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Montessori Parenting Courses

Become immersed in Montessori with parenting courses from the Prepared Montessorian Institute! PMI is a training and professional development platform dedicated to providing aspiring or practicing Montessori educators, parents, caregivers, and schools with the “prepared environment” necessary to guide the communities and children under their care.

Explore Montessori courses at your own pace

Browse a range of programs, from self-serve learning resources to introductory Montessori classes, a MACTE-accredited Montessori teacher diploma, ongoing seminars, master classes, and year-round events.

For the Montessori-Curious

Introductory Courses: These beginner courses provide an overview and introduction to key Montessori concepts and principles

  • Introduction to Montessori
  • Montessori in the Home

Montessori in Practice Short Courses: Designed for parents, caregivers, and in-home educators looking for guidance to address specific topics to bring more independence and joy to children under their care

  • Toilet Learning
  • Positive Phrasing
  • Independence for Toddlers
  • Observation Principles
  • Collaborating with Adults in the Montessori Classroom
  • Communicating with Parents Effectively

For Aspiring Montessori Educators

Professional Development Courses: Designed for practicing educators and lifelong learners who continually seek opportunities to hone their craft, deepen their knowledge, and improve their practices

  • Fundamentals of Classroom Leadership
  • Lesson Planning Best Practices
  • Children's House Master Class: Practical Life
  • Nido and Toddler Introduction
  • Many more!

Certificate Program: Become certified as an Assistant Guide with PMI's advanced Montessori certificate training

  • Assistant Guide Certificate - Nido, Toddler, and Children's House
  • Children's House Advanced Presentation Certificate

Montessori Teacher Diploma: Launch into your career as a Montessori educator with the MACTE-accredited Teacher Diploma Program.

  • Nido & Toddler Lead Guide Training
  • Children's House Lead Guide Training

Introduction to Montessori

Course duration: 2 hours

Price: Free

Format: Live online class

Overview: This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn about Montessori, revisit the principles of the Montessori Method, or is simply interested in human progress. While it functions as a standalone course, Introduction to Montessori is also the first module of the Montessori in the Home course. It covers aspects of working with children of all ages, with a special focus on the 0 to 6 age range.

Key takeaways:

  • A comprehensive understanding of the Montessori method and its goals
  • An overview of key Montessori terminology and how to begin implementing Montessori at home
  • An introduction to the history of Montessori and the story of its founder Maria Montessori

Independence for Toddler

Course duration: 90 minutes

Price: $35

Delivery format: Online live class

Overview: Independence is at the heart of Montessori education, deeply shaping our pedagogy. In this session we will discuss how we can support this natural process within the child, including control of movement, self-care routines, care of the environment, basic communication, and social interactions

Key takeaways:

  • A holistic understanding of the importance of independence for young children, and how to support them on this path
  • Step by step guidance on how to set the conditions, model and reinforce a new skill for a toddler
  • Practical tips for scaffolded learning and prioritizing, without overwhelming yourself or your toddler

Toilet Learning

Course duration: 90 minutes

Price: $35

Delivery format: Online live class

Overview: Using the toilet is one of the most important ways toddlers work toward independence. Well before the active toilet learning process, you can start preparing for the process by using diaper changing time to connect with the child, communicate clearly, create consistent routines, and involve the child as much as possible. Ideal for parents, caregivers or educators of children under 3 years old

Key takeaways:

  • A holistic understanding of toilet learning as an important milestone in a young child’s development
  • Practical knowledge of how to approach toilet learning in a Montessori way
  • A digital handbook detailing the approach and steps to toilet awareness and toilet learning.

Positive Phrasing

Course duration: 90 minutes

Price: $35

Delivery format: Online live class

Overview: Young children are in a sensitive period for language, which means they are keenly aware of not only what we say, but also how we say it. Positive phrasing is the art of brief and true statements that tell a young child what to do, instead of what not to do. In this session, we will focus on key principles for positive phrasing in Montessori communities, and how its role is effective classroom leadership

Key takeaways:

  • An introduction to the Grace & Courtesy presentations used in Montessori communities and homes, as well as an understanding of how to adapt a Grace & Courtesy style presentation for your particular needs.
  • A detailed introduction to positive phrasing and descriptive praise and how these techniques can be harnessed to influence behavior.
  • Practical advice and best practices to help apply these concepts in real-world situations.


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