We are so pleased to welcome Gaby Lopez to our training team here at SIMS. Gaby will be leading the very first Elementary Training course ever to be offered in Arizona! In this blog entry, Gaby introduces herself to you. There are events in life that have the power to change your life forever. I began to … [Read more...] about Meet Elementary Trainer: Gaby Lopez
The long awaiting AMI Elementary Training, for ages 6-12, is NOW Available as a 3-Semester Evening Course for the 2018-2019 Academic year! Apply for Elementary Training Now Course at a Glance Trainer Gaby Lopez is an AMI trainer at the elementary level. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Psychology, a … [Read more...] about AMI Elementary Training is Finally Available in Phoenix!
Maria Montessori was revolutionary as one of the only women to overcome the gendered limitations of her time and develop her own pedagogy. It is my belief that the education methodology that Montessori developed helps each child to reach her or his potential. By providing a safe, nurturing, and developmentally … [Read more...] about SIMS Applicant Personal Essay by Audrey Roodvoets
When I think about my first years in Montessori (pre-k and kindergarten), the first memory I flash to is me holding a hammer, standing in front of a tree stump that had several nails speckling it. These nails had been hammered in by my fellow classmates and I over the course of the school year. All of us were six years … [Read more...] about Reflections of a Montessori Child: Teresa Velasco
At the recent Celebrate the Young Child Conference held in Mesa, AZ, AMI Primary Trainers-in-Training, Meg Trezise and Tiffany Liddell facilitated a professional development workshop about using observation as part of daily practice in all early childhood settings. It is important to bring to conscious … [Read more...] about Our Trainers in Training Presented at Celebrate the Young Child
When we hear the word Algebra, how many of us are taken back to fond memories of secondary school Algebra classes? We learned algebra through memorized formulas and variables plugged into graphic calculators. This helped us calculate various functions, but overall, we were convinced that we would never use the … [Read more...] about Material Spotlight: The Binomial Cube
To know the individual child is always the first priority in my preparation to serve the child as an elementary teacher. When looking at new faces and returning students after a long summer break, it is fundamental to ask: Who is this precious one? What great things have their hands experienced? How do these … [Read more...] about Breakthrough in Following the Child
Creativity is part of our human expression. Our ability to express ourselves creatively – through words, art, music, movement, etc. – is an aspect that sets us apart. As parents or as teachers, we have a responsibility to cultivate the creative spirit of every child in our care. Creativity is not something that is … [Read more...] about Nurturing the Young Child’s Artistic Creativity