This course will focus on comparing the traditional Montessori Method of teaching language and literacy with the current public school system's method based on best practices. Students will critically and systematically examine comparable components of reading instruction in the public sector based on current research as contrasted with Montessori practices. This examination will not only look at reading instruction, but also the appreciation of literature. (3 credits)
- ECE 101: Introduction to Early Childhood Education
- ECE 350: History of Montessori Education
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Discuss the components required to teach reading as determined by current research and accepted by the US Board of education as current best practices.
- Describe numerous components of reading instruction in accordance with the Montessori Method as presented by major Montessori education associations and Maria Montessori’s own writings.
- Compare and analysis the two methods.
- Describe current methods for appreciation of literature as described and accepted by the National Institute for Literacy.
- Describe Montessori Method for teaching an appreciation of literature.
- Distinguish quality reading instruction.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Discipline Search.
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (3 Posts each Week 1-8)
4 Summary/Reaction Papers (Weeks1,2,4,& 5)
2 Observations (Week 3 & 6)
Final Paper/Presentation (Week 7)
Lesson Plan (Week 8)
Reading Materials are available on line. Rubrics are available for each assignment. 10 points are deducted for each day an assignment is submitted late.
- Child of the World: By Susan Mayclin Stephenson
- The Montessori Method by Maria Montessori Chapters 15-18
- Montessori'’'s Own Handbook by Maria Montessori
- Nurturing the Love of Learning: Montessori Education for the Preschool Years
- Montessori Language Curriculum Demonstrations
- Phonics Instruction
- BIG IDEAS in Beginning Reading The Institute for the Development of Educational Achievement (IDEA) in the College of Education, University of Oregon
- National Institute for Literacy
- National Reading Panel
- American Montessori Society
- Stephenson, Susan Mayclin. Child of the world: Montessori, Global Education, age 3-12 years, 2000-2001. Arcata, CA: Michael Olaf, 2013
- Stephenson, Susan Mayclin. The Joyful Child: Montessori, Global Wisdom Birth to 3 years, 2000-2001. Arcata, CA: Michael Olaf, 2015
Readings and Exercises
Overview of Language & Literacy
Nation Reading Panel Report
Joint Position Paper from NAEYC and IRA
1,4 & 6
Montessori & Montessori Language Overview
Montessori Language and Literacy
2, 5, 6
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.