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Getting Staff, Getting Jobs, Getting Known!

11/10/2014
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Dear Supporters of the Maria Montessori Education Foundation

Auckland Montessori Network – Monday 20th October at 7.00p.m.

Schools owners, teachers, friends and anyone interested in the Montessori approach to human development – you’re all invited to AUT, Akoranga Campus, AJ100 on Monday 20th October to converse, contribute and collaborate!

One of the topics for the evening will be Montessori training and careers.  MMEF will be sharing information about the forthcoming AMI 3-6 Diploma Course, starting this summer. Potential AMI students will be there too so if you’re a school owner looking to sponsor an AUT B.Ed graduate, join us too.

Montessori & Peace’ is on the agenda also – see you there!

Schedule Your Interview Now!

get ready to be interviewed!Interviews (face to face and skype) are now being arranged for students applying for the AMI 3-6 Course. The next interview dates are Friday 17th & Saturday 18th October between 9a.m. and 1p.m. 

To arrange your interview contact mmef@ihug.co.nz.

And a Classic to Close

Here’s a oldie by Glenn Miller to get us In the Mood for this summer…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CI-0E_jses

When should you apply for the 2015- 2017 AMI 3-6 Course? Now!

Applications are open until November 1st, 2014.

Visit mmef.org.nz to download the Course brochure or email mmef@ihug.co.nz for more information.

Ka kite ano,

MMEF

Limited spaces– don’t delay, send in your applications now!

20/09/2014
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So, if you are considering staying “in-house” at the beautiful Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre to attend the AMI 3-6 Course starting this summer, we need to hear from you ASAP!

The busy team at the Retreat Centre tells us rooms are filling fast.

Remember, MMEF students will be eligible for the discounted rate of $22/p.p. per night in a twin share room. For more details visit http://www.kawaipurapura.co.nz/retreat-accommodation-2, email Roz at accommodation@kawaipurapura.co.nzor call 09 415 9468 and pencil in your booking this week.

Don’t delay. Spaces will fill fast for this summer!

Facebook – So Many Likes in Such a Short Time

imageWell, you’re obviously enjoying the soupçons of information on our Facebook page at the moment. We’re getting many reads and many, many likes, thank you!

If you haven’t already checked out our new Facebook page, why not head there now and press ‘Like.’ Every ‘Like’ helps.

www.facebook.com/mariamontessorieducationfoundation

 

Screen Time – Is it Addictive?

Books v TVTalking of screen time… most of us have experienced how an intentional short spell of TV watching at the end of the day to unwind or relax keeps you up later than you’d ever intended. Or the scenario of “I’ll just check my emails…” and before you know it several hours have passed?

Screen time – albeit via any manner of electronic device can be additive. Here’s a compelling article (and cartoon!) about the effects of such on the young – still developing – brain: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/mental-wealth/201402/gray-matters-too-much-screen-time-damages-the-brain

Ka kite ano,

MMEF

PS: When should you apply for the 2015- 2017 AMI 3-6 Course? Now! Applications are open until the end of October 2014, but spaces are filling fast.

Visit mmef.org.nz to download the Course brochure or email mmef@ihug.co.nz for more information.

Fuelling the Flame Within: Montessori Education and the Development of the Self

14/09/2014
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Steven Hughes is a paediatric neuropsychologist who was so impressed at what he saw in his daughter’s Montessori school – so intrigued at how beautifully the Montessori system reinforces a child’s growth and natural brain development – that he joined the company: lending his considerable ability to the Association Montessori International Global Research Committee and travelling the world to talk about their work.
Last night he spoke to an Auckland audience of 300 about the way Montessori education “fuels the flame” of each child’s unique identity, and how mainstream education helps snuff it out:

Beginning as a tiny spark, the light that shines within a child will, over time, grow to become a steady, strong flame if he or she experiences an environment that recognizes, respects, and fuels it. What are the requisite features of such an environment? What makes Montessori education so effective in “fuelling the flame” of each child’s unique identity?
Part of Dr. Montessori’s genius was her understanding that human development requires different experiences at different stages of development. In this lecture, Dr. Steve Hughes will explore how the environments provided at each plane of Montessori education support the formation of essential aspects of cognitive capabilities known as “executive functions.” These capabilities are necessary for the creation of curious, creative, moral, inspired, and inspiring adults—people in whom the light of identity burns bright and warm.

This is a shorter version of the magical talk we heard last night. I highly recommend it.

And if you’re inspired to think about becoming a Montessori teacher—or if you know someone who would be — you’re in luck: there’s an AMI diploma course kicking off in Auckland this summer …

Happy Birthday Maria Montessori!

03/09/2014
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Last week, many of us around the world remembered and celebrated Maria Montessori’s birthday on August 31st, 1870.

How fortunate are we that her legacy is still thriving today!

Why a 3-summer-format course?

Many students have welcomed the news that MMEF are offering a 3-summer- format course, starting this summer – January 2015.

This chosen format is in response to a need to have AMI training accessible to those working or possibly already studying. The summer format dates coincide with the start of the university year.

