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To learn when these classes are available, please refer to our class schedule.

 

Montessori Philosophy TED 7665

(35.75 hours) (32.0 hours instruction, 1.0 hours exam) (3 units)
Fall 2017 Tuesdays and Fall 2018 Thursdays (September—December)
Instructor: Maryanna Heginbottom

This class will provide an in-depth look at Dr. Montessori’s life and work including an overview of the Montessori Movement. Other topics will include preparation of the teacher, setting up an environment, observation, discipline vs. discipleship, and parent education. Two 2-hour focused observations will be required.

Practical Life TED 7677

(35.75 hours) (32.5 hours instruction, 3.25 hours exam/practicum) (3 units)
Winter 2018 Tuesdays and Winter 2018 Thursdays (January – March)
Instructor: Elizabeth Peek

This course will give detailed examples and activities for the philosophy and rationale of Practical Life, ground rules, grace and courtesy; control of movement; developing the hand; care of self; care of environment; food preparation and nutrition. Two 2-hour focused observations will be required.

Sensorial TED 7667

(35.75 hours) (32.5 hours instruction, 3.25 hours exam/practicum) (3 units)
Spring 2018 Tuesdays and Spring 2019 Thursdays (March– May)Instructor:
Instructor: Mary Cooper

This class will provide the philosophy and rationale for the Sensorial materials, giving a comprehensive view of the materials aiding the development and refinement of the senses. These will include (1) Sense of sight, discriminating dimension and form, color, or shape. (2) Auditory sense, including the silence game (3) Olfactory sense, (4) Baric sense, (5) Tactile sense, (6) Stereognostic sense. Two 2-hour observations will be required.

Art, Music & Movement 7670

(28 hours) (3 units)
Summer 2018 and Summer 2019 Tuesdays, Thursdays & 3 Saturday Workshops
Instructors: Mary Cooper (Art), Carolyn Lucento (Music), Tom Robles (Movement)

Art will introduce the student to art history art appreciation and the art media. Exploration and creation of art activities will be included. The Music Workshop will include singing, rhythmic & instrumental skills, movement and body awareness. The Movement Workshop will cover Movement, body awareness, non-competitive games, as well as, loco-motor, stationary & game skills.

Two 2-hour focused observations will be required.

Language TED 7666

(35.75 hours) (32.5 hours instruction, 3.25 hours exam/practicum) (3 units)
Fall 2017 Tuesdays and Fall 2018 Thursdays (September – December)
Instructor: Mary Cooper

This class will give the philosophy and rationale of the language curriculum. Included will be an overview of receptive and expressive language experiences, visual and auditory perceptual experiences and vocabulary development and enrichment. The basic language materials, such as Sandpaper letters, Movable alphabet and Metal insets, as well as writing, reading, and grammar will be covered. Two 2 -hour focused observations will be required.

Mathematics: Methods and Materials TED 7669

(35.75 hours) (32.5 hours instruction, 3.25 hours exam/practicum) (3 units)
Winter 2018 Thursdays and Winter 2019 Tuesdays   (January – March)
Instructors: Julianne Golden

This class will provide the philosophy and rationale for arithmetic in the early childhood curriculum. Materials covered will include those aiding the development of these concepts and skills: (1) introduction to numeration; (2) the decimal system, and the functions of the decimal system; (3) linear and skip counting; (4) operations and memorization of facts; and (5) fractions. Two two-hour focused observations will be required.

Montessori Observation

(8 hours) (no college credit)
Fall 2017: Practicum Phase 9/13/17 and 10/4/17, enrollment in Practicum Internship mandatory, Academic Phase 10/17/17, enrollment in Philosophy mandatory
Instructor: Maryanna Heginbottom

Maria Montessori based the development of her work with children on her observations of them in an environment specifically designed to serve their needs. This seminar focuses on methods of observation, forming questions, biases, awareness of cultural differences, connecting with children, recording and reflecting, determining needs and the critical importance of the habit of observation in the Montessori classroom. The instruction, assignments and presentations will be offered 3 classes, Observation Introduction is offered during the Academic Phase during the Philosophy class. The remaining 2 classes are offered during the Practicum Phase in the September & October classes. The modes of instruction are discussion, lecture, role-playing and documented observations.

Parent Involvement/Conferencing

(3.5 hrs.) (no college credit)
Fall 2017: 11/1/17, Practicum Phase enrollment mandatory
Instructor: Maryanna Heginbottom

The art of working with parents, refining communication and conferencing is presented. The focus of this class will be working to build a positive team with parents and teachers involved for the benefit of the child. The modes of instruction are discussion, lecture and activities.

