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The Child First: Montessori, Reggio Emilia System and Contemporary Approaches to Pre-School Education

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Specifics

  • Activities: Our courses usually include two cultural activities. Further information is available on the page of each location.
  • Certificate: Certificate of Attendance guaranteed for participants who attend at least 80% of the course.
  • Lessons: Classes take place in the Morning (9:00 – 14:00) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 19:00).
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  • Price: 480 €

Description

During this course, participants will discover the most relevant educational approaches for children that emerged in Europe from the 20th century onwards.

Waldorf (Steiner) education, the Montessori Method and Loris Malaguzzi’s Reggio Emilia method will be discussed in an interactive way. This will include comparing the different theories and involving participants in an active reflection about their way of teaching and the importance of the child being the protagonist of his/her development.

A part of the course will be dedicated to Bruno Munari’s method “Playing with Art”. A short introduction about the alternative Catalan non-directive education panorama will also be included, as well as an overview on Positive Education and Positive Psychology.

The outcome of all of this is the activation of a thought-provoking learning process. Participants will practice critical and creative thinking skills, inspired by the alternative methods mentioned above. Independence, freedom, creativity, child-centered, respect, global development are the keywords of the course.

At the end, participants will have the chance to create a project for their school that incorporates the knowledge acquired, following a Design Thinking process.

Concept by: Marta Mandolini

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants to:

  • Acquire knowledge about Waldorf (Steiner) education, Montessori Method, Reggio Emilia approach, Bruno Munari’s method “Playing with Art”, Positive Education;
  • Learn how children can be protagonists of their psychological, social, and physical development;
  • Learn how to set a positive and responsive relationship with children inspired by the different methods;
  • Foster your critical and creative thinking;
  • Be able to evaluate and integrate elements of the different approaches in your school.

Tentative schedule

Day 1 – Course introduction & preschool approaches

Course introduction

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
  • Icebreaker activities using drama for trust and ensemble building.

Setting goals

  • Identification of needs and goals for each participant and relevant populations;
  • Approaches on learning in preschool education (Montessori, Steiner, Reggio Emilia, Catalan no directive education, positive education);
  • Swot analysis for teachers;
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools.

Day 2 – Preschool approaches

  • Approaches on learning in preschool education (Montessori, Steiner, Reggio Emilia, Catalan no directıve education, positive education);
  • Role play.

Day 3 – Bruno Munari method

  • Bruno Munari method;
  • Groups activity: life skills education through art from early age.

Day 4 – Learning approaches

  • Approaches on learning in preschool education (Montessori, Steiner, Reggio Emilia, Catalan no directive education, positive education);
  • Role play.

Day 5 – Final project

  • Final school project/design thinking for school.

Day 6 – Course closure & cultural activities

Course closure

  • Course evaluation: round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance.

Cultural activities

Excursion and other external cultural activities.


Please note:

The schedule describes likely activities but may differ significantly based on the trainer delivering the specific session and the requests of the participants.

If you would like to discuss a specific topic, please indicate it at least 4 weeks in advance. Course modifications are subject to the trainer’s discretion.

The number and schedule of the cultural activities depend on the location, not the course; further information is available on each location webpage. The trainer will send you the definitive course schedule approximately two weeks before the course.

Next Courses

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  • 13-18 Sep 2021
  • 11-16 Oct 2021
  • 8-13 Nov 2021
  • 29 Nov - 4 Dec 2021
  • 13-18 Dec 2021
  • 10-15 Jan 2022
  • 14-19 Feb 2022
  • 14-19 Mar 2022
  • 11-16 Apr 2022
  • 9-14 May 2022
  • 13-18 Jun 2022
  • 11-16 Jul 2022
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Reviews about this course

I really liked the pace of this class. It was hands on and easy to understand. Davide made this class fun and full of good energy. It was really inspiring to me to hear ideas from our classmates and to all the projects provided by our teacher. I recommend this class a 100%.

Nazarena Deschiave

I really liked this expirience. Nice and funny company. A lot of new expiriences. And Florence is a beautiful city as well.

Līva Irbe

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