Here’s a well crafted video about AMI teacher training too – enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLrW2H5VtVA#t=168

Recent Montessori Research from Australia

If you’re anything like me, I’m often asked for the research to show how Montessori children fare alongside their non-Montessori peers? Well, here’s a recent research paper courtesy of the Montessori Australia Foundation (MAF) showing just that!

The primary focus of this research was to identify how well the children enrolled in Montessori schools scored on the Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) in comparison to the national average. Click on the link below to download the pdf.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/wjo2o16vdypygu9/MAF2012AEDIResearchPaper.pdf?dl=0

Maria Montessori Education Foundation on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/images/fb_icon_325x325.pngYes, it’s true! Visit our Facebook page, like us and ask all your friends to do the same!

 

https://www.facebook.com/mariamontessorieducationfoundation

Ka kite ano,

MMEF

When should you apply for the 2015- 2017 AMI 3-6 Course? Now! Applications open until the end of October 2014.

Visit mmef.org.nz to download the Course brochure or email mmef@ihug.co.nz for more information.

Looking for Staff? Why not Sponsor someone to study the AMI 3-6 Diploma starting this summer

24/08/2014
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MMEF trustee, Tia Wooller has had many a lively, pleasurable and thought provoking discussion with the 3rd year students at AUT this year. They will graduate at the end of 2014 and of the 20 students ALL of them want to work in Montessori environments!

Many of them are really keen to study for the AMI 3-6 Diploma and some willing to relocate anywhere in New Zealand!

Tia spoke to the students about the prospect of school sponsorships. The benefits for schools considering this investment are; they’ll have a provisionally registered  B.Ed. graduate, and when the graduates start with your school at the beginning of March 2015 they will already be a third of the way through their AMI 3-6 training!

If this is something of interest to your school please let MMEF know mmef@ihug.co.nz and we will pass your contact details to the students, who in turn can communicate with you directly.

A Fresh Montessori Website For You

Visit the online resource tool for Montessori teachers. The website has been established by Association Montessori Internationale/USA. Here’s a delightful short video entitled ‘peer to peer learning’ which highlights the socially cohesive nature of a mixed-aged Montessori community.  Make yourself a cup of tea and watch as the children communicate and collaborate joyfully and harmoniously.

http://montessoriguide.org/elementary-age-work-1/.

Note Taking by Hand Aids Memory – its True!

For those of you studying, about to or simply debating whether to take down those notes on your laptop or use the  old fashioned pen and paper method, read on…

Recent research carried out by Indiana University confirms what author and psychologist Stanislas Dehaene has been saying for years – that certain parts of the brain are activated as we write by hand. This brain activity helps us to retain information too!

Another interesting read that I stumbled across and in connection with handwriting can be read by clicking on this link…

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/science/whats-  lost-as-handwriting-fades.html

Ka kite ano,

MMEF

Applications now open for the 2015- 2017 AMI 3-6 Course. Visit mmef.org.nz to download the Course brochure or email mmef@ihug.co.nz for more information.

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR AMI 3-6 DIPLOMA COURSE, AUCKLAND 2015-2017

10/08/2014
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We are delighted to announce that the course brochure, application form, course schedule & fees for the course starting Summer 2014 are now available at mmef.org.nz.

clip_image002Don’t delay, download the MMEF Information Pack today and apply for the 3-6 course, starting this summer!

We are currently tweaking our website, in the meantime click on the Enrolments tab and you’ll see the downloads.

We are thrilled with the venue for the course and we know that places will go VERY fast. Don’t miss out!

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Complete your application today as interviews are being arranged now.

Ka kite ano,

MMEF

Visit mmef.org.nz and click on the MMEF blog for latest course news.

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ANNOUNCING VENUE FOR AMI 3-6 DIPLOMA COURSE, AUCKLAND 2015-2017

02/08/2014
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Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre, Albany, Auckland

We are delighted to announce the venue for the AMI 3-6 Diploma course starting this summer!

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Kawai Purapura is nestled amongst acres of sprawling and terraced landscape and just 20 minutes north of Auckland CBD.

The ambience and carefully crafted spaces provide the perfect setting for our next AMI Diploma Course, and we couldn’t be more thrilled!

The retreat centre has become one of New Zealand’s most popular destinations for retreats, conferences and seminars in natural health, environmental awareness and spiritual development. http://www.kawaipurapura.co.nz/venue/retreat-centre

Kawai Purapura is also connected to the adjacent Council Reserve land with streams and walks and mature native trees, including the magnificent Kahikatea. The perfect place for winding down.

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Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre offers twin share accommodation. MMEF students will be eligible for the discounted rate of $22/p.p per night in a twin share room. Go to www.kawaipurapura.co.nz/retreat- accommodation-2 for more information.

Other benefits include; nature walks, swimming pool and spa, light and spacious areas for contemplation and reading, self-catering facilities – plus discounted yoga classes!

You can even take a walk at dusk and enjoy an extraordinary display by the glow worms. 

This will be a delightful place to learn, and grow.

The 2015 – 2017 course brochure and application form will be on-line shortly

Keep an eye on http://www.mmef.org.nz for updates and news as it happens!

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