Thursday, September 1, 2011

Make New Friends...

Today was my first day with children, the Primary classes have had their new children visiting since Tuesday.  Last year when I had ten new ones I had half come one day and half come the other first with parents and the second time solo.  What an overwhelming experience that was, especially those last two days when the children were on their own.  This year I have three new ones beginning with me at the start of the year, one child started in July and another will be joining us Mid-October when Mom eases back into work from Maternity leave.  Because of that, I didn't feel it was necessary to have them come all four days plus the fact that the room wasn't quite ready until yesterday and there are still a few materials I am putting finishing touches on.

One of the children had actually enrolled last Fall but he was very young, not even 14 months yet and when he came to visit he was still crawling primarily and in the dumping/putting everything in his mouth stage.  So it was decided that perhaps he would wait a while and come back later in the year.  His family decided to wait until this school year and I was so pleased to hear his mom tell me she was very glad they had waited...I was as well, he was so together this morning, he knew to put objects back in the baskets on on the trays when he was finished using them, he could drink from his cup all on his own, he was very purposeful in his work and the important part, he was comfortable moving away from his mom and interacting with me.  I was so glad for him as this is what the experience is supposed to be for the child at any level, positive and full of successes!

The other child is almost two and a half; she has been at home with a Nanny her entire life but has two older brothers that are school aged.  Apparently she has been very sad that they have been leaving in the mornings for school and she has not so her mom said that she was up, dressed and waiting with lunchbox in hand at the door at 8 o'clock this morning.  She was too was very comfortable in the community, very verbal, already using the toilet successfully and loved exploring the room.  Both children loved having the sinks at their level and spent a great deal of time washing hands and getting drinks.  Most of the children are like this for the first week or two until the novelty wears off, we send home a lot of wet outfits : )

So tomorrow they will come visit for another short time without parents, I think both will be fine.  Tuesday when we add the other eight children; two of whom have been home all summer, one that was in and out sporadically and one who was out for the last two weeks of summer after surgery, we will see how they react then.  I am already prepared for a lot of separation sadness and lots of nervousness from parents and children alike.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that it is not as hot as it is this week so that if necessary we can spend those first few days enjoying our outdoor environment.


  1. Utility sink is larger than the standard sinks which are employed within the kitchen. Bar sinks can be applied for a large selection of purposes including bathing pet and washing shoes. Utility sinks also has a nice searching appearance.

  2. I am curious as to why a child who is in the "dumping and putting things in mouth stage" would be considered not ready for the Toddler environment? I have been a Montessori Toddler Directress for 17 years and have had many dumpers and mouthers. At different schools where I have taught, the Toddler class begins as early as 12 months, if they are walking, but the average is 15 months. Many children are at that stage then. They stay until between 30 and 36 months. I am not being critical, I am genuinely curious.