Its been a very long time since I wrote on my blog – lots of changes both professionally and personally. We moved homes – from one where we lived for over 13 years to a brand new home in a brand new neighborhood. We had to make the move, adjust to the changes, debate whether to keep current job or move considering the increased commute time etc etc. I also visited India for a few weeks in the meanwhile, to meet with family and just unwind.
While in India, I visited the Theosophical society headquartered there where Maria Montessori and her son Mario lived for a brief while and conducted Montessori training classes for teachers. https://theosophy.wiki/en/Maria_Montessori
The beautiful nature, simple buildings, the vast history of her presence in that place over 100 years ago got me thinking about the effectiveness of Montessori in the present day and if there is something we can do to help implement it more effectively in our classrooms and at our schools.
Based on my trip to India and the importance of meditation in the culture there, I wish to incorporate ways to practice meditation in my Montessori classroom. We listen to instrumental music, practice taking deep breaths at circle time, have works like peace labyrinth, walking on the line etc. in my classroom.
I am exploring more options and doing some research to find more “mindfulness” exercises to use in my classroom – Would appreciate your response and feedback on this topic.