Orientation Course / Montessori 101

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!

2021 Course Schedule

FME is excited to host the 2021 Orientation Course virtually.

The 2021 Orientation Course will take place virtually on weekdays (Monday to Friday) from August 9 to 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET.

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.


Course Fee

The course fee is $910.00 CAD plus tax.

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