We each have an incredible gift: the ability to engage children with the world – indeed, the universe, that surrounds them and, of which, they are an integral part.
Working with children, our job is one of setting the kindling for the wonderful sparks of curiosity and deep interest to spring forth. While there may be a linear progression of lesson delivery in our albums, we don’t always teach that way, nor do we make overt and obvious the connections between the seemingly disparate ideas and materials across the curriculum that we share.
We wait for the “ah-has.” It is up to the students, alone or collectively, to do the work of the synapses – to make those links, to leap the gaps between ideas towards a holistic understanding of everything around and within them.
Click here to read the rest of the blog post by Seth Webb, a regular contributor for MariaMontessori.com and is the Instructional Leader for the Upper Elementary Department at Free Horizon Montessori, a charter public school in Golden, Colorado. Read more at his own blog, Finding Our Center – Reaching Out.