Last week Lennox’s school had their meet the teacher night for Primary & Secondary students, as well as, what they call the “silent journey”. Usually these are two separate nights, but due to some scheduling conflicts, they were made on the same night so they were more abbreviated versions. Either way, I looked forward to the night since they are both events that didn’t happen during pre-primary.
Meet the Teacher was obviously about the teacher and how their day goes. It was very interesting to learn more about Lennox’s teacher. She is pretty awesome and has Montessori running through her veins. Her grandmother owned a Montessori school, which she went to through 8th grade and then worked at during high school and after graduation. She has taken on almost every role and has had formal training to be a leader AMS (American Montessori Society) Montessori teacher. Her aunt was also a Montessori teacher – so she knows nothing other than Montessori. I love this about her. She experienced it all herself, saw the benefits and has continued guiding others through the same path. Perfect for the Montessori environment.
One thing to note, for those of you who have expressed interesting on Montessori but haven’t put a child into it – you want to make sure the guides/teachers are AMS / AMI certified teachers. Since Montessori doesn’t have any official standardization, some “Montessori” schools do not have properly trained teacher – there is a big difference actually. An interesting tidbit I never knew until looking into Montessori school myself.
After learning a little about their daily routine in Primary, which of course is completely new to Lennox and Kyle & I, we had our silent journey. What the silent journey consists of is a “journey” through the classroom. The classroom is organized in a very specific way. The classroom gradually progresses from easy to hard. All shelves progress from easy to hard as well from left to right, to help the children’s minds learn the way things progress and train the mind to go from left to right, since that is how we read and write. Very interesting! So if you have a bookcase with 3 shelves, the top shelf would be easiest, and get harder as it progresses to the right, and then it starts again on the second shelf, hard to harder, etc…
The room is organized into sections as well:
1. Practical Life Skills (pouring, scooping, tweezers, sorting, zipping, ties, buttons, snaps, velcro, etc)
2. Shapes / Geometry, Colors, Shapes & Sorting
3. Spelling / Writing
4. Math (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division)
8. Culture (flags, language, traditions)
Seriously – there is some stuff in that room that I couldn’t even do anymore and I sure as heck didn’t learn until middle school! By the time she leaves that room at age 5, she will know how to do it all; division, reading, know her states / countries, all about the earth, shapes I’ve never even heard of and practical life skills. Serious goodness happening in there!