Montanaro
  • Your Self Confident Baby, Magda Gerba
  • Shining Through, Sonnie McFarland

IT105 – Montessori Infant & Toddler Classroom Leadership


Promoting a peaceful and encouraging classroom atmosphere

Montessori Infant & Toddler Classroom Leadership

The goal of this course is to teach effective interventions that promote a peaceful and encouraging classroom atmosphere. Preparation of the environment, scheduling & curriculum planning, lesson strategies, evaluation of children & techniques for discipline, communication & problem solving, scheduling for the staff, an introduction to administrative issues, including financial, budgetary fee factors, funding and proposal writing, personnel matters, legislation, and standards; identification of criteria for defining Montessori childcare; historical foundations rooted in Montessori; human needs and requirements (children, families, and staff) specific to all‐day care.

Schedule: Montessori Infant & Toddler Classroom Leadership

  • July 7th, 2017

Assessment: Montessori Infant & Toddler Classroom Leade

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals as directed.

Assessment: Montessori Infant & Toddler Classroom Leadership

  • The Absorbent Mind, Maria Montessori
  • Maria Montessori: Her Life & Work, E.M. Standing
  • Oneness to Separateness, Louise Kaplan
  • Understanding the Human Being, Silvana Montanaro
  • Your Self Confident Baby, Magda Gerba
  • Shining Through, Sonnie McFarland

IT106 – Child/Family/Community


Parent and Community Involvement and Development

Child/Family/Community

Parent and Community Involvement and Development, understanding the psychology of parenthood, translating to the home (child‐rearing practices), locating resources (community, professional) and teacher‐parent conferencing (dialogue skills.)

Schedule: Child/Family/Community

  • October 7th – October 8th, 2017

Assessment: Child/Family/Community

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals as directed.

Readings: Child/Family/Community

  • The Absorbent Mind, Maria Montessori
  • Maria Montessori: Her Life & Work, E.M. Standing
  • Oneness to Separateness, Louise Kaplan
  • Understanding the Human Being, Silvana Montanaro
  • Your Self Confident Baby, Magda Gerba
  • Shining Through, Sonnie McFarland

IT107 – Health/Healing/Safety


Covering the State Requirements for Health and Safety, Common Childhood Illnesses, Ages and Stages Assessment Tool, Classroom Protocols for Health and Safety

Health/Healing/Safety

This course will cover the State Requirements for Health and Safety, Common Childhood Illnesses, Ages and Stages Assessment Tool, Classroom Protocols for Health and Safety and an Integrative Approach to Healing.

Schedule: Health/Healing/Safety

  • December 2, 2017

Assessment: Health/Healing/Safety

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals as directed.

Readings: Health/Healing/Safety

  • The Absorbent Mind, Maria Montessori
  • Maria Montessori: Her Life & Work, E.M. Standing
  • Oneness to Separateness, Louise Kaplan
  • Understanding the Human Being, Silvana Montanaro
  • Your Self Confident Baby, Magda Gerba
  • Shining Through, Sonnie McFarland

IT108 – Montessori Infant & Toddler Language


Philosophy & rational, receptive & expressive language experience

Montessori Infant & Toddler Language

Philosophy & rational, receptive & expressive language experience, visual & auditory perceptual experiences, vocabulary development & enrichment, basic materials: Infant & Toddler language sequence, demonstration of materials, lecture & practice, elements of Early Literacy.

Schedule: Montessori Infant & Toddler Language

  • June 29 & June 30, 2017

Assessment: Montessori Infant & Toddler Language

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals as directed.

Readings: Montessori Infant & Toddler Language

  • The Absorbent Mind, Maria Montessori
  • Maria Montessori: Her Life & Work, E.M. Standing
  • Oneness to Separateness, Louise Kaplan
  • Understanding the Human Being, Silvana Montanaro
  • Your Self Confident Baby, Magda Gerba
  • Shining Through, Sonnie McFarland

IT109 – Aid to Independence


Learning materials and activities that foster independence in the Montessori Infant & Toddler classroom and life

Aid to Independence

Introduces learning materials and activities that foster independence in the Montessori Infant & Toddler classroom and life. Ground rules & courtesy, control of movement, care of person, care of environment, food & nutrition. Demonstration of materials, lecture & practice.

