'Communications' is the journal of the Association Montessori Internationale. This publication includes articles by Dr Montessori as well as scholarly papers on Montessori and related topics. Currently, two issues are published each year. AMI also produces a newsletter 'The AMI Bulletin' which is published three times a year and features Montessori news and articles from around the world. 'Communications' and the 'Bulletin' are sent to all members of AMI. Click here to become a member of AMI. Please note: AMI membership is open to individuals only.
First Assembly of Educateurs sans
The Century of the Child
A Birthday Celebration in
Changes to the Board
Highlights from Communications 1999/4
From '70 Years of AMI' - (article giving historical background information on the 'birth' of AMI in 1929)
"By 1929 Dr. Montessori had gained so much international fame that she had to travel incognito to Denmark and the interest in her findings had called for a separate Montessori course within the structure of the Conference of the New Education Fellowship. While the list of speakers was formidable and featured many names of well-known experts in the fields of education, philosophy and psychology from all corners of the world, three names were given extra prominence in the programme. One of these was Dr. Montessori's, together with those of Tagore, Indian poet, philosopher, musician, writer, educator, Nobel laureate (1861-1941) and children's art innovator Professor Franz Cizek from Austria, who had rallied a great following in the Anglo-Saxon world. Other speakers included Dr. Ferrière, Dr. Elisabeth Rotten and Professor Jean Piaget.
Dr. Montessori gave no less than five public lectures. They were: 'The Adult and the Child', 'The Teacher's Task', 'The Child's Environment', 'Geometry' and 'Psychological Principles in Education'.
Other lectures on the Montessori Method were given by Mr. Claude Claremont, Mrs. R. Joosten-Chotzen, Mrs. M. Marstrand, Miss L. Roubiczek and Miss C.W. Tromp."
'The Child's Environment' lecture delivered by Maria Montessori in 1929 at the Vth International Conference of the New Education Fellowship in 1929 - the time and place when the Association Montessori Internationale was conceived.
"In a modern city one might exclaim: "But where are the children?" The schools are larger than the houses. They are like hospitals or prisons."
From 'A Birthday Celebration In Denmark': Renilde Montessori reporting on a special function organised by the Danish Montessori Institute, dedicated its annual workshop held in Elsinore to the commemoration of the foundation of AMI ,70 years ago.
"On Sunday October 31, a tour of Kronborg Castle and a 'Danish Lunch' rounded off the historic event. In 1929, Kronborg Castle was home to the Fifth International Conference of the New Education Fellowship and the first International Montessori Congress. It was moving to stand in the immense ballroom (62 x 11m) and realise that Maria Montessori spoke there on the eve of the foundation of AMI, the organisation that was to carry on her work."
From 'Impressions Educateurs sans Frontières'
"When Montessori principles are applied in the wider
context of society, their possibilities are vast and
all-encompassing. They can be of incalculable help to
parents, social workers, child-care workers, family
counsellors, in short, to any person involved with the
developing human being; they can be and have been applied
with children undergoing lengthy hospitalisation,
maladjusted children, physically impaired children, children
victims of violence, children abandoned, and children at
This issue of Communications features a special section dedicated to Educateurs sans Frontières. The contents are as follows:
From 'Question and Answer'
"It is a question that arises again and again: Why do we give the children the cursive alphabet rather than printed letters?
Maria Montessori very deliberately presented the children in San Lorenzo with the cursive alphabet. Experience over many decades, in many countries and societies, has shown that the cursive letters are preferable for several reasons.
Perhaps the most striking of these is that children who, from the beginning, learned to write with the cursive alphabet were able to spontaneously read any type of script."