Thursday, January 19, 2023


 
Kia Ora Koutou MMEF Supporters

We hope you've had a little time to play, read, sing, or whatever brings you joy, plus reflect on your achievements of 2022. 
Amidst the challenges of last year, there were certainly highlights too, professional and personal, and we hope you've taken a moment to relive these, albeit for some, during your relatively short break.

Now looking forward - a new year, new information, and many new learning opportunities to consider!

AMI 3-6 Diploma Information Eve. Tuesday 7th February @ 7.00p.m (NZDT) on Zoom.
  
Are you considering studying for the Association Montessori Internationale
(A.M.I.) Diploma starting April 3rd, in Auckland? There is still time to apply! Join Carol Potts, Director of Training to find out about the course details. Past students will also join us, to share their experiences and tips for study success. Meeting ID: 821 8592 1235. Passcode: 838001. By way of RSVP, please text your name and centre/school name to MMEF 021 111 4133. In the meantime, click here for course dates, venue & application details, and follow us on Facebook.

Montessori 101~What You Need to Know

'Montessori 101~ What You Need to Know ' comprises three 2-hour sessions online in February 2023 with 3-6 trainer Carol Potts.

These short, pithy sessions have been designed for those 
new to Montessori and ECE kaiāko working in a Montessori environment. Also, parents and whānau seeking more understanding about this unique approach to development.
Professionals, including centre managers and admin staff, and those profoundly interested in development during the first six years of life would gain from this, plus anyone considering studying for the AMI 3-6 Diploma.

Wednesday, February 8th, 15th & 22nd @ 6.30-8.30p.m. via Zoom.
Cost: $100 (inc., all three sessions); each one will build on the previous session.
Click here for more information and register online here.

0-3 Orientation Certificate, February - March 


Bravo, for those of you who have already registered for the next 0-3 Orientation Certificate with AMI 0-3 trainer, Julia Hilson. This course will now be 100% online, and the good news is - there are still places available!
Visit the MMEF website here for full course details and to register online here.

3-6 Orientation Certificate, May 


The next 3-6 Orientation Certificate will be offered May 8th-31st early evenings plus two Saturday mornings with 3-6 trainer, Carol Potts. The course will follow an online format and at a time to suit those working - please save the dates now!

This course is suitable for those seeking a further understanding of the Montessori approach to tamaiti development plus Montessori centre owners, administrators, and ECE-trained kaiako/teachers in a Montessori setting. Also, for parents, whānau, nannies, carers, and professionals working with young tamariki. For anyone considering studying for the 3-6 Diploma in the future, this course offers the ideal pathway. 
Download the course registration form here and register online here. Ensure to register before April 21st, 2023, to be eligible for early bird registration.


'Marvelous Movement' Workshop with 0-3 trainer Sara Brady~ Sept. 30th ONLINE
We were not born to think. We were born to move. Human creative ideas are nothing in the absence of the manual dexterity that allows tools to be made, complex architecture to be constructed, art to be created, and instruments to be played.” ~ Koziol, et al, 2012.

MANZ & MMEF are thrilled to bring you this engaging workshop as we explore movement opportunities during the first three years of life and how to avoid becoming an obstacle to development. Click here for further details and to register online.

All the best for a peaceful, purposeful and productive 2023,

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manua nui,

MMEF







Saturday, December 3, 2022

2023: Become the Montessorian You Want to Be!

 

Kia Ora Koutou MMEF Supporters

It's been quite a year, hasn't it? 

We sincerely hope, as 2022 draws slowly to a close, that you all manage to spend some time with loved ones, family & whānau over the end-of-year break. Relaxing, reflecting, rejuvenating, and engaging in whatever brings you joy. We've all jolly well deserved it! 

This MMEF News brings you a range of events to look forward to and add to your calendars for 2023.  

MMEF 3-6 Diploma Update

Resilience, tenacity, and flexibility are necessary elements in today's world. With a few unexpected obstacles to navigate, the next AMI 3-6 Diploma will now commence in April 2023 rather than January. The silver lining for our currently enrolled students, who exuded all the above qualities and more, is additional time to enjoy the summer plus more time for Montessori reading!
Please see the new 3-6 Diploma course dates here and the new enrolment documents here
MMEF will offer the next 3-6 Course Information Evening on Tuesday, Feb. 7th. at 7.00p.m. via Zoom. Find out more about the course and join some of our past students as they share their tips and tricks for study success! Keep an eye on the MMEF Facebook page in the New Year for the Zoom details.

