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Montessori in the Home

This course is designed to help adults implement a full-day Montessori experience at home. Parents, caregivers and educators who work closely with children will find this course extremely practical and rewarding. 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!
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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.

The Montessori in the Home Orientation 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 and history, core child goals and the adult’s role. 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.

The 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.

Upon course completion, you can earn The Prepared Montessorian In-Home Educator certificate.

Target audience
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.

Duration and format
16 hours of live online course with flexible schedule (eight 2-hour modules in a 4- or 8-day format)

Course Components

Welcome and the Potential of Childhood
In this first session, we discuss our hopes for children and peek into Montessori environments and discuss what children are capable of from the earliest ages.

Who was Maria Montessori and how did she respond to children?
Did you know that the first Montessori school was founded in 1907? In this module, we will review the facts and history of the Montessori pedagogy, and the fascinating woman who created it. We also look at Dr. Montessori’s approach to observation and how Montessori continues to incorporate these observations into our methodology and curriculum today.

Child Goals and How a Montessori Classroom Works
As in any endeavor, we need to know what our “finish line” looks like – what is our aim? We look at our overarching goals for children, and human beings, and discuss the important elements in a Montessori environment that lead to children reaching those goals.

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, narrowing in on the characteristics of First Plane of Development, ages birth through six.

Making Montessori Happen
Based on our understanding of child development and keeping in mind our child goals, we explore the adult’s role in preparing the environment, connecting the child to the materials and allowing for choice and concentration. We also discuss the adult’s own preparation necessary to truly guiding children in a Montessori way.

The Tangible and Intangible Components of the Prepared Environment
Having received the concept of normalization and the basic "recipe" for achieving it, we will now focus on the first “ingredient” —the Prepared Environment. We focus both on the physical and intangible components of the Prepared Environment, emphasizing that the invisible things, such as routines, the Work Cycle and Grace and Courtesy are equally as important as what we can see a touch.

Setting up a Montessori Home Environment
We continue exploring the first "ingredient" for normalization, the Prepared Environment. We focus on the physical aspects and how each area of the home can be set up to support independence on the part of the child.

Daily Routines at Home
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.

Introduction to the Montessori Curriculum
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, Practical Life, Language, Sensorial, and Math.

The Art of the Presentation
Up until this point, we focused on the first "ingredient" in our recipe for normalization. Now, we move on to the second component: connecting children with the materials. In this session, we will explore one of the most important secrets of the Montessori Guide: the presentation of a material.

Grace & Courtesy and Limit Setting
In this module, we will discuss how to set children on the path towards self-discipline and how to lead by example. We start with how to build a trusting relationship with the child, followed by giving knowledge of the behavior we hope to see. Then we connect children to the Prepared Environment, setting limits when necessary and reinforcing them consistently.

Inspiring Children to Choose
In this module, we will discuss Montessori as a 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. In this session, we will discuss the tools you have at your disposal to inspire children to work.

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.

Certification and Assessment

After attending all 8 modules, participants have the option to earn The Prepared Montessorian In-Home Educator certificate. The certificate represents 16-hours of attendance as well as the completion of the Montessori In the Home Assessment.

The Assessment consists of a written portion and video submission. The written portion is due within two weeks of course completion and the video submission can be submitted after that.

Participants write responses to short answer questions covering content discussed in the course. The questions invite participants to share their grasp on the foundational principles for bringing the Montessori methodology into the home for children from birth to age six. 

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.

Cost

It is $99 for the entire 16-hour course.

Building a Bridge between School and Home

Building a Bridge between School and 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.

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Montessori en la Casa

Montessori en la Casa

Este mes de julio, por primera vez, impartiremos el curso Montessori in the Home en español. Haga clic AQUÍ para ver todos los detalles del curso en esta página web traducida al español.

Esta es una serie que se dará a lo largo de 2 semanas con un total de 8 fechas. El horario es Lunes a Jueves, Julio 12 – 15 & Julio 19 – 22, de 6pm a 8pm hora estandar del Este (Eastern Standard Time).

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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 work to empower families to begin Montessori at home and from birth and spends her time training our 0-3 guides and working to support parents to bring Montessori practices into their lives. 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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