During college, I worked as a substitute teacher at my Montessori Elementary school. I wasn’t totally sure what I wanted to do after graduation. At the time, the school where I was subbing was hiring an assistant teacher. I thought it was a good opportunity and it sounded like something I would enjoy. So I applied, got the position and worked as a part-time assistant in a 3-6 year old classroom.
After my first year, there was an opening in my classroom to be a full-time teacher. And after two years, I started working toward my American Montessori Society teaching credentials. The extensive course takes a full year to complete. It includes 8AM-5PM classes all summer long plus a yearlong internship.
I’ve been a trained early childhood Montessori teacher since 2012.
As a teacher, and now a parent, I constantly have Montessori values at the center of my mind both at work and home. There are times I blog about my classroom set-up, shelves and curriculum. Other times, I talk about how we Montessori at home. I think it’s important to remember that Montessori is not only about materials and wooden toys. It’s truly a lifestyle and you can be a Montessori family just by giving respect to your child, treating them with kindness, and giving them the space and time they deserve to be successful with a task.
Young children are capable of much more than adults give them credit for. 🙂