Toddler I February Blogpost
Maria Montessori wrote, “The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, The children are now working as if I did not exist.”
We love every moment in our classroom. Each part of the school year is something to cherish, and there is always something to celebrate. However, second semester is an especially magical time in our toddler classroom.
We often comment to one another throughout the day that we can meld into the background and the children would not even notice. Watching them put into practice everything we have spent hours repeating over the past few months not only gives us a sense of accomplishment, but it subconsciously gives them one as well.
They are now independent. They can work through the class day with minimal instruction from us. If they spill something they know where the sponges are to clean it up. When they are hungry, they no longer tell us. Instead they check to see if there is room at the snack table themselves and they make their snack on their own. They now know where everything belongs, and when a new student enters our classroom it is the children who help them to phase-in. Their classmates help them to know where to place work on the shelf. If a new student spills something, our other children are so eager to help them to clean it up. They are a fully functioning family unit. Caring for each other is a part of their daily routine.
The natural rhythm, which develops is a joy to behold. We are so very fortunate to be able to witness what our little people are capable of doing every day.
~Written by Becky and Lacey in celebration of Montessori Education Week