Saturday, October 19, 2019



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Kia Ora Koutou MMEF Supporters

Once again, since our last newsletter, it's been a very productive time here at the Maria Montessori Education Foundation!

NZQA spent two days with us early this month to undertake their four-yearly External Evaluation Review (EER) of our organisation -- this is similar to the ERO visits that centres, have, only for training organisations. At the end, we did feel well and truly EER'd, and now we eagerly await the outcome of their review.

A huge thank you to many of you with whom NZQA made contact with to seek your feedback. We heard back overwhelmingly that MMEF is crucial to Montessori in New Zealand. We really appreciated hearing it from you -- our stakeholders -- through them.


AMI 3-6 Diploma - Commencing March 30th, 2020

One of the essential mandates for establishing MMEF 13 years ago, was to offer AMI Diploma Courses and consequently to prepare adults to support children's development according to authentic Montessori principles -- here, face to face, and in Aotearoa, New Zealand. 

Our next AMI Diploma to guide 3 to 6-year-olds is due to start in March.

From your recent communications, we hear there are many of you considering Montessori training with MMEF. Great news! And the time to get your application in for that forthcoming March Diploma course is NOW!

Download your application pack here complete it, and then email it to us with all required enclosures to mmefnz@outlook.com. Interviews for this next diploma course are already being scheduled.

To school owners: we appreciate the Montessori kaiako (teacher) shortage and the impact this has on centres all across the country.  But if we look at the political and educational climate, this situation is not going to change for the better quickly! 

To uphold and maintain your centre's unique Montessori pedagogy, consider supporting one of your ECE teachers to study for the AMI 3-6 Diploma (NZQA Level 7) starting next year. The timing of the next course is perfectly suited to you resulting in you having a thoroughly prepared Montessori trained kaiako before the end of 2021! 

Therefore, why not take advantage of the Option 3 payment terms here and spread out your course payments for your next fully-trained Montessori kaiako in line with your funding payments.

A Note to You ALL: 

We do require your applications to be with us by Friday, November 8th. 

Centres who have our graduates already say: "the rigour and quality of AMI Training is incontestable." 

And students who have graduated from the course tell us, “It’s intense, it’s profound and it’s life changing!

So download the course brochure today at mmef.org.nz/courses/diploma-course-overview/ or email mmefnz@outlook.com.



Ten-Day Course with AMI 6-12 Trainer Rebecca Dallam: July 2020

Are you making the final changes to next year's budgets? 

Does this include your professional Development spend for 6-12 teachers?

Don't forget to factor in the 10-day Assistant-Certificate Course with  6-12 AMI Trainer Rebecca Dallam from Sydney.

The course will be offered at Waikato Montessori Education Centre from Tuesday 7th - Saturday 18th July 2020. This is directly following the MANZ Conference 2020, where Rebecca Dallam will be the 6-12 speaker.  The course is open to:
  • teachers seeking to become supportive assistants in 6-9 & 9-12 Montessori environments
  • Montessori primary trust members
  • parents keen to understand the development of the 6-12 age child.
Enroll now and pay just 50% by February 2020. 

Download the course brochure and register at www.mmef.org.nz/courses/ami-certificate-course-2020Don't miss out! 

MMEF and MANZ are offering 10% discount (for each event) to participants attending both the AMI 6-12 Certificate course and the MANZ Conference.


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2020 is a year to celebrate Maria Montessori's amazing legacy, as well as her commitment to advocating for the human rights of all tamariki, a cause which is continued through the work of the Educateurs sans Frontières

To mark the 2020 anniversary, there will be many events and activities, for more information please visit https://montessori150.org.

To celebrate the power of tamariki to transform the world, Montessori environments are invited around the world to sing, play, record and share a song, entitled My Hand in Your Hand by Kate Oliver. Listen here: https://montessori150.org/participate/sing-my-hand-your-hand 

And with the hands of our tamariki in mind, here's a closing quote,
"Man builds himself through working, working with his hands, but using his hands as the instruments of his ego, the organ of his individual mind and will, which shapes its own existence face to face with its environment."
                                                                            (Montessori, The Secret of Childhood)

Noho ora mai  
Carol, Tia, Anna & Shirley  - MMEF Management Team

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Courses, Workshops & Conferences. Coming Up!

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Kia Ora Koutou Friends of MMEF


We hope you are all enjoying the cooler days and the beauty that comes with the changing colours of Autumn.


For those ready for more Montessori learning – or to dip your toe in for the first time – there are several upcoming MMEF courses and workshops offering you that exciting opportunity. Read on to learn more!

