This summer has been so busy! I started my training for Primary (3-6) on June 29th. I was extremely nervous- was this the right choice for me, are my kids going to forget about me after five weeks away, do I remember how to be a student?
Of course, while I was nervous on the inside, on the outside I was my normal friendly self. It was clear within the first five minutes of meeting my training group that I was the most talkative and most excited. I had 1,000 questions about the 3-6 education and couldn’t wait to get started!
My training class has 18 women, all from different backgrounds and different ages. Many of these ladies are teaching as assistance in 3-6 classrooms from all over the state. I was the only teacher who is currently a toddler teacher. (Yay, Toddlers!) They’re an awesome group of ladies and have become great friends and helpers during our journey together.
The training is structured that I attend from 8:00-5:30 every day for five weeks during the summer, then three day weekends throughout the year.
Each day/week we are discussing a different area of the philosophy. The first three weeks we covered: Sensorial, Math, Practical life, Philosophy, Child development, Science, Movement, and a brief overview on infant/toddler… I was pretty confident in this course. 😉
When I return next week, and for the last two weeks of the summer training, we will cover Language, more child development, more math, art, observations, recordkeeping, classroom management… and so much more!
I have two big highlights of this summer. The first was being introduced to the trinomial cube and mastering it blindfolded! This sensorial work was completely unfamiliar to me and, I can’t lie, I was a little nervous learning about it. There are so many steps that I didn’t want to forget one and make Maria Montessori roll over in her grave. Pressure, People! Thankfully once I had a lesson the mystery was taken away and I ended up loving this work the most!
My face of pure joy after completing it blindfolded! (A lot of the ways we have to test our knowledge on the work is by completing it blindfolded… we even had to do all four knobbed cylinders at one time blindfolded! That’s a lot of pieces to remember!)
The second highlight of the summer was giving a lesson on the “Blue Triangles for Testing” to a fellow training teacher. This is another sensorial work that I really enjoyed. Presenting the triangle boxes can be equated to poetry. The way in which I have to slide the triangles or move my hands in a certain order is completely lyrical. I love the grace and purposefulness to each of these works.
This coming year I will have the chance to observe in 8 different 3-6 classrooms. This will be such a treat to observe children learning and completing all of the works I’ve been taught this summer. I am excited to experience other classrooms and how they function.