As you will notice in the photographs, there are some aspects of the classroom that do not conform to the traditional Montessori classroom:
* Many of the shelving units are still painted a bright green color. This may be something I will change in the future. But, for now, for the sake of time and money, they will stay green. Plus, I like the color!
* There is a brightly colored circle time rug rather than the traditional circle or elliptical shaped "line" on the floor. Again, this is something that may change in the future. But, for now, will stay.
* Most of my supply storage is in the classroom. That's just the way it is. This is not something that I can change.
* There is a block area, pretend play area, and a gross motor area in the classroom. These are things that were already there and the children enjoy. So, they will stay as well.
Here are the photographs:
|Block Area -- this used to be the Circle Time area|
|Another view of the practical life, art, and sensorial areas. To the left, front of the picture there is another small independent work table.|
|Gross Motor Area|
|Pretend Play Area|
I also have some more materials to purchase for the classroom. I plan to purchase work rugs from Ikea. These seem to be the most reasonably priced rugs I have found at this point. I also need to purchase small table work mats. I will probably see what Ikea has in this area as well. I am always open to suggestions, so please feel free to let me know if you have any ideas for classroom work rugs.
As I complete the set-up of each individual area, I will post updates to my blog. And, as I go through the year I will be sharing some of my own ideas for Montessori-style works as well as updates on how the year is going. Please "stay tuned" for further "Montessori Makeover" updates!
I am also very happy to announce that I will be taking Karen Tyler's online Montessori teacher training through World Wide Montessori Online! Since I neither have the time or the money to complete traditional Montessori training, this was a wonderful option for me. I have heard so many great things about Karen Tyler's program and her resources for Montessori educators through yahoo groups, blogs, etc., that I have no doubt I will benefit greatly from her program!