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Montessori Foundational Studies

A Montessori classroom functions in a beautifully designed manner. This course explains what it takes to orchestrate a vibrant Montessori classroom so that it provides children with the knowledge and skills they need to confidently accomplish anything. You will discover how a Montessori classroom functions, how the methodology was developed, and how each aspect of the classroom works together in harmony.
Montessori Foundational Studies

How Foundational Studies fits in Certification Training

How Foundational Studies fits in Certification Training

COURSE OVERVIEW

This course blends intensive seminars and discussions about how the Montessori classroom works, with deep-dives into specific Montessori lessons and how they integrate with the whole curriculum. Discover how each facet of the child is developed through careful preparation of the learning environment and of the teacher. You'll engage in live online classes, participate in guided materials practice, perform pre- and post-class assignments, build a foundational set of lessons in our album study and practice your observation skills. For the self-study time, you should put aside about 5 hours weekly to complete the assignments.

This course is the first component of the Nido & Toddler and Children's House Diploma Courses. It can be taken as a standalone course.

If you take the course and decide you'd like to apply for the certification training, you can complete an internal application to enroll. You will need to apply within two months of the Foundational Studies assignments deadline date and provide a resume and reference along with the responses to the application. The $995 cost will be deducted from your diploma tuition.

Target Audiences

  • Montessorians who would like a refresher
  • Administrators who want a solid foundation of the age range and the specific needs
  • Assistant Guides who would like to deepen their knowledge without the commitment of a lead guide certification

Course Delivery

Language

This course is academically rigorous and requires a mastery of listening, speaking, reading, and writing at a high level in English.

All of our courses and discussions are in English, but we do have supplemental support for Spanish-speakers who can keep up in English but express themselves in Spanish writing with more fluency. If you have questions regarding the level of English comprehension needed, please book a call with us: https://calendly.com/d/xms6-fcns/diploma-course-q-a

Formats

You will have training components in all these formats:

  • Live
  • Online
  • In-Person
  • Self-Paced

Since we largely based online, access to reliable high-speed internet and video/webcam to be on-camera in class is needed. FIn general, you will need to the technological know-how of how to learn and operate the following types of software:

  • Web browser navigation (i.e., Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge)
  • video call (i.e., Zoom, Microsoft Teams, webcam)
  • word processing and reading software (i.e., Google Docs, Microsoft word)
  • media software (i.e., taking photos and videos, webcam, playing videos)

We will onboard you to our learning management system which houses all your resources and assignments. We will provide instructions and support yet you will need to learn how to proficiently navigate the system in order to complete your training.

Schedule

* You could use this Time Zone Converter if you need to convert the schedule.

Please be sure to review your cohort's Foundational Studies schedule prior to registration to ensure that it fits your time.

Course Components

This course is designed to ground the student in Montessori philosophy and teaching methodology. It involves an overview of Maria Montessori's discoveries concerning childhood development, the classroom materials she created, and the ways in which modern educators give lessons using those specialized materials.

The 3 main components are:

  • Community Workshops (weekly)
  • Seminars + Pre / Post Seminar Assignments + Assessment for seminars
  • Album Study Assignments 1 & 2 + Assessment for Album Study Assignments
  • 20 hours of classroom observation

Begin your studies with weekly community workshops to orient yourself to your prepared learning environment. Build relationships with your coach and your fellow community of learners. After several weeks of working together, you will attend your online Seminars and continue to meet with your cohort weekly to work on your assignments and ask questions. The deadline to complete all the assignments for Foundational Studies is typically two weeks upon the completion of the seminars.

It can be taken anywhere you have an internet connection but is enhanced if you have access to Montessori materials for the Guided Materials Practice and Album Study. We recommend contacting your local Montessori school to see if you can practice with materials when students aren't present (i.e., weekends). Don't have access? We can help! We have DIY ideas for you to setup and can recommend which materials to purchase.

You will have access to a learning platform to view your assignments, mark your attendance and access resources. Your access to this learning platform will expire six months from the start date of your cohort.

Courses Offered for the Following Age Ranges:

  • Nido & Toddler (for working with children from birth to age 3)
  • Children’s House (for working with children ages 3 to 6)

We start a course almost monthly. See upcoming schedules below.

Cost

The cost is $995. If you decide to continue with the diploma course, we will deduct this cost from the diploma course tuition. You will need to decide within 2 months of the Foundational Studies course completion deadline.

Where next?

This course provides access to an exclusive set of resources, including an a video library to study the foundational lessons that make up the Montessori curriculum. After completing this course, you can request a certificate of completion for either:

  • Seminar hours only
  • Seminar hours + Assignment hours

You can also complete a transfer application to earn your Montessori Teacher Diploma.

If you'd like to transfer to the full certification, you will need to apply within 2 months of the end of your Foundational Studies course completion deadline.

Glimpse of some of the classes

The Foundational Studies schedule is the same for Nido & Toddler and Children's House but the content is specific to the age range. Here are some of the classes you'll attend:
Introduction to Language
Introduction to Language
The Tangible Components of the Prepared Environment
The Tangible Components of the Prepared Environment
Montessori Theory Seminar
Montessori Theory Seminar
Weaning and Mealtimes
Weaning and Mealtimes
Children's House January Course

Children's House January Course

Wednesday Community Workshops + Intensive Daytime Seminars

Our course starting January 26, 2023, will be begin with an orientation session (3:30-5 pm ET), followed by 10 weekly community workshops on Wednesdays (3:30-5 pm ET), before live online seminars (Monday-Friday, 2-3:30 pm ET) and community workshops occur together during each of the scheduled weeks (April 5-May 5). The seminar schedule is an intensive weekday day schedule. Learners will have additional community workshops before the deadline to complete Foundational Studies is May 26.

