MCI Staff Training Weekend

June 8 & 9, 2019 

Training course materials and videos are for CASA trainees' use only.

1. Explaining the Principles of the Montessori Approach (PPT)

2. Roles of the Montessori Teacher (video)

3. Activities of Everyday Living (PPT) and Handout (PDF)

4. Activities of Everyday Living - Visual examples (PPT)


5. Mock presentations and Reflective questions

Please click on the red heading to watch the videos below in order.


a. What does the teacher need to do in preparation for presenting this activity?

b. What might be some advantages of saying “Let me show you how I do it” instead of “Let me show you how to do it?”

c. How should the teacher encourage the child to prepare the activity for the next child? What modifications might you do to this activity or the presentation, to facilitate this?


2. Dry pouring

How would you present this activity if you had material that tended to stay in the jug?


3. Pouring with funnel

a. What skills would the child need to have mastered in order to feel successful at this activity?

b. What should the teacher do to prepare this material before it is used by the children?

c. Under what circumstances would you supply a sponge on this tray?


4. Button frame

What might make this activity more attractive to a child without distracting them from the purpose of the exercise?



a. What provides a control of error in the set up of this activity?

b. Under what circumstances would you try to correct a child’s grip by showing them how to hold a tool, versus saying “Let me show you how I do it” and letting them try it their way?


6. Folding socks

a. What sorts of activities can be more successfully presented in a simultaneous way, like this one?

b. How can we allow mastery through repetition with these sorts of activities?


7. Flower arranging

a. When might it be required to correct a child's vocabulary (for instance when the "child" here calls the flower by the wrong name?) When might it be better to let it go, and would you do it in such as case as this?

b. What could be done to extend this activity to the outdoor environment?

c. What preparatory steps does the teacher need to take before presenting and how can this activity be set up so that the child can easily reset it ready for the next child?

8. Threading

a. What steps could make it more likely for the teacher to end up seated on the correct side of the child?

b. At what different stages in the presentation could you invite a child to take over, and what factors might you consider when deciding this?

9. Threading 2

M.C. explains why it is better to show the child only one way of doing something in a presentation. Do you agree? Under what circumstances, if any, might you show a child an alternative method during the first presentation?

If you wish you can leave your reflective responses as comments on the videos. These will be visible to the rest of the team. Please do not share links to the videos with others. They are "Unlisted" videos for obvious privacy reasons.