I need advice. Again.
I am looking specifically for recommendations for books or articles I can read that will deal with the issue of correcting (or not correcting as the case may be) the child when they make errors in their work. Now, I know Montessori works are supposed to be self-correcting. However, I am finding plenty of situations in which errors are being made in the boys work. All of the reading I have done up until this point has alluded to not correcting the work, but demonstrating the work properly until the child does it correctly on his or her own.
I am definitely missing some nuances in this area. For example, Kal-El was working on making the letter "A" in the salt tray but kept making a letter "H" instead. I demonstrated tracing the sandpaper letter. He traced it correctly. I demonstrated an "A" in the salt, he drew an "H." I asked him "what letter is that?" He said "it's an 'H'." We repeated all of these steps about three more times, and finally the fourth time I said "If you want to make an 'A' instead of an 'H' your long beams have to touch at the top. Make your first beam, touch the top of that beam and then make your second beam." Afterwards he drew it himself several times.
Another example, putting the brown stair or pink tower away out of order apparently does not bother him. If I say nothing, he puts it away in close to the right order, but not quite. If I say "fix it" when he puts a couple pieces in the wrong place he corrects the problem.
I have an inkling, however, that I am not supposed to be handling things this way. I would like to do some specific reading in this area but don't know where to go.
Any recommended reading?