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Tony Evans, Board Chair of the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators, is embarking on a new communication initiative to celebrate some aspect of Montessori each week. His aim is to simplify the process of educating and supporting CCMA Montessori schools in their communications to their parents and their communities.

Three Montessori Christmas Parables

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Parable 1

Jimmy loves to play with blocks and Lego, but after seeing the ads for the $150.00 Stars Wars Yoda action figure, he pleads with his Mom to buy it. Being the ‘hot’ toy of the season, she spends two weeks searching and finally ends up driving to Buffalo. He plays with it for 20 minutes on Christmas Day. For the next year it sits on his shelf gathering dust. The next Christmas she buys him Popsicle sticks and a glue gun.

Lesson: Follow the child.

Parable 2

To limit consumption, a large family draws names for gifts. The family has quite divergent financial resources as one sister married into a very wealthy family while a younger sister is still in university. On Christmas morning the wealthy family gives a complete kitchen renovation. The younger sister gives a toque.

Lesson: Freedom within limits.

Parable 3

The parents of two…

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Dear Mark & Priscilla

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Max will be walking and talking in about a year.  You won’t wake her up and say, “These are your ten words for the day.”  You won’t grab her legs and start moving them to get her to walk.  She will start walking and talking all by herself.  In fact if you try too hard to help her with these milestones, you will just get in the way.  If Mom speaks Cantonese or Spanish and Dad speaks English, Max will be fluent in two languages by the time she is three.  Take a moment and think how miraculous that is – Mark you know firsthand how complicated it is to get even a basic understanding of Mandarin – yet she will do it effortlessly if you offer her a home environment rich with her mother (and father) tongue.

This is how Montessori education works.  A prepared environment, rich with developmentally…

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Simple Nudges to a Great Montessori Classroom: Nudge #1

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Connecting to Each Child

My brother is the world’s expert on healthy nudges. Like leaving pre-cut celery and carrots in the fridge instead of a bag of potato chips on the counter. Grocery stores do it when they put chewing gum at the checkout.

Solutions only work if they are easily understood and easily manageable. So I am offering a series of nudges to help Montessori teachers improve their environments.

There are always those children in the class that you struggle with. “Judy Johnson is so mean to the other girls.” Or “Jimmy Johnson thinks he is better than everyone else.” It is one of the truly profound challenges of being a great teacher to connect to these children.

But what if it were your child? You would want that teacher to care.

Often those kids need that connection the most. We know that children with learning challenges do better when…

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Montessori makes your kids smarter

The first post from DVMS Director Tony Evans on his new blog in his new role as Chair of the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators.

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IQ tests of children educated according to the Montessori method revealed they enjoyed a higher level of intelligence than the children educated according to the traditional method.*

A new peer reviewed study (once again) shows a direct correlation between inspiring intelligence and Montessori environments. That’s right. A calm, loving, developmentally appropriate environment rich with activities that are age and stage appropriate Montessoriactually leads to children with higher IQs.

I know what you are thinking. That is because they are all private school kids. But the same holds true for Montessori in public schools. A different study from earlier this year shows children in public Montessori schools have higher levels of success than children in traditional schools.

This shouldn’t be surprising. Dr. Montessori had the humility to base her pedagogy on observation not invention. So it works.

-Tony Evans

Tony Evans is the Chair of the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA)…

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