Today was our first day being able to interact with the children at Tres Mariposas Montessori School. I wasn't sure what to expect because I have zero experience in a Montessori setting. At first when the children got to the school they all went about their own activities. I just observed at first and then this little boy names Oscar asked me to join him with one of his lessons. I was frustrated at first because I didn't know how any of the lessons were suppose to be done and completed. Oscar wasn't doing one of his lessons right and his teacher came over and sat with us to reteach him this lesson. I was amazed how quickly Oscar was able to grasp this concept (he was working with cylinders). He was able to match the cylinders by size and height. I'm not sure how old he is (maybe 4 or 5) but I would say he is pretty advanced for his age. One thing that I wish I would've learned before this experience was more about the lessons in a Montessori classroom. I felt very helpless with the children and their lessons. I didn't know how to assist them or how to aid them in the learning process. Today I learned that when children make a mistake during one of their lessons you shouldn't necessarily correct a minor mistake. You as the teacher should keep a mental note of what that specific child may need more help with in the future. After school today we went back into the city to have lunch with our family. Today we ate fried eggplant, rice, beans, and lettuce. I thought the eggplant was yummy and different. I felt much more comfortable with the family today and was able to communicate pretty well. After lunch we went to our Spanish course once again. Today we worked on two different verbs. It was pretty difficult but my teacher really helps us to feel comfortable and not overwhelmed. I am really enjoying everything so far on this trip and I feel like I am really growing as a teacher and a person in general. Sometimes I get overwhelmed and am shocked by how different the culture is here in the Dominican Republic. It really opens your eyes to what you have at home and how truly blessed you are.