Hello, there! Welcome to The Montessorian.
My name is Beth, and here’s a little about me …
Montessori and I
My journey so far with Montessori education has been an interesting one. To be honest with you, at first I was skeptical about aspects of the approach. But as I learnt more about the method and Maria Montessori herself, I came to understand her vision for education and to truly appreciate the uniqueness of her methods.
Through my blog, I will explore all sorts of questions about and facets of the approach. These will often come from my studies, from questions I have received from other staff members or from my students’ parents, or musings of my own. Please head on over and have a read!
My career thus far
I started working in the field of Early Childhood Education in 2008 when I worked as a nanny whilst completing my degrees at university. From there, I became an unqualified Early Childhood Worker (ECW), then a qualified ECW, a relief teacher, a Special Education teacher, a full time early childhood teacher, a Montessori teacher in a pure Montessori centre, and now I teach Montessori sessions attached to a mainstream centre.
Since graduating as a teacher in 2010 I have worked in a variety of settings with a range of age groups. Children never cease to amaze and inspire me in how they see and interpret the world. I think we all need to listen to our inner child more often.
My seemingly constant self-education
There are those people that never stop studying and I seem to be one of them! After completing high school I went straight to university to do a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and a Bachelor of Arts (English and Applied Linguistics). After four years of that, I continued into Honours of Education where I explored connections between the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia and a mental health initiative for Early Childhood: KidsMatter Early Childhood. Not even two years later I was signing up for more study—this time about Montessori Education (that one is still in progress…).
How The Montessorian came about
As you may have seen on the main page of my website, this business came into being through a need that I identified for my own classroom: that I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for in the materials available. Those I could find weren’t of the quality I wanted, or were not relevant to the Australian market, or used a font that uses different letter forms than what I teach my students. So I started making my own.
As I made more, I had other teachers ask me to make packs for them, and so the idea for The Montessorian arose.