AMI Primary Class Assistant

Basic information

When: 20th – 24th November and 4th – 8th December 2017
Where:  Montessori Institute Prague, PRAGUE, Czech Republic
Price: 600EUR


Course director

Montessori trainer Elina Rautasalo

Montessori trainer Elina Rautasalo

Elina Rautasalo

Elina is an AMI 3-6 Trainer and has been involved in education for over 25 years. She trained to become a teacher and studied musicology in her native Finland. In the early 1990s, she became interested in Montessori pedagogy, and moved to London to study at the Maria Montessori Institute (AMI), where she gained her AMI 3-6 Montessori Diploma. Elina also holds a Bachelor of Education (Hons.) from the Institute of Education, University of London. Over the years Elina has worked with both children and adults.

At present, Elina is Director of Training at the Maria Montessori Institute, London, with a particular responsibility for the Summer Courses. In addition, Elina has been involved in AMI’s work in South-East Asia for a number of years, recently serving as the Director of Training at the primary course in Thailand in 2011-12 and directing an Assistants Course in Vietnam in 2014.

In her spare time, Elina enjoys books, music and playing the violin and investigating executive functions in relation to Montessori education. a a


Goal of the Course

The intention of the Assistants Course is to help interested adults become able assistants in a Montessori Children’s House. The taks of the Assistant is to support and help the director/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.


60 hours plus 9 additional hours of observations which are part of  the course. The observation can be done in a Montessori 3-6 class or preschool setting. Specific instruction how to observe will be given during the course. The observations will be arranged during the week of 27th November – 1st December 2017.

Obligatory reading

The Secret of Childhood
The Absorbent Mind
The Child in the Family
Education for a New World

The Course Content

  1. Introduction to Montessori
  2. The Role of the Directress
  3. The Role of the Assistant
  4. Overview of the Planes of Development
  5. The Child’s Mind from 0-6 years, Sensitive Periods
  6. Order: The importance of Order and Precision, Order in the development of personality
  7. Movement 0-6: Development of Movement and its significance for the child
  8. Language: Development of, also taking into account the following elements:
    • Preparation of the adult
    • Use of language in general
    • Vocabulary: correct, precise, rich, scientifically exact
    • How to listen to children
    • How to elicit language
  9. Independence: Development of, also taking into account different levels of independence – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, as conditions for interdependence
  10. Prepared environment: Home and Casa dei Bambini (the physical and the intangible)
  11. Freedom and Discipline: Understanding the concept of Freedom from Montessori point of view and the growth of Discipline as inner development
  12. Social Development
  13. Observation and its relevance (technique and recording of)
  14. Music and Art
  15. Maintaining the environment (indoor and outdoor)

Some time will be be dedicated to the reading and discussion of Maria Montessori’s texts relevant to topics given.

Further content

Practice of basic movements such as walking within environment, carrying trays, chairs, materials etc. Opening and closing doors, drawers, etc., as model for the children in a Montessori Prepared Environment. Essential grace and courtecy – greeting children, giving appropriate assistance in cloacroom, etc. 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.