We're enjoying our first week of school in our larger location. I must say, in over ten years of Montessori teaching, I've never had a more peaceful, cooperative group. The children seem so thankful for the lessons they receive and so proud of each and every tiny accomplishment. I gave a small group lesson on cylinder block #1 to a group of young 3's. At the end of the lesson, they all looked up at me with smiles and clapped. They applauded the beauty of the lesson. Needless to say, that cylinder block was out and used often the entire day.
I'm watching new friendships blossom. Frienships that will grow and change and mature over the next three years. I'm also watching new staff members learn more about Montessori and fall in love with the Method. They have a look of awe on their faces as they watch these young people function independently in their small community. I've said it many times over the course of the week and I'll say it again...this is going to be a great year!