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EC Overview

The Montessori Early Childhood Overview Course is designed to orient the adult learner entering the infant and toddler or the elementary teacher education programs to the Montessori early childhood classroom. 


  • Montessori Philosophy - The Nature of the Child, The Role of the Adult, and The Prepared Environment
  • Prepared Environment – Health and Safety Issues, Clean, Orderly and Complete Environment
  • Nature of the Child – Sensitive Period for Order Requires
  • Ground Rules, Respectful Group Time and Orderly Transitions
  • Need for Movement Requires Support for Purposeful Movement
  • Role of the Adult – Observe and Overview the Classroom, Preparer of the Environment: To Meet the Needs of the Child
  • Relationship to the Community – Confidentiality and Professionalism
  • Communication with the Family
  • Curriculum: Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language Arts, Social Studies, & Physical Life and Science

Required Books:

Montessori: A Modern Approach by Paula Polk Lillard

  • ISBN-10: 0805209204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805209204

Montessori Rating Scale Early Childhood Environment (MRS)

Infant & Toddler