AMI 90 Years LogoAMI 3-6 Certificate Course
The first course coming up is the AMI 3-6 Certificate Course in Auckland from September  9th – 19th. Ensure to book before Friday, August 2nd to receive the early bird discount.


Who is this Certificate Course for? This course is ideal for any of you who are seeking a formal introduction to the Montessori system of education. For new Montessori centre owners, this is an ideal introduction to the Montessori pedagogy for ALL your ECE qualified staff.  And for any of you who are considering studying for the next AMI 3-6 Diploma Course (Level 7) commencing March 30th, 2020—this really is a must!
Find out more by downloading the course brochure at goo.gl/P2BYNF and book online at goo.gl/VuiLbS
                                                  
Above: Students practicing Grace and Courtesy groups, which also feature during the Certificate Course
MMEF/MANZ 0-3 Workshop on 12/13 October 2019
Your next opportunity is the October Workshop in Auckland. Once again, MMEF is joining forces with Montessori Aotearoa NZ (MANZ) to bring you:



'The Montessori Professional – Sometimes a Mentor, Always an Advocate for the Child’  with Pam Staton, AMI 0-3, 3-6 from Sydney, Australia.

Many of you told us how much you enjoyed last year’s 0-3 workshop with Sarah Breckenridge. Pam Staton was Sarah’s mentor, and she joins us to deliver this year’s workshop.
Pam (left) comes with a wealth of experience: both from her years of mentoring teachers, and from her collaborations with parents and support of young children’s development.
Pam is the mother of three Montessori children and five Montessori grandchildren. She joins us with 28 years of Montessori teaching experience—27 of those at Inner Sydney Montessori School during which time she established the under-3 programme for the school. Pam holds both AMI 0-3 and 3-6 qualifications, and we are thrilled to be welcoming her soon! Register here: http://bit.do/eR7fz.


Montessori Aotearoa Conference, July 2019 – See You There!


Just as many of you will already be preparing to attend the MANZ annual Conference, MMEF is preparing our stand to welcome you all. Do come and say hello. We always love talking to and meeting all our readers and supporters—and we do love answering your questions.
This year we’ll be able to give you information about all our forthcoming AMI courses, along with exciting news for our 6-12 Montessori community – watch this space. 
We will also have several insightful Montessori publications for sale, and a delightful new book called Little People Big Dreams – Maria Montessori, which (quite frankly) no self-respecting Montessori environment should be without. Also on the stand will be some inviting, affordable and functional Preliminary Practical Life materials. So do make sure you come and check us out! 






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And finally, for those of you considering studying for the next AMI 3-6 Diploma course March 2020 – October 2021 Below is a wee glimpse of our current students at work. Just think, next year this could be you!
Introducing the Conjunction


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The AMI 3-6 diploma is the qualification introduced by Dr. Montessori herself, which only MMEF is affiliated to deliver here in Aotearoa NZ. 
Become immersed in the world of Montessori, and experience for yourself the transformative process that all our students say happens to them in training for their own AMI 3-6 Diploma—the Montessori diploma delivered here that is recognised worldwide.
Research increasingly demonstrates that online study is incomparable to face-to-face learning—and this is so much more the case for the hands-on Montessori pedagogy. The AMI face-to-face course we offer (delivered over several 3- and 4-week modules so that you can work and study) allows you to get hands-on experience with the Montessori materials in a beautiful, supportive environment, while enjoying the camaraderie of your fellow students: to engage with, to be motivated by, and to reflect with. 
It really is a life-changing experience!


Visit mmef.org.nz to download the course information for the next AMI face-to-face Montessori diploma delivered here in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Students who have graduated from the course tell us, “It’s intense, it’s profound and it’s life changing!” – download the course brochure today at mmef.org.nz/courses/diploma-course-overview/ or email mmefnz@outlook.com.
We look forward to offering you your first considered steps on the Montessori adventure!

PS: Calling all Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists MMEF is Seeking Premises

As many of you know, MMEF has been on the hunt for many-a-year for the perfect permanent home for our training centre. Perhaps you may know of somewhere that is just what we’re looking for? Or know someone, or some organisation, seeking to offer such a space? The ideal space would be around 150 square metres, in a major centre, and with close connections to nature and to public transport—and of course at least as beautiful and welcoming (and economical!) as our present space. Any pointers any of you can give us will help us with our hunt. 
Please contact us at mmefnz@outlook.com if you have any ideas or for any further information about this, or about anything else in this newsletter. 
And let us leave you with this final thought:

“If education is it be reformed, it must be based upon the children. No longer is it enough to study great educators of the past…further I protest against myself being hailed as the great educator of this century. What I have done is merely to study the child, to take and express what he has given me, and that is called the Montessori Method”.                             Montessori, The Child in the Family.

