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Montessori in the Home

This course provides the foundational principles for bringing the Montessori methodology into the home. It's designed for implementing a full-day Montessori experience for children from birth to age six in a manner aligned with a Montessori school environment. It is 100% online and asynchronous and requires no prerequisite certifications. For many of our graduates, this course has opened up doors to career opportunities across the globe.
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Montessori in the Home

WHAT WILL BE DISCUSSED

Whether you are just discovering Montessori, or have previous knowledge and experience, this course will provide a foundation for bringing a full-day approach to learning that honors children’s interests and developmental needs.

Montessori in the Home is an overview of the key elements crucial for supporting child development during the first six years of life. The course provides foundational knowledge of Montessori theory and practical strategies for adults implementing a Montessori approach at home. It starts with an introduction to Montessori education, including the history and an overview of Montessori child development theory, core child goals and the adult’s role in a Montessori environment. The course then delves into the components of the Prepared Environment, methods for inspiring children to purposefully engage with the Montessori curriculum, and provides guidance for fostering independence and the development of self-efficacy in young children.

Module 1: Introduction to Montessori Education

Module 1: Introduction to Montessori Education

Welcome and the Potential of Childhood

We discuss our hopes for adults of the future and peek into a Montessori Nido Environment to discuss what children are capable of from the earliest ages.

Child Goals

We look at our overarching goals for children, and human beings, and discuss some ways we can support these goals with the children in our lives.

Who was Maria Montessori and how did she respond to children?

Did you know that the first Montessori school opened in 1907? And that it was a doctor, not an educator who discovered this method? We look at Dr. Montessori’s approach to observation and how we incorporate these observations into our methodology and curriculum today.

How Montessori Works

The Montessori approach relies on three interconnected elements: the child, the adult and the environment. We discuss how they relate to each other, and the adult’s responsibility in preparing and connecting the child to the environment, and stepping back to allow for choice and concentration.

Module 2: Montessori History and Ideas

Module 2: Montessori History and Ideas

Montessori History

We explore the early life of Maria Montessori, who drew upon her training as a medical doctor in her work with children. While she had no formal training as an educator, her observations and methodologies revealed to the world new possibilities for children. She discovered that children were capable of far more than anyone had imagined, & she dedicated the remainder of her life advocating for the rights of the child.

Montessori Ideas

The Montessori approach is founded on some key ideas uncovered by Dr. Montessori’s astute observations of children. These include the Four Planes of Development, Human Tendencies, the Absorbent Mind, Sensitive Periods and the importance of the Prepared Environment. We explore these concepts and narrow in on the characteristics of First Plane of Development, ages 0-6. We will unpack the “Montessori Equation,” & discuss how adults can support a child’s development by connecting the child to the purposeful activity within a prepared environment.

Module 3: The Prepared Environment – Setting Up the Home

Module 3: The Prepared Environment – Setting Up the Home

Introduction to the Prepared Environment

The Prepared Environment is an essential element of the Montessori approach. We discuss the concept and introduce the physical and non-physical aspects of the Prepared Environment. We dive deeper into the aspects we can see and touch, but also emphasize the importance of the invisible things, such as routines and expectations.

Setting up a Montessori Home Environment

We continue exploring the physical aspects of the Prepared Environment. We look at each area of a home environment and give examples of how each area of the home can be set up to support independence on the part of the child.

Module 4: The Prepared Environment – Daily Routines in the Home

Module 4: The Prepared Environment – Daily Routines in the Home

We will discuss how consistent routines feed a child’s sense of order and support overall development. We discuss the importance of routines, including the Montessori uninterrupted Work Period, the purposeful use of the materials and dive deeper into the role of the adult. We also discuss each building block of our day with children, including mealtimes, outdoor time, and sleep.

Module 5: Introduction to the Montessori Curriculum

Module 5: Introduction to the Montessori Curriculum

When comparing a newborn to six-year-old, it is impossible not to see a completely transformed individual. In this module, we’ll discuss the areas of the Montessori Curriculum from birth to age six, with a focus on Psychosensory Motor Development, Practical Life, Language, Sensorial, and Math.

Module 6: Inspiring Children at Home

Module 6: Inspiring Children at Home

Why do we want to inspire children?

We will discuss Montessori as non-compulsory education. In some ways, it is much harder to inspire children than it is to force them. However, if we genuinely wish to educate the whole person, we do not have any choice but to motivate them. We will discuss the tools you have at your disposal to inspire children to work.

The Art of the Presentation

One of our strategies for inspiring children is to give them the gift of knowledge. After we prepare the environment, our next responsibility as the adult is to connect children with the environment. We will explore one of the most important secrets of the Montessori Adult: the presentation of a material. We will also discuss the art of “leaving,” so that children can engage and concentrate independently.

Module 7: Grace, Courtesy & Limit Setting

Module 7: Grace, Courtesy & Limit Setting

We will discuss how to set children on the path to self-discipline, starting with leading by example. First, we must build a trusting relationship with the child before anything else. Then we must give the child knowledge of the behavior we hope to see. Next, we connect children to the Prepared Environment, setting limits when necessary and reinforcing them consistently.

Module 8: Montessori in Action

Module 8: Montessori in Action

In this last module, we share our Getting Started Packet, designed to offer recommendations for adults in implementing a full-day Montessori approach at home. We share resources for Activity Planning and end the session with general questions and answers.

Course Details

How to access the course?
How to access the course?
Upon registration, you will immediately receive the link to the course landing page where you will find all the course resources, including instructor's welcome, 16 hours of video content structured over 8 modules, links for quizzes and personal reflections, and list of downloadable resources and handouts.
What if I have questions?
What if I have questions?
If you have any questions about the course content, you can email us at hello@preparedmontessorian.com to get in touch with our training team or book a call directly with our course instructor for a live meeting.
How long do I have access?
How long do I have access?
You will have permanent access to the course landing page, including all the videos and resources. You can download all the resources to help you implement Montessori in the home environment and re-visit the course videos anytime you need.

Is this course right for you?

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  • Who is this course perfect for?
    • Parents
    • Homeschoolers
    • Caregivers (nannies, grandparents, anyone who is taking care of children)
    • Educators who are exploring career opportunities in Montessori
    • Montessori educators looking to work with children in a home setting
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Tour of the Practical Life Area: Care of the Environment

In this video, you'll see a tour of the practical life area in a typical Montessori classroom. Practical life activities are applicable for all ages, even infants, and change depending on what the child can do at each stage of development. The activities can start with something as simple as pulling pants up or washing hands and can get as complicated as baking a dessert, or even developing a business plan in the elementary or middle school years.
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Meet the instructor

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.
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.
"This course took several deep dives into foundational concepts of Montessori that gave me new perspective and practical tips, like the art of presenting a lesson –– something that isn't widely shared in context of the home setting, but that can make or break how joyfully our children connect to meaningful work"
Jenna, parent of two
Jenna, parent of two
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