Jordan’s First Day of Montessori Preschool
As always, I greeted students individually at the door with a handshake and a warm hello and welcomed them to their Montessori preschool. One of my new Montessori students, Jordan (age 3) entered the classroom looking quite shy and apprehensive. It was clear that he was not yet comfortable shaking hands, so none of the teachers including myself pushed the issue. Jordan was overwhelmed with all of the new faces and I thought he might need a little space to adjust.
The First Day of Montessori Preschool - Apprehension and AdjustmentI bent to his level to make eye contact and asked Jordan if he would like to meet our classroom fish, Monty. Jordan smiled and said yes, so we walked together to Monty’s place in the classroom. As Jordan watched Monty swim in and out of its little castle, I was happy to see the calming effect this had on him.
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