Haere Rā Jane, Nau Mai Magdalena - Introducing our New Course Administrator

 Earlier this year, we bade a fond farewell and said kia ora   rawa atu to Jane Watson, who has been our treasured   taonga and 3-6 Course Administrator since 2018. Jane   used to say,"I do all the things that Carol doesn't want to   do!" however, her skills, creativity and sheer level-   headedness extended much further establishing systems   and policies, not to mention traversing a deep dive into the   robust NZQA requirements.

And so it will continue, as we say Nau Mai and a very warm welcome to Magdalena Urbankova (pictured left with her son Filip [you'd never guess they are related, would you;)]. 

Magdalena joins us with a wealth of Montessori and administration experience. Being a recipient of pastoral care as Tangata Titriti, this plus Magdalena's artistic bent will be put to very good use in her new role. We certainly look forward to another Diploma with this Academic team. 

Professional Learning Development - 2023

Montessori 101~What You Need to Know 

MMEF receives numerous requests for a 'Montessori 101' overview, and here it is! Comprising of three 2-hour sessions online in February 2023 with 3-6 trainer Carol Potts. 

These short, pithy sessions have been designed for:

  • Those new to Montessori – ECE kaiāko working in a Montessori environment.
  • Parents and whānau seeking more understanding about this unique approach to development.
  • Professionals, including centre managers and admin staff, profoundly interested in development during the first six years of life.
  • Anyone considering studying for the AMI 3-6 Diploma.

When? Wednesdays 8th, 15th & 22nd @ 6.30-8.30p.m. via Zoom.

Cost: $100 (inc. all three sessions); each one will build on the previous session.

How to Register? Click here for more information and register online here.

0-3 Orientation Certificate, February - March 2023

AMI 0-3 Trainer - Julia Hilson

 We hear that many of you have missed the camaraderie   of face-to-face events; we'll be exploring a blended   format for the next 0-3 Orientation Certificate. It will be   mostly online in the evenings to accommodate those   working, plus a weekend onsite in Auckland to complete   the hands-on components of the course. 

 Visit the MMEF website here for full course details and to   register online.  Enrol before January 8th to secure the   early bird fee.

3-6 Orientation Certificate, May 2023 

AMI 3-6 Trainer - Carol Potts

To conclude the trilogy of workshops and short AMI courses being offered by MMEF in 2023, the next 3-6 Orientation Certificate will be offered May 8th-31st evenings plus 2 Saturday mornings. The course will be fully online - please save the dates now!

Who is this Course for?

  • This course is suitable for those seeking a further understanding of the Montessori approach to tamaiti development. 
  • ECE-trained kaiako/teachers in a Montessori setting. 
  • Parents, whānau, nannies, carers and professionals working with young tamariki. 
  • If you are considering studying for the 3-6 Diploma in the future. 
  • Further, the course may provide essential information for Montessori centre owners and administrators.

Registration Details

Download the course registration form here. Register online here. Ensure to register before April 21st, 2023 to be eligible for the early bird registration.

Hari rā Hararei/Happy Holidays however you each choose to celebrate the end of 2022 and the advent of 2023.


"These very children reveal to us the most vital need of their development, saying: "help me to do it alone!".

MMEF                               Montessori, Childhood to Adolescence

(image: courtesy of Totara Hill Montessori)







Thursday, October 6, 2022

MMEF News So Much to Update, Where to Begin?

 

Kia Ora Koutou MMEF Supporters,

We have many exciting updates for you in this month's MMEF news...

0-3 Assistants to Infancy Diploma - Brisbane

The students have just completed their second face-to-face module and look extremely refreshed if I might add considering how hard they've all been working.

During this module, they covered the communities (infant and toddler) album and the foundation of the personality development album. This meant a lot of practice hours in the model environment as they created presentations for all the wonderful experiences that can be offered to infants and toddlers. 

Paper writing and material making too were intense as they steadily prepared for their next module of exams. Kia kaha pēnei Maramatahi/go well in January!

