Ok, I wasn't going to post anything else this week, but I am just too excited about these....
My new Montessori materials have just arrived!!!! Aren't they beautiful?! I feel like a little kid who wants to sleep with their new favorite toy! This picture shows just the big materials - there are all sorts of practical life materials I ordered as well. I'll continue to add to this inventory over the next year or so. Montessori materials aren't cheap, but in my opinion these were well worth the investment. Especially considering they'll be used to teach more than just James.
I'm going to let you all in on a little secret... next month I begin my Montessori teacher training program!! I am so so so excited!! For months and months I've been researching and studying the Montessori method. I've read every book I can get my hands on (see side bar) and I've reached out to several teachers both locally and in the blogworld to get as much information as I can. I even wrote out a ginourmous "Ode to Montessori" post that described in (too much) detail how much I love it and why (in the end I decided it was just too long so I deleted it).
It'll be a while before I'm certified, but James will be an excellent guinea pig while I'm in training. :) I can't wait to get started and I'm really anxious to show James these new materials! Once I get going on my training, I may change the way I do Tot School. I'm thinking I'll meld the two methods together since I like certain aspects of each. Or I may split up our Tot School time from our Montessori lessons, too. I just don't know yet. It'll take a while for us to find a groove, so bear with me in the meantime.
"The secret of good teaching is to regard the child's intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination." ~Maria Montessori