“When dealing with children, there is greater need for observing than of probing”
~ Dr. Maria Montessori~
One fine afternoon at Rowntree Montessori, two of my Kindergarten students asked me if they could draw a picture in their free time. However, there was only one sheet of paper on my desk, and seeing the opportunity to recapture a concept taught in Math that morning, I posed a simple problem to them. I asked the two students to share the paper. At first they seemed puzzled at my request, but after reminding them of our Math lesson that morning, they both jumped with joy and echoed “Fractions!” The next words that flew out of one of their mouths were proof that these three year olds had surely absorbed the concept of fractions. One of them suggested that they should use a ruler and divide the page into two equal parts. My smart little kindergarteners had not only comprehended the concept, but they were actually consolidating it by applying it to a real life situation!
I couldn’t help feeling overjoyed at this accomplishment! It is experiences such as these that are so gratifying to a teacher, as we eagerly nurture and nourish our students’ minds, and help them to blossom into confident learners and productive critical thinkers.
As Dr. Maria Montessori once said, “It is true that we cannot make a genius. We can only give each child the chance to fulfil his potential possibilities.”
by a RMS Kindergarten teacher
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