        Noho ora mai - MMEF

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

New AMI Certificate & Diploma Courses for 2019–2020

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Kia Ora Koutou Friends & MMEF Supporters

With just a few weeks remaining of a wonderfully productive year for MMEF, we’re delighted to end the year by announcing news of several AMI courses to start in 2019 & 2020!
Starting with ...
AMI 3-6 Certificate Course September, 2019
After much consultation with centres and teachers, and following a successful 0-3 Certificate Course that was held mid-term in September, we’re trialing something new!
With increasingly fewer centres closing for the Primary school holidays, to make it easier for both teachers and working parents, we are thrilled to announce that we will be offering the next AMI Certificate Courses also mid-term – September 9th – 14th & 17th - 19th, 2019  (9 days)
Let us know what you think!
Download the course information form at goo.gl/P2BYNF and book online at goo.gl/VuiLbS

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AMI 0-3 students with AMI Trainer Julia Hilson & 0-3 Course Assistant Carli Hausler









AMI 6 – 12 Diploma Academic Year Format starting March 2019, Sydney

20180625-Montessori-School-www.tonesandharmony.com-119-720x430And very exciting news for primary teachers; the AMI 6-12 Diploma will be offered as a full-time course commencing March 2019, led by AMI Trainer Rebecca Dallam. (A prerequisite to the course is completion of the AMI Foundation Course, which is a 5-week full-time preparatory course run prior to the start of the 6-12 course.) This course will be run in February 2019, directed by AMI Trainers Carol Potts & Ruby Lau. For more information visit www.montessoritrainingcentre.com.au


****And Announcing: The next AMI 3-6
Diploma, April 2020- October 2021 ****
Associatation Montessori Internationale logoThe real foundation and your bedrock introduction to the Montessori world is the AMI 3 to 6 diploma course – for which we are now taking enrolments for the 2020 intake!
Immerse yourself in the world of Montessori, and experience the transformative process that can happen with an AMI 3-6 Diploma.
With research increasingly demonstrating that online study is incomparable to face-to-face learning, in which you can enjoy the camaraderie of fellow students to engage, motivate and inspire, in the only face-to-face Montessori diploma delivered in Aotearoa, New Zealand.  
The next AMI 3-6 Diploma (modular format) will commence in
April 2020 and run to October 2021, extending over seven
3-4 week modules, plus 10 weeks of observation & Teaching
Practice.
This format allows you to work and study, at New Zealand’s only accredited AMI Montessori training centre!
The course brochure will be available in the New Year – email mmefnz@outlook.com for course dates.

Why Not Gift Yourself or a Colleague an AMI
Membership for 2019?
AMI JournalLooking for the ideal Christmas present? Then why not give yourself, or a colleague, the gift of AMI membership!
The benefits are endless:


  • Support the Association Montessori Internationale, a global organisation, committed to preserving the legacy of Dr Maria Montessori and advocating for the rights of children worldwide.
  • AMI membership is open to everyone, not only AMI Diploma or Certificate holders.
  • As an AMI member, you are part of a growing Montessori movement, communicating and collaborating for the benefit of all children.
  • You will receive digital newsletters and bulletins with news updates and events happening in the global Montessori community. (The latest AMI Journal is simply BURSTING with insightful articles, on everything from '”The Toddler and the Teenager” to ”Montessori’s Positive Psychology in an Expanding Universe.”
Email mmef.alumni@gmail.com to become a member before 31st December.

And finally…
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Meri Kirihimete. Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa.



Wishing you all a joyful holiday and a peaceful and prosperous 2019

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Why Not Study the Theory-only component of the AMI 3-6 Diploma?

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Study the Montessori theory-only component of the AMI 3-6 Diploma

MMEF are thrilled to offer school owners and admin. staff (ideal for those non-Montessori trained) the opportunity to join  us for the basic Montessori theory (psycho-pedagogy) component of the A.M.I. 3-6 Diploma starting on July 2nd!

The dates will be Monday July 2nd – Tuesday 17th July plus a few optional  theory lectures during the remaining 2018 & 2019 modules.

