There are so many different ways to keep a record of the work individual children are doing in the Montessori classroom. I have seen a number of systems, and they all seem to be working well for the teachers using them, which is what counts, really. In my training, we were given a model for record keeping, referred to as an Individual Learning Plan. This plan is a spreadsheet which includes the materials typically found in the classroom, with space to make dated comments about the work each child does with these materials. In the past, I have simply reproduced this spreadsheet and used it for my record-keeping. It is a wonderfully useful document, but it does not perfectly reflect what is in my classroom, however, nor is it perfectly set up for me to include the information I like to record. Continue reading
You have probably learned, if you’ve been around here for any length of time, not to count on it when I say I plan to have a specific post up. You’d think I would have learned by now not to make promises. I thought for sure I’d finish up my post sharing our favorite books for the autumn leaf theme in our classroom this past week, but, well, I didn’t. Between the silly
morning afternoon and evening sickness, and all the business of life, I just have not gotten it done, but I haven’t forgotten either!
I had a wonderful training this weekend that was not at all Montessori-related, but was worth every bit of my Saturday and Sunday – a fortunate thing since it filled up both of them. I’ll be looking forward to sharing a bit of what I learned as, even though it’s not related to Montessori, it’s important to anyone who works with or cares for children.
And now, I’m preparing for my parent-teacher conferences, which will be taking place today, and which I’m sure will also be worth every bit of the time I’ve put into them. So I’m here, I’m doing things and they’ll even make for good blog fodder. Leaf books are coming, and more is on the way, too!
Hope you all are well!
I’m a little late on this, as with most things, but, um, pin it for next year? My plan for our school year was to focus on settling in during the first couple of weeks, then to focus in our group times and with some themed work, on fire safety to give some context to our first required fire drill. After that, we’d move on to some work focusing on leaves. If all had gone according to plan, we would have started our leaf study in late September, but as some of you know, our first school day didn’t even end up being until late September because, well, licensing is a process. It works out to be great timing in our corner of the world, however, because we’re a couple weeks into our leaf adventures in the classroom, and the trees here seem to have hit the absolute peak of their beauty only just now. I was in complete awe as I drove around today, running my usual errands. I just could not stop staring at the gorgeous fall colors.
Without further ado, here are some photos to give you an idea of how we’ve been exploring leaves in our classroom so far. In addition to what you see here, we’ve been enjoying some favorite leaf-related children’s books from years past, and have discovered some wonderful new favorites. I’ll share those in a separate post later this week. Continue reading
I have been incredibly tired since school started a little over a month ago, but wasn’t really surprised, given that, you know, school started. The first month of school is always beautiful chaos, but the first month of school for a brand new program, when you are all positions in one (teacher/director/cleaning person), is something else entirely. So I didn’t really think much of it when I started falling asleep with Elliot every night, and every afternoon at nap. It was a little curious when I started feeling afraid to drive because I was so drowsy that I thought I might go into la-la land at the wheel, so I tried to put more attention toward good rest. Continue reading
All of the winners for my back to [home]school giveaway series have been chosen, and most or all should have received their prizes, so I thought I’d congratulate them here. I have one sponsor, the lovely Sonnie McFarland, who is offering a discount for those who did not win, too, so I’ll share those details with you. Continue reading