NIDO & TODDLER January COURSE

NIDO & TODDLER January COURSE

Monday Community Workshops + Daytime Intensive Seminars

Our course starting January 26, 2023, will be begin with an orientation session (3:30-5 pm ET), followed by 10 weekly community workshops on Mondays (3:30-5 pm ET), before live online seminars (Mondays through Fridays, 12-3:30 pm ET) and community workshops occur together during each of the scheduled 4 weeks (Jan 31-May 25). The seminar schedule is an intensive weekday day schedule. Learners will have additional community workshops before the deadline to complete Foundational Studies is May 26.

2023 Upcoming Cohorts

2023 Upcoming Cohorts

Want to look ahead at future cohorts? Remember, you can always book a call with our admissions team to discuss further.

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After completing the course, I no longer feel like an outsider when it comes to Montessori. I now understand how beautifully all the areas of the Montessori environment are interconnected to each other and how every set of materials serves the purpose of helping the child to reach his future goals. We have the responsibility to observe and recognize each child's need and guide them to develop their inner skills by providing the right activity at the right time.
Subhalaxmi Pratihari
Prepared Montessorian Graduate 2020

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.
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.
Monique Shen
Monique Shen
Monique Shen is our Nido and Toddler Trainer. After earning her BA in Psychology from Stony Brook University, Monique continued to pursue her interests in developmental psychology and found that her true passion was in early childhood education. She graduated with her AMI Montessori Diploma for the 0 to 3 age group from The Montessori Training Centre of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and is currently pursuing a dual master's in Early Childhood and Special Education. Monique has opened and led toddler communities, and has also worked as part of the training team in international Montessori training courses in Mexico City for Nido and Toddler guides seeking Montessori certification.
Michelle Ahern
Michelle Ahern
Michelle Ahern is a Montessori educator working with the Prepared Montessorian team. Michelle grew up in Ireland and earned her BSc from The University of Limerick in Digital Media Design. Soon after, she decided to swap computers for classrooms and began to explore a career in early childhood education in Asia. She found Montessori and moved to Portland, OR, to complete her Montessori AMI 3-6 certification at Montessori Northwest. She recently obtained her MEd in Early Childhood Education and Special Education and has spent the past few years working in classrooms in New York City. Michelle is excited to share her love for the Montessori approach with new guides and guides-in-training!
Emily Daggett
Emily Daggett
As a child, Emily attended Montessori programs in Portland, OR through middle school. She credits her education with fostering a love of learning that continues to serve her today. After earning a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Occidental College, Emily traveled the world and found her way back to her roots. She received her Montessori 3-6 and 6-12 certification from the Association Montessori Internationale, as well as an M.Ed. from Loyola University. She is currently working on completing her 0-3 training. Emily has worked with children ages 18 months to 12 years in Montessori settings and most recently served as Communication Manager at Montessori Northwest training center. She hopes to use her background as a Montessori child turned educator to advocate for high quality education for all children.
Meggan Burak
Meggan Burak
Meggan Burak is our Montessori Mentor. After studying Journalism at the University of Wyoming, Meggan moved to Minnesota which is where she began her Montessori training. She received her Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Primary Diploma from the Montessori Center of Minnesota. Over her twenty-plus years as a Montessori educator, Meggan has worn many hats. She has opened a Montessori school, worked in Nido and Toddler environments, and has been a Children’s House Guide, Head of School, and Administrator. Her passion has always been to help guide others along their Montessori paths. Meggan is delighted to be a Montessori Mentor with the Prepared Montessorian Institute supporting new guides and guides in training as they set off on their Montessori journeys.
Laura Kalama
Laura Kalama
Laura is our Nido and Toddler Trainer. Over the past 15 years, Laura has been actively involved in early childhood education. She studied education with an emphasis on music at Bridgewater College, Virginia, then moved to California to work with infant and toddler families. She received her Montessori training from the Prepared Montessorian and served as a Lead Nido Guide before joining our team.
James Lu
James Lu
James Lu is one of our Montessori Mentors. James earned a Master degree in International Communication from University of Leeds and Television Art from Communication University of China. He also holds a Montessori Infant Toddler guide certification and Montessori Elementary guide certification from the Association Montessori Internationale. He received a Montessori Primary certification from Montessori Teacher Preparation of Washington in 2012, and in the same year, he started his teaching career in Montessori Children's House of North Forsyth, Gainesville, Georgia. Since qualifying as an Elementary guide in 2018, he has been teaching both lower and upper elementary levels in Ivy League Montessori and Arbor Montessori.
Peter Piché
Peter Piché
Peter serves on the Prepared Montessorian team as a theory trainer. He is MACTE-credentialed (Primary, Elementary I–II,) Montessori educator who founded and designed the Secondary I Montessori program at Montessori Community School in Durham, North Carolina, after attending Great Work's Orientation to Montessori Adolescent program. In addition to getting his professional leadership coaching certification from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching in New Jersey, he holds a Masters in Education. Formerly he served as a consultant to the American Montessori Society for their Pathway of Continuous School Improvement program. Recently he's worked with Montessori leadership professionals to help them with assertive communication and mapping their leadership style to Montessori principles.

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