AMI Elementary (6-12) Diploma

This course covers an in-depth study of Montessori pedagogy focusing on the developmental needs of children from 6 to 12 years of age.

Course overview

Children aged 6-12 typically can be characterised by their curious minds, their ability to abstract and imagine, their moral and social orientation and their energy for research and exploration.

Individuals on this course will learn to guide children in building knowledge through an in-depth study of the world and how it works. Studies are integrated across disciplines that include geography, biology, history, language, mathematics, science, music, and other forms of artistic expression. Individuals will begin to understand that exploration of each area is augmented by the children, who organise visits beyond the confines of the classroom to gain real-life knowledge from community resources, such as the library, planetarium, botanical garden, science centre, factory, hospital, etc. This approach fosters a feeling of connectedness to humanity and encourages children’s natural desire to make a contribution to the world.

The school environment for children ages 6 through 12 and can also be divided into two groups of 6 to 9 and 9 to 12.

Successful completion of this course leads to being awarded the internationally recognized Elementary (6-12 years) Diploma from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).

Course format:

This course is offered in modular format and takes place over a period of approximately 18 weeks over the period of 12-18 months. It includes lectures, practice with materials, creation of child-centred materials, observations and reading and discussions. Individuals on the course will create their own manuals, or albums, from what they learn on the course.

Applications for this course are currently closed. More information about upcoming courses will be shared here.

“I am enjoying the 6 – 12 course and learning a lot, even though it is challenging me on many levels, especially [grasping] so many new concepts. I chose this course because for me teaching is not just a profession, it is a life mission. I love children and I enjoy seeing them learn and laugh. I cannot wait to apply what I’ve learnt here in the real world. I am ready to go back home and make a difference by giving back to the community.”

“The Montessori Method of teaching is absolutely mind-blowing. The best thing about the programme is that the child will learn more than just the core subjects of mathematics and language. They also learn the soft skills of collaboration, self-motivation, independence, and problem- solving.” After Shaun graduates, he hopes to eventually become a school teacher in the Lynedoch Valley. “I am very passionate about giving back to the community and I hope that this will have a positive impact on the children’s lives.”

“Montessori education is like giving the world to the child to explore and be creative in his own unique way, building up his knowledge and having the feeling that the child is the most integral and precious part of our world. I am glad to be a part of this course and the trainers are amazing. They take time to explain course subjects and are very supportive. The environment is very friendly and welcoming and I can’t wait to be back.”

“The best gift any parent will give their child is Montessori education. I chose to study at the Indaba Institute because of the beautiful environment. I enrolled for the AMI 6 – 12 elementary course because of the love I have for children. I want to be able to fully support them and make a difference in the world. Montessori-based education is relevant for today’s children because it is the system of education that looks into the totality of the child. It does not just focus on academics. The Montessori approach is to ‘follow the child’. There is no educational system other than the Montessori system that ‘trusts the child to teach’ them what to do.”

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