The focus this term in Turtles has been on building strong relationships and working harmoniously together, following the wisdom of Maria Montessori.
Montessori beautifully observed that the Upper Primary child possesses a natural “need to associate himself with others, not merely for the sake of company, but in some sort of organised activity”. She recognised that these young learners enjoy coming together in a group, each with their unique strengths and qualities. Within this group, they select a leader, follow instructions, and form a robust team. This innate tendency helps humanity to become more organised and interconnected.
As the new Turtles teacher, I have had the privilege of getting to know each and every one of our wonderful Turtles children. Together, we’ve embarked on a journey of discovery and growth, fostering positive relationships within our class. The classroom has been abuzz with group activities and games designed to promote teamwork, cooperation, and a sense of belonging.
One of my primary goals has been to create an environment where Turtles children have a safe and supportive space, allowing them to become more confident to explore new ideas and concepts and make mistakes along the way. After all, it’s through these missteps that we learn some of life’s most valuable lessons.
I look forward to the rest of the year and the adventures it will bring.