18th - 29th June 2018
Trainer: Irene Fafalios
The Assistants Course helps interested adults to become assistants in a Montessori Children's House. The task of the Assistant is to support and help the directress maintain equilibrium within the class, to observe, to learn when and how to intervene and not interfere, to acquire the ability to allow the children to become more and more independent, to gain knowledge of Montessori's understanding of Freedom and Discipline, to acquire the ability to support the development of the child by assisting the teacher.
Advance of 250 Euro is payable upon application.
Second half of the payment is due before June 20th 2018.
English, with translation to Serbian
The course is designed for Montessori assistants already working in class, parents, school directors, traditional or alternative systems educators and for anyone interested in learning about Montessori education.
60 hours of lectures and 9 hours of observation.
Observation can be done in Belgrade or in the student home country. Specific instruction how to observe will be given during the course.
18th - 29th june 2018
from 9:30-13:30 and 14:30 to 17:30
Irene Fafalios (M.A. Social Anthropology, AMI Dip. 0-3, 3-6, 6-12, EsF) lives and works in Athens, Greece, where she established the AMI Montessori training Centre - The MONTESSORI LAB, in 2002.
She is an international lecturer, AMI trainer (3-6) and examiner. She enjoys travelling and supporting her students as they endeavor to put Montessori into practice both in the classroom and beyond.
She dreams of the day when “our work will no longer be necessary, because the child will live in the freedom of his own development.”
Introduction to Montessori
The Role of the Directress
The Role of the Assistant
Overview of the Planes of Development
The Child's Mind from 0-6 years, Sensitive Periods
Freedom and Discipline
Observation and its relevance
Music and Art
Maintaining the environment
The Secret of Childhood
The Absorbent Mind
The Child in the Family
Education for a New World
Some time will be dedicated
to the reading and discussion
of Maria Montessori's texts relevant to topics given.
- Practice of basic movements
- Essential grace and courtesy
- Introduction of techniques for making, mending
and maintaining materials.
Submission of three papers (500 words)
on topics set by the Trainer
Submission of observation report
Submission of handmade materials
Minimum of 90% attendance
The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) was founded in 1929 by Maria Montessori to maintain the integrity of her life’s work, and to ensure that it would be perpetuated after her death. AMI is the recognised international authority on Montessori education. During its long history AMI has fostered the growth and development of Montessori programmes and teacher training, and worked to support the development and education of children and young adults in a vast variety of settings throughout the world.
Belgrade is the capital of Serbia situated in South-Eastern Europe. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe, located at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers. Many cultural and tourist attractions makes Belgrade more popular with international tourists each year. It is easily reachable from various countries and is feasible in terms of accommodation and living expenses.
Montessori Center has its premises located in Zemun, near the Danube river bank. The premises consist of lecture room, practice room, student lounge and relaxation area, in total 150 square meters. We are happy to help international students to find affordable accommodation and orientate around Belgrade. We provide coffee and tea, snacks and lunch during the Course.