AMI Orientation Courses (formerly known as Assistants Courses) include the following:

  • Introduction to Montessori theory
  • Learning how and when to intervene (not interfere)
  • Dr. Montessori’s ideas of freedom and discipline
  • Required reading from Dr. Montessori’s books
  • Observation
  • Help the children become more independent
  • Learning how to gain the children’s trust
  • Guided discussion

Refund Policy:

Requests made in writing (email is acceptable) and prior to 4 weeks before the workshop/certificate course will be refunded 75% of the registration fee paid.  Requests made between 2 and 4 weeks prior to the course will be refunded 50% of the registration fee paid.  There will be no refunds issued for requests made less than 2 weeks prior to the workshop/certificate course. 

Registration Transfer Policy 

Registration may be transferred from one staff member to another within the same school by contacting WMI by email prior to 2 weeks before the workshop/certificate course. Registration may be transferred from one workshop/certificate course to a future workshop/certificate course given by WMI (within 12 months) by contacting WMI by email prior to 2 weeks before the workshop for which one has registered.

Tuition:

$900 (excludes books)

Book lists will be sent out upon registration.

Questions?

Please contact us at 202-818-8701 or info@wmi-montessori.org.
Minimum enrollment needed for each course.

Montessori Orientation to 3-6 (Primary)

July 20-31, 2020 (Mondays to Fridays)
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST Live Online (40 Hours)
Independent work (20 hours)
Minimum of 90% attendance

Watching videos
Reading from Dr. Montessori’s work
Written reflections
Individual practice with material
Three 500-word essays (500 words minimum each)
Independent observation activities
Discussion boards

This course will be held online.

Course Director:
Jennifer Shields

Registration Closed!

Book List:

The Absorbent Mind
The Secret of Childhood
The Child in the Family
Education for a New World

Books will be available online from AMI/USA when the bookstore resumes operation (www.amiusa.org).

General Course Program:
Introduction to Montessori ~ Four planes of development ~ Absorbent mind ~ Sensitive periods ~ Prepared environment ~ Independence ~ Maintaining the environment (indoor & outdoor) ~ Freedom & discipline ~ Observation ~ Role of the guide/adult/teacher ~ Language: development of & supporting of ~ Social development ~Role of the assistant ~ Order ~ Movement ~ Music & art ~ Grace & courtesy/classroom management ~ Material making

Montessori Orientation to 6-12 (Elementary)

August 3-14, 2020 (Mondays to Fridays)
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. EST Live Online (20 hours)
Independent Work (40 hours)
Minimum of 90% attendance

Three 500-word essays
Observation activities (video & in-person) with reflection and discussion (9 hours total)
Discussions related to independently completed work

Independent Work (40 hours)
Readings of Montessori texts and articles (reflection/discussion)
Listening to/watching lecture recordings
Handwork presentations and practice
The importance of storytelling
Creation of a series of resources for personal use

This course will be held online.

Course Director:
Virginia Viscovic

Registration Closed!

Book List (physical or electronic copy):

To Educate the Human Potential
From Childhood to Adolescence
Education and Peace
Citizen of the World

Books will be available online from AMI/USA when the bookstore resumes operation (www.amiusa.org).

General Course Program:
History of Montessori ~ Human needs & tendencies ~ Planes of development (second and comparison of planes) ~ Cosmic education ~ Imagination ~ Freedom and Responsibility ~ Going out ~ The prepared environment ~Importance of storytelling in elementary ~ Selected materials presentations ~ Handwork/material making ~ How adults can support the child (parents, admin, teachers, assistants, support staff)

Montessori Orientation to 0-3 (Infancy)

August 17-22, 2020 (Monday to Saturday)
August 24-28, 2020 (Monday to Friday)
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST Live Online (40 hours)
Independent work (20 hours)
Minimum of 90% attendance

Three written papers on Montessori topics
(500 words minimum each)
Written summaries of lectures & discussions
Elaboration of language material (objects & cards)
Individual practice with material
Individual observation of videos & group discussions
Individual readings on Montessori theory topics

This course will be held online.

Course Director:
Dora Vidales

Registration Closed!

Book List:

The Absorbent Mind
The Child in the Family
Education for a New World

Books will be available online from AMI/USA when the bookstore resumes operation (www.amiusa.org).

General Course Program:
Introduction to Montessori ~ The role of the teacher ~ The role of the assistant ~ Overview of the four planes of development ~ The child’s mind from 0-6 years ~Order ~ Development of movement ~ Development of language ~ Independence ~ Prepared environment ~ Freedom and limits ~ Observation ~ Music and art ~ Toilet learning ~ Material making