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MMEF Survey–the next AMI 3-6 Course Format– Your Feedback Required!

04/08/2016
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Kia Ora Kotou Friends of Maria Montessori Education Foundation

MMEF are in the planning phase for the next AMI 3-6 Course in New Zealand with a potential start in 2018. 

To help guide us, we are seeking feedback all relevant parties regarding possible course formats.

The link below will direct you to a short survey to gather this information and it should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. 

Your additional comments will be extremely helpful too – please add them in the boxes provided.

 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C8FRJR9

The survey will close on Monday 15th August, 2016.  Thanking you in advance.

 

Seeking Premises for AMI Training Centre – Auckland

Dear Auckland Schools

Whilst we have your attention MMEF are considering serious venue proposals to establish an AMI Training Centre in Auckland.

Could your school or a venue known to you be available for this purpose?

Space required:

100 square meters (approx.) to establish a 3-6 prepared environment

– Spaces for a separate student lecture area and faculty office

– Adequate facilities for students – for refreshments, library and parking.

-  The building/s must meet all building code and health and safety requirements.

– Ease of access via transportation – close to train/bus routes.

We’d love to hear from you!

Email mmef@ihug.co.nz or call Carol Potts 021 111 4133.

Ni Hao from Carol!

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 Here’s Carol in China as part of the team of AMI Examiners in Hangzhou and Schenzen.

40degrees, high humidity and still smiling – what a trooper;)

 

Please remember your thoughts, ideas and comments are always welcome.

Noho ora mai

Carol, Tia, Anna & Shirley – MMEF

MMEF Survey–the next AMI 3-6 Course Format– Your Feedback Required!

03/08/2016
by

MMEF_Logo

Kia Ora Kotou Friends of Maria Montessori Education Foundation

MMEF are in the planning phase for the next AMI 3-6 Course in New Zealand with a potential start in 2018. 

To help guide us, we are seeking feedback all relevant parties regarding possible course formats.

The link below will direct you to a short survey to gather this information and it should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. 

Your additional comments will be extremely helpful too – please add them in the boxes provided.

 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C8FRJR9

The survey will close on Monday 15th August, 2016.  Thanking you in advance.

 

Seeking Premises for AMI Training Centre – Auckland

Dear Auckland Schools

Whilst we have your attention MMEF are considering serious venue proposals to establish an AMI Training Centre in Auckland.

Could your school or a venue known to you be available for this purpose?

Space required:

100 square meters (approx.) to establish a 3-6 prepared environment

– Spaces for a separate student lecture area and faculty office

– Adequate facilities for students – for refreshments, library and parking.

-  The building/s must meet all building code and health and safety requirements.

– Ease of access via transportation – close to train/bus routes.

We’d love to hear from you!

Email mmef@ihug.co.nz or call Carol Potts 021 111 4133.

Ne Hao from Carol!

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 Here’s Carol in China as part of the team of AMI Examiners in Hangzhou and Schenzen.

40degrees, high humidity and still smiling – what a trooper;)

 

 

Please remember your thoughts, ideas and comments are always welcome.

Noho ora mai

Carol, Tia, Anna & Shirley – MMEF

REMINDER- AMI 6-12 Assistants Certificate Course–BOOK NOW !

30/07/2016
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Kia Ora Kotou Friends of Maria Montessori Education Foundation

We loved talking training possibilities with you at the recent MANZ Aotearoa Conference and one such training opportunity fast approaching is the AMI 6-12 Assistants Certificate Course in January 2017.

Alison Awes Photo 2012We’re so fortunate to have AMI 6-12 Trainer Alison Awes from Minnesota coming to New Zealand. Please help us to make this a course a reality by registering on-line ASAP.

MMEF will be using this course to gauge interest for future 6-12 Training in New Zealand…so register ASAP and spread the word for others to do the same!

Simply click on the link http://goo.gl/uxJKb0 to register on-line by Monday 1st August.

Payment is not required immediately though we do need your registrations as soon as possible to help get planning underway!

Download your copy of the course brochure today at https://goo.gl/m570b5 and have a jolly good read.

Part payment is required (50% of the course fee) before August 19th.

Please remember your thoughts, ideas and comments are always welcome.

Noho ora mai

Carol, Tia, Anna & Shirley – MMEF

REMINDER- AMI 6-12 Assistants Certificate Course–BOOK NOW !

