Montessori Courses for Graduates

Seeing is Believing – the Art of Observation

March 30th 2019 – Session I, October 20th 2019 – Session II,

 

„The fundamental quality is the capacity for observation… possessing the senses and having knowledge is not sufficient to enable a person to observe. The adult must develop the desire and ability to observe.‟
London Course in 1921, Maria Montessori

 

First session – Saturday, March 30th 2019

This will reflect upon the principles of observation. The art of observing and truly following what the child reveals. We will reflect upon what it means to truly trust in the child to show us the way. 

The session will continue by reflecting upon the four stages that Montessori observes in the child on their path to normalization. We will study the features and developmental guides at each stage and reflect upon how best to support each stage of development. The lecture will be based on pure Montessori Pedagogy, but also hold a very practical tone. 

We will also look at how we plot and analyze these types of work curves. We will review how to gather the necessary information as a working and active guide whilst at the same time presenting how to produce this data into a work curve. 

We will then continue this session by using a case study to develop the art of analyzing and coming up with a bespoken program of development driven by Pedagogy rather than age or curriculum. 

Second Session – Sunday, October 20th 2019

To reflect upon other principles that guide and influence the actions of the adult. How do we support the child in their capacity to choose and what implications does this have on the child, as they travel along the path to normalization.

What are the different types of choice that we may observe in our work with the children and consequently how does this impact and influence our responses. 

We will also reflect upon the development of concentration and how we can best support this to flourish and deepen. The role of the adult in offering appropriate individualized challenges plays a tremendous part in this process. How do we know what to offer? How do we take the child to the point of concentration? What are the developmental guiding principles that steer our actions and responses. 

All of this will be very much based from the standpoint of theory into action. As such, the delegates will leave with lots of practical advice, reflection points for both themselves and their interactions with the children.   

Karen Pearce holds an AMI 3-6 Montessori Diploma. Former Head of School at the Maria Montessori Institute, Karen ran their model Children’s House from 1990 to 2008 under the mentorship of Hilla Patell. Director of Pedagogy at The Montessori Place, she continues to mentor Montessori guides, is a lecturer on the AMI course and runs the MMI’s post – diploma course on the science of observing children.

Schedule

  • 9-10.30 – part one
  • 10.30-11 – tea break
  • 11-12.30 – part two
  • 12.30-1.30 – lunch
  • 1.30-3 – part three
  • 3-3.30 – tea
  • 3.30-5 – part four

Price150 euros, payed in March.

Location: Str. Dragoslavele nr. 2-4, sector 1, Bucharest

The workshop is organized for Montessori 3-6 and 0-3 diploma holders.

The workshop is held in English, with translation into Romanian.

A certificate of attendance will be delivered at the end of the day to attendees completing the whole workshop.

Registrations: please send us an e-mail at curs@institutulmontessori.ro.

 

Supporting children with special needs and their families

14 – 16 October 2019, between 13.00 – 18.00, Montessori Institute of Bucharest headquarters

Sprijin

This workshop is an invitation to understanding and supporting children with special educational needs and their families. It is addressed to Montessori educators and assistants as well as to school and preschool counsellors and administrators. The workshop is also open to parents with children with special educational needs, and all those who have the opportunity to positively influence the development of a child with disabilities.

Nancy Lechner has worked with young children since 1977 and holds AMI diplomas at the Assistant to Infancy and Primary level and a Special Education AMI Certificate. She has presented parent workshops and staff development in California, Oregon, Texas, Australia, and Europe and has been a guest speaker in the Early Childhood Education Program at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. She and her sister, Patricia Wallner, are co-founders of Parent and Child Together, an education-based service offering parent coaching, private consultations, workshops and staff development. This is Nancy’s first visit to Romania and she will share her experience of working in the classroom with children with various special needs and as a parent of a child with disabilities.

During the three days, Nancy Lechner will present practical methods based on Montessori principles to identify and support children with various special needs. She will also guide educators and assistants working directly with parents on their way of accepting and supporting their child with love and understanding. This is the first essential step every family has to take. Then comes the professional who prepares the individualised work plan for the child and his family.

The workshop does not offer a specialisation of participants in working with children with special needs in terms of diagnosis and treatment, but provides awareness and information regarding this delicate and often avoided issue of the need for social integration of people with special needs.

The talks, the videos, the question and answer sessions, the syllabus and the rich experience of the trainer are reliable sources of professional and personal development for each participant. A unique experience and, for many of us, an absolutely necessary one!

The course is conducted in English with translation into Romanian.

Guest: Nancy Lechner, AMI Montessori trainer, level 0-3 years

Price: 200 euros (VAT included)

Registrations: please send us an e-mail at curs@institutulmontessori.ro. or fill in the form.

 

The transition at the age of 6

2 – 4 October 2019 between 13.00 – 18.00, Montessori Institute of Buchaarest headquarters

The 6 year old child is at the border between kindergarten and school, but this is only one of the transitions going through at this age. The child experiences in a very concrete way the beginning of a new period in his life, marked by several psychological awakenings which are slow but essential: the rational mind, imagination, moral conscience and social awareness. What are the signs and how do we observe these awakenings in children around this age? How do we help and how do we encourage them in kindergarten and in school in practising every new acquisition?

The workshop aims to exemplify ways of working with children in kindergarten and in school in order to  activate the psychological powers awaken in this transition:

  • The role of the educator/teacher in learning team work (pursuing a goal, granting roles, work monitoring, presentation of the outcomes). Examples of games and activities.
  • How to introduce the concept of time: clock, calendar, timeline, stories about time.
  • The transition from kindergarten to school in the Montessori approach: observation of children by the kindergarten teacher, children from kindergarten visiting schools, adjusting to school, transfer of trust between educator and teacher.
  • Community building by children and involving children in projects that reinforce group cohesion.
  • Geometry as a therapeutic tool for children of this age.

In the three days meeting with Carla, Montessori educators and teachers will have the opportunity to consolidate the Montessori perspective concerning  the kindergarten/school as an institution that helps the child grow naturally, using gifts that come with the 6 years old age and overcoming its challenges.

The course is addressed to Montessori educators and teachers as well as to administrators and founder of Montessori schools and kindergartens.

The course is conducted in English with translation into Romanian.

Guest: Carla Foster, AMI Montessori trainer, level 6-12

Price: 200 euros (VAT included)

Registrations: please send us an e-mail at curs@institutulmontessori.ro.