Montessori Training Centre of BC
A Place of Education for adults on the nature of childhood
AMI Primary Refresher Course 2019
Registration information to be posted shortly!
Open to all AMI Primary Diploma holders
We are very pleased to have Joen Bettmann returning to Vancouver to present our next Refresher Course!
“Montessori Language: The Foundations of Self-Expression”
Language is a means of expression and communication. The acquisition of language, its production of speech, its intrinsic order, its direct connection with human understanding, its revelation of the written word and grammar analysis are innate discoveries made by the child. The adult’s creative work is to support the child in bringing the drama, passion, color and delight to all of life and to consciousness!
The aim of this Refresher Course is to explore the relationships and interwoven connections between spoken language and the written word. Cultural stories, songs and poems will be shared. Creative writing with the movable alphabet, preparations of the hand, farm activities, word study, spelling and reading analysis will be revisited with glitter and glory.
Joen Bettmann, Primary Director of Training
Joen Bettmann is a Primary (ages 3-6) Trainer, Examiner, and Consultant with the Association Montessori Internationale, and has over forty years of Montessori experience. While Director of Training of the Ohio Montessori Training Institute (Cleveland, Ohio), she offered both academic-year and summer training formats. She has had training responsibilities at the Midwest Montessori Institute in Milwaukee, WI, the Montessori Institute Northwest in Portland, OR, the Maria Montessori Training Organisation in London, England and Computer Associates Corporate Childcare in Long Island, NY. She served as Director of Training for a three-summer course that started in 2003 in Sydney, Australia. She has given five primary courses through the Montessori Institute of Atlanta, and has been the Director of Training of the International Montessori Training Institute in Atlanta since 2011.
Ms. Bettmann frequently speaks at international Montessori conferences and has published articles in AMI Communications and The NAMTA Journal. She has had extensive classroom experience in both private and public Montessori schools, especially in central city locations. Ms. Bettmann has a B.A. in sociology and psychology and a M.Ed. in Montessori education. She has participated in a U.S. government-sponsored Montessori project in South Africa and gave the first ever AMI Foundation Course in Israel. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland. She sits on the Trainers’ Group Committee for the AMI.