I haven't posted much recently because we haven't *done* much recently. Or at least much Montessori-ish. And the things we have done haven't gone as hoped.
Like last week I brought out this bean spooning activity.
She actually watched me do the activity and then repeated it fairly well (although a little haphazard at the end) the first time through. Then she wanted to do it again. And again. And suddenly it wasn't an activity so much as it was beans all over the floor.
This was also the first activity that I left out when not in use. Usually I put activities like this UP, very high, so I'm in control of when and how it happens. Of course, this is not part of Montessori's philosophy at all! The materials should be available at all times for the child to get out when they want to use it. Unfortunately, in this house that turns into a lot of playing with beans and not a lot of organized activity. In fact, I think almost all these beans have been lost to the vacuum after I got sick of picking them up.
So here are my questions to anyone who stumbles across this blog with more experience than me.
How do you teach respect for materials and make sure your child doesn't just play with them while you are, say, doing the dishes?
How do you effectively stop an activity when it's obviously degrading yet the child doesn't want to stop?
How do you present materials that have already been demonstrated?
That's all I have for tonight, but I'm sure I will have plenty more in the future!