Monday, August 24, 2009
A Return To Posting
I can hardly believe I am typing a post. Each time I attempted to return to my blog and continue writing, I became overwhelmed with emotion. I would look at the pictures of my former students and simply weep. I have been grieving. My heart has been aching.
Over the summer, I received packages from fellow Montessorians that remained on my desk unopened until today. The paintings Kathy sent me, watercolors she did herself, are so stunningly beautiful that I can only encourage you to check them out yourself at her blog: http://kathysmontessorilife.blogspot.com/search/label/watercolours
She was enormously generous and I can only apologize for not acknowledging her gift earlier. Her work would look wonderful in the entryway of any Montessori school, classroom or home. Kathy is extremely talented.
Although I have been on-leave from my Montessori blog, I have been piecing together the upcoming year. I have been accepted as a substitute teacher for both Primary and Elementary classrooms in two large (toddler - to 6th grade) schools in the Boston area. They have promised to keep me busy for most of the school year. I have also been accepted into an adult yoga teacher training (200 hrs.) which starts the first week of September and runs for ten weeks - classes are on Friday evenings and all day Saturday and Sunday. I have taught yoga to children for more than a decade and just concluded an eight week summer program. I have decided to take the adult training as a means of making a deeper commitment to my yoga practice.
For several years, I have wanted to learn French. I just had my sixth lesson from a wonderful young woman who is a graduate student studying film. She is a native speaker and has added some delightful phrases ("Susan, this is how my grandmother would say it...") to our weekly lessons.
Finally, the Montessori Foundation has asked that I consider writing for both their Tomorrow's Child and Montessori Leadership Magazines. I was recently surprised by the invitation when I opened an email titled "Blog and Pictures." The foundation's South Africa editor said she came across my blog while doing research for an art curriculum. I am incredibly flattered and look forward to working with them.
Now that I have set aside the tissues, I have many, many posts to write. Thank you for hanging in there. I see the upcoming school year as one filled with new opportunities. I am sure I will keep all of you posted.