Staying with the 0-3 theme, we've received a few inquiries about the next 0-3 Assistants to Infancy Diploma in the region - click here for details of the next one being offered in Sydney with 0-3 trainer Sara Brady, commencing December 2022 - January 2024. 

3-6 Diploma - Auckland

A few late applications for the AMI 3-6 Diploma, commencing in January 2023 have resulted in extending the deadline for application submissions to November 1st. 

We've been thrilled with the applicants so far and thank you all for spreading the word. If you, or anyone you know that has a profound interest in the development of young tamariki, please direct them here to download the application pack today! 

Accommodation - Can You Assist?  MMEF will have international students and others joining us from the regions outside of Auckland; if you know of anyone who may be able to assist with accommodation for our students, we would love to hear from you at mmefnz@outlook.com. Click here for the course dates.  

Director of Training, Carol Potts visits San Lorenzo

We wish Director Training, Carol Potts safe travels as she represents MMEF at the forthcoming 5-day trainer's meetings in Perugia, Italy later this month. 

Carol will be spending time at the Maria Montessori Institute in London, plus imbibing Montessori's history with a visit to the first Casa dei Bambini in San Lorenzo,Rome. Keep an eye on the MMEF Facebook page for reels and updates!

Montessori Opportunity - Whangarei

Did you see this on the Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand and MMEF Facebook pages? 

Amazing Opportunity:

  • Are you an experienced ECE kaiako? 
  • Are you AMI 3-6 qualified or looking to be so? 
  • Are you interested in establishing your own Montessori 3-6 environment in Whangarei? 

Support is being offered to someone that answers 'yes' to each of the above. All of the Montessori materials required to establish a 3-6 prepared environment are available for use plus an ongoing career opportunity is possible for the suitable applicant. Please email sueandclaudezurich@gmail.com for further information.

Proposed AMI 0-3 & 3-6 Orientation Certificate Courses for 2023

MMEF has been liaising with trainers regarding the next AMI Orientation Certificates for 2023. 

At this stage, we're proposing the next 3-6 Orientation Certificate in May ONLINE format for the following:
May 8th - 13th & 22nd - 27th, 2023. 
The format proposed will be four evenings per week - Monday - Thursday 6p.m - 9.00p.m. and Saturday morning 9-12p.m. (10 days)  This will equate to 30 hours online plus 30 hours of independent study. 
The week of the 15th-21st May will be allocated to students carrying out the required 9 hours of observation.

The dates for the 0-3 Orientation Certificate, proposed for the early part of 2023 ONLINE are being finalised now and will be announced shortly.

Stay well and ngā manaakitanga,

MMEF 




Thursday, September 8, 2022

AMI 3-6 Diploma - October 1st Deadline for Applications

 


Kia Ora Koutou MMEF Supporters 

Spring. New buds. New beginnings.

Time to think about your new beginning in a Montessori environment!

We've thoroughly enjoyed meeting new faces during our regular MMEF Information Evenings; please pass on the information about our next one 
to anyone considering studying for a Montessori qualification soon. Join us on Tuesday, September 13th at 7.00p.m. via Zoom and use Meeting ID 828 5933 2499 & Passcode 770312. We look forward to meeting you!

Interviewing is now underway for the forthcoming AMI 3-6 Diploma commencing in January 2023. For those of you still considering applying, please submit your applications ASAP. Applications take time to process, don't delay! All applications plus the required enclosures must be received by no later than October 1st. 

Montessori Students Seeking Accommodation 

MMEF has received a few requests from potential students outside of Auckland who are seeking accommodation close to the AMI training centre in Albany, Auckland during the AMI 3-6 Diploma modules - see here for course dates. 
Dear Aucklanders - do you know of anyone with a spare room who may be willing to assist one of our students? Please email us at  mmefnz@outlook.com with any likely possibilities. 

Montessori Environment Seeking Relieving Staff

If you know of qualified staff seeking Montessori relieving work, MMEF could happily put them in contact with a centre that would dearly love to support a staff member to study next year. Simply email mmefnz@outlook.com for further details.

Here's a delightful example by composer Vivaldi for you all. I hope you enjoy his rendition of new buds, new life, and new beginnings, entitled Spring.

Stay well and ngā manaakitanga,

MMEF 



Wednesday, December 16, 2020

MMEF News Updates - 3-6, 0-3 & Te Papa!


