100th Anniversary of Montessori Education



    Centenary Exhibit opens in Toronto on May 14th
    Recent research supports Maria Montessori's ideas 100 years later

    TORONTO, May 10 /CNW/ - A century after the first school opened in the
slums of Rome, there are 22,000 Montessori schools in 110 countries around the
world, including 950 Montessori schools in Canada. "This new multi-media
Exhibit shows how Dr. Maria Montessori and her method of education have helped
children around the world since 1907", says David Kahn, Project Director for
the Exhibit and Executive Director of the North American Montessori Teachers'
Association (NAMTA). Toronto will be the sole Canadian stop on the Exhibit's
North American tour.

    Research supports Montessori's ideas and method

    Recent research into how the human brain works has confirmed what
Montessori knew 100 years ago - that the early years of life are the most
important time for brain development and learning. Montessori classrooms
provide a hands-on learning environment where children develop independence, a
love of learning, self-discipline and a sense of community. A 5-year-old
child, for example, might choose to learn to tie a bow, build a hexagon using
6 equilateral triangles, write a story in cursive or count the 1000 chain.
    A recent U.S. study shows that Montessori education has a positive
long-term impact on academic achievement. In this study, Montessori graduates
recorded significantly higher standardized test scores in mathematics and
science in high school compared to their non-Montessori counterparts.

    
    Multi-media Exhibit opens May 14th and continues until May 25th

    -   Thousands of visitors, including educators, parents and school
        children, will see photographs, video clips, classroom materials,
        artwork and furniture from Montessori schools around the world.

    Media interviews, visits and information:

    -   David Kahn, Project Director of the Exhibit, will be in Toronto on
        Monday, May 14th and Tuesday, May 15th.
    -   Appointments may be scheduled to observe children in a Montessori
        Primary classroom (ages 2 1/2 to 6) and a Montessori Elementary
        classroom (ages 6-12).
    -   Interviews may be scheduled with high school students who graduated
        from a Montessori program.

    Exhibit schedule and location:
    http://www.humbersidemontessori.ca/centenary_exhibition.htm

    Montessori file photos:     http://montessoricentenary.org/photos
    Additional Information:     http://montessoricentenary.org/briefings
    





For further information:

For further information: Felix Bednarski: Phone: (416) 762-8888, E-mail
address: felix@humbersidemontessori.ca, Mailing address: Humberside Montessori
School, 121 Kennedy Ave, Toronto, Ontario, M6S 2X8, Web site:
http://www.humbersidemontessori.ca

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