Schedule: Aid to Independence

  • July 5th & 6th, 2017

Assessment: Aid to Independence

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals as directed.

Readings: Aid to Independence

  • The Absorbent Mind, Maria Montessori
  • Maria Montessori: Her Life & Work, E.M. Standing
  • Oneness to Separateness, Louise Kaplan
  • Understanding the Human Being, Silvana Montanaro
  • Your Self Confident Baby, Magda Gerba
  • Shining Through, Sonnie McFarland

IT110 – Montessori Infant & Toddler Observation


The critical nature of observation regarding sensitive periods in the Montessori Infant & Toddler classroom

Montessori Infant & Toddler Observation

This course introduces the student to the critical nature of observation regarding sensitive periods in the Montessori Infant & Toddler classroom and to basic methods of observation. This course interprets the philosophy of Dr. Montessori regarding peace education and develops practical and concrete applications and materials for the Infant & Toddler program. It includes specific methods derived from Dr. Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline program.

Schedule: Montessori Infant & Toddler Observation

  • April 21, 2018

Assessment: Montessori Infant & Toddler Observation

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals as directed.

Readings: Montessori Infant & Toddler Observation

  • The Absorbent Mind, Maria Montessori
  • Maria Montessori: Her Life & Work, E.M. Standing
  • Oneness to Separateness, Louise Kaplan
  • Understanding the Human Being, Silvana Montanaro
  • Your Self Confident Baby, Magda Gerba
  • Shining Through, Sonnie McFarland

IT111 – Montessori Infant & Toddler Music and Movement


Rationale for music in the curriculum; rhythmic, vocal, and instrumental skills; and music appreciation and history

Montessori Infant & Toddler Music and Movement

This course covers the rationale for music in the curriculum; rhythmic, vocal, and instrumental skills; and music appreciation and history.  It also covers Montessori’s rationale for movement; basic gross motor skills; body awareness; and movement activities for line time and outdoors.

Schedule: Montessori Infant & Toddler Music and Movement

  • November 24, 2017

Assessment: Montessori Infant & Toddler Music and Movement

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals as directed.

Readings: Montessori Infant & Toddler Music and Movement

  • The Absorbent Mind, Maria Montessori
  • Maria Montessori: Her Life & Work, E.M. Standing
  • Oneness to Separateness, Louise Kaplan
  • Understanding the Human Being, Silvana Montanaro
  • Your Self Confident Baby, Magda Gerba
  • Shining Through, Sonnie McFarland

IT112 – Montessori Infant & Toddler Art


Developmentally appropriate art practices with Infant and Toddler children. Th

Montessori Infant & Toddler Art

This course introduces the students to the beneficial aspects of healing touch, includes demonstration and practice. Students will cover an array of therapeutic oils and their benefits for mood, sensory stimulation, and health.

Schedule: Montessori Infant & Toddler Art

  • November 4, 2017

Assessment: Montessori Infant & Toddler Art

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals as directed.

Readings: Montessori Infant & Toddler Art

  • The Absorbent Mind, Maria Montessori
  • Maria Montessori: Her Life & Work, E.M. Standing
  • Oneness to Separateness, Louise Kaplan
  • Understanding the Human Being, Silvana Montanaro
  • Your Self Confident Baby, Magda Gerba
  • Shining Through, Sonnie McFarland

IT113 – Infant Massage, Aromatherapy


The beneficial aspects of healing touch. Beneficial therapeutic oils mood, sensory stimulation, and health

Infant Massage, Aromatherapy

Theory of Montessori Method including history, sensitive periods, role of the teacher and role of the child, prepared environment, and process of normalization.  Also includes discussion of developmental theories of other major theorists; Absorbent mind, logical/mathematical mind, spiritual & moral development; and how the above relate to child, materials, teacher, and environment.

Schedule: Infant Massage, Aromatherapy

  • November 4th, 2017

Assessment: Infant Massage, Aromatherapy

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals as directed.

