Wednesday, February 22, 2012

There and back again-- Montessori Refresher 2012

So the trip was great-- refreshing, restful, inspiring.  I flew in one day early so I could spend some time with my sister and adorable nephew.  Did I mention he's adorable? Because he is.  He's almost cuter than my own kids.  Almost.
Precious boy
Friday night was the keynote speech, which Criss and I both attended, and then Saturday and Sunday were full days of lectures for me.  Criss attended the parent workshop which was just on Saturday, and given by Donna Bryant Goertz. I had the pleasure of meeting her Saturday afternoon which was really lovely, both because of our family ties to Austin Montessori School and her book which was what really pushed me to wanting to pursue Montessori as a career.

The theme for this year's refresher was Engaging the Human Personality which as you can imagine is quite a broad theme. Janet McDonell was the speaker and she talked a lot about how to set up the prepared environment of the classroom (both the physical aspects and our actions/attitudes) to best facilitate the children's learning and development.  Most of it was specific to the classroom, but several parts really spoke to me as a parent of a 3-6yr old child.  I have a full legal pad of notes (many of which I tweeted via the @MariaMontessori twitter account) which I need to review and possible write a few posts about.

Saturday evening we visited two schools in the DFW area, both of which blew me away.  It's a shame that it was dark and rainy when we visited as they both had what looked like gorgeous outdoor areas and I would have loved to see them in daylight.  Perhaps another time...

It was wonderful to listen to the lectures and to catch up with old friends and meet a few new ones, but I also enjoyed getting time to myself. I ended up getting a hotel room by myself using Zach's reward points, and I'm really glad it turned out that way.  Maybe it sounds antisocial, but as an introvert who very rarely gets any time alone, let alone truly free time alone (meaning free of long to-do lists or guilt about how I should be sleeping instead) it was glorious to have even a bit of time each day all by myself in the room, or at breakfast, having no one else to answer to but myself.  I missed the boys, especially when I talked to them on the phone (on Sunday night D told me on the phone that he wanted me to come home "this night" and I almost cried, kids have such a great hold of our heartstrings), but maybe because I knew they were happy and well cared for I mainly enjoyed myself and this rare opportunity.
I flew home right after Monday's brief morning lecture and enjoyed my last 3 hours and 45 minutes of just sitting and reading without interruptions.  Zach and D came to the airport to greet me, and as soon as D saw me he let go of Zach's hands and took off running right to me as my heart melted into a puddle on the floor.  My mom was at home with Quinn, who when I picked him up just kinda looked at me and slowly smiled... then once inside the house he went right over to our usual nursing chair and banged on it while looking at me.
Zach took this pic right after D ran up to greet me at the airport on Monday. =)
Mom leaves today, and all goes back to life as usual.  It's good to be home, and I'm so very glad that I went.

1 comment:

  1. Quinn: Moma MilkMachine!!! It's been FOREVER, feed me NOW!!!!???

    P.s. I love you, good to see you!



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