This course is devoted to the examination of the many variables involved in learning as well as of contemporary ideas related to the learning process. Theoretical approaches for guidance in teaching the young child are analyzed. Early childhood majors take a 3-hour course; Montessori majors take a 4-hour course. For upper-level students with permission.
This course examines the relationships among motor, intellectual, and ego development. Activities designed for independence and responsibility are presented with opportunities for teachers to structure these activities for their classrooms. An introduction to movement exploration for young children is part of the course.
This course explores perceptual development in children three to six years of age, including visual, auditory, and kinesthetic perception. The Montessori sensorial activities are demonstrated and teachers of preschool, kindergarten, and primary children are shown activities they can use in their classrooms to enhance perceptual development.
This course examines the developing abilities of children between the ages of three and seven years to use oral and written symbol systems as effective means of communication. The writings of Piaget, Montessori, Luria, Bruner, and other educators and psychologists are discussed. The interfaces among reading, writing, and speaking are explored.
This course focuses on ways to enhance the development of mathematical ideas in young children three through eight years of age. Ways to design "mathematical environments" within a teacher's classroom are discussed, and useful materials are examined.
The goals of this course are to enable teachers to observe young children objectively and to design materials to offer a more individualized approach to learning for Early Childhood teachers.
Weekend seminars in the fall and spring taken with approved Montessori Internship only. Permission of the Montessori coordinator is required.