The Montessori Rating Scale – Early Childhood - Environment

The Montessori Rating Scale – Early Childhood - Environment

is design to evaluate the completeness of the Montessori environment

for children 2.5 to 6 years old.  MRS-EC-E is the appropriate tool for use by Montessori teachers and school directors for the purpose of self-evaluation and quality program improvement planning, for teacher preparation programs, and by state and federal agencies is evaluating the Montessori program.

 

The Montessori prepared environment provides the tools for the young child’s self-construction of knowledge through experiential learning, the effortless absorbance of culture synthesized in the materials, and environmental support for the unique sensitivities in this period of the child’s life.  The Montessori environment is the critical component in providing quality care for the young child.

 

In addition to the classic Montessori prepared environment with the attendant Montessori materials is the environmental aspects of health and safety, and the general furnishings of the classroom. 

 

MRS-EC-E includes all the above aspects in its evaluation document.

 

The MRS-EC-E was developed in collaboration with nationally recognized Montessori educators in school programs and in teacher education programs. The content validity process was a collaborative effort over a two year period and five refinement cycles.  In addition, convergent construct validity was established by alignment with the American Montessori Society’s Early Childhood Suggested Materials List, and Angeline Lilliard’s compilation of responses to the same question of what should be considered standard in the Montessori early childhood classroom.

Inter-rater reliability was good, thus making the MRS-EC-E suitable for program evaluation toward a plan for quality program improvement.

 

 

Montessori Rating Scales – Early Childhood – Social & Emotional

is the companion assessment tool to MRS-EC-E. The preparation of the teacher, scheduling and routine issues, partnership with family and community provide the other components in the evaluation of quality care in the Montessori early childhood programs.

 

The MRS-EC-E was developed in collaboration with nationally recognized Montessori educators in school programs and in teacher education programs. The content validity process was a collaborative effort over a two year period and five refinement cycles.  In addition, convergent construct validity was established by alignment with the American Montessori Society’s Early Childhood Suggested Materials List, and Angeline Lilliard’s compilation of responses to the same question of what should be considered standard in the Montessori early childhood classroom.

Inter-rater reliability was good, thus making the MRS-EC-E suitable for program evaluation toward a plan for quality program improvement.