Cosmic Tales, also known as the Great Stories

Break-out session Saturday 6 October 11.45 – 12:45

The great stories give grand vision. They are stories of truth that offer a vision of the whole. Told in a fantastic way to speak to the imagination of the child, all great stories have a common and specific aims.
With this educational approach, tailored to the developmental needs of children in elementary school, the children cannot only acquire a vision of the greatest possible “whole” but also have the possibility of relating to and connecting with any and all knowledge that they have acquired, are acquiringandwill acquire. In this way, education truly becomes an aid to life, a preparation for life.

AMI trainer, lecturer and examiner, Baiba Krumins Grazzini is director of elementary training at the Fondazione Centro Internazionale Studi Montessoriani (Bergamo, Italy), an AMI Traning Centre which was founded by Mario Montessori in 1961. She has been involved with Bergamo’s AMI Elementary training course since 1975, became an AMI elementary trainer in 1986, and a director of training in 1992. Baiba Krumins Grazzini trained in London with Hilla Patell and Muriel Dwyer, in Bergamo with Eleonora Honegger Caprotti and Camillo Grazzini and, as part of her Training of Trainers Programme, in Washington with Margaret Stephenson and Fahmida Malik. In addition to her work in Bergamo, she has lectured in Spain, Ireland, India and in Japan, where she gave the first elementary training course.

She is  a seminar leader of the Elementary Training of Trainers Programme, and  served on the AMI Pedagogical Committee (now the Scientific Pedagogy Group) from 2004 until 2013.