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Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 1:30 pm - 8:00 pm CDT; 
Friday, September 26 - Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 9:00  am -  4:30 pm (daily) CDT

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Seton Montessori Institute 
5728 Virginia Avenue
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514

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Rachel, Harrison, Registrar
Seton Montessori Institute 

 Paraprofessional Preparation Course September 25 - 28, 2014


"An adult must assist a child in such a way that he can act and carry out his own work in the world."

Maria Montessori

The Paraprofessional Course covers the basics of the Montessori approach. For many years participants have increased their understanding and strengthened their effectiveness in working with children through Seton’s Course. For others, the course has been a stepping stone in deciding to pursue full teaching certification. 

Classes meet for a full day on each of the four days. All attendees will receive a certificate of completion after full participation in the course as well as a record of continuing professional development (CPD) from the American Montessori Society. Seton Montessori Institute is also a Gateways Registry Authorized Entity delivering professional development to those serving your children in the state of Illinois. More information regarding Gateways to Opportunity Registry can be found here.

Each day we become more aware of the significance of the adults in a young child’s environment. Prepare yourself to meet their needs (and those of their parents) with a couse that encompasses an in-depth view of Maria Montessori’s philosophy, as well as techniques for everyday work.

Day One: The Child is A Person (1:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

  • Maria Montessori’s Life, Work and Philosophy
  • The Montessori Environment at Home and at the Children's House
  • The Child is a Person – Child Development

Day Two: The Child Is A Person Who Works and Communicates (9:00 am - 4:30 pm)

  • Practical Life
  • The Montessori Educator
  • Language, Pracitcal Life Presentations and Practice

Day Three: The Child Is A Person Who Thinks and Solves Problems (9:00 am - 4:30 pm)

  • Observation Techniques 
  • Math and Sensorimotor
  • Presentations and Practice

Day Four: The Child Is A Person Who Loves (9:00 am - 4:30 pm)

  • Presentation of Personal Projects
  • Sciences
  • Potluck Luncheon
  • Role of the Assistant
  • Art, The Line
  • Conclusions

Program Cost: $300

Program Emphasis: Early Childhood and Elementary

Registration Deadline: Monday, September 22nd* (all enrollment after this date will be assessed a $25 late fee).

*Cancellations by registrants must be made by September 22, 2014. Cancellations received after September 23, 2014 will receive a refund of 50% of the registration fee. Seton Montessori Institute is not responsible for other financial obligations incurred by participants.