Monday, 14 December 2009

A wonderful experience

Today I had the privilege of observing a Montessori classroom for the first time. It was everything I'd hoped it would be and more! There were about 13 children in the class and two directors and it was a busy hive of activity.
There was such a relaxed yet industrious atmosphere in the classroom and the directors were amazing. I was really impressed to see the children so happy and content with their work, seamlessly going from one activity to the next. The directors seemed to have this amazing ability to be able to help and guide several children at once while keeping calm and in control. Observing them really helped me to understand how much intervention and guidance can be used.
This visit has totally affirmed my confidence in the Montessori method and the Montessori classroom. The only thing is that the experience was a bit bitter sweet because they are full to capacity at the moment : (
I know this is the right environment for L to learn in and am excited for her to have the opportunity to be part of their Montessori community.


Mari-Ann said...

Oh it IS a treat to see a real Montessori class in session. I felt just the same as you when I visited one earlier this year. So glad you got the chance to observe the children at work and I hope L gets in! Meanwhile, she has an excellent teacher in you. :)

Montessori Moments said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family! We are having a very snowy, but wonderful Christmas!
Thanks for stopping by today! I look forward to all your wonderful posts in the new year!
God Bless!

Jo said...

Not sure how I stumbled across your blog. Attending a Montessori school, when they were young, was a very good experience for my daughter and my son. For a while, as a public school teacher, (now retired, after 37 years) I was VERY impressed with this child-centred approach and tried to adapt some (more) of this in my own teaching.
But eventually, having the children attend the local primary school, instead, became a better preparation, for later life.
Nevertheless, I'm pleased that they experienced Montessori, then public school and then performing arts secondary school.
The focus on the child's stage of development and recognition of their potential is what I still appreciate. Good luck. Enjoy! Greetings from a cold, wet Sydney.

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