Classroom Leadership/Professionalism

(3.5 hrs.) (no college credit)
Spring 2018: 3/7/18, Practicum Phase enrollment mandatory
Instructor: Maryanna Heginbottom

In this class, the role of the Montessorian in the classroom, the school and the community are examined. Students will identify the qualities needed to provide a safe environment for collaborative learning and responsibility sharing in the classroom, school and community. The modes of instruction are discussion, lecture and activities.

Natural Sciences 7675

(35.75 hours instruction) (3 units)
Physical & Life Sciences (29.25 hours) and Social Studies (6.5 hours)
Spring 2018 Thursdays and Spring 2019 Tuesdays (March - May)
Instructor: Amy Griffis

Physical Science & Life Sciences: (29.25 hrs.) The Physical Sciences will cover the philosophy, rationale, methods and materials for Physics. The Life Sciences will cover the philosophy, rationale, methods and materials for Botany and Zoology. The Earth Sciences will cover the philosophy, rationale, methods and materials for Geology, Astronomy, and Meteorology.

Social Studies: (6.5 hrs.) The Social Studies will cover the philosophy, rationale, methods and materials for Physics. The Life Sciences will cover the philosophy, rationale, methods and materials for Geography: Land & Water Forms, Globes, Maps, Flag & Multicultural Awareness. History: Time, Calendar, Season, Personal History. Ecology: Recycle, Reuse, Reduce.

All subject matter will be appropriate for the Early Childhood Curriculum with an overview of the sequence, methods and materials for these subjects, development of objectives, materials and written exercises, relation of materials and concepts to developmental continuum, child characteristics and level of difficulty. Two 2-hour focused observations in a Montessori 3—6 year-old class will be required. The mode of instruction Lecture, large group discussion, small group discussion, demonstration, participation, practice, observation, written assignments.

Practicum: Internship Component
(minimum 540 hours)

Instructors: Maryanna Heginbottom
Description: No part of the practicum may precede the beginning of the academic phase of the program, and student teaching must be preceded by sufficient and appropriate coursework to prepare the student for a successful experience. Students must maintain a B or higher in all classes and meet a written English standard to enroll in the Honors Practicum classes. This internship consists of a supervised student teaching in an early childhood classroom under the direction of a master teacher. (See Practicum Standards and Responsibilities, pages 18–20.) The internship provides in-depth, hands-on experience working directly with children in a prepared environment. The student teacher will prepare lesson plans, make materials, record observations of children, and prepare parent conference forms under the guidance of the master teacher. The student teacher will be responsible for assisting with preparing the environment and classroom management. The student will keep a journal and a practice log and do six hours of outside observations. The master teacher will prepare monthly evaluations of the student teacher's progress. The supervising teacher will conduct a minimum of three on-site observations and evaluations of the student.

Practicum: Seminar Component

(19 hours) (6 units)
Fall 2017 Wednesdays TED 7693-HA (September – December)
Spring 2018 Wednesdays TED 7618-HA (January – June)
Instructor: Maryanna Heginbottom

The student will register for 2 quarters – Fall and Spring. Seminars continue on a monthly basis throughout the year. These classes will provide the philosophy and rationale of student teaching. Included are in-depth overviews of classroom management and leadership, parent education and conferencing, professionalism and problem solving. In addition each student will prepare a comprehensive child study based on a minimum of 18 hours of direct observation. A year-long synthesis project will be required demonstrating the students’ ability to develop a unit of study for the classroom which includes preparing materials in all subject areas.

*Child Development,  *Child Family and Community,  * Administration Classes:  *Child Development,  *Child Family and Community,  * Administration Classes:  See Appendix BStudent Services are not directly provided by FMAE. The instructors and Director of the course are available for academic advice and counsel on an individual basis. Fountainhead Inc. maintains a health care resource referral file available to students enrolled in FMAE. No instruction in English as a second language is provided. Instruction is in English only. Academic advice and counseling are available before and after class or by appointment. No health care services are provided. FMAE maintains a health/psychological care resource referral file to students enrolled in FMAE. No financial aid is provided

Child Development, Child Family/Community, & Administration Classes

See Appendix B in the Student Handbook.


Student Services are not directly provided by FMAE. The instructors and Director of the course are available for academic advice and counsel on an individual basis. Fountainhead Inc. maintains a health care resource referral file available to students enrolled in FMAE.

  • No instruction in English as a second language is provided. Instruction is in English only.
  • Academic advice and counseling are available before and after class or by appointment.
  • No health care services are provided. FMAE maintains a health/psychological care resource referral file to students enrolled in FMAE. No financial aid is provided

Join us!

Philosophy:
Tuesdays
9/19/17 – 12/12/17
6:30 – 9:45 PM

Language:
Thursdays
9/21/17 – 12/7/17
6:30 – 9:45 PM

Call for details:
(925) 820-1343

Education is a natural process carried out by the child and not acquired by listening to words but by experiences with the environment.

– Maria Montessori