Chicago Montessori Residency

Elementary I Staff

Elementary I






Guest Lecturers





Curriculum Areas



STAGE I (Summer 2018)

Monday, June 25 - Friday, August 10, 2018

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm with 1/2 hour for lunch.

July 4th Holiday – no classes the week of July 4th.

STAGE II (School Year 2018-19)


First Year Practicum, Institute, and Classroom Consultations.

Entire school year 2018 – 2019

  • First practicum year for Elementary I (6 through 9).

  • Two visits by an CMR approved consultant during the first year of practicum.

  • Fall and Spring Institutes


STAGE III (Summer 2019)

Two weeks:

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm with 1/2 hour for lunch.


For 9-12 Bridge: 5 weeks of the Elementary II curriculum which will lead to an Elementary I-II certification (children ages 6 through 12 years).


STAGE IV (School Year 2019-20)

  • Second practicum year for Elementary

  • Three visits by an CMR approved consultant during the second year of practicum.

Candidates seeking this certificate must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Candidate’s not credentialed in Montessori Early childhood must undergo a course of study of at least 21 clock hours for an Overview of the Early Childhood which includes: Early Childhood Montessori Philosophy, Montessori rationale and basic methodology for the materials in the curriculum areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, and Cultural Subjects. The Elementary I Course entails two summers of direct learning (6 weeks the first summer and 2 weeks the second), participation in bi-monthly practicum and professional development, and two years of in-the-classroom residency.




Knowing that students in high-poverty city schools can require a more strategic approach to discipline, CMR teachers learn a culturally responsive approach to classroom management that involves (a) recognizing that definitions of appropriate classroom behavior are culturally defined; (b) developing a deep understanding of their students' cultural backgrounds; (c) using this knowledge to create culturally appropriate classroom curricular and management strategies; and (d) building trusting classroom communities in which students learn how to make responsible choices about behavior while developing social-emotional qualities around collaboration, shared obligations, and citizenship. This means that although the teacher will insist on a high level of respect in the classroom and provide clear and consistent expectations, he or she will accept behavior problems as a normal part of learning without wavering on the belief that every student in the school has the ability to learn at high levels.

Culturally responsive teaching is a central tenant of CMR because we believe it represents an important value for students in Chicago Public Schools—that is, predominately minority (African American or Hispanic), low-income, and under-resourced. Poor neighborhoods too often associated with negative images that become deeply ingrained into children’s psyche. Culturally responsive teaching combats these influences by focusing instead on the richness, resourcefulness, and the many contributions that local cultures contributed to society.




This course will provide adult learners with fine arts theory and history, as well as guiding through implementation in its intersection with other course curricula. Many different types of media are presented including painting, sculpture, dance, rhythm, drawing etc.



This course engages adult learners through demonstration, discussion, storytelling, lecture, and practice. Beginning with the “Coming of Numbers” students will understand the existence of mathematics as a language/communication tool and its connections to the other areas of the Montessori curriculum ( more specifically, to cosmic education). Adult learners will be presented with the various aspects of the mathematics curriculum include math concepts (the four mathematical processes) and memorization appropriate for children at the Elementary 6 through 9 years of age.



Beginning with the “Coming of Language,” students will understand the existence of language as a communication tool and its connections to the other areas of the Montessori curriculum. They will receive an overview in the history of spoken and written language. This course will also create an understanding of the various parts of the language curriculum including reading, writing, speaking, spelling and research skills. This program will incorporate the use of phonics as a remediation tool for students who have difficulty and are identified as needing additional material. Grammar will also be presented as a tool for both writing and reading, specifically in the area of vocabulary acquisition.



Beginning with the “Timeline of Life,” adult learners will understand one of the main components of Maria Montessori’s Cosmic Education that paves the way for an understanding of self and community. Adult learners will be presented with the various aspects of the science curriculum including zoology, botany, physical science, earth science, and chemistry appropriate for children at the Elementary 6 through 9 years of age.



Beginning with the “Coming of the Universe,” adult learners will understand one of the main pillars of Maria Montessori’s Cosmic Education that leads to an understanding of the interplay between man and nature, and the self’s cosmic task. Adult learners will be presented with the various aspects of the Geography/History curriculum including the great lessons, aspects of physical geography (study of the solar system, earth and sun, cartography, landforms, etc) and cultural geography (including economic and political topics). They will also be presented the history of man and civilization.



The series of courses encompassed under Montessori Philosophy/Theory and Development include, but are not limited to: the prepared environment, observation, the learner, the Montessori Triad, the human tendencies, the planes of development, as well as other topics traditionally described as part of Montessori core philosophy. Adult learners will become aware of the role of Cosmic Education’s presence and guiding principles in the Montessori elementary classroom and the role that it plays in shaping the triad.



This course will focus on the concept of practical life for the 6-9 year old. It will emphasize the importance of the children taking responsibility and care not only of their classroom environment but also the world they live in. The concept of ecology, and conservation are introduced along with the fact that they are responsible for taking care of plants, animals, and objects that make up their classroom environment. Also introduce here are the ideas of responsibility toward their own work and growth and their responsibility to the society they live in.

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