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“The Montessori Method is a system of education born from the observation of the needs of the children at every stage of their physical and psychological development. Its objective is to help the child with the enormous task of inner construction necessary to pass from childhood to full adulthood.”
Dr. Mario M. Montessori, Jr., Education for Human Development
Thus, this method attempts to promote in children characteristics which will help them to develop into free and functionally independent adults with a clear vision of the world around them and their role in it.
In the education of the child the adult has an indispensable function. Guidance is essential to the human development of the child, provided that this is offered with absolute respect for and trust in the child’s human potentialities. So the primary function of the teacher is not so much to teach as to direct the natural energy of the child.
A continuous focus of study during the academic year is the characteristics of the child from 3 to 6 years of age, the needs expressed during this stage of development, and the means we have available to assist the child’s work of self-construction.
The course includes a comprehensive study of the Montessori method and child development including:
- The Montessori Philosophy and Psychology of Early Childhood Education
- The Child’s Acquisition of Fundamental Learning Skills
- The Development and Education of the Senses
- Language Development
- Montessori Materials and Their Role in Assisting Child Development
- The Critical Role of Observation
- Montessori Professional Experience
- Theories of Child Development
- Current Issues in Early Childhood Education
- Montessori in New Zealand