I got my first full-time teaching job this fall! I am certified in Elementary and have a Literacy K-8 endorsement. I got hired to teach at a private Montessori preschool and am currently going through my Montessori training right now! I had no Montessori background and a few experiences with preschool but I student taught in 1st and 4th grades and never thought I'd end up in Pre-K or Montessori! However, I am REALLY excited for my new job! I wondered if anyone out there also teaches ages 3-6 in a Montessori environment and if you had any advice on setting up my classroom, starting the school year off right, etc. Is there anyone who went from a traditional classroom to Montessori? How did you adjust? Is there anything else you bring into your classroom with regards to reading or writing that is more like something in public school settings today or something that isn't necessarily in a Montessori handbook? Do you do anything like focusing on a particular letter's sound each week during circle time while students may be tracing sandpaper letters during a work period? Do you only work with letters and sounds one-on-one with students or in circle times as well? Do you have classroom plants or pets? Anything else in particular you would advise me to consider about the environment? Thank you so much for any helpful advice!