I first heard the term Montessori when Aristotle was 2. I didn’t know much about it except that it was supposed to be a “good” program for children. Since then, everything I’ve heard about the Montessori Method has been nothing short of wonderful. What really sold me on it were the positive reports on Montessori programs helping to cultivate creativity. Developing creativity became especially important to me after listening to Ken Robinson talk about how schools were killing our children’s creativity.
In addition to that, the Montessori Method is also an excellent fit with the right brain enrichment classes I’ve been sending the children to. A number of the parents whose children attend these classes often lament that there aren’t any right brain pre-school programs available. In response, Wennie Sun from TweedleWink encouraged us to send our children to Montessori schools because she felt they were aligned with right brain education philosophy. In fact, the more I read about the Montessori Program in our lectures, the more I begin to see the parallels between the Montessori Program and Right Brain Education. A number of concepts are surprisingly similar in mind.
Although I’ve made several vague attempts at implementing Montessori in the home since I first heard about it, and the children play various Montessori Apps on the iPad and iPhone, I confess we have never given it the full attention it deserved. It wasn’t until I heard about Karen Tyler’s Worldwide Montessori Online Teacher Training Program from MieVee at Mummys Reviews and signed up for the course that I truly decided to implement a home Montessori program for the boys (especially Hercules who is just the right age for it).
I joined the December 2011 intake with the intention of starting the program in earnest when our new place was ready and we could make proper arrangements for the setup. We’ll be moving in the next month or so, so I felt the timing was perfect – I could start the course and be ready to begin the program with the boys by the time we were in our new home. The plan is to work with Hercules in the mornings while Aristotle is at school. When Aristotle gets home from school, he can attempt a few of the Montessori activities for older children if he is up for it.
About the Montessori Program
Worldwide Montessori Online Teacher Training Course
Worldwide Montessori Online is a training program for parents and teachers who want to learn more about the Montessori Program and how to implement it in their classes or home. The course focusses on the Pre-Primary years (2-6 years old). The beauty of this course is that it can be taken by anyone anywhere in the world. All that is required is an internet connection. It caters to busy parents and teachers because there is no time limit that the course must be completed and there are no assignments that are due. Students can interact with each other and with Karen to discuss the lectures and ask any questions about the Montessori Program.
Over the course, students will receive:
- album presentations
- recordkeeping tools
- support forms
- and more
The course is very flexible because you can elect to take the standard course which runs over 2 years, or the fast track course that is condensed over 1 year.
At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion which is not an accredited Montessori certificate, however, many learning institutions have and will accept it. You can enquire at Worldwide Montessori Online (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Who is it for?
- Parents and teachers who want to know more about the Montessori Method.
- Parents and teachers who want to teach the Montessori Method to their children at home.
- Teachers who want to incorporate the Montessori Method in their classes.
- Parents and teachers who can only study at night.
- Parents and teachers who cannot attend a physical institution due to transportation limitations.
- Parents and teachers who do not have the time to sit for exams or to complete assignments.
About Karen Tyler
Karen Tyler is an accredited Montessori teacher who graduated from the Montessori Teachers Education Center – SF, Bay Area (MTEC). She has been teaching for over 30 years, including her teaching at Worldwide Montessori Online since 2006. Worldwide Montessori Online has had over 600 students since its conception.
About the Giveaway
The next intake for Worldwide Montessori Online is 1 March 2012. Thanks to Karen Tyler and Worldwide Montessori Online, we have one free Montessori Teacher Training course to give away to one lucky reader.
How to enter:
- Subscribe to our newsletter for one entry.
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- Leave us a comment telling us what you have done.
- Existing subscribers and Facebook fans automatically qualify (please leave a comment to indicate that you would like to be a part of the lucky draw).
As usual, we will use a random name selector to draw the lucky winner. Entries close 14 February 2012. The winner will be announced one week from today on 15 February 2012.
Alternatively, you can go ahead and sign up for the next intake at Worldwide Montessori Online. To enroll contact Worldwide Montessori Online (email@example.com) for more information.