Sunday, December 10, 2023

MMEF Highlights to Close the Year & Opportunities for You in 2024


Kia Ora Koutou MMEF Supporters,

As the year draws gradually to a close, we'd love to update you on some of the recent MMEF highlights and a look ahead to events tailored to you next year.
Hasn't the year been an active one in the early childhood sphere? Challenging, eventful, and productive in somewhat unequal measures! 
We hope you can soon enjoy a little time to pause, relax, reflect on the year that was, and look forward to a raft of new experiences in 2024.

The AMI 3-6 Diploma is exactly halfway through now, and we'd love to thank all the 3-6 environments that have hosted our learners this year for observation and teaching practice placements. You have been invaluably supportive and encouraging; we could not do what we do without your support, and we thank you enormously

The next 3-6 Diploma module runs from January 8th until February 2nd, and we'll be traversing mathematics. Kia Kaha to our learners who are working tirelessly as part of their commitment to supporting the optimal development of young tamariki.

If any 3-6 Diploma holders would like a material refresher, you are most welcome to join us for a session or two during the next module. Simply email, let us know which material you would like to see represented, and we'll book you in.  

MMEF Achieves NZQA Category 1 Status Again

Every 4 years, a little like ERO for early childhood centers, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) evaluates all N.Z. tertiary providers (External Evaluation Review, EER). Two evaluators joined us for 2 days during our last module, and we're delighted to convey that MMEF received the highest outcome possible once again. NZQA rated us as 'Highly Confident' in Educational Performance and Self-Assessment Capability. Thank you to our learners and stakeholders who were happy to be interviewed by NZQA; this is a fantastic high note on which to conclude the year. You can read the full EER report on our website here.

0-3 Orientation Certificate ONLINE - January 30th - March 1st, 2024

If you or anyone you know works alongside babies, infants, and little people under the age of three, the forthcoming AMI 0-3 Orientation Certificate starting in January is certainly one to register for! 
It is perfectly suited to parents, whānau, and professionals working with tamariki under the age of three years. AMI 0-3 trainer Julia Hilson & AMI 0-3 trainer in training Carli Hausler will facilitate the course, focusing on supporting the phenomenal development during the first three years of life.
The dates are January 30th - March 1st, 2024. Evenings and Saturday mornings to suit those working via Zoom. 
This a reminder to register for the next AMI 0-3 Orientation Certificate before January 8th and receive the early bird discount. Download the course brochure and register online here.

And seeing the photos of these two amazing wāhine toa, they are currently together for the AMI 0-3 Diploma Course in Melbourne. The face-to-face module extends throughout January. Kai kaha to you both and to the learners embarking on this life-changing experience!

Calling all AMI 3-6 & 6-12 Alumni - 'Leading to Melodies & Compositions - The Bells', Workshops

 "Because no one language is rich enough to give expression to the gushing life within...he speaks, he writes, he draws, he sings like a nightingale in the springtime."    

                                             ~ Montessori, Adv. Montessori Method Vol. 11, pg. 295  Photo courtesy of Forest Bluff Montessori School 

Pairing, grading, and introducing the language of the bells are wonderful experiences in the 3-6 environment, wouldn't you agree? Did you know there is much more we can introduce sensorially with this exquisite material, like the staff boards, the note names, and the placement of notes thus gradually leading our musically inclined tamariki to compose their own melodies and read simple musical compositions? How much fun could that be?!

MMEF is thrilled to offer these further extensions of Writing & Reading with the Bells next year via workshops in two locations. AMI alumni have frequently asked for this, as these extensions are not always included in the 3-6 Diploma but rather offered via workshops later.  Note - AMI 6-12 Alumni, this could also be a wee refresher for you.

MMEF will offer two short and sweet 1/2-day workshops next year. 

- Wā Ora Montessori School, Lower Hutt, Wellington on Sat.9th March, 9-12.30p.m.

- St John's Montessori School, Saint Johns, Auckland on Sat. 25th May 9-12.30p.m.
The online registration form is available here.

And finally, thank you for your ongoing support of MMEF during the year ~ kia
 ora rawa atu. 
And to all those who will be extremely thankful to farewell 2023:
'Kia ekengia te waka i runga i te moana pukepuke - the sea may be rocky, but it can still be navigated.'

Wishing you all a peaceful, joyful, healthy Christmas and a purposeful, productive, and fulfilling 2024.

Ngā manaakitanga,

Photo courtesy of Glendowie Montessori Preschool