Friday, December 28, 2012

SOME is BETTER than NONE

I am going to be documenting my journey in becoming a certified Montessori Guide here as well as here. Why both places? This training that I am doing affects both areas in my life, as a mother and a preschool teacher. What ever I am sharing I will post to the the appropriate blog.

I received my first component last Friday. I was very pleased with the quality of the manuals. It is printed on high quality paper and the photos are stunning. Very important for the visual learner like myself. In the past I have been hesitant to purchase albums whether primary or elementary. I lose focus and give up rather quickly if it is too hard for me to understand. This isn't to say that the albums I have used are poor quality or lacking in anyway, but for me I need the pictures.

I just finished reading the Classroom Guide on Wednesday. Now it is time to reread and study!! I can't tell you enough how I am in love with this method of learning. There are things that I have been doing totally WRONG and things that have come NATURALLY for me. I have come to grips with the wrong and I am making some immediate changes that I will definitely share. For the most part the children that I care for and my own are still thriving and looking forward to school while I learn how to better follow and prepare for their interest. Since I have kept them inspired to find their interest, become more independent and love learning than nothing has been lost due to this trail run I started:) 

I always knew that there was something that I was missing while implementing this method. I learned and studied the philosophy through books and online resources, I got it! But putting it all together is where I needed help. After reading the manual I have concluded there is lots I have been missing, but I am not overwhelmed just very excited and ambitious.     

Somebody else has been excited too.

 DJ has been interested in what I am reading :)

                                                                              
He has been requesting to do some of the practical life activities in the manual. Although DJ may not be in the same plane of development as a primary child these activities he is still drawn to, maybe because he just hasn't been introduced to them yet:)

I guess I am cluing you all in on what will be our focus area starting in January. 

 I also have been inspired to scrapbook my training. I heart pretty paper, sharpened pencils, and colorful sharpies!!

Happy Schooling!!                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

3 comments:

  1. Congratulations on beginning this journey! I can't wait to read about all of your insights. Hope you guys had a Merry Christmas and "Guten Rutsch ins Neue Jahr" as we say in German - it means "Have a good slide into the New Year"!

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  2. It sounds like things are of to an exciting start! I love the idea of scrapbooking your training. In mine, a required part of our albums was self-made illustrations for many of the presentations. - something scrapbooking supplies came in very handy for! At the time, it was a bit frustrating, since I am not in touch with my artistic side and time was so short, but I love looking back at my work now, and I do think it led to deeper thinking about and connection with the materials.

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  3. I really like the idea of scrapbooking your ideas from the training guides. You just inspire me to go thru my book guides and do the same..
    patty

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