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Kia Ora Koutou MMEF Supporters 

Congratulations to the Students of the 2020-2022 AMI Diploma!

Another Diploma course concludes - one which will be affectionately referred to as the 'course of all courses' as the students traversed a blend of online and onsite course delivery and very often at a moment's notice.

At the recent whakanui/graduation Director of Training, Carol Potts acknowledged the resilience, commitment, and sheer determination of the students as they studied tirelessly over the past two years - ultimately to champion the cause of tamariki and to apply Montessori principles to a wide range of experiences in the future [plus five students not appearing here].

AMI 3-6 Diploma ~ 2023 - 2024

We are delighted to announce the new module dates for the next AI 3-6 Diploma:
2023 Module 1 - Monday 16th January - Friday 10th February 

Module 2 - Monday 3rd April - Friday 28th April

Module 3 - Monday 26th June - Friday 21st July

Module 4 - Monday 18th September - 13th October 

2024 Module 5 - Monday 8th January - Friday 2nd February

Module 6 - Monday 22nd April - Friday 17th May 

Please visit https://www.mmef.org.nz/courses/3-6-diploma-course-overview/ for details and to download the course information.


Why AMI Training?


We often hear this question...

Montessori education supports the development of the whole tamaiti and is an educational approach that is offered in more than 140 countries across the world. The Association Montessori International (AMI) offers diploma courses that are respected worldwide. AMI is the association that Maria Montessori founded to continue her work, and AMI teacher training courses are renowned for their quality, integrity, and authenticity. 

An AMI diploma can lead to a career as a kaiārahi/guide in a Montessori environment in N.Z. or around the world, a Montessori centre administrator or owner, mentor, consultant or trainer. 

AMI 0-3 Diploma Update - Carli Hausler, Trainer in Training

Wonderfully, we have 4 students from Aotearoa studying towards the AMI 0-3 diploma in Brisbane, Australia with Director of Training, Julia Hilson.

In May, we had the opportunity of our first face-to-face two-week module. This time offered our students hands-on experiences with the materials as we looked closely at the aspects of working with tamariki in communities (toddlers and infants). It was both illuminating and validating and ...there's a lot to do before we meet again in September - kia kaha! 

MANZ Conference July 2022 - Come & See Us

We look forward to seeing those of you attending the Montessori Aotearoa Conference in July at Te Papa, Wellington. This year's theme is 'Leaving No One Behind He Waka Eke Noa' - and there is still time to register!  

On the MMEF stand, there will be books for sale, news of AMI courses, and a new piece of material for sale to complement your Culture areas. Come and say kia ora! 

Mā te wā,
MMEF 

Saturday, November 28, 2020

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Haere Rā to a Special Montessorian Jude Collings

It is with deep sadness that we share the news that a dear Montessori colleague and friend Jude Collings passed away peacefully on Saturday 28th November surrounded by her husband Bryce, her two sons Quinn and Mattie and her dad. 

Jude put up a courageous fight when diagnosed with stage 4 cancer soon after completing her AMI 3-6 Diploma in February 2017. Her family, friends, and colleagues, her love of nature, and her work with tamariki gave her the strength to maintain an inspiringly optimistic sense of life.

Jude was a gracious, benevolent, and peaceful soul. She was a joy as a Montessori student, her compassion for others, and her dedication to the Montessori approach was palpable and genuine. 

Jude was greatly loved by her fellow students who frequently commented that she always managed to make them laugh when the deadlines were imminent and the pressure was on.

Jude continued to support MMEF as a Certificate Course assessor. She was also a commanding yet gentle presence as the Kaikaranga when offering the karanga, the call of welcome, for the new and graduating students at the opening and graduation ceremonies of the AMI Diploma Courses.

Many of you will recall Jude when she gave the karanga also to the attendees and guests at the MANZ Conference Pōwhiri in Auckland in 2019. As kuia Mereana Moki Kiwa Hutchen said, “a good kaikaranga has a way about her, a charisma. She’s special and she has heart.”. This sums up Jude – our brave wāhine toa - perfectly.

Jude pursued the role of 3-6 kaiārahi, a guide at Small Steps in Matakana and until very recently at Totara Hill Montessori, Matakana. She thoroughly embraced her Montessori work – it was truly a sad day when she could no longer continue to do this with the friends whom she loved, respected, and valued enormously.

