Margaret Wente  |  The Globe and Mail From Vancouver to St. John’s, the demand for French immersion has been soaring out of sight. Anxious parents camp out on the sidewalk to snag precious enrolment spots for their kids. School districts such as the sprawling Peel Region west of Toronto have been forced to introduce a.. read more →

11 Feb 2013
February 11, 2013

The Fundamental Choice

“It is the child who makes the man, and no man exists who was not made by the child he once was.”—Dr. Maria Montessori Last May, I had the opportunity to observe a kindergarten and first grade class at the local elementary school my then 5-year-old daughter would have attended in fall, if we went.. read more →

20 Jan 2013
January 20, 2013

The Three Year Commitment

by Marcy Hogan | Montessori Blog    My son is just a couple months away from starting at his Montessori preschool. In preparation for this very exciting event, I spent some time the other day filling out paperwork and reading the school handbook. One of the documents I had to sign was a statement of my commitment to.. read more →

by Sarah Richards | Montessori Blog As April approached during our daughter’s last year before Kindergarten, my husband and I began the same process many Montessori preschool parents engage in every Spring: making the decision about where she would go for Kindergarten. We loved the Montessori preschool, and had really seen our daughter thrive there for the past.. read more →

Published on Thursday December 06, 2012 Carol Goar Star Columnist There is a familiar, forlorn quality to the report on early childhood education just released by TD Bank. Like studies dating back to the 1980s, it lays out the social and economic benefits of giving children a strong start in life. It demonstrates that the.. read more →

By Erin Anderssen In Grade 1, Sophia could not read the word “cat.” But when her mom told her to go to sleep, she protested that her teddy bear was keeping her up – “he’s nocturnal,” she said. She invented elaborate creative worlds, but struggled with simple math. Her parents, professionals who raised her in.. read more →

Two years ago, Children’s Services Minister Laurel Broten stood on a stage and promised she’d spend $25 million a year to place more autistic children into therapy. At the time, autism rates in the province were one in 150 kids. Broten’s announcement provided nearly 8,000 more children with applied behaviour analysis therapy, a treatment that.. read more →

By Robert Gardner February 3, 2012 My first encounter with the iconic Maria Montessori was as a young writer/researcher for TV station CHCH in Hamilton, Ont. I was in my twenties. I was fascinated by her humane approach to education and, apparently, the influence was profound. I was working on an interview series with Donna.. read more →

By Robert Gardner November 9, 2011 In the first of this two-part series, educational consultant Robert Gardner writes about the crisis Maria Montessori faced when her son, Mario, was born out of wedlock and how that crisis contributed to the development of her thinking about the capacities of children. In this article, Gardner explores how.. read more →

By Robert Gardner September 22, 2011 Dr. Maria Montessori is one of the most famous women in the world and yet a key part of her life is all but unknown. Dr. Robert Gardner, working with colleagues at Clanmore Montessori in Oakville, Ont., took a new look at a time in Maria Montessori’s life that.. read more →