While I am thankful for the opportunities my family had during the six months we were in Russia for my husband's Fulbright teaching scholarship, I am also thrilled to be back home and back in the classroom that I missed so much. Finally, I get to act on countless ideas I have had brewing in my mind during so many months away!
During my time away, I had the opportunity to check in on classroom happenings via Montessori Compass, which my school uses for record keeping and sharing information with parents. Not only was I able to keep apprised of my students' progress throughout the year, but I also kept connected through viewing the daily photographs posted for each student. With an 'outside eye,' I was able to see the classroom from a different perspective, an experience I value very much. Nonetheless, through viewing the photos from this perspective, I also noticed the main rug in our classroom was wearing out and looking a bit tired. So, the first order of business upon my return:
Since the classroom is now adorned with the new rugs and portrait, I thought this might be an ideal time to update the bulletin boards in the hallway as well. I have always admired the natural tones of classroom spaces inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach and decided our bulletin boards would be a fun place to experiment with this.
|Glad to be back! My daughter took this picture when she came with me to school for the first time since our return at the end of June.|
|The Peace area in our classroom - the perfect place of honor for Maria Montessori!|
"Within the child lies the fate of the future."