Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Montessori night with Z

Tonight was "parent-child night" at Z's Montessori school, which meant a third of her class came in with their parents for an hour. Z demonstrated her emerging reading and writing skills and her knowledge of South American geography.

I'm always amazed by how tidy and organized her classroom is. It's large--about the size of two high school classrooms--and every space under four feet is filled with perfectly labeled boxes, trays, bins and drawers. The 3-6 year old students take such pride in treating the materials with care and putting them away just so. I asked her teacher how many different kinds of "work" her classroom has and she replied "thousands," because not only are there hundreds of activities, each one can be used in a variety of different ways.

Z was so pleased to have us as her guest and demonstrate her "big work" for us. She asked me to come back tomorrow and watch her color and label a map of Australia.