Not only will this expand your understanding of Montessori’s approach to child development, enrolling in this theory component will:

  • Enable participants to better support staff to create the optimum learning environments for young children.
  • Offer guidance and further support to parents and whanau regarding children’s phenomenal potential from birth to six and beyond.
  • Guide policies, internal evaluation and assessment according to Montessori theoretical principles.

Click on http://goo.gl/8mcpzN to download the course brochure and registration form here. Enrol before June 11th!

Dates: Monday 2nd July – Tuesday 17th July plus a few optional days during 2018 & 2019.

Venue: Lotus Sanctuary, Kawai Purapura Retreat, 14 Mills Lane, Albany.

Introducing our 3-6 Course Administrator

Jane copyWe are delighted to welcome Jane Watson as Course Administrator/Assistant for the 3-6 Diploma Course starting in July. 

Jane holds an AMI 6-12 Diploma and joins us with a wealth of experience in the field of education.

Piki mai, kaki mai Jane, welcome on board! 

Noho ora mai - MMEF

Monday, May 14, 2018

AMI 3-6 Diploma–Still Thinking About Studying This Year?

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Kia Ora Koutou MMEF Supporters

There’s Never Been a Better Time to Study!

FullSizeRender (3)A browse of the NZ Education Gazette will confirm the dearth of Montessori teachers in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Now you have the chance to study for the internationally recognised AMI 3-6 Diploma without leaving the country. Gain a wealth of experience and then travel the world!

How much fuller and richer life would be if we saw this child in all his beauty, instead of focusing on all the little mistakes? …with this change in our hearts we will want to study [the child] in all his different phases, to study all his miracles…we must give this development, this miraculous force, the help it needs. It needs the warmth of the heart and it needs understanding. Let us call this help Education”. Montessori, Maria.

Go to mmef.org.nz/courses for full course information or email mmefnz@outlook.com today.  Interviewing now!

Cross-Credits Gained Towards a B.Tchg. ECE with

Te Rito Maioha

We’ve mentioned previously that students completing the new AMI 3-6 Diploma Level 7 will be automatically cross-credited 1/2 year of study towards the B.Tchg. ECE.  For anyone - without a generic ECE Diploma or Degree – who may be considering this, you don’t need to wait to complete the AMI Diploma first. 

Recent discussions between MMEF and Te Rito Maioha highlighted that students who are not working can study the remaining 1st year papers on-line from July 2018. Once the AMI Diploma is complete, so too is the 1st year of your degree. For more details contact mmefnz@outlook.com or studentservices@ecnz.ac.nz 

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AMI Birth-3 Certificate Course – Auckland

We are delighted to welcome back to New Zealand AMI 0-3 Trainer Julia Hilson in September to deliver the next AMI Birth -3 Assistants Certificate Course.  Places will fill fast, we encourage you to book soon!

This Course is an ideal foundation for anyone interested in Montessori’s respectful approach to the young child from birth to 3.  Equally suited to parents, grandparents, educators, school administrators and anyone involved with or passionate about the care and education of young children.

This 9-day course plus 9 hours of observation will explore Montessori principles while emphasising the importance of free movement and language development for infants and toddlers. Practical elements include; the art of observation, how to support independence and establishing a framework for toilet learning and much more…

The course will be held at Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre, Albany from Monday 3rd - 7th & Tuesday 11th - 14th September 2018. Observation hours to be completed 8th-10th September. There’s accommodation on site too - http://kawaipurapura.co.nz/rooms/

To download the course brochure click on goo.gl/u9LvKW. To register on-line  click on the link http://goo.gl/WbRzxW. Early bird discount applies until July 13th.

The Adult’s Role in Developing Communication and Language in the Bambini Community’ - 0-3 Workshop

After the success of last year’s MMEF & MANZ 0-3 Workshop – we’re thrilled to be partnering with MANZ again to offer another 0-3 P.D. opportunity on October 27th & 28th this year. Save the date!

Sarah Breckenridge 0-3 Director at Inner Sydney Montessori School (ISMS), will be offering a weekend brimming with information and delight as we marvel at the wonders of the child under three and the vast amount they learn in just 3 years! Explore how we adults can support and pave the way for rather than interfere with young children’s precious learning.

Venue: Glendowie Primary School, 217 Riddell Road, Glendowie.

Time:  9-4 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Reflections of a 3-6 Certificate Course Student, May 2018

“I recently had the pleasure of attending the AMI 3-6 Assistants Certificate Course run by MMEF. It was a fantastic opportunity to explore the life and discoveries of Maria Montessori and to put some of those ideas into practice!

