2015 News Archive
The following article by Ginni Sackett is from her talk presented at the NAMTA conference, Portland, OR, March 13-16, 2014 and reprinted in the NAMTA Journal, Volume 40, Number 1, Winter, 2015.
From Mind/shift - Education researchers at Stanford have discovered that symmetry is key to how kids understand positive and negative integers.
From Mind/Shift - Letting kids choose what and how they read without judgment is a great way to get them hooked. Joining a "Somewhat Virtual Book Club" can also help.
From the Globe and Mail - Kids who struggle with reading: Predicting issues - and intervening – early
From Mind/Shift - Schools are teaching sketchnoting as an innovative way to help students synthesize information that's important. Doodlers are making connections from what they hear to what they draw.
From TED Talks - Carol Dweck researches "growth mindset" - the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. She describes 2 ways to think about a problem that's slightly too hard for you to solve.
Article from The Walrus magazine, May 2015 Issue - Your kids aren’t sleeping enough – and neither are you.
Article from Age of Montessori on Dr. Elisabeth Caspari, a student of Maria Montessori.
From Mind/Shift - Steps to Help Schools Transform to Competency-Based Learning - Some best practices around implementing competency-based learning are beginning to emerge, especially for schools looking to make the leap from traditional structures.
From Mind/Shift - Nurturing a child's developmental growth requires greater communication by the adults in the different areas of a child's life: school, extra-curricular activities, home, etc.
From the Globe and Mail - What happened to raw emotions in children's songs
From the Globe & Mail newspaper - Want to teach your kids to be better people make them do chores
From the Globe and Mail - How to make kids want to help with chores.
From “A peek inside the fishbowl” – Ottawa Blog The Montessori method taps into a child’s natural curiosity and abilities to cultivate a love of learning.
From MindShift - A survey of schools around the world reveals what schools could look like, trends in personalized learning, the role of teachers and challenges to exciting techniques.
From MindShift - How We Will Learn - In NPR's most recent poll, a majority of American adults say they played sports in their youth. Many say they encourage their kids to play, too, and see health benefits as well as life-long lessons
Article from The New York Times - Instead of telling children with hyperactivity and attention problems to sit still, perhaps we should encourage them to wriggle at will.
Article from the New York Times newspaper - Studies show that interactions at school with guinea pigs make the student calmer and more willing to be there.
Article from Mind/Shift - Children as young as 3 years old will step in to right the wrong if they see someone being mistreated, a study finds. But they aren't as keen as 5-year-olds to dole out punishment.
Article from Globe and Mail on the consequences of overprotective parenting.
Article from Mind/Shift - How We Will Learn - on Preschoolers and Praise Messages that Can Help Kids Grow
Article from Mind/Shift - How We Will Learn - Why Slowing Down Stimuli to Real-time Helps a Child's Brain.
Article from Mind/Shift - How We Will Learn - Could Storytelling be the Secret Sauce to Stem Education?
CCMA Member School - Kawartha Montessori School in Peterborough, Ontario is expanding to a new site that was donated by an anonymous Montessori family and will have 2 campuses this fall.
Article from The National Post newspaper entitled, "Jury still out on whether Ontario’s full-day kindergarten program has paid off from the National Post newspaper." The article questions the effectiveness of Ontario kindergarten programs.
Article from the Times Colonist highlights the graduation of the first Montessori Grade 12 students in Victoria, BC, with a few comments by CCMA.
For basketball fans, here is a Montessori video with Stephen Curry, who just led his team to win the NBA finals this week.
Article from the Globe and Mail on how movement is good for students with ADHD.
Article from The Huffington Post about Montessori & 21st Century Competencies entitled: "Education Doesn't Need to be Reformed - It Needs to be Transformed"
Famous Montessori Alumni - from the Auburn Citizen newspaper in New York, USA
Article from The Hamilton Spectator, Hamilton ON on cursive writing, with a comment by one of our CCMA school administrators.
Here is an exciting announcement about the Dundas Valley Montessori School adolescent program called 'Strata', opening in a new more rural facility near Hamilton, ON with boarding as an upcoming option.
Article from Stanford News, is about how different teaching methods affect reading and brain development.
Article from the New York Times, Wellness Section, is a worthwhile read about new methods for dealing with head lice.
Visit to Fun To Learn Montessori School in Mississauga, ON by former Mayor Hazel McCallion. Hazel's words of support to parents were: "Montessori is the best education and foundation for your child. It is a good investment in your child's future."
The Altantic magazine explores the changing role of the teacher as we move into the future, it is entitled, 'The Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher'.
Health article from the Globe and Mail newspaper about DNA and the connection to stuttering.
Article from the Globe and Mail newspaper about children and politeness.
Here is a parenting article from the Globe and Mail newspaper about Kids Who are Picky Eaters.
Health Article from the Globe and Mail newspaper about a New Invention to Help with Autism.
Health article from the Globe and Mail newspaper about how sleep plays a role in depression (and vice versa).
