Building the Bridge: From Casa to Elementary


Basic information

When: August 1-12, 2016, Mon-Fri, 9:00-12:30am, 1:30-4:30pm
Where: Montessori Institute Prague, Pod Radnicí 3, Praha 5
Price: 480 EUR or 13 000 CZK

The seminar will be held in English. Translation to Czech and Russian will be provided, if there is sufficient interest. Certificate of attendance will be issued by Montessori Institute Prague.


Intensive two-week workshop on topic of transition from Montessori Primary to Elementary school from teacher’s point of view

The Workshop will help you understand basic principles that  are the foundation of an authentic Montessori Elementary program. Further, the Workshop will equip you with a few of the basic tools you need to know to start a 6-12 class and run it for the first year. The workshop will also be very useful to 3-6 teachers who need to learn how to work with their oldest children or children who enter a Montessori program at a later age. Participants are not required to have previous Montessori training. The workshop is not a substitute for the full AMI 6-12 Diploma Teacher Training.

Course Director

AMI trenérka Carla FosterCarla Foster

Carla Foster, Directress of upcoming AMI 6-12 Diploma Workshop in Prague. Carla has been the AMI Director of Diploma Course at Montessori Training Center of New England (MTCNE) the past few years and also works at the University College, Høgskolen i Vestfold og Buskerud, in Norway.

Carla holds a bachelor degree in Social Anthropology and Scandinavian Studies and a combined Masters degree in Old Icelandic Literature and Norwegian Literature from UC Berkeley. She has AMI 3-6 and 6-12 diplomas from MMI in London and the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee.  She has worked with children at the levels 3-6, 6-9 and 9-12, working in both private and public Montessori schools.  She has been an elementary trainer since 2011 and had the privilege of doing some of that training under Jean Miller at the Navadisha Montessori Institute in Chennai, India, and the rest under Ann Dunne in London, England.

Carla is originally from California, but has lived in Norway since 1995, where she had a 6-9 class for 12 years and consults for schools in Norway.  She has also taught ballet, modern dance, African dance and Irish dance for many years and has given workshops on writing and bringing drama, music and dance into the elementary classroom.




Theory topics will be an overview of the following:

Characteristics of the child in the 2nd plane
Prepared environment for the 2nd plane
The environment for group work
Role of the teacher and other roles in the classroom
Cosmic education – some basic principles

Material presentations and practice

Basic numeracy and literacy for the Reasoning mind of the 6-12 child:

  • Here we will look at how to use basic handmade language materials and 3-6
  • Material making: small books with children and attractive pouches for card material
  • Montessori materials with the youngest children in the Elementary, keeping in mind the new characteristics of the child:
    • The hand and writing
    • Discovering written language: writing and reading together
    • The principles and functioning of the decimal system
  • We will look at ways to help the young elementary child explore creative writing
  • We will also look at geometric constructions and math art and how these can help the child integrate hand, mind and spirit, and unlock creative potential


  • Our success as elementary teachers relies on our ability to tell engaging, but factual stories and how we can encourage the students to become storytellers of the truth

Practical implementation

Basic planning for the first year:

  • How to set up a flexible plan that makes sure enough lessons are being given
  • Essential recordkeeping ideas

Freedom and Responsibility:

  • Care of the environment as a collective responsibility
  • How interdependent communities are created and maintained
  • Talking to children about work

Parent communication:

  • Basic ideas about Montessori elementary to communicate to parents

The workshop will be a mixture of lecture, discussion and practice with materials and activities.  Some readings will be required as a basis for discussion.

Changes to the program may incur based on the judgment of the Workshop Director. The main goal of the Workshop will be maintained.