I had a look at the 3-6 rooms and the older classrooms, but my main interest was in the room where the Parent-Toddler-Program was run. I spent a while talking with the teacher there about how things are run. Parents come with their toddlers for a 2-hour session once a week, to interact with the materials and the teacher and learn about using the Montessori principles at home.
I loved how beautiful everything was, how everything was set out for children to easily reach and children are offered real things to interact with.
I was fascinated by the matching cards that I saw (similar to the ones below). During the tour a little boy who hadn’t been there before went up to a set of sorting cards and naturally began to sort. I made up a few card sets of my own to use in my room, to see what my kids do with them.
I realised I could never be fully Montessori because I was a bit concerned about how individual everything seemed to be. I’m a big believer in relationships being key to learning, and that most (if not every) activity should be able to be used by several children at once, as appose to each child having their own individual work area.
I also would like both adults and children to feel welcome in my environment – where as this school seemed so child focused that there seemed to be no real place for adults. I believe there should be a mix of both child and adult sized furniture and materials.