In 2020 we will be offering three options for Primary courses! Our summer course will be starting again this summer and running through 2022. This course will be offered in a blended-online format! In an effort to make this course more accessible during an age of social distancing, we have adapted our delivery of the course.
We’re also offering Daytime and Evening options for Primary courses in 2020-2021. Evening courses run Monday – Thursday, 4:00p to 8:30p and Friday 4:00p to 6:30p. Daytime courses run Monday – Friday, 9a to 4p, with breaks between modules to allow for observation and practice teaching.
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A Day in the Life of a SIMS Student
Our daytime Primary Training course runs from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4:00pm. A typical day at SIMS includes lecture or presentation time with your trainer, then time to practice working with new mate-rial with fellow students in our practice classroom. You’ll be sup-ported 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 Practical Life Exercises: Demonstrations
12:00PM – 1:00PM Lunch Break
1:00PM – 2:00PM Finish Lecture or Demonstrations
2:00PM – 3:30PM Hands-on Practice: Montessori Materials & Exercises
Our evening Primary Training course runs from Monday to Friday, from 4 to 8:30pm (except for early Fridays, which end at 6:30pm!).
A typical evening 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.
4:00PM – 5:00PM Lecture: Focus on Montessori Theory
5:00PM – 6:30PM Practical Life Exercises: Demonstrations
6:30PM – 7:15PM Dinner Break
7:15PM – 8:30PM Hands-on Practice: Montessori Materials & Exercises
The first summer of our 3-summer summer Primary Training course will be offered in an online format. Students will meet online via Zoom with the trainer 3 morning per week. During this time students will participate in theory lectures and discussions, and will view material presentations. These will be supplemented with additional self-guided online activities and presentations each week. Time for hands-on practice with the materials is built into the weekly schedule. Students living in Arizona can sign up to practice in the SIMS model classroom (maximum numbers will be set according to government recommended restrictions). SIMS will support students living outside of Arizona to make arrangements with local schools and environments to practice in their own communities. Between summers, during the academic year, students complete their observation or practice teaching hours.
So How Does It Work?
Your training will prepare you to lead a Montessori Primary classroom, called a “Children’s House.” The course includes 850 hours of rigorous teacher preparation. Upon completion of 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:
- Child development and psychology
- The philosophy of the Montessori approach
- The Exercises of Practical Life and the child’s acquisition of skills which lead to functional independence
- Sensorial development
- The development of spoken and written language
- Strategies for classroom management
- Geography, history, art, biology & music
How You’ll Learn
- Lectures on Montessori philosophy and pedagogy
- Demonstrations of the use of scientifically-designed and practical life 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 2½ to 6 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 Primary 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my AMI diploma be accepted in other countries?
Is a bachelor’s degree required to enroll in the training?
Can you guarantee a job placement upon completion of the course?
Are there scholarships available?
Is there such a thing as a Master’s degree in Montessori?
What is the average income of an AMI-trained Montessori teacher?
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