An in-depth study of Montessori pedagogy and the development of children from six to twelve years, as well as the interdisciplinary Montessori approach known as Cosmic Education.
Cosmic Education is a way of seeing the whole universe and everything in it. This approach recognises all aspects of the universe as interrelated and is the method we use for conveying this vision to children. Our hope for the child is that, as a result, they will not only be well educated, but see themselves as a living aspect of creation, prepared to take their place in society.
“Cosmic Education is related to the development of human beings, not just a new educational method, or a new technique of teaching subjects in a syllabus. Cosmic Education is a form of relating children to the universe, its furnishings, and humanity, so that they are able to understand the law and order underlying their existence and to realise in themselves all the developing potential that is their birthright.”
Dr Maria Montessori
|Normal Admission: Degree holders|
|Special Admission: Consideration of other qualifications and experience|
|Admission by interview for all applicants|
|AMI 3-6 Diploma OR attendance on the AMI Foundation Course*
* 5-week full-time preparatory course run prior to the start of the 6-12 course
|To enrol, all applicants are required to:|
|be over 18 years of age|
|complete the course Application Form, referring to the Terms and Conditions therein|
|pay the Application Fee|
|comply with any course prerequisites|
|In addition, AMI Montessori Diploma course applicants are required to provide the following documentation with their application:|
|Certified copies of all tertiary qualifications|
|Short autobiographical essay to describe your past experiences and future direction, particularly relating to working with children. It must be written by the applicant in their own words, be typed, and of 2 pages in length. The essay should address the following questions:
- Why do you wish to follow Montessori training?
- How did you first learn about the course?
|Three signed reference letters, two professional in nature and one character reference|
Students deferred for any part of the examinations must retake that part the subsequent year and may resit only once. Students deferred for any part of the other requirements must fulfil that part the subsequent year. Should the training centre not hold a course and therefore examination in the subsequent year, the Director of Training will advise an alternate AMI training centre where the student may sit the examinations. All the expenses involved are for the account of the student. Students who fail Paper A and Paper B of the written examination and the oral examinations have failed the course.
To Educate the Human Potential
From Childhood to Adolescence
The Advanced Montessori Method, Vols 1 & II
Education and Peace
The Absorbent Mind
Books can be ordered from http://montessoribooks.com.au.
The Discovery of the Child
The Child in the Family
The Secret of Childhood
Education for a New World
What You Should Know About Your Child
The Formation of Man The Child, Society and the World (ed. Schulz-Benesch)
By Mario M. Montessori Sr:
The Human Tendencies and Montessori Education
By Mario M. Montessori Jr:
Education for Human Development
Books can be ordered from http://montessoribooks.com.au.
The child’s physical development, the radical changes that take place as opposed to the earlier age group; the psychological development of the child (tendencies/sensitive periods) compared to the earlier child; the continued development and growth of the child as a builder of the human personality through the use of the human tendencies and psychological characteristics particular to this age group.
Reviewing the Human Tendencies and Four Planes of Development—the use of imagination and the special characteristics of the child for exploration with the reasoning mind; the meaning of Cosmic Education and what it offers to the child; freedom and responsibility; “going out”, its importance and practicalities.
Review of the development of language in the child; the importance of language in the development of intelligence, vocabulary development; further extensions in reading; language exercises suited to the ‘sensitivities’ of the child of this age group, leading to reading with understanding or total reading. The following items are covered: the story of language, the history of writing, word study, grammar boxes and related classification, from short stories to composition, structure of paragraphs and composition, appreciation and development of style, logical/sentence analysis, analysis of sentences (simple/compound/complex), history of literature.
The development of the Mathematical Mind, indirect preparation leading to abstraction in mathematics; the purpose and use of the mathematical material. The following items are covered: The story of numbers, continuation of hierarchy of number—long multiplication/division; laws of operations; multiples, factors, divisibility; group division; fractions—both vulgar and decimal and their related operations; squares/cubes of numbers; powers of numbers; bases (other than 10); from squaring to square root; from cubing to cube root; signed numbers; measurements; algebra; word problems.
Equal, similar, equivalent—concepts; exploration with constructive triangles; study of polygons and circle/angles/lines—in all their details; equivalence of plane figures; area and related formulae; volume, from equivalency to calculation of volume and formulae.
Geography, biology, history and music are given as a framework of human needs in the natural and cultural environment and therefore for the child’s exploration through stories, experiments, charts and activities. Creation of the earth. Composition of the earth. The movements of the earth and their consequences. The work of air/water. People living in the different zones. Interdependence of humans in society and economic geography.
Geography, biology, history and music are given as a framework of human needs in the natural and cultural environment and therefore for the child’s exploration. Areas covered in biology include the prepared environment in botany; and realisation of the needs of the plants. The story of plants—function of leaves, roots, stems, flowers, fruits and seeds and their varieties. In zoology: story material on animals, examination of body functions, classification of plants and animals, notes on ecology.
Geography, biology, history and music are given as a framework of human needs in the natural and cultural environment and therefore for the child’s exploration. Areas covered in history range from geology to the coming of life and include the first and second time lines of early human beings; the growth of culture. History charts - fundamental needs, research (question) charts and migration charts. Representation of time.
Geography, biology, history and music are given as a framework of human needs in the natural and cultural environment and therefore for the child’s exploration. Areas covered in music include listening, movements, singing, instruments, notation, advance work in rhythm, and the tone bars.
Supervised Practice with Montessori didactic material and pertinent activities are conducted under the supervision of the Director of Training and directed by AMI qualified staff. A minimum number of hours of practice is compulsory (140) as stated in the AMI Agreement. Whenever possible more hours of practice are recommended.
Demonstration of the use of Montessori material set within/against the background of Montessori child psychology; special characteristics of these—as keys to culture as opposed to didactic materials.
The students are to read books and make use of them for both their written work/essays as well as practice with material and related discussions. The course reading list includes required and recommended titles.
Students are to observe in classes with an AMI directress. Daily observations for at least 3 hours per day are scheduled over a period of weeks to meet the minimum number of hours stipulated (90). Students are required to write reports on their observations, which are reviewed by and discussed with the Trainer(s). Members of the pedagogical staff visit the students while they are observing in order to provide direct insights into the observational process in the schools.
Students are to practice teach in classes under the supervision of experienced AMI directresses and the trainer(s) of the Course: 120 hours of supervised teaching practicum in a Montessori Primary (Elementary) school interacting with children between 6 and 12 years of age. The trainer(s) observe the students while in practice teaching and review the progress of the students with the classroom directress and with the student. A written report is made.
Each student shall compile an individual manual for each area of the Course. These manuals should include an introduction to each area; a description of each piece of material; the age of the child working with the material; and the aims and purposes of the material. The manuals are the student’s personal record of their course work; the work is supervised with a final assessment at the end of the Course. In order to clarify the basic points connected with Montessori child psychology the students are to write essays on topics supplied by the Course. Each student will prepare 9 manuals/albums: Theory, Maths (2), Language, Geometry, Geography, Biology, History, and Music and Art.
Under supervision students will also engage in material making. It consists of time-lines and charts for classroom use. All such materials are checked by the Trainer(s).