Tell us a bit about yourself
Hi, I’m Tomoko Tatsuki. I was born and raised in Japan. I moved to Vancouver in 2007. Jamie and I got married and we welcomed our daughter E. to our lives in January 2012 and our daughter M. in February 2014. After my maternity leave, I went back to work in a Montessori school in Burnaby. I worked in a toddler class until my current maternity leave. We live in East Vancouver.
How were you introduced to Montessori and what led you to pursue your training?
I have been working with children since I graduated from a university. I used to teach English to children. I was so amazed by children how quick they can learn things. Children have so much potential in many ways. I became interested in the child’s development so I studied Early Childhood Education in Japan and when I was studying ECE, I learned about Montessori and I loved it. After becoming a preschool teacher, I decided to take AMI Montessori training in BC. In 2009 I completed my Casa training and I continue to take Assistants to Infancy course and worked as a directress at the same time. I took both trainings because I took ECE ages from 0-6 in Japan. I thought why not in Canada. If you teach 3-6, it would be beneficial for you to understand 0-3 as well.
How did the Assistants to Infancy training impact your life?
The AtoI course was a totally different education experience from what I’ve had. That course changed the way I look at my life and also children. I started to think how our every single approach impacts a child’s development. When I buy or make toys or product for babies and infants, I tend to think about whether they are purposeful or not. I became more aware of how to interact with children. I felt I was already prepared when I got pregnant. I had my daughter in the ambulance because my contractions came too quickly. I couldn’t have done that without my knowledge from A to I course. After my daughter was born, I tried to make as many materials as I could for her. I was able to know what material she needs in each stage of her developmental and found out what her needs are for her development. Luckily, she was a good sleeper and an easy going baby, so I managed to make many Montessori materials.
What has been helpful to you as you implement Montessori at home with your children?
“Whoever touches the life of the child touches the most sensitive point of a whole which has roots in the most distant past and climbs toward the infinite future.”