A quiet and gentle spirit, Sevryn tends to make her choices with a fair amount of intention and a teeny dose of caution. In other words, she doesn't just bounce from one thing to the next choosing work for the sake of choosing, she chooses in order to interact with interest.
Like you find with a majority of the Montessori materials, the knobbed cylinders are a self-correcting material designed to evoke concentration, attention to detail, eye-hand coordination, and eventually recognition of more complex concepts such as measurement. While she explores, experiments, and self-corrects, Sevryn's focus and attention grow. As she works, the teacher (Guide) is careful to observe, evaluate, and note what she sees in her effort. For this program's age span, she might ask herself questions like: What will the child do when she discovers the one in her right hand has no place? Hmmm, her right hand is in the resting position, I wonder if she'll be left-handed? Will she be satisfied with the placement of a too large cylinder "resting" atop a too small opening? How many times will she alternate cylinders in her experiment before tiring? What will finally break her concentration? How will she put it away? Will she require a prompt from an adult? Will it bother her if it is "incomplete?" Will she ask for help? Answers to questions like these are found through intentional and frequent observation of the child at work. Observations provide invaluable insight to each child's unique growth and development. Reflecting on observations of the working child helps the teacher discern what skills are accomplished with ease or challenge, with satisfaction or frustration, with assistance or independently, with little or high levels of concentration. Each of these factors contributes to an evaluation and determination of WHAT IS NEXT for the child. Preparing the environment so that every child is moving to WHAT IS NEXT is the work of the Montessori Guide. Continuously, the cycle of observation, reflection, and adjustment is carried out by the Guide in order to ensure the materials or works invite the child to make the choice to focus, explore, and discover WHAT IS NEXT.