The AMI Assistants Course Adjunct can be offered to supplement the AMI Orientation Course at the corresponding age level. It provides practical experience regarding the Role of an Adult as an Assistant in a Montessori Prepared Environment. Receipt of the AMI Orientation Course Certificate of Completion at the relevant age level is required to participate in the AMI Assistants Course Adjunct at the corresponding age level. Successful participation in all Assistants Course Adjunct Requirements leads to award of the AMI Assistants Course Certificate of Completion.
The AMI Assistants Adjunct is a 20-hour course and can only be facilitated onsite, face-to-face.
When the courses are fully integrated, the AMI Orientation Course Certificate of Completion and the AMI Assistants Course Adjunct Certificate of Completion will both be awarded upon completion of both sets of course requirements.
It is important to note, that a student can complete their AMI Assistant Adjunct Course at a different Training Centre from where they completed their AMI Orientation Course, however they will need to submit their AMI Orientation Certificate in order to be accepted for the Assistant Adjunct Course.
The AMI Assistants Course Adjunct for Ages 3–6 can be offered to supplement the AMI Orientation Course for Ages 3–6. It provides practical experience regarding the Role of an Adult as an Assistant in a Montessori Prepared Environment for ages 3–6. Receipt of the AMI Orientation Course Certificate of Completion for Ages 3–6 is required to participate in the AMI Assistants Course Adjunct for Ages 3–6. Successful participation in all Assistants Course Adjunct Requirements for Ages 3–6 leads to award of the AMI Assistants Course Certificate of Completion for Ages 3–6.
AMI Assistants Course Adjunct for Ages 3–6
• To explore the Role of an Assistant in a Montessori Prepared Environment for ages 3–6 under the direction of an individual holding an AMI 3–6 Diploma
• To develop skills to create a successful partnership with the lead adult in the Montessori Prepared Environment for ages 3–6
• To explore ways to develop relationships of mutual respect and trust with 3–6-year-old children in the Montessori Prepared Environment
• To understand the pedagogical techniques employed in the Montessori Prepared Environment for ages 3–6
AMI Assistants Course Adjunct for Ages 3–6
• Award of the AMI Orientation Course Certificate of Completion for Ages 3–6
• Twenty (20) Hours of practical engagement, to include:
o Presentation and Practice of Course Content
o In-Class Discussions and Activities, including discussions based on Required Readings
o Supplementary: Self-guided Learning Activities and Assigned Readings with interactive assignments
o A minimum of twelve (12) hours dedicated to practical onsite components in a prepared environment, with children, at a Training Centre or a school (as approved by the Director of Training), possibilities include situations whereby a student can be:
â–ª Onsite at a Training Centre with a Trainer onsite
â–ª Onsite in their own classroom, with a Trainer/an experienced AMI Diploma Holder onsite, or students can submit videos of themselves to be reviewed by the Director of Training/a Trainer/an experienced AMI Diploma Holder
â–ª Onsite in an approved school environment where the lead guide is an AMI Diploma Holder with a Trainer onsite, or students can submit a video of themselves to be reviewed by the Director of Training/a Trainer/an experienced AMI Diploma Holder
• Additional Assignments as determined by the Trainer
• A minimum of 90% attendance for student engagement plus satisfactory completion of all other requirements
• Students have three (3) years from the start date of Orientation Course to complete the Assistant Adjunct
• Students have 90 days from the end of the course to complete all course work
AMI Assistants Course Adjunct for Ages 3–6
• Overview of the Montessori 3–6 Prepared Environment: Tangible and Intangible Elements
• The Role of the Lead Adult in the Montessori 3–6 Prepared Environment
• The Role of an Assistant in the Montessori 3–6 Prepared Environment
• Exploration of Activities Appropriate to the Assistants Role for ages 3–6, including but not limited to:
o Observation to support the work of children and adults during ages 3–6
o Spoken Language Activities; the Importance of Correct, Precise, Rich, and Scientifically Exact Vocabulary; Listening to Children; Eliciting Language; the Three Period Lesson
o Adult Movement in the Prepared Environment as a model* for Children (*Used an example to absorb, follow or imitate)
o Essential Grace and Courtesy in the Prepared Environment o Activities for Music and Art
• Supporting Functional Independence
• As appropriate for the 3–6 level: Sample activities and materials – design; techniques for presentation; material maintenance; material making
• Maintaining the Indoor and Outdoor Environments for ages 3–6
• The Importance of Regular Meetings with the Lead Adult in the Environment
• The Importance of Confidentiality in the Assistant’s Role 4.
Email and Internet Access
Students will need access to Email and the internet as information will be sent to them regularly by email.
Lectures will be in English. Course work needs to be submitted in English.
The AMI Assistant Course Adjunct Certificate is awarded to those who complete all the requirements. In order to receive the AMI Assistant Course Adjunct Certificate, the applicant should:
â— Submit all the assignments
â— Complete the required hours of practical training.
