Today my group was assigned to make Montessori materials for Tres Mariposa Montessori School. I don't have any experience with Montessori materials so this was my opportunity to learn everything that I could. First we were told to continue making nomenclature cards. I asked one of the girls to give me an example lesson of how the nomenclature cards were used and also how they are made. I was amazed at how much detail and work goes into a simple matching lesson (it seemed to me to be a simple matching lesson). I was also amazed to learn that the children are able to mirror this lesson after learning how to do each lesson just one time. Montessori is all very new to me and I am just learning how to incorporate materials and lessons into my daily routine with the children. I noticed that even the most simple activities can be turned into lessons. For example, yesterday I was working with some of the children outside and we decided to do some weeding. I was able to making this process of "weeding" into a lesson. The children first pulled the weeds, then placed the weeds into a bucket, and then once the bucket was filled, we found a place to dump the weeds. The children could not get enough of picking the weeds. They were all over the garden pulling weeds and having a great time. Another activity that I was able to make into a lesson was washing a simple tire in the backyard. I wasn't aware that washing and scrubbing was part of the Montessori curriculum. The kids loved doing that activity as well. They took a scrub brush and dipped it into soap and water and then scrubbed the tire. When they were finished, they rinsed the tire off with the hose. I feel like after today learning about the materials and yesterday learning more what Montessori is all about, I am getting a small idea of how to operate in this sort environment. I am looking forward to learning more about Montessori and teaching more lessons and using more materials that are new to me.