Introduction to Montessori | The Prepared Montessorian
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From anywhere across the globe, you can attend our 4-hour online course to learn about how Montessori works and what makes the Montessori educational experience unique. You'll see educational goals presented in a new light, learn how the Montessori methodology came to be, and understand the adult's role in aiding childhood development.

Course Overview

Are you an educator who wants to learn more about individualizing your curriculum and lesson plans for the children under your care? Are you a parent who wants to know how to bridge home and school? Are you a thinker who wants to understand how humans develop and what it takes to help a child grow into an independent, clear-thinking adult?

This course is an introduction for those who are beginning to learn about Montessori or want to revisit the principles of the Montessori Method. Montessori is a both a teaching methodology and a way of looking at the world. So it's not just about education; it's about the role that education should play within society. Montessori kindergartens and beautifully maintained shelves full of child-friendly activities form just a part of what Montessori is. Join us if you're curious about where the philosophy comes from, and if you want a better idea of how to put it into action with your children.

It is designed for working with children of all ages, but with a special focus on the 0 to 6 age range. Many educators want to learn more about individualizing their curriculum and lesson plans. Many parents want to know how to bridge home and school. And many thinkers want to understand how humans develop and what it takes to help a child grow into an independent, clear-thinking adult. This course speaks to everyone with an interest in human progress.

Target audience
Parents, caregivers (nannies, grandparents, anyone who is taking care of children), educators who want to learn more about Montessori, and Montessori educators looking for a refresher

Duration and format
4 hours of live online course with flexible schedule (4-hour session or 2-hour session over 2 days) that is optimized for multiple time zones

Where next?

If you're a parent or caregiver and want to implement the Montessori principles in the home environment, we offer more in-depth guidance through our Montessori in the Home Orientation.

If you're an educator or educator-in-training, and you want to gain expert level understanding of Montessori, we recommend our MACTE-approved Montessori Teacher Diploma. A good starting point is the Montessori Foundational Studies course, which can be taken as part of your Diploma studies, if you decide to take your studies further with us.

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Our in-house education experts have created a comprehensive introduction to Montessori. This course is ideal for anyone new to Montessori and who wants to learn more.
Discover the significance of independence
Discover the significance of independence
Montessori helps children achieve what they naturally strive for: to think and do things for themselves
Understand the power of the prepared environment
Understand the power of the prepared environment
Children thrive in environments that both cater to their needs and make them feel safe - just like us adults
Consider the role of the adult
Consider the role of the adult
When we interrupt a child who is in the middle of doing something which he is able to do, we deprive him of the opportunity to grow
What you'll walk away with

What you'll walk away with

1. A comprehensive understanding of the Montessori method and its goals

2. A memorable introduction to the history of Montessori and the story of its founder Maria Montessori

3. An overview of key Montessori terminology and how to begin implementing Montessori at home

This course has sparked a big interest in me! I only heard about Montessori because my friend sends her daughter to a Montessori school. Now I feel like I can use Montessori at home with my own children.
Student survey, November 2020

Meet your instructors

Mariana Serralde
Mariana Serralde
Mariana Serralde is our Senior Trainer. Mariana has been a Montessori educator for more than 20 years, working as a Children’s House Guide, Head of School, Montessori Mentor and currently as a Senior Montessori Trainer. She holds an AMI Primary Diploma from the Montessori Institute of San Diego, a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Second Language Learning. Her passion for Montessori and diverse experience across the world brings about an empathetic approach to spreading Montessori pedagogy. Mariana has worked and supported several teachers and schools throughout her journey, including bilingual Montessori environments at all levels and collaborating in the development of a dual-language Montessori model for one of the first public dual-language Montessori schools.
Joel Mendes
Joel Mendes
Joel Mendes is our Executive Director. He has worked in the school setting since graduating from California State University with a BA in English Education and Literature and a California Teaching Credential, and over the years has taught and had leadership roles in schools serving both children and adults. It was when Joel became Head of a Montessori school that things really changed for him. Not only did he have the chance to work with remarkable Montessori children, he witnessed first-hand the benefits of Montessori as a father to three children attending the same school. Joel dove into Montessori completely, earning his Montessori Certification from Montessori Insitute of San Diego and mentoring his colleagues along the way. Today, Joel leads the Prepared Montessorian team, and uses his expertise to create and deliver high-fidelity training and resources to practicing Montessorians.
Ana Amiguet
Ana Amiguet
Ana Amiguet is our Senior Trainer. Ana was a Montessori child and credits her love of learning to her experiences in a Children's House classroom. This background spurred her to complete her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Brown University, a Masters in Montessori Education from Loyola College in Maryland, and then an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) diploma from the Montessori Institute of San Diego. Ana has worked as a Lead Guide in Children's Houses and has also held various Montessori administrative roles. Her favorite role by far is her current one on the Prepared Montessorian team, helping to train and support Guides bring this amazing teaching methodology to children.


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