The course was full to the brim with all kinds of learning activities and opportunities to listen, observe, read, discuss and try out new concepts.

We had a wonderful time exploring a very well laid out Montessori environment, teaching each other action songs, making three part cards and learning how to use them, and practising teaching Grace and Courtesy to each other!

Our trainer worked diligently to ensure that we had understood the implications of the absorbent mind in children between 0 and 6 and the role of the adult in supporting these children in their learning and in their discovery of the world around them. We learnt about how crucial it is for children’s attempts at independence to be honoured and valued and the importance of facilitating their learning through the use of specifically designed materials and child sized equipment. We learnt that adults working with children must act at all times with love and kindness knowing that “within the child lies the fate of the future. Maria Montessori

We all spent long nights staying up late writing essays about what we had learned … and a lot of time running around following small children as we attempted to take note of their every word and action during our observations. Truly every moment of the course was fascinating and inspiring thanks to Carol Potts who spoke with passion as she shared her knowledge, her experience, kindness and enthusiasm!”

Hayley Moti̱o РNelson Bays Montessori

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Our latest cohort of 18 graduates from the April 3-6 Certificate course – prior to and during the closing poroporoaki. Kia kaha Tauira!

Nau mai & welcome to the AMI family.

Noho ora mai - MMEF

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Announcing Dates: 9-day 0-3 AMI Certificate Course, Sept.

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Kia Ora Koutou MMEF Supporters


Starting with sad news… MMEF regrets to announce that the 0-3 Diploma Course due to start in May this year, has been cancelled due to insufficient enrolments.

We are extremely disappointed given the interest that was conveyed amidst the preparation of making the AMI 0-3 training a possibility in New Zealand. We’ve really appreciated the encouraging communications we’ve had with centres and potential students though in the process.


On a positive note however…
In response to centres and potential student feedback and the boundless enthusiasm of AMI 0-3 Trainer Julia Hilson, we are delighted to be able to offer another AMI 0-3 Certificate Course over 9-days in September this year. The dates are 3rd – 7th & 11th- 14th September (9days) thus allowing for the observation component to be completed 8th – 10th.
The venue will be Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre, Albany, Auckland.

The course brochure goo.gl/u9LvKW and on-line registration form https://goo.gl/WbRzxW is now available.

N.B. With increasing pediatric research stating the vital importance of development within the first 2 years of life now, if your centre enrolls children aged anywhere from birth to three – this course is a must for you!


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How do I find out more about AMI Training Courses in Aotearoa, New Zealand?
Visit https://www.mmef.org.nz/courses/ for the AMI 3-6 Certificate; Diploma Course brochure, application form and further details.

Noho ora mai - MMEF

Friday, February 23, 2018

Early Bird Discount for AMI 3-6 Certificate Course ends March 9th - Don’t Miss Out!

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AMI 3-6 Certificate Course, April 17th – 28th (9 days) Auckland

The early-bird deadline for the AMI 3-6 Certificate Course is fast approaching. Register and pay before Friday, March 9th and qualify for the early-bird discount – don’t miss out!
Who is the Course for?

  • parents & whanau of children aged 2.5 – 6 years
  • E.C.E. teachers working in a 3-6 Montessori environment who would like to gain an AMI Certificate
  • administrators, trustees  & ECE professionals with a profound interest in the 2.5 – 6  age child
  • anyone considering studying for the AMI 3-6 Diploma.

DSC_6670Who By? AMI 3-6 Trainer – Carol Potts
When? Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st April, 24th & 26th – 28th April (9 days). This allows for time in between to complete the 9 hours of observation.

Where? Yarnton House, Royal Oak & Glendowie Montessori Pre-school.

How to Enrol? To download the course brochure – click on https://goo.gl/iyc5d5. To register on-line click on the link goo.gl/umuejm
       
A Worthwhile View
It’s around 8 minutes in length and well worth listening to:
Lillard.PhotobyTomCogill.2016.IMGL0303.1sqDr Angeline Lillard, Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia and author of ‘The Science Behind the Genius.’
“Dr. Lillard makes an important distinction between what authentic Montessori is and often what parents, educators and the public view as Montessori. Her research continues to support important outcomes in authentic Montessori”.
https://www.facebook.com/childdevelopmentlabs/videos/1540497069319741/

How do I find out more about AMI Training Courses in Aotearoa, New Zealand?
Visit https://www.mmef.org.nz/courses/ for the AMI 3-6 Certificate & Diploma Course brochures, application form and further details.


Noho ora mai - MMEF