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Course Descriptions

Montessori Philosophy

(3 units, 35 hours)

This class will provide an in-depth look at Dr. Maria Montessori’s life and work including an overview of the Montessori Movement. Philosophy methods including the absorbent mind, sensitive periods, logical-mathematical mind, spiritual and moral development of the child, cosmic wonder and explorations. Other topics will include preparation of the teacher, setting up an environment, observation, discipline vs. discipleship, and parent education.

Practical Life

(3 units, 35 hours)

This class will give detailed examples and activities for the Montessori philosophy and rationale of Practical Life. Topic and activities include ground rules; grace and courtesy; control of movement; developing the hand; care of self; care of environment; food preparation and nutrition as related to the goals of order, concentration, co-ordination and independence.

Sensorial

(3 units, 35 hours)

This class will provide the Montessori 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) Stereo gnostic sense.

Language

(3 units, 35 hours)

This class will give the Montessori 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 penmanship, writing, reading, grammar and children’s literature, drama will be covered.

Mathematics: Methods and Materials

(3 units, 35 hours)

This class will provide the Montessori 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; (5) Fractions and Math applications.

Natural Sciences

(3 units, 35 hours)

This class will cover Montessori rational and philosophy for Physical and Life Science (21 hours) and Social Studies (14 hours) in the early childhood. The Physical and Life Science include: Botany, Zoology, Earth Science and Physical Science. Social Studies includes Geography and History.

Art, Music & Movement

(3 units, 35 hours)

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.

Classroom Leadership

(3 units, 35 hours)

This course covers preparation of the environment, scheduling for the staff as well as the schedule for the child’s day, evaluation of children, techniques for discipline, communication, and problem-solving, human needs and requirements specific to a full day or extended day program, also includes multi-culture and diversity in all forms and understanding issues relating to school administration, professional relationships and best practices as code of ethics.

Practicum I

(3 units, 35 hours)
Prerequisites: Philosophy, Practical Life, Sensorial, Art, Music & Movement, Language, Mathematics, Natural Science, Classroom Leadership*. Must be taken in conjunction with Practicum I.

This class consists of the following classes: Montessori Observation (28 hours) and Parent Involvement (7 hours).

Montessori Observation includes lecture 8 hours and documented observation of 20 hours. 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 Parent Involvement seminar focuses on 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 may be taken before or during Practicum Phase.

Practicum II

(3 units, 35 hours)
Prerequisites: Philosophy, Practical Life, Sensorial, Art, Music & Movement, Language, Mathematics, Natural Science, Classroom Leadership*. Must be taken in conjunction with Practicum I.

The class includes yearlong work study (full school year, 540 hours minimum), synthesis project (yearlong project), child study and other focus topics. Students will show their learning and understanding of all the Montessori classes through the development of a synthesis project, child study and daily reflective journal entries.

*Classroom Leadership may be taken before or during Practicum Phase.

Infant / Toddler Development

(4 units, 45 hours)

This course is a study of infants and toddlers from pre-conception to age three including physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional growth and development. Students apply theoretical frameworks in to interpret and understand behavior and interactions between heredity and environment. This course emphasize the role of the family and relationships in development. Students are required to observe children in a group setting.

Child Development

(3 units, 35 hours)

This course is designed for students to study the growth and development of children from the prenatal stage through adolescence. For each stage of development with attention to both typical as well as atypical development in each area is discussed. Included are the influences of culture, family, and the environment. The material on this course is designed as a foundation for teaching, nursing, early childhood education, and parenting.

Child, Family, and Community

(3 units, 35 hours)

Patterns of family living in modern society, including varying roles and interaction of family members; factors affecting family, including urban-suburban living, socio-cultural, racial and economic; relationship of the family to the preschool and to such community resources as represented by health, welfare, educational, recreational, religious, and counseling organizations. Students are required to observe children in a group setting.

Early Childhood Education Administration

(3 units, 35 hours)

Students are introduced to the administration of preschool programs. The course covers program types, budget, management, regulations, laws, development and implementation of policies and procedures. The course examines administrative tools, philosophies, and techniques needed to organize, open and operate an early care and education program. Students are requires to observe licensed program and interview an administrators.

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"Early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society," said Maria Montessori, and if you have a high school diploma or a GED, you can enroll in the Fountainhead Montessori Adult Education (FMAE) program. There is no pre-admissions test or evaluation. If you qualify, simply register, complete the enrollment agreement, and you are off to make a better society.

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