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!
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
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
I begin the morning by preparing for student teaching, which is a departure from my normal routine of substituting at a Montessori school in central Phoenix. When substituting, I work with children from toddler to upper elementary. Although I love getting to see the progression of work across the planes of development, … [Read more...] about A Day in the Life of a SIMS Student
In 2017, the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), undertook research in the United States to gain insight into what parents’ value about an early education program for their child and specifically, why parents choose Montessori programs for their child. Their research included a national online survey, along … [Read more...] about Research Summary of Montessori Parent Motivations