The thing I like best about a Montessori classroom is the variety of things you can see being accomplished there in just one day. We have children pouring, building, counting, reading, creating with sensorial materials, writing, painting, drawing. Each day is completely different, and each child is learning diffferent things. There are some group lessons accomplished each day, but as everyone is working at their own pace and at their own level, it is always different, and always interesting.
Families come to Montessori for many different reasons. Academically, Montessori offers a far superior program than any playschool (in my humble opinion). Teaching independence and character, life skills as well as math, language and more offers children a well- rounded introduction to school life, and (again, in my opinion) children move on more confident in their abilities and more willing to take on new challenges.
My job as a Montessori teacher is truly the best job in the world. I see all these amazing children- watching them go from not remembering the sandpaper letter sounds from one day to the next- to reading words. And it happens so quickly! To go from trying to remember which is 6 and which is 9….to addition and subtraction. From wandering around not being able to decide on what work to choose…to sitting down with something complex and working on it for an hour. It is a beautiful thing to behold. I feel honored to share time with all these little ones- it is a gift to be part of their lives and growth. I hope that what I do means something, and long after they have moved on to new adventures that my place in their lives has affected it for the better. They make me smile, and they make me laugh, and every day I am thankful to be able to do what I do.