As our families know, children didn’t come to school on February 21, but our educators did! It was our annual winter Professional Development Day giving teachers a chance to become students for the day. Our school teams worked hard to learn new and exciting ways to inspire and educate the children in their care.
In this 2022 training, we specifically explored:
The Meaning of Our Work
Teachers watched a heartwarming video dedicated to the important work they do each day. They were reminded of how their profession and commitment to early education benefits children, families, and their communities in so many ways, and for years to come.
Reigniting Our Flames
Dr. Montessori said, “Within the child lies the fate of the future.” Guest speaker, Jesse McCarthy, founder of MontessoriEducation.com, helped remind our teachers just how integral their daily work is to help children embrace a promising path forward.
Montessori Education is Sensorial Education
Our teachers met with instructors from Seton Montessori Institute to refresh and dive deeper into the works and opportunities available in the Sensorial area of their classrooms. As Dr. Montessori reminds us, “The senses, being explorers of the world, open the way to knowledge.” Teachers at both the Infant/Toddler and Primary/Early Childhood levels reflected on how we isolate and train each of the seven senses: visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, vestibular (movement and balance), and proprioception (body awareness). Doing so, helps children build their mathematical mind, critical thinking excellence, and problem-solving skills.
Sensory education, which prepares for the accurate perception of all the differential details in the qualities of things, is the foundation of the observation of things and of phenomena that present themselves to our senses. This process helps children (and people of all ages) to collect from the external world the materials needed for imagination.