New Beginnings

May 6, 2020

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For last year’s words belong to last year’s language

And next year’s words await another voice.”

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I had this quote stripped from a magazine page back in 1993. Back when magazine racks were lined with supplemental inserts, which were worth reading with the Sunday newspapers. I’ve had it taped it on my shelf, and haven’t removed it since.

“What we call the beginning is often the end,

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This is my first blog. It is just one of the things in my bucket list.

Back in 2017, when I started making products for TeachersPayTeachers, as InspiredMontessori, I was focused on increasing my followers. I was told that in order to make a sale, you need to make a a vlog for credible online presence. I tried vlogging. But it wasn’t my style. I was uncomfortable that I have put that on the side.

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“And to make an end is to make a beginning.”

T.D. Elliot

I know that this is just the beginning.

The isolation that came with the corona virus pandemic made me reflect on how to make good of a situation that appears catastrophic and create something valuable. It’s like making lemonades from lemons that kind of thing. I thought of making my life’s work relevant to others.

I am sure that I can offer valuable content from my 22 years of Montessori classroom experience. With all the Montessori lessons, ideas and presentations and even meltdowns of children that came with it plus, my curriculum albums that collected dust in storage, it is my hope to share it plainly, so you can use it for your homeschool or for your classroom.

Believe me when I say that blogging took 4 years of planning. All my writings were stored in my hard drive, waiting to be published. Though I am not much of a writer, I have so much ideas that I can whipped out from a hat. I want to give true and valuable content, create and deliver good products adhering to my mission :

The world is my classroom.

The effect of the corona virus

Needless to say, the coming of coronavirus has put our lives in perspective. We all can see the COVID-19 virus as an invisible enemy that brought a magnitude of loss, long months of isolation, and uncertainty. It truly changed our lives and in the days ahead, a new reality will be shoved to us, unwillingly.

The quality of time you’ve spent with your children seems to be endearing in the first two weeks but now a months has gone by and it seems to be an eternity.The schedules, alerts and reminders are now replaced with a scene from Groundhog day where every day is over and over again.

hough its arrival is not our choice, the effect of change in our lives is still up to us. We can choose to see it as intruder on our doorstep or radically accept it as an eventuality beyond our control, crossing boundaries farther than we can ever imagine.

When homeschooling not a choice

Now it appears that the homeschooling was mandated on your lap and you have no choice. You are now officially your child’s teacher. How do you keep your three year old occupied while feeding your toddler and still maintain your poise to answer a business call meeting at 9am?

The challenge is real. Homeschooling is not a walk in the park.

Where do we go from here?

This change in our lives in the coming days and months is like a lump in our throat choking us yet we can’t help it but swallow. As for me, it made realized that although I cannot change the situation I change my perspective and be on the side of the glass half full. Thus, I want to share my ideas, lessons and experiences hoping to alleviate the challenges of homeschooling for households around the world.

After the shutdown, and the school reopens in August we will go back blindly navigating a sea of “whatever happens, happens” and “hopefully not me”. The corona virus is still here. It never went away but while we wait, our thoughts of the future is ours to make. It’s entirely up to us, how to take this time, this moment, this space, to be ours for now. Then tomorrow, when we go past the lens of negativity, anger, fear or loss , we will come to grips to see things in a different perspective and make a change in our lives if necessary.

How has this pandemic changed your perspective? What are your thoughts of this coming school year? Are you considering homeschooling? I want to hear from you.

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