Supplemental Resources

Disclaimer: Please note that Inkwell Montessori is providing these references and hyperlinks to other websites as a courtesy to parents. No warranty is provided as to the accuracy or completeness of the information on other websites. All hypertext-linked websites are completely independent of the Inkwell Montessori website. No endorsement of websites or their products or services is provided by Inkwell Montessori. They are provided merely as a convenience to our website visitors.

A few related and interesting websites

Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators
Montessori Resources for homes and schools
A Research Library containing Montessori Reading Materials
North American Montessori Teachers' Association
Read "Today's Parent" On-line
An Article on "Preschool Education: Preparing Children for the Three R’s"


Podcasts and other interesting stuff

Every once in awhile we come across some really wonderful and interesting audio, video or podcast files that we think parents would find as enlightening and intriguing as we do. For now, we're going to post a number of them here as simple weblinks. We're looking into some better ways to be able to provide the content but, for now, we hope this approach will work. Some items have been removed from publicly available archives but, if you're interested, please contact us and we'll find a way to get it to you. Also, please let us know if you try one of these links and you experience challenges (or flat-out failure) in accessing the content.

For each item we've provided our rating out of 5 hearts, which is based primarily on how relevant we feel the content is for the majority of our parents. If we didn't think it was relevant at all, we wouldn't put it here. The rating is a combination of the subjective (i.e. we found it really interesting) and somewhat objective (i.e. content is not necessarily of 'core' interest to all parents). We feel that some of what we liked was not necessarily applicable to all of our parents, but was still very interesting information that pertained to education and early childhood development.

For example, some may notice what looks like an emphasis on the subject of autism in this list. We've encountered a significant number of stories and studies on the subject. After listening to a few, we've also found that many of them have a more universal appeal than one might expect. Depending on how the topic is handled, many of the articles are great for opening our thoughts and discussions on the topic of different learning styles and different ways of looking at the world in general - something almost all children challenge us to do in one way or another, at one time or another.

RATINGS ARE OUT OF A POSSIBLE 5 HEARTS

Contents

The Brains of Babes, Parts 1 - 3 (from CBC's Ideas broadcasts and podcasts - aired November 2009)

Inkwell Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
[Click here to read about and listen to all 3 parts]
The centuries-old Jesuit saying, "give me a child until he's 7 and I will show you the man", may be true in more ways than the Jesuits could have imagined. New research into brain development, human biology and behaviour is showing how early experience can affect our health and well-being for the rest of our lives. As Jill Eisen reports, even so-called "life-style" illnesses, like heart disease and diabetes, may have their roots in early childhood.

The Dark End of the Spectrum, Part 1 (from CBC's Ideas broadcasts and podcasts - aired July 2009)

Inkwell Rating: ♥ ♥ (not currently available - please contact us if you're interested)
First seen as a medical oddity, autism has a fascinating and troubling story. Bernice Landry takes us from the heyday of psychoanalysis, to the blame-the-mother era, the rise of the activist parent, and the decoding of the dark secrets of our genes. For Rain Man it was numbers; for Darius McCollum, it was the New York City subway. Meet the man whose compulsion to steal trains had cost him years in jail long before he ever heard about autism.

The Hurried Infant, Parts 1 - 2 (from CBC's Ideas broadcasts and podcasts - Original broadcast: February 16, 23, 2009)

Inkwell Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
[Click here to read about and listen to both parts]
In 1981 a new book called The Hurried Child warned us that children were being pushed too far, too fast. Dr. David Elkind's book became an instant classic. Today it seems the process has only intensified. There are pre-natal stimulation kits to induce fetal learning. Baby Einstein toys. There is also much discussion of how to smart-wire baby's brain to expand cognitive powers, foster language abilities and improve sleep patterns. IDEAS producer Mary O'Connell explores this new terrain of Super Babies.

Let's Raise Our Kids to be Entrepreneurs (by Cameron Herold at TED.com's broadcasts and podcasts - Recorded at TEDxEdmonton, March 2010 in Edmonton, Canada. Duration: 19:36

Inkwell Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
[Link to Cameron Herold's Talk]
Bored in school, failing classes, at odds with peers: This child might be an entrepreneur, says Cameron Herold. At TEDxEdmonton, he makes the case for parenting and education that helps would-be entrepreneurs flourish -- as kids and as adults.

Creativity in Education (by Sir Ken Robinson at TED.com's broadcasts and podcasts - Recorded at TED2006 and at TED2010)

Inkwell Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
[Click here for the 2006 Talk: Schools Kill Creativity] & [Click here for the 2010 follow-up: Personalizing Education]
Why don't we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it's because we've been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies -- far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity -- are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. "We are educating people out of their creativity," Robinson says. [For more info and resources on Sir Ken, click here]