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Montessori in the Home

Now more than ever, people are finding ways to create learning environments inside their homes to ensure their children continue to develop and thrive. Many participants who take this course are interested in homeschooling, pod-learning, nannying, or are seeking to bridge the approach taken at home for children who attend a Montessori school. Children thrive when there is consistency between home and school. This course provides the principles and application of those principles to create a full Montessori learning experience in the home in much of the same way it is done in a school. It is 100% online and requires no prerequisite certifications. For many of our graduates, this course has opened up doors to career opportunities across the globe. Secure your spot today!
Montessori in the Home

Course Overview

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. Participants include educators, nannies, parents, grandparents and guardians seeking to deepen their understanding of childhood and how to impact the lives of children in a positive way.

Course Details

Duration, Format, and Cost
Duration, Format, and Cost
16 hours of live online course with flexible schedules. You can purchase the modules individually for $20 or purchase the full package of 8 modules for $99 (30% discount!) The full package is formatted into an 8 Day Course (one 2-hour module / day). You can find it with Monday/Wedneday, Tuesday/Thursday, or Saturday schedules with varying start times. Module 1 is the free Introduction to Montessori Course and Module 8 is currently not on sale as an individual course. See below for each module, the full course packages, special courses, and the links to register.
Target Audience and Target Age Ranges
Target Audience and Target Age Ranges
Parents, homeschoolers, caregivers (nannies, grandparents, anyone who is taking care of children), educators who are exploring career opportunities in Montessori, and Montessori educators looking to work with children in a home setting. It is designed for working with children of all ages, but with a special focus on the 0 to 6 age range.
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Course Objectives
Course Objectives
The Montessori in the Home course is interactive, with opportunities to engage with the instructors and other participants. Questions and comments are encouraged throughout the modules, leading to lively discussion and a collaborative learning environment. The primary course topics are: Introduction to Montessori Philosophy, Adult’s Role in Supporting Human Growth & Development, Prepared Home Environment, Routines & Limit Setting, Overview of Montessori Curriculum, and Connecting Children to Work.
Certification and Assessment
Certification and Assessment
Upon course completion, you can earn The Prepared Montessorian In-Home Educator certificate, representing 16-hours of attendance and completion of the Montessori In the Home Assessment. First, participants write responses to short answer questions covering content discussed in the course. Once the written portion of the Assessment has been reviewed, the video can be submitted. Participants are asked to submit a short video demonstrating a common activity using the principles of the art of the presentation and inspiring children to work. No Montessori materials are needed.
MONTESSORI IN THE HOME (FULL PACKAGE: 8-DAY COURSE)

MONTESSORI IN THE HOME (FULL PACKAGE: 8-DAY COURSE)

In the 8-day course, you will attend 1 module per day for 2 hours.

Click on button below to view different schedules. You will receive a discounted price for purchasing all 8 modules in this full course package.

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Montessori in the Home (Full Package 8 Day Course: Optimized for Europe & Africa)

Montessori in the Home (Full Package 8 Day Course: Optimized for Europe & Africa)

This Montessori in the Home course is a series across 8 Saturdays with each session running 2 hours. The schedule is optimized for European and African Time Zones.

It will be from 9-11am CEST (Central European Summer time) every Saturday August 28 through October 16, 2021.

  • August 28
  • September 4, 11, 18, 25
  • October 2,9,16
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Module 1: Introduction to Montessori Education (FREE)

Module 1: Introduction to Montessori Education (FREE)

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

Child Goals: We look at our overarching goals for children, & human beings, & discuss 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 who discovered this method? We look at Dr. Montessori’s approach to observation and how we incorporate these observations into our methodology & curriculum today.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Module 5: Introduction to the Montessori Curriculum

Module 5: Introduction to the Montessori Curriculum

We will discuss when comparing a newborn to six-year-old, it is impossible not to see a completely transformed individual. We 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.

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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.

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Module 7: Grace, Courtesy & Limit Setting

Module 7: Grace, Courtesy & Limit Setting

We will discuss how to set children on the path towards 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.

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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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Your instructors

Berenice Saint-Saens
Berenice Saint-Saens
Berenice earned a bachelor's degree in History from Tulane University and a Master's degree in Education from Loyola University Maryland. She also holds a Montessori Assistants to Infancy certification from the Association Montessori Internationale and is a trained Doula. Ms. Saint-Saens served in the Peace Corps as a Youth Development Volunteer and has since worked in early childhood education. She discovered the Montessori Method 7 years ago and worked as an assistant & head teacher in infant & toddler classrooms. She then worked to empower families to begin Montessori at home and from birth and now spends her time training school leaders. In her free time, Ms. Saint-Saens loves practicing yoga, hiking and dancing West Coast Swing.
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.
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.
"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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