Montessori Children's Work

Dear Parents,

One of my favourite things to do is to walk around the school, walking into classes and seeing the children at work. Doing this puts a smile on my face and recalibrates me, it reminds me of why I do what I do and that what I do has meaning. It enables children to find joy in learning.

Last week as I walked around the Primary, this is what I saw: in Junee I watched a group of children making beautiful pop up books for their work on the function of trees and the parts of leaves. This was an exercise in making their work beautiful, in taking pride in the work of their hands. They were given a lesson on this and then used that information to compose their own sentences, working through biological classification, writing composition, sentence structure and handwriting.

As I walked around I saw children engrossed in research on subjects that are of interest to them. In Junee this was research in Mongooses. In Markaling, where I walked around to examine the use of technology in the classroom, I saw two computers open, one displaying a search on arthropods and another was being used by a young boy who was completely absorbed in researching and writing about the Great Wall of China. He was keen to tell about its origins. Did you know that the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang built the Great Wall of China in order to keep the nomadic warriors at bay? I didn’t! I love learning from the children!

Again in Junee I saw transitioning children engrossed in their literacy work, big smiles on their faces, enjoying their new experiences. I also saw children working with the golden bead material, matching quantity to number and exchanging categories (units into tens, tens into hundreds and hundreds into thousands etc.). Deep concentration and joy in learning was evident.

As I walked back to my office I felt inspired, calmed and gratified by the incredible teaching and work that I saw: the politeness, the grace, the courtesy, the depth of learning, joy of learning and pride in learning.

Have a lovely week ahead!

Raquel Charet