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Friday, November 2, 2007

What is the first step to take to my dream?

This is where I get stuck. I know what I want. I just don't know how to get there. I have been thinking all week about this.

I tried to create a to do list. This is what I came up with.

Funds:
Create a budget
start up
operating
Grant Proposal
Tuition (I don’t want but may be necessary)(for those who do not wish to volunteer)
Bank Account
Non-Profit Status
Charter school?
Independent?
Under local school district?
Crafts? By the students?
If doing farm selling produce?

People:
Trained teachers 1/age group and Class
Speech Therapist
Occupational Therapist
Physical Therapist
ABA specialist/trainer
Special education specialist
Director
Librarian
Grounds keeper
Janitor
Cafeteria people
Aids-3-5 per class and age group
Treasurer or financial officer
Fund raiser
Safety
Music Therapy
Publicity

Place:
Find a place
Insurance

Equipment:
I have a good list in a book.
Shelves
Stools
Tables
Chairs
Carpets
Sensorial
Language
Practical Life
Mathematics
Geography
Biology
History

Adult Training:
PT
OT
Speech
Montessori
RDI
A Mind at a Time
Evaluation
ABA
Montessori School for Autism

This is just a brain storm list. After looking at the NAMTA website they have a step by step procedure for opening a school. My main problem is training. I don't have it. Montessori teachers are in high demand. I might be able to hire someone if I had the funds.

Where do I start? This is where I get frustrated and seem to run into a wall. NAMTA says to do a study group. Where does the group come from?

Next they say to have a Parent Advisory Board. Once again, from where?

Incorporate - That I think I can do. I want it to be an NPO.

Okay, I have a step I can look into. Whew.

Another step I am looking into is training. Do I use the distance learning at North America Montessori Center, Montessori Teacher Preparation of Washington, or do I enroll in the local Montessori teacher training course? Where do I do my internship, or do I do an internship? I have spent several years assisting in a Montessori classroom, but that was a while ago.

Do I start with Montessori training, or do I work toward a Bachelor's degree first?

This is truly where my frustration begins.

Over the last week, as I have contemplated these things, I have done a lot of googling. I've checked the Montessori training, I've checked out local schools to maybe intern in, I've looked for on-line degrees and contemplated what degree I would try for. The obvious is education or special education. But at the same time I love music, so I am also contemplating music education and/or music therapy.

Decisions, decisions. This is probably why I have had a migraine the last 2 days.

So, what do I do? I haven't decided yet. I did contact one, somewhat local Montessori school about possible interning there. We will see where that leads.

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