Early Childhood Course Modules

The Early Childhood course is focused on the development of children from ages 2.5to 6 years. The course requires a minimum of 295 contact hours,which includes lectures and tutorials and a minimum of 540 hours of observation and teaching practice over the course of the year. The Adult Learnersalso have independent study and assignment preparation throughout the year. Although the Adult Learnersmay find this a challenge, TMEC instructors and staff are ready and willing to provide necessary support throughoutthe course.

Montessori Philosophy

An introduction to Montessori method. The concepts related to physical, intellectual, linguistic, social, emotional, and spiritual and moral development of the child provide the framework for the method. This module explores the relationship between the Montessori philosophy, the prepared environment, the adult and the child. The Montessori principles of the absorbent mind, the sensitive periods and the role of the adult will be included.

Child Psychology

The module will present an introduction to child psychology and the main approaches of child development, and will focus on child development from birth to six years. Lectures will include the history of psychology, psychological research and the physical, emotional and social development of children. This module is designed to enable the Adult Learner to apply principles of psychology in a learning environment.

Practical Life

The module presents the philosophy and purpose for the practical life curriculum. The purpose of the Practical Life activities is the child’s achievement of functional independence, coordination of movement, development of logical sequence and adaptation to social life. Areas of study in this module include Movement, Care of Self, Care of the Environment and Grace and Courtesy.

Sensorial

Introduction to the philosophy and purpose for the sensorial curriculum. This module will relate Montessori philosophy to the developmental purpose to refine the senses and classify the child’s sensory experiences and impressions. They are designed to develop in the child an awareness of all senses: visual, tactile, auditory, olfactory and gustatory. They also develop coordination, refinement of movement and vocabulary.

Geography & History

The philosophy and purpose for the study of geography and history is presented. Geography studies include land and water forms, globes, maps, flags and multi-cultural awareness. History includes seasons, calendars, personal history and clocks. Geography and history area based on language experiences and sensorial explorations.

Science

The module presents the philosophy and purpose for the science curriculum. The child is beginning to understand his relationship to the natural world and this course encourages an awareness of the earth; appreciate his role in the care of the natural environment. Biology shows that all life is interrelated and Zoology encompasses animal life, the importance of the sun and water to all life. The course provides concrete experiences to encourage respect for all aspects of nature.

Movement

Montessori’s philosophy of the importance of movement in the development of the child is presented. The module will help the Adult Learner in developing and implementing effective movement activities in the classroom. The use of movement to promote cognitive growth, body awareness, purposeful movement, basic skills (locomotors, stationary movement and games) will be included. The module will present strategies to optimize learning through movement and support different learning styles and movement needs.

Language

Language is a major human development, especially in the early years of a child’s life and the module presents Montessori philosophy for this area. The materials for development of receptive and expressive language, visual and auditory perception and discrimination, vocabulary development and enrichment are presented. Writing and learning to read materials are included.

Mathematics

Montessori identified the human abilities to calculate, reason and be abstract. Her philosophy presents the principle of a mathematical mind, which is to be developed through concrete experiences. The math curriculum includes a collection of carefully devised apparatus, each piece fulfilling a clearly defined purpose. The Montessori math materials are sequential and include numeration, the decimal system, counting, four simple operations, memorization and other related math experiences.

Observation

The module presents Montessori philosophy and purpose for observation as the cornerstone of the method. An overview of observation strategies and documentation techniques is included. The module includes record and planning systems that are coordinated with the observations. The Adult Learner will complete internal and external guided observations during the practicum.

Special Education

This module presents an inclusive approach to understanding and working with children who have specific learning and developmental needs. The presentations will cover the experience of failure on self-esteem, and provide knowledge of the social barriers for children with learning needs. A review of a humanistic approach to behavior difficulties will be presented.

Classroom Leadership

This is an overview of classroom management skills, design of the environment, and effective relationships and communication skills with parents and families. The module covers the relationship between effective observation, planning for and assessment of children’s development. Managing school records and evaluation reports is included. Understanding cultural diversity and personal awareness knowledge leads to establishing an inclusive and respectful atmosphere. Positive management and discipline techniques are presented.

Art and Music/Dance

This module presents the role of music and art in the development of young children and explores ways to integrate these activities into the daily life of the Montessori classroom for children aged 3-6 years. The arts are a thinking tool, a way for children to communicate understanding and misunderstandings. They allow children to explore many perspectives. Sample exercises are demonstrated and practiced, and guidelines for creating similar activities in each of these areas are presented. Theoretical information related to these topics is included.