As we observe the afternoon work cycle and we often think about how fortunate we are to work with our current third-year students since they were three years old.
How their concentration level has deepened, their vocabulary expanded, their large and fine motor skills improved, and lastly, and perhaps the most importantly, their awareness of themselves – how they can take care of themselves and how they can help others, how they can contribute to the classroom community to make our room an even better learning environment for all of us. How ready they are to start a new chapter next year!
One of the incredible factors of the Montessori classroom is that the children are not only guided by the adults but by their own peers as well. Maria Montessori said, “We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.” Seeing how the older children navigate themselves in the classroom encourages the younger children to follow in the footsteps of the older children, and the wonderful three-year leaning cycle of the Montessori classroom continues so naturally. It is a beautiful domino effect, and we are thrilled to say that the younger children are well prepared to receive the torch and continue their Montessori journey next year.
As sad as we are (as always) to have to say goodbye to those who are leaving our environment, our excitement for the next year is also tremendous! We wish you the best with your new adventure, and for those who will be returning next fall, we can’t wait to start our new chapter! All of us, the primary guides and assistants, are grateful for the opportunity to work with each one of the children.
Thank you for the privilege.
Have a wonderful summer!