For a detailed schedule, click to download the Elementary 19-20 Schedule. Our course will start August 8, 2019. For 2019, class will be during the day (9am to 4pm) and observation and practice teaching will take place during breaks throughout the year. If that schedule doesn’t work for you, we will also be starting summer Elementary classes in 2020.
A Day in the Life of a SIMS Student
Our daytime training course runs from Monday to Friday, from 9:00am to 4:00pm. A typical day at SIMS includes lecture or presentation time with your trainer, then time to practice working with new material with fellow students in our practice classroom. You’ll be supported by our SIMS trainer and course assistants, as you work closely with fellow students to solidify your knowledge and understanding.
9:00AM – 10:30AM Lecture: Focus on Montessori Theory
10:30AM – 12:00PM Mathematics Exercises: Demonstrations
12:00PM – 1:00PM Lunch Break
1:00PM – 2:00PM Finish Lecture or Demonstrations
2:00PM – 4:00PM Hands-on Practice: Montessori Materials & Exercises
So How Does It Work?
Your training will prepare you to lead a Montessori Elementary classroom. The course includes 1300 hours of rigorous teacher preparation. Upon completion all requirements for the course, you’ll have a diploma from the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), which is the only internationally-recognized Montessori diploma, and the gold standard in Montessori teacher education.
What You’ll Learn
Areas of study include:
- Montessori philosophy
- Principles of child development, with a focus on the child aged 6-12
- An interdisciplinary approach to the study of:
- geography (geology, chemistry, physics)
- biology (botany, zoology, ecology)
- mathematics (arithmetic, geometry, algebra)
- Observation techniques
- Social development of the elementary aged child
- Incorporation of practical life activities in the elementary experience
- Ways to support the growing independence of the child aged 6 – 12
How You’ll Learn
- Lectures on Montessori philosophy and pedagogy
- Demonstrations of the use of scientifically-designed Montessori materials
- Extensive hands-on practice with the materials
- 3 weeks of classroom observation in Montessori schools
- 4 weeks of student teaching under the supervision of an AMI-certified teacher
- Material making and classroom curriculum development
- Based on coursework, you will write teaching reference books, referred to as “albums,”* which will serve you throughout your career. Compiling your albums deepens and solidifies your knowledge, preparing you for future work with children. Albums are a source of great pride for every Montessori Guide!
What You’ll Get
Upon completion, you’ll have:
- An AMI Montessori diploma, certifying you to educate children aged 6 to 12 using the Montessori pedagogy
- An internationally-recognized and highly in-demand credential
- The confidence and expertise you need to successfully direct your own classroom
For students enrolled in our evening elementary course, our SIMS trainer is fluent in Spanish. Typically the course is delivered in English, but students can ask questions, complete course work (including albums), and complete written examinations in Spanish.
* A basic level of computer literacy is helpful in composing albums.
† Translation may be arranged if a large cohort of Spanish-speakers are registered for the course.
Elementary students who do not have an AMI Primary (3-6) diploma are required to complete the Primary Foundation component of the course. This Primary Foundation is a 150-hour course which will provide the participant with an overview of the development of the 0 – 6 year-old child. Students will be presented with an overview of Montessori pedagogy and practice as it relates to the young child. A selection of materials which lay an important foundation for further work in the elementary will be presented. Additionally, students will complete 9 hours of observation in Primary classroom settings.
For our 2019-2020 Elementary training, the foundation course runs July 1st-August 2nd. The hours will be the same as the regular classes, 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday.
Frequently Asked Questions
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