We knew this sad farewell was coming yet now our thoughts, love, and heartfelt condolences are with her family and whānua.

The Montessori community of Aotearoa has indeed lost an ever bright and shining light…haere rā Jude.

 
Carol Potts

Director of Training

Maria Montessori Education Foundation

 


Monday, May 18, 2020

A.M.I. 0-3 & 3-6 Diploma News

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Kia Ora Koutou Friends

JUST LIKE YOU ARE, all of us at MMEF are delighted to be moving forward, now into Level 2, and trying to make it work! 

After the challenging few weeks globally and locally, and with many environments welcoming back their tamariki this week, we are all eager to change to our 'new normal' and see how it will creatively and resourcefully unfold.

Because it's also something of a "new different," isn't it. There will be excitement as the children reunite with you, their familiar surroundings, and their friends. There will be some anxiety as separations from family are made once again. The children will have new interests, and for many an increasing need to communicate: to regale stories, and to share experiences of their past few weeks. It's all part of their re-adaptation to the 'new different.' 

We wish you all well as you move back to the environments that we have all missed so much!

SO WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING in the meantime with MMEF....

On-line AMI 3-6 Orientation Course April 2020


Sometimes in surmounting challenges we discover something new. At the beginning of April, just as the lockdown started, we had been all ready to begin delivering the Montessori 3-6 Orientation Course (which used to be known as the Assistant Certificate Course) to a delightful new group of students. 

So what were we to do? Like many of us, and with the full support and encouragement of Association Montessori Internationale, we were able to make use of the tremendous online technology that has kept so many of us together in these trying times. After a very quick learning curve, MMEF were able to offer the very first on-line component of the 3-6 Orientation Course. 

And so, during the Level 4 lockdown, eleven gracious, patient, and flexible students honed their Zoom skills while discovering together Maria Montessori's tremendous insights into children's development. Uncannily, it did give a structure to the day -- as many students commented as we gathered on-line for three weeks of theory, discussions and much singing!  (As you know, it's always hard to keep Carol from singing!)

And having embarked on the journey, it can now be concluded in August with two days of face-to-face delivery. We're all looking forward to it.

AMI 3-6 Diploma Course - Enrolments Re-Opened!

One of the unfortunate casualties of Covid-19, however, has been a deferral to the start of the AMI 3-6 Diploma.  With all the uncertainty and especially the uncertainties around visas and borders and gatherings, there was simply no other alternative -- and once again we thank our extremely flexible and currently-enrolled students, who were notified that due to the delayed processing, by various agencies, and with our international students in mind, that a later course start date is now necessary.

But this may contain a silver lining for some of you -- most especially anyone still seeking to enrol! Whereas, before the Level 4 Alert, enrolments had closed, we will now be interviewing for the new start date.    

We are in discussions with our venue, with the appropriate government departments, with AMI and with all stakeholders. Once restrictions to international travel will be lifted, a new start will be announced.

In the meantime, we can confirm that the first module will be offered on-line. We know that this will be a tremendous boon tall students -- especially the many of you from outside Auckland -- in reducing the cost of travel and accommodation and time away

So don't delay. Act today!
Download the course application at MMEF.org.nz/courses/3-6-diploma-course-overview/.
Or email mmefnz@outlook.com.  


AMI 6-12 Orientation Course Starting July 2020 - Now Offered via Blended Delivery



It has now been confirmed that Rebecca Dallam is unable to travel to New Zealand in July to offer the AMI 6-12 Orientation Course (formerly named the 6-12 Assistants Certificate), however we are delighted to offer a creative alternative.
MMEF will now offer a blended format course comprising of two weeks on-line delivery via Zoom (part-time), concluding with one week on-site delivery in September/October in New Zealand. 

Both components have been scheduled within the Primary school holidays. Rebecca Dallam with be the trainer and as before, Waikato Montessori Education Centre will be the on-site venue.

The new dates for your diaries:

On-line Monday 6th –  Friday 10th & Monday 13th – Friday 17th July.

The on-line component hours will be 10.00a.m – 1.15p.m and students will simply need a good internet connection and access to Zoom. 
On-site Monday 28th September – Friday 2nd October 9.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.

Please download the amended Course brochure https://www.mmef.org.nz/courses/ami-orientation-courses-2020/.

