|4's Class picnic inside.|
|3's Class picnic outside.|
Below are a few pictures from graduation. I was not able to take a lot since I was very busy actually "graduating" kids, but there are a few.
|Check out this cake that one of my awesome parents made! There is a cake ball topper with a graduation hat for each of the kids and the initials of the school on the front of the cake - YCP (Ypsilanti Cooperative Preschool).|
|Here is a picture of the inside of the cake - it's a rainbow! Isn't this the most awesome cake ever!?|
|A piece of the amazing rainbow cake! It tasted even better than it looked - which is hard to do since it looked so amazing!|
|Here is a picture one of the kids made for me! She wrote the words all by herself!|
|Here is the counter with all of the materials piled neatly out of the way.|
|My pile of stuff to go home... Notice the beautiful flowers, cards, etc. in the front from my wonderful preschool families!|
|I am going to keep it in the wrapper until next school year so that it stays clean, etc. I can't wait to hang it up!|
I learned a lot this year - about Montessori, about how to make it work in a co-op setting, about how kids learn best, and about myself. Here are some things I learned this year:
* I learned that there really is no "wrong" way to "do" Montessori - as long as you are following the children.
* I learned that a child's ability to learn lies in the same place as their interests.
* I learned that "Montessori" is not about having certain materials, but about having materials that interest a child and bring about a child's natural drive and ability to learn.
* I learned that working individually with children brings about a greater understanding of each child's abilities and interests - something that is not possible when working with groups of children.
* I learned that children gain much more knowledge when they are given the opportunity to choose the work that interests them.
* I learned that children learn when they are ready to learn, no sooner!
* I learned the names of all of the geometric solids - and so did many of the kids!
* I learned that I have a LOT more to learn!
Well, those are my final thoughts for this school year! I am already starting to prepare for the 2012-2013 school year and will be posting new ideas I have, etc. on my blog throughout the Summer. I have some ideas for new practical life work for next year - inspired by my own Froggy Boots' current obsession with band-aides! And, I want to incorporate the "peace table" into my classroom next year, among other things. So, keep an eye out for my future posts!
I will also continue to keep you all updated on the transition to my new blog. I have decided on a name and am working on the new layout and trying to come up with a new header and button.
I am linking up with Montessori Monday via Living Montessori Now and Teach me Tuesday via Preschool Powol Packets!