When I first started this journey I really had no idea how much work it was going to be. My emotions have run the gamete from "This is going to be awesome!" to "What in the world have I gotten myself into!" Now that the beginning of the school year is swiftly approaching, I think I am finally starting to wrap mind around the whole Montessori philosophy and method.
It's still overwhelming at times, but just knowing how much time and effort I have put into preparing for this makeover gives me a great amount of confidence! For some reason the phrase, "I think I can, I think I can!" from The Little Engine That Could is popping into my mind right now!
I have been trying to figure out the best way to document my "Montessori Makeover" on this blog. Some of the things I'd like to include are before and after classroom photos, descriptions and photos of each of the subject areas, photos of different seasonal or themed works along with links to where I found the ideas, etc. I'm still working out how I'm going to do this -- blog posts, new blog tabs, etc.
Since this is my first major post about my "Montessori Makeover," I'd like to post some "before" classroom photos. I love my classroom -- it's very spacious and has lots of windows that bring in light!
|Gross Motor Area -- slide and monkey bars|
|Manipulative Area and Sensory Table|
|Art Area -- easels|
|Art Area -- shelves|
|Pretend Play Area|
These photos are from a couple years ago, but nothing major has changed since then -- well, until recently, that is! I have thought of posting photos of the transformation unfolding in the classroom. But, honestly, the classroom is in such disarray right now that I would be slightly embarrassed to post photos just yet. As soon as I get a good majority of the clutter put away, I will feel more comfortable posting photos of the classroom as it transforms.
Before I call it a night, I'd like to mention that there are lots of invaluable websites out there offering free and low-cost Montessori printable materials. One of the best I've found is Montessori Print Shop. They have lots of free and low-cost printable materials. In fact, right now they are holding a Montessori Nomenclature Giveaway! There are lots of ways to enter this giveaway and you can enter every day through August 1st at 12 noon EDT. Check it out!