Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Neglecting to Take My Own Advice

On Monday, Miss C's son had a stomach bug, so she thought it would be best to keep him away from school for the day. With Miss D's family away, that left just my troupe and Miss K's.

If you've been following our story, you'll know that I've been having a conversation with myself about how best to lead our Montessori sessions. I've come to the conclusion that our days go best when I present an activity to the group immediately after Circle Time, and then let the kids choose their own work from there. The only problem is, I keep forgetting to follow my own system. Duh.

Over the weekend, I was very busy creating the word drawers available for download here at My Montessori Journey (thank you, Laura!). This is exactly the kind of work my daughter loved to do at her old school, and I was really excited to have it out for her on Monday morning in an effort to solve this problem.

After Circle Time, during which Miss K introduced the kids to the four seasons, I immediately pulled out the word drawers and excitedly presented them to my daughter. She was thrilled! She diligently began work on Drawer 1 as I introduced the sandpaper letters and cornmeal tray to Miss K's daughter...at which time my daughter left her work to see what we were doing. After that point, it was hard to get her to go back to her own work. Lesson learned (seriously, this time). I will present new activities to the entire group, even if they are too "young" for my daughter, then I will steer her toward more appropriate work.

For our Enrichment activity, Miss K led the kids in a rousing calisthenics workout ;), then we discussed our Bible verse for the day: "C" from My ABC Bible Verses, "Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord," Col 3:20.

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