topic posted Mon, April 26, 2004 - 4:41 PM by  Unsubscribed
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  • Re: AMS vs. AMI

    Sun, August 21, 2005 - 4:32 PM
    It seems to me that AMI is the Orthodox wing. AMS is looser. This is my experience of course, I am AMS certified in EL. 1 + 2. It seems that AMI is the more "professional" side of things (read:snooty). Hope I'm not stepping on toes. I've worked with both AMI and AMS teachers.
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      Re: AMS vs. AMI

      Thu, August 25, 2005 - 9:49 AM
      It's interesting. I am in the process of helping an AMI school transition to AMS, while moving my child from said AMI school to a different school (which happens to be AMS).

      I was brainwashed from an AMI perspective to think that anything AMS was "less-than" or "Montessori-light". I'd also seen people shrink from AMI because it was too rigid.

      That said, I have seen fabulously accomodating/flexible AMI teachers and I have seen rigid AMS teachers.

      I'm beginning to see the benefits in each style without feeling the need to pick one over the other. And, ultimately, I think we'd be better off without labels.

      (... my 2 cents)
      • Re: AMS vs. AMI

        Thu, August 25, 2005 - 12:28 PM
        Amen to that. I think it all comes down to the inner work that the teacher has done and is doing. MOntessori, at its core, has nothing to do with materials or accrediting agencies but with the inner strength of the teacher to get the hell out of the way. I've met some great parents and some teachers who were "Montessori" to the bone, but had never read a book on it or taken a course. That's what is so great about MOntessori's discovery, it was like discovering the "New World," it was there all along.
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          Re: AMS vs. AMI

          Fri, February 17, 2006 - 8:25 AM
          I agree Josh. I am AMS accredited and work at an AMS school, however I'd like to also become AMI accreddited at some point in order to merge the 2 philosophies. As I'm sure you all know, AMI was started by Maria and Mario and is prevalent in Europe and Asia. AMS was started by Nancy Rambush in the US during a time when most people did not send their children to preschool. In order to accomidate the social environment of the US, she shortened the work period and made some other minor changes. I think that a lot of the debate over AMI, AMS, MEPI, or whatever else is just a bunch of Montessori divas arguing over semantics. When it comes down to it, it is about "Honoring the Light of the Child" (Sonny McFarland) and (as Josh put it) "getting the hell out of the way".
    • Re: AMS vs. AMI

      Sat, March 25, 2006 - 7:44 PM
      Yes, I am AMS trained, and it seems to me that AMI do things the " correct way" or so they think. Personaly, I think people should just read Maria's books, and do what works for the child.
      What ever is going to let that child understand a concept in the moment.
      Some times it is good to follow protocall, and some times it is better to just do what will work.
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    Re: AMS vs. AMI

    Sun, April 2, 2006 - 7:37 PM
    AMI. It is true that there are both AMI and AMS teachers that are excellent. It is also true that there should not be arguments within the community and there should be a collective view to empower the child. You may or may not be aware but there are many "Montessori" schools that use the name but that is where the similiarities end. The name Montessori was never copyrighted and therefore there is the possiblity of using the name. So, that being said an AMI or AMS affilated school is important.

    AMI was found by Dr. Montessori where as AMS was a branch off of it. I do not know to much about AMS but as I understand their albums are given to them while AMI students create theirs . I have heard that in AMS not as much emphasis is placed on the theory. Both are Montessori however one goes by the name Association Montessori Internationale while the other is American Montessori Society. Based on name alone AMI sounds more universal.
  • Re: AMS vs. AMI

    Thu, April 10, 2008 - 3:26 PM

    I am an AMI trained primary teacher who has recently begun the inquiry into the differences between AMI/AMS as we are moving and the school I am looking at for my daughter is an AMS school.
    I believe any any classroom could be supporting a child in the fullest way possible regardless of affiliation, however my twofold question is this: why wouldn't someone who wants to be a Montessori teacher take the training that is most directly related to Maria Montessori's teachings? Once you have had that training, you can go on to develop spiritually and experientially as a teacher, but why do we need more than one accrediting organization? I have heard that AMS was developed to support the modern child, but is the American or modern child really so different from the child of 50 years ago? (Think basic human tendencies rather than computers and lifestyle issues). The child's basic human tendencies have not changed. Please offer your opinion!
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      Re: AMS vs. AMI

      Fri, April 11, 2008 - 9:44 AM
      In my state, there are only AMS training centers, no AMI. So we have to train AMS.
      • Re: AMS vs. AMI

        Fri, July 24, 2009 - 3:59 PM
        I was trained AMS but my first job was in an AMI school. So you could say I had the best of both worlds. There weren’t that many differences. I had to make lots of materials for my Albums, so I didn't miss anything there. In the AMI School, parents had to take turns providing fruit for the snacks. The AMS school provides the snacks.

        There are as many differences from one AMI teacher to another as there is between AMI and AMS. The biggest difference I noticed was the materials for language were in the head of the AMI Teacher, while the AMS teacher provided more in the way of materials. The AMI School used a heavy hand with discipline. The AMS school is more like a family atmosphere, children were hugged if needed. Tears were not tolerated in the AMI School, for any reason. But that could have more to do with Administration than the AMI vs. AMS.

        To sum up: I don't see superiority in either method. Each school is a separate entity, and therefore should be treated as such. Instead of comparing AMI vs. AMS you would be better off comparing the Administration and the individual teachers.

        Hope this helps

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