30/07/2016
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MMEF_Logo

Kia Ora Kotou Friends of Maria Montessori Education Foundation

We loved talking training possibilities with you at the recent MANZ Aotearoa Conference and one such training opportunity fast approaching is the AMI 6-12 Assistants Certificate Course in January 2017.

We’re so fortunate to have AMI 6-12 Trainer Alison Awes from Minnesota coming to New Zealand. Please help us to make this a course a reality by registering on-line ASAP.

MMEF will be using this course to gauge interest for future 6-12 Training in New Zealand…so register ASAP and spread the word for others to do the same!

Simply click on the link http://goo.gl/uxJKb0 to register on-line by Monday 1st August.

Payment is not required immediately though we do need your registrations as soon as possible to help get planning underway!

Download your copy of the course brochure today at https://goo.gl/m570b5 and have a jolly good read.

Part payment is required (50% of the course fee) before August 19th.

Please remember your thoughts, ideas and comments are always welcome.

Noho ora mai

Carol, Tia, Anna & Shirley – MMEF

AMI 6-12 Assistants Certificate Course–BOOK NOW!

12/07/2016
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Kia Ora Kotou Friends of Maria Montessori Education Foundation

Thank you for making our part at the recent Montessori Aotearoa NZ Conference so enjoyable! IMG_12781_thumb

It’s always heartening and invigorating to catch up with friends both new and not so new.

What a successful Conference it was, hats off to MANZ for their masterful organisation once again.

We loved talking training possibilities with you and one such training opportunity on the horizon is the AMI 6-12 Assistants Certificate Course in January 2017.

We’re so fortunate to have enticed one of the short supply of AMI 6-12 Trainers in the world – Alison Awes from Minnesota – to our shores. Please help us to make this a course a reality by registering on-line ASAP.

MMEF will be using this course to gauge interest for future 6-12 Training in New Zealand…so register quickly and spread the words for others to do the same!

All you have to do is click on the link http://goo.gl/uxJKb0 to register on-line by Friday July 29th.

Payment is not required immediately though we do need your registrations as soon as possible to help get planning underway!

Download your copy of the course brochure today at https://goo.gl/m570b5 and have a jolly good read.

Part payment is required (50% of the course fee) before August 19th.

Please remember your thoughts, ideas and comments are always welcome.

Noho ora mai

Carol, Tia, Anna & Shirley – MMEF

AMI 6-12 Assistants’ Certificate Course–Brochures Ready!

31/05/2016
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Kia Ora Kotou Friends of Maria Montessori Education Foundation

It’s true – the AMI 6-12 Assistant’s Certificate Course brochure is ready, brimming with information and waiting for you to download at https://goo.gl/1549r0

60 hours of face to face delivery with highly sought after AMI 6-12 trainer Alison Awes is coming to a school near you! Well…

ESMS LogoEastern Suburbs Montessori Unit at Glendowie Primary, Auckland will be the venue for the course. You can even bring your togs and have a dip at St Helier’s Beach at the end of the day!

Instead of offering an early bird discount, we’re offering the same price for all. The only thing you have to do to ensure that this course can proceed is register by August 19th!

Alison Awes has an extremely busy schedule and must know if we have sufficient numbers by that date. We feel sure there will be given the amount of emails we’ve received to date about 6-12 training. This – we hope – is just the beginning! 

Download the brochure, complete the registration section  and send it to mmef@ihug.co.nz and deposit 50% of the course fee before August 19th. Alternatively you can register on-line at http://goo.gl/uxJKb0, complete the registration from and send part-payment to MMEF by August 19th.

MANZ Aotearoa Conference – 9-11th July 2016

We’re already gearing up for a busy few days at the MANZ Aotearoa Conference in Hamilton.

As always MMEF will be having a stand and we’d love to see you! We’ll have a range of items for you to buy, order and comment on including:-

The 1946 London Lectures – it’s full of timeless gems and a must buy.

Come and tell us where you’d like the 2017 3-6 Assistant Certificate Course?

Are you committed to keeping the AMI Diploma authentic and relevant for its purpose – have you say, come and give us your feedback. 

Future 3-6 Diploma Course formats – what format would be your preferred option? Schools and potential students – your feedback is important to us!

6-12 Assistant Certificate Course brochures

Montessori materials and more…!

And finally…

Dates For Your P.D. Calendar 2016 & 2017

http://ami-global.org/events/fifth-assembly-educateurs-sans-fronti%C3%A8res for more details.

