Apr 15, 2016 4:50:55 PM / by Lucy

As I was planning my presentations for the day, I realized that I had reached the last page of my notebook. At first I just though, "Oh, looks like I need to buy myself a new notebook," but then the meaning of that moment dawned on me. When I looked back to the first page of my notebook, I noticed the date and that I had been using this notebook for 3 years now! I then took some time to look through some of the pages, and it filled me with a sense of nostalgia.

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I saw the names of children who have now moved up to Elementary, and I swear, some seem to be nearly as tall as me! I saw the names of children who have now moved on to other schools, and I can still see their sweet little faces in my memory. I saw the names of children who are now in Kindergarten, but at that moment in time I was showing them the simplest of presentations such as rolling a working mat, or pouring grain; I could look back on just how far those children have come, and the endless possibilities that lay before them in the future. I was reminded of the excitement and the smiles on their face as I invited them for that new presentation (I have several children that are so eager for a new presentation that when they see me come over to invite them, they are smiling and nodding before I can even get the words out of my mouth of what material I would like to show them!). I saw the same presentations written out year after year, but yet each presentation was unique because of the uniqueness of each child I presented it to.

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Presenting the materials to the children is really one of the most important jobs I have as a Guide. I need to take into consideration the children's abilities and interests, and present the material in that perfect window of time, where it poses a little challenge for them, but not so much that they can't succeed at it. In that time where I am presenting to them, I want to give them the impression that they have me ALL to themselves! I try to focus my attention only on that one child, while still keeping my "eyes in the back of my head" activated, and my ears listening carefully for any situation that needs immediate attention. This allows me to pay attention to every detail of the presentation, making sure the child sees each step and really comprehends what I am showing them. If I can do this, it will allow the child to master the skill on their own, when they choose to repeat the material independently. That presentation time is such a special time for me, and I like to think for the children as well. Not only am I able to give them these amazing tools and materials to teach themselves, but it also gives us a chance to connect and develop our relationship.

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Looking back through the year's worth of presentations I have given just made me so grateful to have this job, and to have the opportunity to work with these beautiful children every day!

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Topics: Montessori Materials, Presentations, Relationships

Written by Lucy

Lucy is the guide for Children's House 1 and has been with WBMS since 2004. She was trained by the Montessori Center of Minnesota (AMI) and has a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Studies. Lucy's favorite part about teaching is constantly being amazed by what children are capable of doing if given the opportunity.

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