My name is Lýdia and I am from eastern Slovakia, where I grew up with my parents and three older brothers in a small village called Chmeľov. I enjoyed a simple, rural life where I would find any reason to help my mother cook, wash the dishes, work in the garden, or take care of the animals. Even though my parents had never heard of the Montessori method, I felt like I had experienced a true Montessori childhood.
I studied Chemistry and English literature at Comenius University in Bratislava. To finance my undergraduate studies, I found a part-time job as a teacher in a private kindergarten, where I was introduced to Montessori pedagogy by a colleague. I was intrigued by this different view on children’s education, and therefore I enrolled in a two-year national course on Montessori pedagogicaly thought taught by Soňa Bobeková. The more I learned about the Montessori approach to children’s development, the more I wanted to put it into practice. Luckily, an opportunity arose and I took up a job as a full-time Montessori teacher at Private kindergarten and primary school of Maria Montessori in Bratislava (the first school of this kind in Slovakia), where I was surrounded by experienced professionals. These people then went on to become my personal coaches and some of them even became my close friends. During this time, I completed a multitude of Montessori-oriented courses: English Language in a Montessori Classroom, Enter Into Silence, Concentration and Education for Peace, Music in a Montessori Kindergarten, Jolly Phonics Training Day, Techniques of Artefiletics in Development of Graphomotorics, and I am looking forward to extending this list even further.
In 2020, I moved to Prague to support my boyfriend in pursuing a PhD in theoretical astrophysics at Charles University. Therefore, I looked for a Montessori kindergarten located in Prague, where I could apply all my acquired knowledge, but at the same time broaden my horizons and challenge myself. It is then no surprise at all that I ended up at Montessori Children’s House.