Sorry for not posting in so long. I have changed jobs and have been very busy. I am no longer in the Montessori classroom and I miss my independent, gifted students very much but am enjoying my new position in a full day kindergarten classroom with 30 cuties. The new curriculum for Kindergarten is completely play based and about exploration, self discovery. It is taking time to adjust to this new way of faciliting learning but with this statement says it all
"Play is so important to optimal child development that it has been recognized by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child."