Today was my first day working with the Primary group at Tres Meriposas Montessori! This age group is super curious and ready to explore and play! I was outside the entire time while working with these children. The group of students that decided to come out and play with me were super excited and ready to play! Although, I played with a particular child for about two hours straight. We played with a soccer ball, a baseball and bat, a tennis ball and played on a piece of wood that acted as a balance beam. Through these activities, I was able to teach the child the words, “throw, catch, kick, and hit” in English. I had the child repeat the words back to me as I performed the action. I had the child feel the different types of equipment and described them as, “smooth, bumpy, round, hard, soft”. I had the child feel the different types of equipment while they said these descriptive words! With this said, it was super interesting to see how such a simple activity like kicking a ball back and forth could create such an informative lesson for the child! I liked to connect an activity with an informal lesson in an engaging way! It was also amazing to observe this child’s strengths when it came to the different types of sports that we played with each other. I can definitely see this child being successful in many aspects as they get older!—this is exciting!
After this intriguing experience, the class circled up and we led the group in singing songs that we introduced to them the day prior. When it came to my song, I stood up and performed. After the song was over and all of the children were dismissed for lunch, I continued to hear the students sing my song. They seemed to really enjoy my song because it was catchy and fun! This makes me feel like I am contributing to these students!—the feeling is very good. I am glad that my knowledge and material that I am bringing to this school is making a difference to these children. The feeling of making a difference for these children and spending time with small groups during the day can really impact their little lives and help them develop into a successful person in the future!
After this experience, we took the walk to our host family’s house for another traditional Dominican lunch! Although, this lunch was a little bit different! The reason for this is because I feel as though the children who live at this house have opened up a little more to us today while we conversed over lunch! I asked the children if they had homework and I also asked what their school work looked like! The children got super excited and eagerly grabbed their backpacks from their bedroom and whipped out their journals to show us! Although the children speak all Spanish, I was able to communicate with them about what their favorite subject were! It was cool to see the differences of Dominican schooling and homework compared to school work in the United States! After looking at their work, I took my cell phone out to look at the time. As I was looking at my phone, the child sitting next to me seemed interested in my cell phone. I asked him if he would like to look at it. He agreed and seemed intrigued and interested. Eventually this child found the camera app. on my cell phone! The child wanted to take pictures of everything and therefore we eventually took a, “selfie” together!
This experience is constantly changing me and helping me become better-rounded in different aspects of my life. I am not only becoming more educated with the Montessori approach, but I am becoming more self-less and caring! I am getting a better idea of how others live and it is so interesting and is inspiring me to continue to contribute to others who are in need.