Curriculum

Montessori Philosophy
– Historical background of the Montessori method
– Thorough grounding in the Montessori philosophy
– The Prepared Environment
– The preparation of the Montessori teacher

Child Development
– The development of the child from birth through adolescence
– The links between Montessori, Piaget, Adler and others
– Current research in the area of Child Development

Practical Life Curriculum
– Lessons of Grace and courtesy, nutrition and food preparation
– Thorough understanding of this key curriculum area in the Montessori classroom
– Material presentations and supervised hands-on practice sessions
– Nutrition and food preparation activities

Sensorial Curriculum
-Development of the child’s senses and their importance in the formation of intelligence
-In-depth look at the Sensorial didactic materials
– Material presentations and supervised hands-on practice sessions

Math
– Development of the child’s “mathematical mind”
– Introduction to numeration, the Decimal System, operations and fractions
– Material presentations and supervised hands-on practice sessions

Language
– Building children’s oral and auditory skills through literature, poetry, songs, finger plays and movement activities
– Introduction to the Montessori materials from pre-reading activities to reading, writing and grammar
– Supervised hands-on practice sessions

Social Studies
– Development of a sense of community
– Political divisions and other cultures
– Land and water configurations and map work
– Material presentations and album preparation

Science
– Development of child’s scientific mind through hands-on activities
– Political and cultural divisions of the world
– Identifying science in other areas of the Montessori curriculum


The Northern Virginia Montessori Institute offers a training format which provides a reasonable and manageable training schedule and year round support. The NVMI Early Childhood Program can be completed in approximately 12 months. The academic phase consists of five weeks the first summer, four weekend seminars during the practicum year (October, November, March and May), followed by an additional two weeks the second summer. Course hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.