28th Congress 27-30 July 2017 – Pathway to Peace:
Montessori Education for Social Change

Pathway to Peace: Montessori Education for Social Change

http://www.montessoricongress2017.org/ for more details.

Please remember your thoughts, ideas and comments are always welcome.

Noho ora mai

Carol, Tia, Anna & Shirley at MMEF

AMI 6-12 Assistants’ Certificate Course – January 2017–Auckland!

17/05/2016
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Kia Ora Kotou Friends & Supporters of MMEF

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We are thrilled to confirm that Alison Awes, Director of Elementary Training at the Montessori Center of Minnesota will be coming to Auckland in January to offer the first AMI 6-12 Assistant Course in the Southern hemisphere!

Thanks to the Montessori community who launched into action to tell us of your preferred location – the course will be offered at the Eastern Suburbs Montessori Unit at Glendowie Primary School, Auckland.

Who is the Course for?

This will interest anyone with a profound interest in the 6- to 12 age child…

  • parents of 6-12 year-old children, or will have
  • teachers working in a 6-12 environment who are not already Montessori trained
  • assistants working in a 6-12 environment who would like to gain an AMI Certificate
  • all parents, administrators and trustees who are interested in finding out more about the unique 6-12 Montessori programme.

When is it?

The dates are Monday 9th January – Friday 20 January, 2017 (10 days)

Course Objectives:

  • To explore the Montessori philosophy with regard to child development
  • To observe the primary child (during what Dr Montessori called the “second plane of development”)
  • To discover how best to interact with the primary-age child
  • To find out how to interact with the Montessori-trained teacher
  • To support the development of the child by assisting the teacher

Requirements

  • Course Readings
  • 2 x 500 word papers to be completed during the course.
  • 9 hours of observation after the course with notes submitted as part of the course work.
  • Cost: $1200 (exc. GST)

Book the dates in your diaries now! Alison has an extremely busy schedule and needs to know by mid- August whether there will be sufficient registrations.

Given the responses to date, we feel sure there will be. We’re asking for registrations forms plus 50% deposit to be paid by Friday 19th August.

You can register on-line now! http://goo.gl/uxJKb0. The course brochure and registration details will be with you shortly.

AMI 0-3 Assistant Certificate Course

26 students attended the recently offered 0-3 Assistant Certificate Course with Julia Hilson AMI 0-3 Trainer from Australia. Here are the reflections of Susan Watson, one of the course attendees:-

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“During the recent school holidays I was fortunate enough to join 26 kaiako from Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Sri Lanka, and New Zealand to complete the AMI Assistants to Infancy certificate course. As I sought to identify the most inspiring, most enjoyable, or most challenging thing to share about this course one word came to mind – community. Together we challenged our beliefs, gained new perspectives of the child and celebrated the acquisition of new knowledge. This was facilitated with grace and humility by our generous lecturer Julia Hilson, who joined us from Australia. I say generous because we all came away armed with both theoretical and practical knowledge to empower our practice as well as a whole new relationship with Dr. Montessori’s writings.

The setting in which we had found ourselves was the perfect backdrop for the content of the course; beautiful, peaceful, and infused with nature and spirit, somewhat like a Montessori environment and ideal for the spiritual preparation of teachers for our most precious taonga – our tamariki.

As each day passed we became increasingly mindful of our critical role in preparing the environment to meet the unique needs of the child in the unconscious absorbent period and, most critically, of the need to fully prepare ourselves. Without thorough preparation we will become the greatest obstacle in the room. For those of us who were more familiar working within a 3-6 environment there was the huge lesson of slowing down to observe and collaborate with these little people. By doing so we aspire to enable every child to experience the joy, not only of receiving aroha (love and respect), but also of being able to do things independently contributing to their community with confidence and dignity.

As we made our final farewells during the whakawatea (a time for letting go) Julia implored that we remain focused on the big picture – working alongside tamariki and their whanau to create a more peaceful world. It’s an enormous challenge but one that is well worth embracing. Thankfully we all have each other’s email addresses in our kete enabling us to stay connected and learn from each other, as all communities do.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if one of our next steps of growth within the 0-3 community was to have the Assistants to Infancy 0-3 training course here in New Zealand!”

Ahakoa he iti he pounamu. Although it is small it is a treasure

Noho ora mai,

Carol, Tia, Anna, Shirley – MMEF Trustees

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