Working at this school has taught me to be more patient with students and trusting of them. Students of Montessori have a great level of independence at a very young age. I knew this from previously working in Montessori but I was even more surprised and thrilled when i saw the level of independence that the students had in the "El Nido" part of the school. They were so self-sufficient at such a young age. Children at the age of 1 and 2 freely poured their own cups of milk with a GLASS pitcher. They also did dishes, chosen their own work, and "raked" the grass. All of which is normal for any student of a typical Montessori school.
Also I have noticed that students in the Dominican Republic perform roughly at the same level as student in the United States of America. The only difference is that the students in the Dominican have less materials so students had a hard time being challenged once they mastered a lesson. it also made it harder to differentiate some lessons. Thankfully someone in our cohort was fortunate enough to get materials donated so children would have more work with added variety.