We are here in Houston and have been for three nights now. I don’t sleep well here. The days are very long while in training and the evenings are so short. It is hot here. It is very hot here. The allergens (mostly pollution, I think) are playing havoc with my sinuses. It is so humid. Swampy really. The traffic is the worst thing. I have never experienced such stupidity and congestion, ever.
Ok, I think I may be finished whining.
The training has been informative. This week is an overview of the education that 3 to 6 year olds receive in Montessori. I have to take this week because I am not actually getting the 3 to 6 old certification but must know about it in order to certified to teach 6 to 12 year olds. The next seven weeks will consist of training to teach 6 to 10 year olds. Next summer I will receive training for the last two age groups. So I will be Montessori trained to teach about half of my students this coming school year. I’ll have to rely on veteran Montessori teachers to help me use the supplies for the 5th graders.
Did you know that Montessori has some kind of manipulative for every lesson? They all have names and certain ways to use them as well. I feel like I’m learning a new language. I’m supposed to keep my eyes peeled for tiny/small curious and/or beautiful things to use in some my centers that I will have to design and supply during my internship. So, if you are up for it, I would greatly appreciate it if you would keep your eyes out as well while traipsing around various stores, garage sales, fields, sidewalks, etc. I found a tiny plastic letter behind the recliner in our hotel room on Tuesday. I can’t read it because it is so small but it has a little heart seal on it.
Here’s a picture of a manipulative in use.