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Early Childhood Education – Montessori

Students will develop a broad range of skills through the study and practice of our certified and approved courses so they will be able to develop and lead daily activities for children. They will be able to carefully select age-appropriate materials for young children and develop programs and activities for the important early years of learning. They will become nurturing and understanding Caregivers/Educators, who will implement these carefully selected materials and activities to help promote the social, emotional, physical, cognitive and early literacy development in each child. Some of these exciting activities include storytelling and fingerplays, music and movement, songs and games, creative arts and crafts, science and nature opportunities, along with many other activities that support children’s development and learning through play. They also observe children and communicate professionally, when appropriate, children’s progress and/or needs with parents, other staff members and individuals involved with the child’s development. They attend meetings, workshops and professional development opportunities to continue their learning and progress as competent and qualified Early Childhood Educators. They may also supervise and coordinate the activities of other Early Childhood educators and ECE Assistants.

Students will also examine the six major areas of the Montessori curriculum: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, Socials, Art, Music and Movement and how they interrelate. They will also develop a sense of the Whole child, Holistic education. Through Practical life, they will link daily home activities with the school environment. They will also evaluate the “prepared environment” and the relationship between the educator, the child and the environment. Through Sensorial they will heighten all their senses with hands-on learning experiences. Through Language they will focus on “sensitive periods”, when learning unfolds naturally. Through Math they will develop order, critical thinking and problem solving skills. Through Socials they will develop scientific thinking and intrigue their curiosity. Students will express themselves through Art and Music.

They will have the freedom to explore a variety of mediums and awaken their imagination. Through their Montessori training, students will embrace creativity, place value on effort and celebrate uniqueness. They will analyze their roles as educator, observer, facilitator, supporter and active learner. They will value initiative, integrity, imagination and the inquiring mind. They will create activities and lessons designed to promote the development of social skills, emotional growth, physical coordination, as well as cognitive preparation. They will empower children and help them develop the skills necessary to lead a productive, happy, and fulfilling life.

Our Montessori element is designed to foster learning through a Holistic approach, where education takes place through movement, connects mind, body and spirit, values collaboration and unfolds through love.

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Learning Objectives

At the end of this program the student will have developed a broad range of skills through the application and understanding of the following learning outcomes:

• Cultural, economic, and generational influences on development
• Main categories and methods of observational recording
• Current licensing and registration regulations, development of policies and procedures, floor plans, and child care center design
• Development of partnerships with parents, colleagues, and other service providers
• Positive contemporary child guidance practices, causes and characteristics of inappropriate behaviour
• Planning and implementing comprehensive program plans, focusing on social, emotional, cognitive, physical, language and cultural development
• Activities to facilitate diversity and multi-cultural experiences and concepts to enhance curriculum
• Creating a positive learning environment that includes fun and engaging music and movement activities, enhancing other learning such as language and language skills
• The use of concepts and activities from LEAP BC 2010 Resource Booklet and recognizing movement categories and motor skills
• Creativity and open-ended, process-oriented creative art activities and experiences
• Verbal and non-verbal communication skills and techniques.
• Design newsletters and communication tools for parents, children and staff
• Signs and symptoms of common communicable childhood illnesses
• Discover Maria Montessori’s theory and vision around young children
• Review the stimulating environment where children are free to respond to their natural drive to learn
• Examine the six major areas of the Montessori curriculum
• Analyze the relationship between the educator, the child and the environment
• Measure the value of social learning and participate in active learning
• Implement Montessori activities that promote ELF and SPICE
• Connect nature to the learning indoor and outdoor environments
• Value sensorial exploration and foster learning through the senses
• Bridge the Montessori environment to the greater world environment
• Identify the “sensitive periods” of growth to foster children’s development
• Plan and prepare a variety of Language acquisition cards and games
• Review criteria for selection and presentation of DAP Montessori activities
• Manipulate Math materials and create activity extensions
• Connect order, coordination and concentration to Intellectual development
• Evaluate the hierarchy of the decimal system and its functions
• Link numbers, shapes and patterns to the real world
• Explore continents, people, languages, foods, flags, celebrations, multiculturalism
• Examine living and non-living things and describe life cycles
• Classify animals and plants and collect pictures
• Value interconnectedness in the classroom setting and extend it to the society
• Appraise family dynamics and their significant roles in children’s learning
• Value emerging creativity, originality, exploration and expression
• Appreciate aesthetic beauty, which in turn can foster discovery learning
• Examine Art and Music healing properties
• Appraise the “process” not the “product” and it’s importance in enhancing children’s development
• Develop a sense of guidance rather than instruction
• Implement learning that extends beyond academic learning
• Appraise Self-education and Self-evaluation
• Construct lessons promoting imagination, creativity and expression
• Research interconnectedness of mind, body and spirit

Note that successful completion of any of the following courses – EC100, EC110 or EC180 individually or as part of a program will allow the student to apply for assistant status.

Successful completion of EC100 includes attendance of a minimum of 90 instructional/classroom hours to be eligible for this certificate.

Note: Child Care sites may require more current and/or additional CRC (for instance: RCMP) TB testing and/or other immunizations (to be done at student’s expense) prior to practicum and/or observing. Students are responsible for their own transportation. Practicum sites are subject to availablility.

Practicum training may be conducted in shifts to accommodate placement facilities’ needs (such as 8-hour shifts).

Necessary Ministry licensing requirements will be included in the curriculum and scheduled throughout the program.