Program of Study: Elementary
Montessori Theory and Child Psychology
Theory lectures present an overview of Montessori thought on human development from birth to adulthood, with an emphasis on the theoretical principles underlying the Montessori approach for the elementary years, ages six through twelve.
These demonstrate how to present concepts using specifically designed Montessori materials and approaches to curricular areas of Art, Biology, Geography, Geometry, History, Language, Mathematics, and Music.
Students practice the same presentations with each other in an elementary environment prepared with the materials and furnishings of a working classroom. These required practice sessions assist the students in coming to an understanding of material and technique.
Students are required to make certain charts and timelines that will eventually be used to accompany presentations in their classrooms. Deadlines for completion are spread out over the training experience.
Trainees receive guidelines for observation sessions, take daily notes, and write a summary paper after each placement.
Students will participate in two separate observation placements. For summer students, these take place during the first interim year of the course. For academic-year students, observation takes place during the year of the course.
Each placement consists of a minimum of two weeks in a classroom directed by an AMI-Elementary trained teacher. Arrangements must have pre-approval of the Director of Training.
Students will spend approximately five weeks in two classrooms directed by AMI-Elementary trained teachers to refine their presentation skills and to experience the life of a working classroom. Student teachers will work closely with their cooperating teachers to introduce a variety of materials and concepts to elementary children.
For summer students, the practice teaching component is scheduled in the second interim year. For academic-year students, practice teaching is scheduled during the year of their course.
All arrangements are made only with the pre-approval of the Director of Training. Students and cooperating teachers will receive guidelines for the successful completion of this component, and students will be observed and evaluated during practice teaching sessions.
- The first summer of the course will consist of the required Foundation Course for those who do not already hold an AMI Primary diploma. This will be followed by the first four weeks of Elementary training, including supervised practice sessions. Weekly assignments will be due.
- Lectures continue during a 5-day seminar in January. Some materials/assignments will be due at that time.
- Required observations take place in the interim year. Paperwork will be submitted after each of the two sessions is completed.
- The second summer session, of approximately eight weeks, continues lectures and supervised practicals. Some materials will be due on the first day of the session. Weekly written assignments will be due.
- Lectures continue during the 5-day seminar in January. Some materials/assignments will be due at that time.
- Required practice teaching sessions take place in the interim year. Paperwork will be submitted after each of the two sessions is completed.
- In the third summer, lectures and practicals continue and conclude. The last of the materials will be due on the first day of the session. Weekly written assignments will be due. Completed albums will be submitted for final review and acceptance. Reviews and written and oral examinations take place in the third summer.
- Those who do not hold an AMI Children's House diploma must successfully complete the Foundation Course before elementary coursework begins in September.
- The content and required components of the course are the same as above. However, they are all integrated into the academic year, which begins in September and concludes the following June.