Two-week AMI Assistants Courses for the primary (3-6) and elementary (6-12) are often conducted by the AMI training centres or by AMI trainers or AMI Auxiliary trainers. These short courses are intended to provide a broad overview of the Montessori philosophy and are helpful to parents. Participants are awarded an AMI certificate at the end of the course. Although it is not a teacher qualification the course prepares a certificate holder to assist in a Montessori classroom. IMF also conducts workshops from time to time on topics of child development, classroom management, academic planning, parenting and so on. Click here to find out more about the AMI training centres, and the courses that they offer.
Over the course of her life, Dr. Montessori evolved a complete framework of education centred around the individual’s developmental needs from birth to twenty-four years of age. She looked at the growing individual in the following four age groups: 0-6, 6-12, 12-18 and 18-24. The Montessori programme for the 3-6 age group is the best known, and therefore offered by more schools around the world than the programme for any other age group.
At present, the 0-3 AMI diploma course is offered at the Montessori Institute of Bangalore. If one should begin in other cities, we will ensure that the course information reaches everyone on our mailing list.
At present, the 6-12 AMI diploma course is offered by Navadisha Montessori Foundation, Chennai . A 6-12 AMI diploma course has recently been offered in the Montessori Training and Research Trust in Hyderabad. If any more courses at this age level should begin in other cities we will ensure that the course information reaches everyone on our mailing list.
The aim of the Montessori 3-6 or the 6-12 programme is not to prepare children for mainstream school. The greater aim is to assist with the natural development of children and to help them to develop to their fullest potential. If supported, children draw tremendous benefit from the Montessori programme. They develop good communication skills, write creatively and have good reading, comprehension, understand many mathematical concepts, have good social skills, cope with changes with self-confidence and often try to seek solutions to their own problems. As a result, they cope very well in mainstream schools.
Starting a Montessori school is the start of a community that begins to centre around creating conditions for the holistic development of children. Although it requires an investment in training AMI teachers and acquiring the resources, it also requires the identification and holding of core principles at all stages of its growth. In order to start a Montessori school, it is essential that the teachers have an AMI Montessori diploma for the age level they are intending to work with. The school and the community around it must be nurtured with commitment and strength to keep it alive. If you are interested, please email us to receive a booklet about starting a school.
The request for a new AMI Montessori teacher training centre usually comes from a community of schools who need teachers in order for their schools to develop and grow. A training centre is therefore usually centred in a community of Montessori schools where the teachers in training could observe and practice teach. Many resources and professional manpower is needed to begin a course. If you are interested, please email us to receive a booklet about starting a training centre.