Montessori Circle

Summer,Portugal,France and UK 2012 106I thought it would great if I could sit in a circle with other Montessori Teachers and share ideas, lesson plans, activities, ask questions etc. So I wondered would it be possible to do this on the web? Well, why not try..so here I am jumping in and trying to create a place where we can do it..this is the beginning of something I hope will get a life of its own.

About me

I don’t really like writing an “about me”, but will give it a shot.

The first School I went to as a child had a good reputation, was sought after and every parent wanted their child to go there. I went, mornings only. I remember being scared, and frightened, of the headmistress/teacher and not wanting to go.

Many years later, when I was pondering what career I should pursue these memories came back to me. I thought about School, how important is it that you like School?

I think it is vital for a child to enjoy going to school, that school at a very early age is an extension of home where you make friends and learn cool things. Your first impression of school sets you up for a life time of learning and the desire to explore learning.

So after a few years of exploring ways to make a living and feeling dispirited I, with the help of my parents, decided to become a Montessori Teacher.

I did the Montessori Teacher Training for 2 and half year olds to 7 year olds, at the St Nicholas Training Centre in London UK. I have never looked back, and have worked in Zimbabwe, Kenya, England, Portugal and USA.  I have helped to set up and work in Montessori classrooms as well as in already established “traditional” Schools, in Montessori Schools, in my own School and with our familys’ move to the USA, as a teacher in Montessori Schools. Within these Schools I have developed full Montessori Curriculums and Montessori Philosophy.

I also started tutoring children who needed help in empowering themselves. Word got out and I was called a “boy whisperer” by one relieved and thankful mother when she realized that she had finally found someone that understood her son as she did.

I discovered that with my 25 years of experience teaching and with an innate understanding of Montessorianism (no such word) but you get my meaning, I can tune in to a child’s unique need and find an empathetic way to encourage him/her to want to explore learning, with joy and success.

I now find myself an expat in Sao Paulo Brazil, with no classroom to share or children to tutor. So my next thought was “maybe I can do it in a blog” so here goes.

2 Comments

  • Jacqueline Leckenby says:

    My 3 year old grandson is struggling with the 1 to 2 hour nap time imposed upon him at his Montessori full day preschool. I am eager to understand the thinking which underlies this policy and would welcome comments.

    • sharon says:

      Hi Jacqueline,
      I think the general policy is that children need a nap time,especially at age 3 and a full day program. You will probably find all Full Day Preschools have a nap time. Each and every School has their own policies on how it should be implemented and adhered to, whether the children have to sleep or whether they are able to look at books quietly for example.
      I used to explain to my kids that it was important to have a nap so their bodies could “recharge”,and stay healthy and that they were welcome to look at books if they woke up after 10 minutes of eyes closed,(really closed no peeking).
      Talking to the School about your concerns is important, to try to work out the best solution for your grandson and to help him understand the importance of a nap.

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