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A Focus on the Person and the Prepared Environment

Two Day Workshop

Location:    12 Bannockburn Ave. Toronto, ON  
Date :          June 29 & 30 2015
Time:           8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost:            $450 per person (includes all materials)  

About The Workshop

This two-day program focuses on Montessori Methods for Dementia™, an innovative method of working with older adults living with cognitive and/or physical impairments. Montessori Methods for Dementia™ is based on the educational philosophies of famed childhood educator, Dr. Maria Montessori. Dr. Cameron Camp, when he was the Research Scientist and Director of the Myers Research Institute, Cleveland, OH, discovered that Dr. Montessori’s philosophies and principles could be effectively adapted to dementia programming. Research has provided clear evidence of increased levels of engagement and participation in activities when Montessori approaches are implemented with persons with dementia. Participants in this workshop will learn about the basic principles of Montessori Programming, along with practical “hands on” opportunities to apply the techniques and consider how these activities could be adapted for their clients/programs/home. The first day of the program focuses on the facts (knowledge) and the second day focuses on putting the concepts into practice for specific clients, activities, and environments.


By the end of this two-day program, the learner will be able to:

  • Link interests, skills & abilities of persons with dementia to Montessori goals and objectives.
  • Describe the Montessori Methods for Dementia™ model and explain why this is a useful technique for those with dementia.
  • Describe the Montessori philosophy as well as the basic Montessori principles.
  • Develop programming for individuals and groups based on the main Montessori classes of activities, as modified for dementia.
  • Create and present Montessori activities based on Montessori principles.
  • Assess current programming strategies and know how to modify some to be more Montessori in nature.

Registration Form June 2015

News & Blog

June 25, 2020

The Montessori Teachers College Board wish to announce the retirement of Debbie Couture, who has been our Registrar and Administrator for the last 13 years.

We will miss Debbie’s courteous efficiency and graciousness. We know our MTC faculty, current adult learners and our extensive alumni will also miss Debbie’s friendly presence.

We thank Debbie for her years of service with Montessori Teachers College and wish her a happy and fulfilling retirement.

Tanya Chambers will be continuing Debbie’s work during a transition period.

A Message from the Dean

April 9, 2020 

This week the Full Pink Moon was present in our skies.  Many of us spent time outside to wonder at this marvelous phenomenon.

We are anxious and worried at this troubling time in our history when we seem to be facing a new way of life.  The way ahead will be different and may not be easy but we know that human beings are resilient, creative and adaptive.  Previous generations have overcome other similar situations and we will also.

Dr. Montessori, in her book To Educate the Human Potential tells us that “Life is a cosmic agent.”  She understood that everything and everyone on Planet Earth has a task to complete that benefits all.  In that book she discusses Early Great Civilisations and their wonderful achievements.   We continue to benefit from the work of these early previous civilisations. Think of the History of Writing.

We can find peace and joy in our daily lives in a variety of ways – just take a quiet moment to reflect on a piece of prose, music, poetry, nature, such as birdsong or the Pink Moon to bring peace to our spirits.

If we winter this one out, we can summer anywhere.  Seamus Heaney, Poet.

I am thinking of you all in these distressing times.  It seems the world is in turmoil and the people are suffering.

Where can we find hope – hope to know that these times will pass? 

Some of us will find hope in music, others will find hope in poetry, more will find hope in chats with friends and family.

Yet more will find hope in the writings of Dr.Montessori or those who follow her. 

For example, Aline D. Wolf writes in her book: Nurturing the Spirit:

A child shows us the extraordinary in the ordinary,” quoting from Jean Grasso Fitzpatrick’s book: Something More.

All of us will find hope in the faces, innocence and spiritual gifts of children. 

I’m sure many of us are receiving inspiring and uplifting sharings/sayings/videos via various media.

Do share these around.  Your contact may be exactly what someone is waiting for.

My sharing for today is an extract below from a poem titled Take Care by Michael D. Higgins:

Take Care

In the journey to the light,

the dark moments

should not threaten.



that you hold steady.

Bend, if you will,

with the wind.

The tree is your teacher,

roots at once

more firm

from experience

in the soil

made fragile.

Keep safe.  Next blog soon. 

Montessori Classroom Assistants’ Certificate Course



** This program does not require approval under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005

TORONTO, ON – Montessori Early Childhood Assistants’ Certificate  Course

Course LocationBannockburn School



Course Times: All sessions 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

LETHBRIDGE, AB – Montessori Early Childhood Assistants’ Course 

Course Location:  The Lethbridge Montessori School
Start date:                TBA
Lethbridge Contact:  Zahra Foroud
(403) 327-5271   (403) 327 5222

Montessori Early Childhood Diploma Course (MACTE-accredited)

About The Course: Montessori Early Childhood Diploma Course (MACTE-accredited)  **

Course Location:    Bannockburn School, Toronto, ON

Course Dates:   Classes begin in Toronto  September 2020  and continue until June 2021
All classes are held on Saturdays.

Course Times: All sessions 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

** Approved as a vocational program under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005

Trainer of Trainers Course

About The Course: Training of Trainers Course

Course Location: Bannockburn School, Toronto, ON

Summer Session:  Monday July 4 – Friday July 15, 2016 & July 4 – 8, 2017

Participants will implement the adult learning principles presented in July 2016 throughout the year and will return for one week in July 2017.

Flexible Payment Options Available. For more information, call (416) 640-1565
Contact Us.

** This program does not require approval under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.