A sneak peak into the new campus of the new Montessori High School in Ottawa, Ontario called 'The Element'.
Here is an interesting article/video/image gallery about a brilliant design concept from a kindergarten school in Tokyo, Japan that 'encourages movement and allows them the freedom to be themselves'. It is from the upworthy.com website.
Article from the NAMTA (North American Montessori Teachers Association) Journal entitled: Grace and Courtesy: Empowering Children, Liberating Adults
Article from the Globe and Mail newspaper talks about how naptimes impede children's nighttime sleep routines and how mandatory naptimes should be questioned.
Here is the response from CCMA to the Ministry of Education - CCEYA - Regulatory Registry Posting related to the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA).
Here is an article from the Globe and Mail newspaper regarding the increase in problems with children's eyesight.
Article from the Globe and Mail newspaper about how Gestational Diabetes is being Linked to an Autism Risk in Children
Article from the Globe and Mail newspaper entitled: Design Empathy builds Inclusive Spaces for People with Autism
Good news from our colleagues at OMS Montessori in Ottawa, Ontario about their new Montessori High School called 'The Element'
Article from the NAMTA (North American Montessori Teachers Association) Journal entitled: Parents as Partners - Creating a Culture of Respect & Collaboration with Parents
An article about the importance of movement and touch in learning from the KQED News / MindShift website.
Here are some fascinating archival photos of the Montessori Method from 1913 from Australia from the Archives Outside website.
Article from the Globe and Mail newspaper about - Parents Over-Praising their Child Could Lead to Narcissism
Article from the Globe and Mail newspaper regarding an Argument Against Homework
Article from the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper. The Original Montessori Glass Classroom from the 1915 World's Fair in San Francisco. Class act of the 1915 fair: 104-year-old remembers
CCMA Large Advertisement in Our Kids Magazine as part of our ongoing media campaign
Article on naptime and its affect on children's sleep quality from the Science Daily
CCMA Banner Ad #2 - Rotating online with Our Kids Media as part of our ongoing media campaign.
CCMA Banner Ad #1 - Rotating online with Our Kids Media as part of our ongoing media campaign.
Here is an interesting 4 minute clip about 'flow' and a real support for Montessori being embodied education where children learn through doing and how successful they are.
Here is a series of social media posts and videos for Montessori Week. This one is for Friday, February 27, 2015. It's #MontessoriWeek! What doctors say about #Montessori: Dr. Steve Hughes: Montessori and the Future of Education
Here is a series of social media posts and videos for Montessori Week. This one is for Thursday, February 26, 2015. It's #MontessoriWeek! A #Montessori FastDraw: Trevor Eissler: A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education
Here is a series of social media posts and videos for Montessori Week. This one is for Wednesday, February 25, 2015. It's #MontessoriWeek! Want to know more about #Montessori: Inside Montessori Schools (via ourkids.net)
Montessori Week Poster - Here is a Montessori Education Week poster one of our schools shared and sent out in their local area. It is from the www.montessoriatlonetree.com website.
Here is a series of social media posts and videos for Montessori Week. This one is for Tuesday, February 24, 2015. It's #MontessoriWeek! CCMA accredits authentic #Montessori schools: What is the CCMA?
Here is a series of social media posts and videos for Montessori Week. This one is for Monday, February 23, 2015. It's #MontessoriWeek! See what kids do in a #Montessori classroom: A Montessori Morning:
Montessori Week: Feb. 23 to 27, 2015 - Suggestions for celebrating Maria Montessori and her work and tying it in with other schools around the world. Thank you to the Montessori Teachers College for developing these ideas and sharing them with us.
Through the efforts of the American Montessori Society, the Florida Office of Early Learning in the United States has approved a Montessori curriculum for the School Readiness Program.
An article about the cost of full-day kindergarten programs in Ontario from The Toronto Star
Article about the success of Montessori. Our schools are broken: An interview with director Greg Whiteley about his Sundance doc ‘Most Likely to Succeed’ from The Stanford Daily Newspaper
Article that many have found useful to share with their parents about the importance of the 3rd year in Casa. Why Montessori for the Kindergarten Year by Tim Seldin & Elizabeth Coe of the Montessori Foundation (IMC)
Here is an article from The Atlantic Monthly entitled, " How Schools are Dealing with Anti-Vaccine Parents." While broad ranging in scope, the central school in question is a Montessori school in Traverse City, Michigan.
Letter from the Director of Communicable Disease Control, sent to Toronto schools regarding the importance of vaccination for measles and the recommendation that non-vaccinated children remain at home during an outbreak.
Article from the Globe and Mail newspaper about allowing children to have opportunities for “free play”.
Article from The New York times newspaper about the benefit of allowing children to have opportunities for “free play” and how it is beneficial in many ways.
Here is an interesting article from the Globe and Mail newspaper on the mysteries of the brain.
Here is a link to a study from St. John Fisher College Publications regarding lower incidences of bullying in Montessori Lower Elementary environments.