Professional Development Courses

PD.IT.01 PD IT Yoga for Toddlers, 4 hours

Yoga for toddlers presents appropriate activities for the very young child: spreads arms out like a butterfly, wobble like a little bird, "time for rest--ahh, shh, shh".  Enjoy a perfect introduction to yoga for toddlers This is a playful introduction to nine simple yoga exercises for very young children. Toddlers will enjoy moving along with you as they follow the basic poses. This workshop is aimed directly at the toddler.  Included is helpful information for parents as well. Fun and accessible, this is a great way for little ones to discover yoga.

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PD.IT.02 PD IT All About Me and My Five Senses, 4 hours

The five senses of visual, tactile, auditory (hearing), olfactory (smelling), and gustatory (tasting) are the channels through which the toddler learns about the body the importance of four of the major senses all located in the head! The senses are experientially explored through activities which link the experiences to the senses in which the toddler is having the experience!  Absolutely joyful!! 

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PD.EC.01 PD EC Money Curriculum, 4 hours

The Money activities in this workshop are an integrated, sequential series of money activities parallel to the Montessori linear counting sequence, from the number rods through the hundred board.  Then the money sequence moves to base ten with the ten cent “dime”, and one dollar which is 100 cents forming the foundation of US money on base ten! The representation of the “Bird’s Eye View” in money is with the one cent coin (penny), the ten cent coin (dime), and the 100 cent paper money (dollar).  Finally, Montessori’s addition and subtraction sequence is followed with “shopping” and purchasing items with money!

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PD.EC.02 PD EC Beyond the Bird’s Eye View, 4 hours

We are familiar with the “Bird’s Eye View” but is there more that can be done once the child has mastered the basic lay out?  Yes! What about removing parts and seeing if the child can determine what is missing.  Mix some of the columns and see if the child can find your “trick”.  Two children can play this activity together.  Mix the numeral cards and see if the student, in mixed array, can find the golden bead match for the numeral card.

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PD.EC.03 PD EC Yoga for the Montessori Classroom, 4 hours

Yoga for the 3 – 6 years child is an appropriate activities.  The child is ready for “purposeful movement” and the control of their body and their movements.  This challenges the child – but just enough.  The names of the animals for the various yoga positions are points of interest that appeal to the young child.  Enjoy a perfect introduction to yoga for the 3 – 6 year child.  Included are helpful information for parents as well. Fun and accessible, this is a great way for the young child to discover yoga.

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PD.EC.04 PD EC Montessori Rating Scale, 4 hours

This workshop introduces the attendees to the objective tool of a rating scale that identified each area of the Montessori early childhood environment and the specific material in each area.  The rating scale allow for the systematic rating of each material for completeness of pieces, for cleanliness, and for enrichment activities.  This rating tool is powerful for the school director as well as the classroom teacher.

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PD.EC.05 PD EC Art, 4 hours

Montessori teachers have art in the classroom, generally, but what about a sequential art program across the entire school year which includes a wide variety of art media in addition to art history.  Additionally, the hands-on experience will have a visceral impact which will motivate the participant to implement the activities with the children!

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PD.EC.06 PD EC Interview Skills, 4 hours

Take the anxiety out of the employment interview process.  Learn and practice the simple tools for preparing the resume, preparing for the interview, asking appropriate questions, prepared responses to the frequently asked questions, proper attire, and important follow-up communication after the interview.  Walk into an interview far more confident!

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PD.EC.07 PD EC Colored Cylinder Extensions, 4 hours

What to do with your five-year student who want to use the colored cylinders but require more challenge with the materials.  The high-level, problem solving activities involve symbolic logic which the five year od Montessori finds fascinating!  You will experience the lead-up activities to share with the younger children in your classroom that prepare the child for this intriguing, challenging activities with the colored cyoinders

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PD.EC.08 PD EC Literature and Children Books, 4 hours

Instead of grabbing the nearest children’s book t read to your small or large group, become familiar with the great child’s books and sequenced approach for scheduling books to come n and out of the classroom over the course of the school year.  Keep the children and yourself interest, no! fascinated by the possibilities of children’s books.

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PD.EC.09 PD EC Learning Differences, 4 hours

We all learn I our own unique way.  Indeed, Montessori pedagogy is based upon the belief that each child teaches themselves because each child is unique in their style and modes of learning.  And yet, there learning differences significantly different from the norm that the teachers need the tools for effective re-introduction of materials and experiences for some children.  Learn more!

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PD.EC.10 PD EC Fraction Curriculum, 4 hours

This workshop is beyond the fraction skittles and the fraction metal insets!  The sequence of activities are designed with the Montessori fraction material as a base to scaffold far more extensive fraction experiences and fraction notation than is typically presented in the Montessori early childhood classroom.  Your children are ready!  Come join us and enrich your children’s school experience!!

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PD.EC.11 PD EC Tips on Candid Photographs of Your Children, 4 hours

Wow!  You observe the most incredible activities that the children spontaneously do, but your candid shots just don’t quite measure up to what you actually saw!  Some simple adjustment can make all the difference in capturing the essence of what you saw.  Delight yourself, delight your parents!  Develop a new skill set transferable to your personal life!!

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PD.EC.12 PD EC Phonograms Green Series, 4 hours

Okay, you now about the pink series – the basic sounds of the consonents and the short sounds of the vowels.  You know how to support the child in forming the simple three-letter words.  You have even graduated to the blue series with the consonant blends – the four letter words that begin (or end) with two consonants.  What about the green series?  The preschool green series of 16 sandpaper letters with two-letters on each green board!  Huh?  The Phonograms!  You really need to master this.  And the “th” is encountered so frequently as is the  “sh” shouldn’t you really introduce this to your children?

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PD.EI.01 PD EI Physics, 4 hours

Physics is a core subject within the discipline of physical sciences.  Physics can very well be introduced in the lower elementary classroom, and is must for the upper elementary classroom.  Physics is defined as the science of matter, motion, and energy. This workshop explores the basic laws of physics and exciting experiments/activities
that  ground the abstract laws of physics into the concrete world.  Many of the experiments find their expression in the history experiments that the student has experienced.
 

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PD.EI.02 PD EI Art, 4 hours

Montessori teachers have art in the classroom, generally, but what about a sequential art program across the entire school year which includes a wide variety of art media in addition to art history.  Additionally, the hands-on experience will have a visceral impact which will motivate the participant to implement the activities with the students!

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PD.EI.03 PD EI Exploring the Seasons: Its Plants & Animals, 4 hours

Are their plants and animals unique to the seasons?  Are their transformations of plants and animals through the seasons? Yes, and Yes!  Are their underlying principles for both plants ad animals so that predictions may be made as to the changes that can be anticipated?  Let’s find out the answers and engage our children in the exciting world of biology as it intersects with the Earth tilted of the Earth toward the Sun ad away from the Sun resulting in changes in temperature, which we call seasons.

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PD.EI.04 PD EI Montessori Math & the State Common Core, 4 hours

California adopted the “common core” competencies in both language and in math that has been broadly adopted by all states in the US.  What are the “Common Core State Standards” how does Montessori math address / teach to them.  Are their gaps that need to be supplemented in our Montessori classrooms?  Join us and find out how to develop you elementary classroom to meet state expectations for math competency.

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