Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Dreaming and Planning

We are a little "toothy" here in Texas. T and S each lost another tooth in the last couple of days. T did a really sweet thing and snuck another quarter under S's pillow, "so that she could have a little extra and save up for something she really wants to buy." He said that he found it on the ground at the grocery store and decided to give it to S. This is SO very like T to do something like that. S was amazed that she got a coin AND a dollar bill!
And this is the little guy with all his travel cargo. Blankie and "chase-doggie" go everywhere with him in the car. He loves feeling that satin strip around the edge of his very-dirty-blankie. Frankly, I think it is rather hot in the car to be stuffed into your hot seat with such hot companions. But whatever.

I wanted to extend a "thank you" to all those who have lent their experience and advice about setting up a new classroom. I think I got the dimensions totally off in the last post and the space is in fact larger than I had originally thought.

I am debating whether to do tall shelves like Jenn and MBT, or if I should stick to lower shelves and try add more shelving to hold more elementary materials. (I think I'd leave the primary shelving more spaced out.)

I am planning to add desks to the bedrooms for T and S so that they will have more flat space to work if they need it. There will be tables in the classroom too, but I think we need more flat space. Last year it seemed that once one child got going at the table, their project liked to take-over. Also, more work done in a more secluded area could be useful for the easily distracted among us. 

I am also working through the albums and writing my shopping list for the year (this always scares my husband a little bit.) Last year I studied the NAMC album set before starting the school year. I found myself REALLY stuck by October and that is when I decided to dip into the Keys of the Universe. This albums set really helped me put it all together: the theory, the practice, the materials, the environment...everything. But since it was the middle of the year and I was playing catch up with the materials and EVERYTHING else, I didn't get to study the sequence front to back. So now I am attempting to do just that. 

I have yet to find a Primary sequence I really like. I already own many, CGMS, Montessori by Hand, Papandrea, and some other free resources, but they all don't have the rich theory that ties it all together like the Elementary KotU. If you have a Montessori Primary album set you like, would you leave me a comment and let me know which it is and why you love it?

So, we close on the new house next week! All the logistics about moving in are a little crazy. Child-care and a board meeting don't quite line-up with the appliance and moving deliveries. But I am sure one way or another we'll have at least a fridge and our stuff IN our home by the end of next weekend. Then it will be a flurry of unpacking, furniture ordering, garden planting (did you know that you can harvest through the winter here?) classroom organizing, and I am sure a little bit of anxiety about how to handle this "there-ain't-no-basement-in-this-town" conundrum. Where is your stuff supposed to go? 

I am planning to be back soon with a classroom post so stay tuned!