Over the past two summers, I had the privilege of pursuing my Montessori training. After a summer of virtual training due to COVID-19, this past June I eagerly loaded my Siberian husky into my Subaru Outback and headed to Montessori Northwest in Portland, Oregon. Despite the relentless 115° summer, I had a life-changing time. With full support and endless encouragement from The Children’s House community, I was able to successfully achieve my birth to 3 year old Montessori certification. My experience at training was nothing short of transformative. Not only did it solidify the importance of the first three years of a child’s life, it taught me how to be a different version of myself; a version that is aware that my actions and attitudes, no matter how insignificant they may seem, have an impact on the little humans around me. I now walk into the environment every morning completely aware of the magnitude of my job, which is not to directly teach the children, but to support and trust them as they take in everything around them. In a world where it can sometimes be hard to have faith, how beautiful it is to be surrounded by these little people who express nothing but positivity, passion and desire. I believe everyone could benefit from seeing the world through the eyes of a child and I am forever grateful for my experience at training which allowed me to do just that. This deep respect and appreciation for the child is what makes Montessori philosophy and The Children’s House so special - two things I will always hold dear to me.
by Annie Botsford
Friday, March 25, 2022