AMI 3-6 Orientation Course / Montessori 101

August 12 – 23, 2024


Course Overview

The Orientation Course is formerly known as the Assistants’ Course. The course was renamed by the AMI to better reflect the overall purpose of the course.

The Orientation Course is designed to provide participants with a functional understanding of the Montessori philosophy. It is well suited for any adult who is curious about Montessori education and the rationale that underpins the philosophy. Parents, caregivers and scholars of education/child development, along with adults who wish to be assistants in a Montessori classroom, are encouraged to take this course. All are welcome!

2024 Proposed Course Schedule

The course will be delivered both online and in person simultaneously.  The course is scheduled daily from 9am to 3pm EST, from Monday August 12 to Friday August 23 excluding Saturday and Sunday.

Course Work

Course work consists of lectures, discussions and the submission of three written papers. An AMI Children’s House Orientation Course Certificate will be issued, based on 100% attendance. Students will arrange their own observation experience with approval from the trainer.

Course Fee

The course fee is $910.00 Canadian

The course will run with a minimum of 15 people. To ensure a place in this course,  please submit the registration form and fees as soon as possible.

Course Lecture Topics:

  • Montessori Education
  • Stages of Development
  • Role of the Guide
  • Role of the Assistant
  • Scientific Observation
  • Absorbent Mind & Sensitive Periods
  • Freedom & Discipline
  • Development of Independence
  • Development of Movement
  • Development of Language
  • Social Development
  • The Prepared Environment
  • Order & Organization
  • The Classroom Materials

Recommended Reading

The recommended books for the Orientation Course are as follows:

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

The author of these books is Dr. Maria Montessori. The books may be purchased at selected bookstores or at the Foundation for Montessori Education.