AMI Assistants to Infancy 0-3 Diploma - From January 2021! 


We have had many inquiries regarding the planned (and long-awaited) New Zealand 0-3 Montessori Diploma -- the very first to be delivered here!


After much consultation with AMI, and with our wonderfully supportive 0-3 trainer, Julia Hilson, we are delighted to announce that New Zealand’s inaugural AMI Assistants to Infancy Diploma now scheduled to begin in January 2021.

This is very exciting news for all of us, and will be a tremendous boost to the earliest years of Montessori here in New Zealand.

While it is still difficult to predict exactly how the rest of the year will progress, we do know that moving forward with planning is imperative to the eventuation of the course beginning in January 2021. 
Here are the course dates: 

2021 Module 1January 4th – February 12th, 2021, 6 weeks
Module 2May 3rd – 28th 2021, 4 weeks.
Module 3September 6th – 1st October, 4 week
 2022 Module 4. January 3rd - 28th, 2022, 4 weeks

To receive the 0-3 Course Information Pack please email mmefnz@outlook.com.

Kia ora rawa atu,

MMEF Trustees - Carol, Anna, Tia, Shirley & Maria









Friday, February 28, 2020

Congratulations to all our students on the 2018-2020 3-6 Diploma Programme

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Kia Ora Koutou to all our MMEF supporters

What a great start to the year, with AMI 3-6 Diploma students completing their course, passing their exams, and graduating. And what a celebration it was! 

Honoured guests at the graduation whakanui were AMI External Examiner Pamela Nunn and National Examiner Chitra Achar, alongside MMEF Trustees and staff, esteemed Montessori colleagues, and of course many friends and whanau of the graduating students. 

There were speeches, singing, dancing and (to everyone's delight) a delicious celebratory cake!


                             



Giving special thanks to the myriad of people, whanau and Montessori centres who helped the students to reach this momentous juncture in their career Anna Mclean (MMEF Trustee) and (Carol Potts), Director of Training. Carol sent them on their way with a time-honoured saying: Haere rā e hoa  - mā te huruhuru, ka rere te manu - with the feathers of knowledge, the bird[s] will fly.

AMI 3-6 Diploma Applications Open until March - Apply Today! 

When one course finishes, another is always ready to start! 

Interviews are already underway for the next AMI 3-6 Diploma

And with the news that the modules on each AMI 3-6 modules course will be reduced from seven to six 4-week modules, announced in our last newsletter, we here at MMEF have been thrilled by the positive responses. The news was particularly well-received by potential students and from centres from outside of Auckland. They were very quick to see the benefits!

Keep those comments (and applications!) coming, we love to hear from you!

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For those who of you still considering applying, we say "Don't delay, the deadline is fast approaching!" 
Remember, you must submit your applications to us by 10th March. So if you or someone you know is applying, now is the time to put (virtual) pen to paper!

Don't wait: download the 3-6 Diploma Course information pack hereor email mmefnz@outlook.com today!

More Professional Development Opportunities in 2020-2022

Our popular AMI 10-day Certificate Courses are also being offered this year, for two age groups: 3-6 year-olds, and 6-12 year-olds. (See the MMEF website for your course details). 

The 3-6 Certificate commences in Auckland in March 2020 with our 3-6 trainer Carol Potts.

And the 6-12 Certificatewith trainer Rebecca Dallam, will be underway in July 2020

The MANZ/MMEF Adolescent Workshop is also fast approaching in April 2020. For further information and registration details click here. 

And to the most patient of our Montessori community - all 0-3 willing-and-eager would-be AMI students - 'music to your ears' news will be announced very soon!

There's so much on offer...

And finally,

Here's a short video to share with your parent communities about the Montessori uninterrupted work cycle. That priceless element of the day, of ideally no less than three hours, where the development of children's concentration is joyfully and purposefully supported. 

Many of you may have seen this charming vignette; if not however, or like me you love seeing it again, here it is: a creative time-lapse of a 4-year old's work cycle in the 3-6 environment, and all in just over 4 minutes!



Shared with you all here courtesy of the Bergamo Montessori School Blog - which is also a great read.

Enjoy! 

Kia ora rawa atu,

MMEF Trustees - Carol, Anna, Tia, Shirley & Maria