All our courses at BMC work within a larger framework of providing meaningful, high quality teacher training for the education and care of children and families respectful of their own unique cultures, nationalities and beliefs. Our courses incorporate the tenets of the Montessori philosophy, theory and practice within the context of internationally recognised ECEC benchmark standards. Our training courses keep pace with the growing advances and developments in the ECEC field while providing a basis focused on the universal uniqueness of the Montessori pedagogy. Some of our curriculum areas include: Child Care and Health, Literacy Skills, Mathematics, Learning through the Senses, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Observation, and Creativity.

Our training emphasis is always on the developing child, building the human personality, and providing an inclusive high quality learning environment for children.

We must proceed, not on the basis of our own ideas or on our own prejudices, not on preconceived methods, but by observing the child…..When we say that the child is our teacher, we mean that we must take his revelations as our guide. Our starting point must be the revelation of the characteristics of the human individual.

(Montessori, 2012)*

Our courses emphasise the importance of invested personalised mentoring and training which is needed to support trainees in their future teaching roles. Building positive teacher attitudes and roles require special training and the Montessori approach understands and demonstrates this importance in practice. Our trained Montessori teachers know how to set up high quality prepared early learning environments for young children and moreover, they know why it is important. Our students acquire their teaching experience through many hours of carefully supervised practice with the Montessori materials/apparatus. This hands-on learning is extended over the duration of the course. The entire course content integrates these Montessori components of theory and practice around a central theme which is always to ‘Follow the Child’.

SCHEDULE AND TIMETABLE

The training courses at BMC run on an academic year calendar which includes a period for revision and examinations. All lectures, tutorials, written assignments and course materials are prepared and delivered under the authorised supervision of Dr. Julie Hadeed. Students meet twice a week: Monday and Wednesday evenings from 4.30—7.00 p.m. A total of 210 lecture hours are presented which cover a well-rounded profile of an integrated-curriculum approach and training. Practical training and observations are arranged individually with each student’s schedule and are held in the local Montessori classrooms in Bahrain. It is strongly recommended that the student in teacher training practice spend a minimum of two mornings per week to ensure continuity. To review further details, click on Training Courses.

Local religious and social holidays will be observed and a calendar of days off and vacation periods will be distributed at the beginning of the course.

*Montessori, M. (2012). The 1946 London Lectures. The Montessori Series. Vol 17. Montessori
Pierson Publishing Company. The Netherlands.

 

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