Montessori education is a flow experience; it builds on the continuing self-construction of the child for the duration of the programme. It is based on Maria Montessori’s Theory of the Four Planes of Development, where the successive levels of education conform to the successive personalities of the child.
The Montessori Teacher Training is imparted at Indian Institute for Montessori Studies in a very systematic manner, utilizing all the materials required for it. The students are given ample opportunity to observe the classes at work and to develop their skill of objective observation. Advisor groups are created to support the trainees on an individual level. Creation of materials for various subjects such as botany, zoology, geography and geometry is insisted on, so that the student teachers get some idea of how to create materials for any area. Field trips are organized and a few resource persons are invited to give lectures for them. Since the course details are liable to change we suggest you to contact us for further information.
IIMS offers three courses to cater to the needs of the child in different stages.
Infant training for children between 0 – 3 years: Link: http://www.theiims.in/courses/infant-training-years/
Pre-primary course for children of 3 – 6 years: Link: http://www.theiims.in/courses/pre-primary course/
Primary Montessori teacher training for children of 6 – 9 years: Link: http://www.theiims.in/courses/primary-course/
Special courses : Link: http://www.theiims.in/courses/special-courses/
Director’s Training : Link: http://www.theiims.in/projects/consultation/directors-training/
For many years now, IIMS is associated with the following two satellite pre-primary courses –
1. Bangalore East, HSR Layout, under the coordination of Ms Usha Rani, and the details are:
Address: Indian Institute For Montessori Studies,
Abhyas Montessori School
#1492, 11th Cross, 20th Main
Sector -1, HSR layout
Contact person: Usha Rani
Numbers: 9341264297; 080 22584364
Timings: 9:30 am to 12 pm
2. Bangalore South at Avalahalli, under the coordination of Ms Kavitha Reddy of Gurukul Montessori House of Children, and the details are:
Address: Gurukul Public School,
J.P Nagar 9th Phase, Avalahalli,
Phone: 080 28436048
Timings: 9.30 am to 1.30 pm
Infant training for children between 0 – 3 years
Infant Training (0 – 3 years)
The plane of infancy is a period of major importance in development. At birth, the baby is an apparent nothing, incapable of moving, helpless and dependent. Within three years, he constructs his ability to move, to communicate in the language of his family. He also develops total awareness of the home and society he lives in, the intelligence to find out how it functions and the memory to remember what to do and where for many things. This is also the period where he develops the will power to attempt independence, to walk, to feed himself, to attempt to dress, often to the consternation of his care givers. Infant training is a correspondence course which helps those who want to help the development of the child at this stage, whether as parents or as care givers in a toddler group.
Pre-primary course for children of 3 – 6 years
Preprimary (3 – 6 years)
The child who enters the Montessori Pre-primary school at 2 ½ years of age spends three years developing certain skills and capacities within himself. The program has a clearly defined set of hands-on activities to help him develop, and they generally produce specific learning outcomes.
At this stage of his development, the child consolidates whatever he has learnt earlier and develops consciousness of the world around him. The Pre-primary training enables our trainees to assist this developmental process most effectively through a judicious balance of theory and psychology, presentations and supervised practice sessions with the Montessori apparatus.
• Theory and Psychology
• Exercises of Practical Life (EPL)
• Sensorial Activities
Theory: Lectures and seminars on Montessori child psychology pertaining to the child of pre-primary and primary age, relevant current research in the field of educational psychology, and Montessori educational theory form a part of this section.
Exercises of Practical Life: Exercises of Practical Life are familiar activities that are performed at home like pouring, washing etc. By learning to present them, the trainee is able to help the child to unite his physical and mental powers and refine his motor coordination.
Sensorial Activities: Montessori Sensorial materials isolate physical properties of matter such as dimensions, colors, shapes, sounds, textures etc. The trainee learns to present them effectively, bringing about, among other things, sensitivity to these stimuli in the child, making the world a richer place for him.
Language: Montessori Language program consists of analyzing – of words into sounds and of sentences into words. An indirect consequence of this work is writing and reading, concept of grammar and syntax in sentences. The trainees are given many activities to promote these concepts in their students.
Mathematics: Montessori mathematical materials are concrete representations of abstract mathematical concepts. The trainees learn to utilise the materials to introduce concepts like the decimal system, the four basic operations, geometrical forms and their relations.
Cultural Areas: The trainees are exposed to methods of giving history, physical and political geography of the World, nomenclature around plant and animal life, etc.
Primary (6 – 9 years)
The child of this age needs introduction to every aspect of knowledge in the world and the achievement of human beings. Using his profound imagination, he understands that Nature is a delicate web of inter-relationships and inter-dependencies of which the human being is a part. Our trainees therefore learn to offer traditional disciplines to children in an integrated way through specially designed materials and activities. They learn to foster a sense of responsibility, as well as all round development of the child – physical, intellectual, spiritual and social.
The Montessori primary teacher is expected to be a generalist, aware of all disciplines.