ME 1230 – MONTESSORI PHILOSOPHY (2 UNITS):
The theory behind the Montessori philosophy is a vital component of teacher training. The reading of four books will be the requirement and a paper on each, answering specific questions will be expected. Student teachers will need to do an independent research paper on an assigned topic and make a presentation to the class. The Montessori view of the basic process of development from birth to six years will emotional development, with reference to education implications will be discussed.
ME 1231 – MONTESSORI PRACTICAL LIFE (2 UNITS):
Practical Life exercises have as their goal the adaptation of the child to his environment and growth of his independence. This goal is accomplished through the development of coordination and controlled movement, by which the child will be enabled to care for both him and his surroundings, thus establishing him in his society through courteous relation with others. For this purpose, the child is provided with special materials scaled to his size and with which he can enjoy such tasks as sweeping, dusting, polishing, washing, tying and buttoning. These exercises provide the child with a clear relationship between the “prepared environment” and what he has seen his family do, thereby allowing him to contribute to the life he sees around him.
ME 1232 – MONTESSORI SENSORIAL EDUCATION (2 UNITS):
A child is brought by nature to the task of classifying those materials that surround him. The sensorial materials of the Montessori classroom are designed to aid the process of classification of the environment which has already begun, this enabling the child to arrive at a conscious level of discrimination rather than a vague one. These materials are designed to develop the senses of hearing, vision, touch, taste, smell and perception, as the ability to discriminate shapes and sizes.
ME 1233 – MONTESSORI LANGUAGE (2 UNITS):
Language is the essence of the development of the child because it enables him to communicate with others and understand when they communicate. In the Montessori classroom, your child’s vocabulary is enriched by storytelling, conversation and poetry. The Montessori child begins reading when he is ready and proceeds at his own pace. Sandpaper letters provide a phonetic basis for reading. The child hears the sounds, sees the shape, and prepares his muscles for writing by the light tracing of the letter with his fingertips. Many other exercises for both reading and writing are found in the environment. Geography, biology, botany, zoology, art, music and drama are presented as extensions of the sensorial language activities.
ME 1234 – MONTESSORI MATHEMATICS (2 UNITS):
The mathematical mind is an ability inherent to all men. Therefore is essential to make a child’s natural mathematical tendencies by coupling these with his innate urge for exploration, repetition and exactness. The materials for mathematics introduce the concept of concrete quality before the abstract. The quantity is introduced by a series of rods that the child can count and compare. Beads and symbol cards familiarize the child with the decimal system. These exercises provide a deep understanding of the function of numbers and concepts that will help the child in later abstractions.
ME 1235 – MONTESSORI PRACTICUM (2 UNITS):
Supervised experience with children in pre-school and Montessori school, assessment, identification and redemption of learning characteristics. Each student teacher will benefit by practicing under the supervision of experienced, well–trained Montessori teachers.
ME 1236 – THE CULTURAL SUBJECTS (2 UNITS):
The cultural subjects will include geography, science, culinary arts, music, physical education and music. The teacher-in–training will be required to make materials to be placed in their classroom, prepare an album, and demonstrate the ability to use materials. Geography is an important part of the Montessori curriculum. A child needs to understand the makeup of the world in order to understand the role they play in society. Children use the Montessori nomenclature material to learn about land and water forms around the world. The science area introduces students to various animals and plants as will life cycles. Zoology and botany are taught using real specimens long with wooden puzzles and nomenclature. Teachers-in-training will be exposed to methods appropriate for teaching the cultural subjects in the Montessori classroom.