There is something special about starting a new Montessori school. The fresh smells of wood furniture for little people and the colorful curriculum and materials for the children make the excitement grow every day.
I think about the students, parents, siblings, and the community we all live within.
I think about the needs and dreams of each child and how we can nurture them.
I think about inclusivity and empathy that cultivates warmth and belonging.
I think about each child’s development and the social aspect that matures cognitive advancement.
Soon, the doors will be open.
Our teachers will “follow the child” and use all their knowledge and creativity to reach that child and guide them to seeing the world every day with a growing love for learning and inquisitive nature.
Until then, there is work to do.
Serious work. Detail work.
There are visions to create.
There are teachers and staff to hire and train.
There are policies to craft.
There is planning, upon planning, and more planning to do.
Finally, there are families to meet and questions to ask.
Will we be a good fit?
Can they see our vision for their child and family?
We are limited in space, except outside, where the environment is sizeable, and staging has only begun.
Swimming lessons, anyone?
So many choices and decisions.
It is going to be a fun year!