Readings: Infant Massage, Aromatherapy

  • The Absorbent Mind, Maria Montessori
  • Maria Montessori: Her Life & Work, E.M. Standing
  • Oneness to Separateness, Louise Kaplan
  • Understanding the Human Being, Silvana Montanaro
  • Your Self Confident Baby, Magda Gerba
  • Shining Through, Sonnie McFarland

IT114 – Gardening & Outdoor Environment


The extension of the Montessori environment to the outdoors

Gardening & Outdoor Environment

This course emphasizes the importance of the extension of the Montessori environment to the outdoors for gross motor, heavy lifting, continued care of environment through water and other work, sensory stimulation, development of biophilia and multiple intelligences.

Schedule: Gardening & Outdoor Environment

  • February 4, 2018

Assessment: Gardening & Outdoor Environment

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals as directed.

Readings: Gardening & Outdoor Environment

  • The Absorbent Mind, Maria Montessori
  • Maria Montessori: Her Life & Work, E.M. Standing
  • Oneness to Separateness, Louise Kaplan
  • Understanding the Human Being, Silvana Montanaro
  • Your Self Confident Baby, Magda Gerba
  • Shining Through, Sonnie McFarland

IT115 – Montessori Administration


All aspects of starting a new Montessori school

Montessori Administration

This course covers all aspects of starting a new school including: licensing requirements, legal structure, budget & financial, accreditation, and the responsibilities of the school administrator, and the parent-school partnership.

Schedule: Montessori Administration

  • April 21, 2018

Assessment: Montessori Administration

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals as directed.

Readings: Montessori Administration

  • The Absorbent Mind, Maria Montessori
  • Maria Montessori: Her Life & Work, E.M. Standing
  • Oneness to Separateness, Louise Kaplan
  • Understanding the Human Being, Silvana Montanaro
  • Your Self Confident Baby, Magda Gerba
  • Shining Through, Sonnie McFarland

IT116 – Materials Making


Hands on application of Montessori principles in materials making

Materials Making

This course is the hands on application of Montessori principles in materials making. Emphasis is placed on order, perfection and beauty. Students will create an authentic work for their future environment.

Schedule: Materials Making

  • March 23, 2018

Assessment: Materials Making

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals as directed.

Readings: Materials Making

  • The Absorbent Mind, Maria Montessori
  • Maria Montessori: Her Life & Work, E.M. Standing
  • Oneness to Separateness, Louise Kaplan
  • Understanding the Human Being, Silvana Montanaro
  • Your Self Confident Baby, Magda Gerba
  • Shining Through, Sonnie McFarland

IT117 – Albums


Perfecting your handmade Environmental Design album.

Albums

This course will assist the students in perfecting their handmade Environmental Design album.

Schedule: Albums

April 22, 2017

Assessment: Albums

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IT118 – Practicum Phase


Teaching experience in an approved Montessori classroom under supervision of approved instructor

Practicum Phase

Teaching experience in an approved Montessori classroom under supervision of approved instructor. 3 hours a day, 5 days a week for a full academic school year.

All students and faculty receive a copy of the Infant & Toddler Student Course Handbook. All faculty is expected to read the Handbook on their own prior to their first class meeting. The Co-Directors will discuss the Infant & Toddler Student Course Handbook during the first hour of the first day of the course.

Schedule: Practicum Phase

  • Practicum year is 3 hours a day, 5 days a week for a full academic school year.  Total of 400 hours.

Readings: Practicum Phase

Course Books: (Required)

  • The Absorbent Mind, Maria Montessori
  • Maria Montessori: Her Life & Work, E.M. Standing
  • Oneness to Separateness, Louise Kaplan
  • Understanding the Human Being, Silvana Montanaro
  • Your Self Confident Baby, Magda Gerba
  • Shining Through, Sonnie McFarland

Suggested Readings:

  • Discovery of the Child, Maria Montessori
  • Secret of Childhood, Maria Montessori
  • Montessori Method , Dr. Maria Montessori
  • How the Brain Learns, Dr. David Sousa
  • Prime Times, Dr James Greenman
  • The TAO of Montessori, Christine McTamaney
  • The Montessori Controversy, Dr. John Chattin-McNichols
  • The Six Stages of Parenthood, Ellen Galinsky
  • Nurturing the Spirit, Aline Wolfe
  • The Secret Life of the Unborn Child, Thomas Verny
  • The Magical Child, Joseph Chilton Pearce
  • Education and Peace, Maria Montessori
  • Conscious Discipline, Dr. Becky Bailey