Erasmus KA1 Courses - Course Details

Preschool Philosophies Waldorf Montessori Reggio Emillia Methods

Date :02-06 June 2019 Barcelona Confirmed

Sessions in 2019

  • 25-29 November 2019 - Barcelona
  • 20-24 May 2019 - Barcelona
  • 02-06 June 2019 - Barcelona Confirmed
  • 11-15 November 2019 - Barcelona
  • 15-20 December 2019 - Barcelona

 

Sessions in 2020

  • 24-28 February 2020 - Barcelona
  • 20-24 July 2020 – Barcelona

 

The groups of participants can choose the locations at the specified dates.

 

Course Duration:  5 days

Course Fee: 350€ for per-person

 

COMPARING PRESCHOOL PHILOSOPHIES: Waldorf – Montessori - Reggio Emilia Methods

This course is a kind of teacher training course which aims to support pre-school staff to learn about the most prevalent preschool philosophies to help them create a more kids-centered environment at kindergartens or pre-schools. The key issues and concerns about the Early Childhood and Care defined in 2020 ET will be identified and discussed.

In the frame of the course programme; three philosophies are Montessori, Waldorf,

Reggio Emilio

 

Montessori:

This approach, developed by Maria Montessori in Rome in the early 1900s, is child-centered, with teachers serving as guides. In the Montessori school, the play is a child’s work. While there is a focus on academics, the distinguishing feature is that children learn at their own pace. That focus on letting children learn at their own pace also affects how classrooms are arranged, with children ages three, four and five all being in the same room. This allows the older children to serve as role models for the younger ones and also exposes children to different ages. Children generally have the same teacher for those three years, allowing close teacher-student relationships to develop. The mixed-age aspect also encourages older children to help younger children, which helps build their self-esteem.

 

Waldorf:

If you find a Waldorf school, you can trust that it is true to the Waldorf philosophy, since each school and all of its teachers must be Waldorf certified. This play-based approach is characterized by a predictable structure, providing children with a dependable routine, such as certain days of the week for set activities like baking or gardening, as well as mixed-age classrooms with the same teacher for multiple years.

There is also an emphasis on cooperation, and the setting generally appears like a home—warm and friendly, with wooden toys and natural materials. What stands out about Waldorf is its stance against traditional grading systems and exclusion of media in the curriculum. Waldorf does not include media (computers, videos or electronics of any kind) and also does not involve academics, which means no homework, tests, handouts or even desks. Children are introduced to formal reading skills in the first grade. The programs are “all-weather” and children spend a lot of time outdoors.

 

Reggio Emilia:

Reggio Emilia schools are known for a project-based approach, which many preschool programs have borrowed. In a project-based curriculum, lessons are based on the interest of the students. Reggio Emilia programs are also known for documenting what children do, taking photos, making videos, writing observations. Then children and teachers can review what they’ve done throughout the year.

In this approach, there is a belief that children have rights and should be given opportunities to develop their potential. Children are believed “knowledge bearers”, so they are encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas about everything they could meet or do during the day.

 

The Course Offers the Teachers to;

  • To identify the key issues and concerns about Early Childhood Education and Care defined in 2020 ET,
  • To understand the similarities and differences of these three philosophies in education,
  • To discuss the advantages and disadvantages of these three philosophies,
  • To define the role of teachers in three types of pre-schooling,
  • To find out the ways of involving parents into the school system,
  • To encourage children to be more independent and inclined towards self-learning,
  • To see the role of games and plays in the three philisophies,
  • To identify the different ways of self expression in each methodology,
  • To understand various assessment ways used in the schools using these philisophies,
  • Value creativity and in dependence in the pre-school years,
  • To have an idea about how to design s pre-school environment depending on these philisophies in order to reach the children’s personal features and develop them.

 

Target Group

  • All kind of teachers, trainers, educators, school administrators, etc.

 

Preparation

Before the course,

  • A detailed pre-course questionnaire to indicate their level of experience, teaching backgrounds and training will be completed by participants.
  • They will also prepare a presentation to reflect their own teaching method.

 

Validation

  • A course participation certificate will be given to all participants.
  • A Europass CV will be filled together according to the skills and competences to be gained during the course  by participants.

 

Schedule of the Course

Day 1

Activities

09.00 - 11.00

  • Getting to know each other – Presentation of participant organizations (a five-minute presentation)
  • State the targets of Early Childhood and Care defined in 2020 ET
  • Key Issues and Concerns

11.00 – 11.30

  • Coffee Break

11.30 – 13.00

  • Give a general knowledge about the programmes used in pre-schools in Europe
  • Focus on three philosophies mainly used in pre-schools; Montesorri, Waldrof and Reggio Emilio
 

Day 2

Activities

09.00 - 11.00

  • Presentation of participant organizations (a five-minute presentation)
  • State and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of Montesorri methodology used in pre-schools

11.00 – 11.30

  • Coffee Break

11.30 – 13.00

  • Give information about sample schools using Montessori philosophy in their education systems
  • Draw a model classroom and define the role of teacher depending on the key issues of Montessori philosophy
 

Day 3

Activities

09.00 – 11.00

  • State and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of Waldrof methodology used in pre-schools

11.00 – 11.30

  • Coffee Break

11.30 – 13.00

  • Give information about sample schools using Waldrof philosophy in their education systems
  • Draw a model classroom and define the role of teacher depending on the key issues of Waldrof philosophy

13.00

  • Lunch & City Tour
 

Day 4

Activities

09.00 - 11.00

  • State and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of Reggio Emilia methodology used in pre-schools

11.00 – 11.30

  • Coffee Break

11.30 – 13.00

  • Give information about sample schools using Reggio Emilia philosophy in their education systems
  • Draw a model classroom and define the role of teacher depending on the key issues of Reggio Emilia philosophy
 

Day 5

Activities

09.00 – 11.00

  • Summarize the key points of the three philosophies
  • Work on the assessment ways of the three
  • Define the ways of reaching the aim in the three philosophies

11.00 – 11.30

  • Coffee Break

11.30 – 13.00

  • Overview of the course program
  • Evaluation of the course program
  • Filling the feedback forms
  • Europass CV
  • Europass Mobility Certificate
  • Participation Certificate
 

 

-  If you are more than 5 participant , could you please send a mail for discussing about other date and places .

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