Where would you go if you wanted training in the Montessori approach to education of young children 3 – 6 years of age, in a Catholic context? Beginning July 1, you can find that training at The Children’s House at 85th and Wornall Road in the Christ the King Parish Education Building.
An intensive year-long course to train teachers in the “Montessori Primary,” will be taught by Dr. Judith Wylie. In Part I, teacher-candidates study the origin and principles of the Montessori approach, construct a personal notebook and begin learning the didactic materials. Part II is a supervised internship in the model classroom under Dr. Wylie, and completion of basic teaching manuals. Final evaluations for certification make up Part III, to be completed in June 2014.
“We are not looking for state-certified teachers,” she said. “They would have too much to unlearn to be successful in teaching Montessori.”
For more than a century, the Montessori approach has been proven, in multiple cultures, to be anthropologically correct in its curriculum and practices. As such, it is compatible with the Catholic faith revealed by Christ for all peoples and cultures. Maria Montessori identified “five avenues of development” — Practical Life; Sensorial; Cultural Studies; Mathematics and Religious Development. Most Montessori courses and classrooms, however, address only four of these “avenues,” although some teachers weave in a personal choice of spiritual development, not to be confused with Montessori’s “fifth avenue,” namely the child’s innate sense of a relationship with God.
Dr. Wylie is a lifelong Catholic whose background includes honors program work in English and Philosophy at the University of Dallas, a M.Ed. in Curriculum instruction and an Ed.D. in Administration-Supervision, certifications and experience in various aspects of traditional education practice, Montessori certifications and experience in primary and elementary levels as well as in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and Pontifical certification in Catholic Catechetics. She was mentored to train Primary Teachers by a pupil of Maria Montessori herself.
It is this unique legacy of authentic Montessori understanding and practice directly linked to its founder that Dr. Wylie will hand on through this course at The Children’s House.
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