It’s true – so much can change in a year. I was blessed to stay home with my children for almost 5 years. Then, I was blessed with a new stage in life. For a lot of reason that I won’t bore you with now (read: that’s personal stuff that I’m not sharing), I went back to work as a public school teacher. What a ride!
Armed with my expired teaching certificate, I dove back in head on. In a year, I got retrained and reinducted to the teaching profession. I got a job teaching 4K again (my HEART) and was granted a one-year extension on my certificate. I buckled down and completed all the necessary requirements and I’m now the happy holder of a 4-more-years valid license to teach in this wonderful state. Though much has changed in 5 years, one thing hasn’t. Teaching still makes me feel alive. I love it. Not just that, I am passionate about it. With my first year for the second time behind me, I’m excited to start sharing again.
What’s to come? To begin with, an updated look for the blog. Obviously, when I began I was working at home with my son to get him prepared for Montessori school. On a side note, he completed the Primary cycle last year and we decided to keep him at the same school for 3 more years for the Elementary cycle. Sadly, I’m not Montessori certified, but as someone who has seen its benefits first-hand, I will tell you that it is a masterful way of teaching and learning. You will certainly continue to see Ms. Montessori’s influence on my teaching style, but I’ve learned that it is an all-or-nothing methodology and that without full immersion, it falls flat.
I think that when I left this cozy little blog corner several years ago, I had maybe a hundred visitors. I was shocked to see that number at over 20K when I popped back in. Ah, the wonders of Pinterest. For those of you who found your way here from Pinterest, welcome. For those of you who got here from the older posts and are hoping to see a lot more at-home Montessori activities, they’ll be no more. This blog will now take a turn to my classroom and will likely be the most useful to PreK and K classroom teachers, though I still believe that the stay at homers will still find a lot of helpful content.
Thanks for being here. Stick around for more to come.