I have been lucky enough to be working for a Montessori elementary school here in Madison! I work there two or three times a month either in the classroom or watching the kids if the parents and teachers have a meeting.
I am so lucky to be in this school. I have made some excellent connections within the community.
I also find that with each and every one of my experiences at the school, whether I am in the classroom or watching the children in more of a daycare situation, my passion is renewed. I leave breathlessly excited about what I am doing. The parents are so respectful of their children and the children are so excited and ready to learn. In this past year that I have worked there, I have seen children as young as three walk over to the shelf where all the arts and crafts are, take out all of their materials, use the scissors to cut out their desired shapes, color them, then put all of the things away on their own. Without anyone saying a thing. I have seen four year olds tell me about every continent in the world. I have seen six year olds mulitply. All doing these things because of the environment that is provided to them and the guidance they receive from their teacher. They do these things because they want to. They do these things because they have wings and are given a chance. It is absolutely amazing what children are capable of when they are given these chances to explore.
It is something I want to devote my life to. And I am so lucky to be a part of something that thrills me everytime I am a part of it.