â— Have 90% attendance
Students must have 90% attendance in order to receive the certificate. Students with attendance below 90% will not be eligible for an AMI certificate.
- Current students who have completed 3-6 Orientation Course can apply for Assistant course Adjunct.
- Alumni have three (3) years from their start date of Orientation Course to complete the Assistant Course Adjunct
- Alumni of 3-6 Orientation courses (from any AMI Centres) can apply for this course, however they will need to submit a copy of their AMI Orientation course certificate in order to be accepted for this course.
Admissions are on a first come first served basis. Application must be submitted with all enclosures. The Admission Review Committee will process all complete applications. The decision of the committee will be final and binding.
To be considered for admission you need to submit the following:
- Application Form duly filled in and signed by the applicant.
- Self attested copy of the AMI (3-6) Orientation Course Certificate.
- Fees receipt (Fees to be paid through Bank Transfer only)
- Refund Policy Acceptance letter
The above needs to be signed, scanned and emailed to:[email protected]
Selected candidates will receive an email of confirmation.
Course Schedule and Timing
The Course will commence from 21st August to 25th August, 2023 (Mon-Fri.). A schedule will be provided to the registered students at the start of the course. The Onsite sessions will be at Montessori Institute of Bangalore.
The course timings will be from 8:45am to 3:15pm (IST) every day. Students will be asked to be extremely punctual. Latecomers will be marked absent for half the session.
- Current MIB Orientation Course students Regular fees is Rs.8,550 (for Indian nationals) and $158 (for Foreign nationals)
- Alumni fees (Ex-students of MIB or any other AMI Centers) is Rs.10,721 (for Indian nationals) and $210 (for Foreign nationals)
Hence do take advantage of the same and register as soon as possible.
Indian Nationals may pay the fees by means of Bank Transfer in favour of “Montessori Institute of Bangalore”.
Foreign Nationals must pay the fees in US Dollars by means of Bank Transfer (preferably through TransferWise in INR equivalent to US dollars) in favour of “Montessori Institute of Bangalore” payable in Bangalore.
MIB Bank Details for bank transfer:
Account Name: Montessori Institute of Bangalore
Bank: Bank of Baroda
Branch: Gandhi Bazaar
Current Account Number: 89490200000692
IFSC code: BARB0VJGABZ (there is a zero in between)
AMI Trainer: Suneeta Madnani
Suneeta Madnani, AMI Trainer, serves on the training team at the RTI Montessori Course in Mumbai. She also served on the faculty of the 3-6 course in Thrissur, Kerala. She and her colleagues have run AMI Assistants Courses. She joined the AMI Montessori Training of Trainers programme in May 2009. Suneeta gained her AMI Montessori Diploma at the 3-6 age level at the RTI Montessori Course, Mumbai in 1997. Suneeta worked with children first at Casa Bambino Montessori and then at Activity School in Mumbai and brings over a decade of experience, and the faith built up in the philosophy, to her work.
AMI Trainer: Anahita Gandhi
Anahita Gandhi is an AMI Trainer. She has worked as a part of the training team at the RTI Montessori Course in Mumbai. She has also assisted as a member of faculty on the 3-6 course in Thrissur, Kerala. Along with her colleagues she has run several Assistant Courses across Mumbai. She joined the AMI Training of Trainers in 2009. Anahita received her AMI Montessori Diploma at the 3-6 level at the RTI Montessori Course, Mumbai in 2001. Since then she has worked in Montessori schools in Bangalore at Arunodoy Montessori House of Children and in Mumbai at Activity High School and l EcoleMontessori. She brings over a decade of experience and expertise to her work.
The fee is non-refundable. Once paid it cannot be refunded for any reason either prior to the commencement of or during the course on withdrawal of a student. Students will be required to submit a Refund Policy Acceptance letter at the time of payment of fee.
Books and Stationery Budget
It is advisable for students to acquire the Montessori books in the Required Reading list. The students will also have to acquire stationery for the course, for course submissions. Students using computers must budget additionally for printing costs. The cost will vary depending on the choices made. We would like to emphasize that this is a budget and that it is only an approximate guide.
The training course neither recommends nor endorses particular stationery products. Students are advised to budget for books and materials for the duration of the course as follows.
|Items||Budget||Likely to be spent|
|Montessori Books||Rs. 1500||Before the course commences|
|Stationery||Rs. 500||For the duration of the course|
|Materials||Rs. 1000||For the duration of the course|
|Printing||Rs. 500||For the duration of the course|
Books and Reading
To prepare for the course and for working in a Montessori environment it is good practice to read around the subject. The following list of books is provided to help you begin this process. Some of these books will be made available in the office library only for reference.
By Dr Maria Montessori
• Citizen of the World (for overview of Montessori developmental theory and education)
• Education for a New World
• The Secret of Childhood
• The Child in the Family.
Additional readings at the discretion of the Trainer.